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May 2, 2011, 9:36 AM

Calumny

Wow! How exciting for us to have a web-page! I know many of you out there have desired this for some time, and I want you to know that we desire to make this the best tool we can for you the church member, and for visitors just looking at our site. That being the case, I just wanted to encourage any comments and suggestions you might have to make this page better.

Meanwhile....since I've got your attention I thought maybe I'd share some ideas for you to chew on. In today's world everything seems to be boiled down to some simple phrase or idea trying to sum up a product. Just Do It, An Army of One, Be Prepared, To Serve And Protect, Semper Fi, Easy As Dell, Zoom Zoom, I'm Loving It. Even schools have mottos, like the University of Georgia: Et docere et rerum exquirere causas (To teach and to inquire into the nature of things.) And of course let's not forget the motto of Sidney Sussex College of Canterbury:  Dieu me garde de calomnie (God preserve me from calumny). What is calumny? Is that something we really need protecting from?  But I digress...

The point is this, is it seems like everybody is boiling down life to mottos. And they were to observe your life and boil you down to a motto, what would it be? Now I realize that thankfully we are a complex people who are much more than a few words cleverly thrown together, but if someone were to sum us up what motto would they use? I've thought a lot about this, and here are some that I wonder if could be used for me: Serious about God...most of the time. Does what is important...to himself. Concerned aboutn others...unless it makes him uncomfortable. Fighting calumny wherever it may appear. Ok, maybe not that last one. But I want to get to the place where my actions (both observed and unobserved) show my  motto to be this: loving God, loving others. After all Jesus did say that was the ultimate motto. Actually he went further and said that was the ultimate life...and that's what I want. 

So would you partner with me in a journey to make this your motto, your life? Will you examine your life as I do mine and find out what kind of motto we're living, and how we can better shape our thoughts, words and actions until we're loving God and loving others? And as we take this journey we can grow and laugh together, and watch out for calumny wherever it rears it's ugly little head! I'm looking forward to this journey, let's go!

 

By the way, for those interested:

Calumny: defamation: a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions   

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