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Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
Tao Te Ching, 9
We all have major points in our lives, “pivots” as it were, where a major, often tragic, event happens and our live is turned in a completely different direction. December 21, 2017 is the two-year anniversary of one of those events for me.
Today I will be putting a rose on the grave of Evelyn Grace, the young daughter of one of my best friends. Having no kids of my own, I enjoy spending time with the kids of my friends and family. It lets gives me a taste of fatherhood and motivates me to work towards a family of my own. Whenever I would visit my friend and hang out with him and his wife, I would hold Evelyn, make faces at her and she would smile and wrinkle her big forehead (inherited from her father), and occasionally rock her to sleep on my shoulder. In many ways I loved her like she was a daughter of my own.
We’ve been busy here at A King’s Castle, and with a little help from our guest writers we’ve been able to give you fresh content every day.
That said, there’s a lot of wisdom that our readers have to offer. While the comments section is a good place to offer it, there’s not a lot of flexibility for topic based discussions that aren’t what the articles are about and where the discussion might span a month instead of a day. Continue reading “AKC’s Christmas Gift To You”
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Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2 ESV
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
1 Timothy 4:4–5 ESV
Thanksgiving is the traditional time to reflect on all we have, how we were given it, and for expressing our gratitude. One of the downsides to traditions however, it that they can become rote and lose the meaning they once had unless you remember why they are there.
and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV
If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.
– The Tao Te Ching, Section 3
Today’s Sunday Wisdom is about peace.
Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
– Tao Te Ching: A New English Version
So far we have been focusing on strengthening the body and sharpening the mind. But so far we have not focused much on edifying the spirit.
To help with that, I will be starting a new series every Sunday. I will have a quotation or two from the Scriptures, the Tao, or another book of Wisdom along with a bit of commentary and application of the precepts taught. Continue reading “Sunday Wisdom: October 29, 2017”