Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Ambidextrous Faith Guy
Sometimes it's not easy to identify where the good and the bad comes from. (Jason Boyett's blog) It's not uncommon for people to respond to good things by saying something like, "Thank my lucky stars" or "The planets must have been aligned just right for me" or something along those lines. Yet when bad things happen those same people might well respond, "God why did this happen to me?" or "God, why are you out for me?" This might not be said literally but that's the essence of the attitude.
See the difference? Good stuff...? They don't acknowledge God. Bad stuff...? He's the first they cry out to.
But before I go any further about what I've witnessed others do I have to admit that I fall into a similar trap even though I'm supposed to know better. If I'm not careful I forget to be thankful in the good, remembering it all comes from God (James 1:17) but I can be very quick to complain to him.
Gregory of Nyssa coined the phrase "ambidextrous faith". It's the kind of faith that is able to receive blessings in one hand while simultaneously receiving hardships in the other without losing faith in the midst of it all.
So, I am learning to be ambidextrous. And how to draw.