Excellent contrast of the two metaphors and I especially love the idea of this line; “He’s encouraging us to have an influence everywhere we go.”
That is walking with Christ and being a true disciple who is doing the Fathers’ will we can rest assured.
I was given a pocket version of an important book that a man I used to work with thought went along with my mindset at the time! This man was in the seminary to be a priest prior to my meeting him which is all an interesting set of circumstances how all this came about, perhaps a true God Send; but as I was saying this man working for years to become a priest, then through an epiphany he changed the whole plan and went on to be a chemist and married a fine Catholic woman who couldn’t bear children but she too is also a scientist like him only her specialty is in microbiology! They are very happy together and complement each other beautifully; a major blessing from God. I’m single and always have been but the book that he gave to me makes sense, as it seems fitting in my case as to the way my life has gone; and perhaps clearly what God wanted me to focus on going forward!
The Imitation of Christ (De Imitatione Christi), first published in 1418 by the German-Dutch monk and scribe, Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, better known as Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 25 July 1471).
“If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance.” ― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
A quotation of what a Good Reads follower had said about this magnificent book! “This book is going to forever be in either of two places in my home; my coffee table or my bedside. Reading this book this morning was like drinking deep of Christ’s love. Thomas a Kempis wrote this devotion in such a way to fan the flame in our soul with beautiful gentle words.”
Here is the link to the blog essay I wrote pertaining to this book and its growing importance to me now!
This is a good work you have here!
God bless you.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III