Glimpses of Destiny

I don’t really believe in personal destiny. I believe in making choices, and the Divine Providence who knew what choices I would make long before I came to be. Without getting into an enormous theological discussion about destiny, allow me to say…

I think I stumbled into a couple glimpses of my destiny today. It was terrifying. It was healing. It was confrontational. I’m not sure what to make of it. It caused me to ask some big questions, the most important being: Is there anything you would be willing to die for?

It’s such a flippant discussion in Christian circles. We all want to say we’d be willing to die for the cause of Christ. I’m not sure that we would be. If we would, I’m not sure we’d be so quick to claim it.

But are there other things? Would you be willing to die for your family? Your friends? An innocent stranger? Your country?

Food for thought.

Have a good weekend.

Pax Domini!

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2 Responses to Glimpses of Destiny

  1. Steve Ward says:

    Die for Christ? Yes, I think I’m prepared for that.
    Family member? If it’s the only option, I would.
    For friends? possibly.
    An innocent stranger? I can’t say that I wouldn’t.
    My country? Which one- the one that used to be, or the one that’s here now?

    • semmie says:

      Steve Ward :

      My country? Which one- the one that used to be, or the one that’s here now?

      Well, I’m not sure we’re at the “one or the other” point yet. There is a sort of revival happening in America…not necessarily a “Christian” revival, but a revival of those principles (which might be called “Christian” by some) that birthed the great American experiment. But even if we are past that point…even if we can no longer salvage our nation…don’t you ever feel like Faramir? I think Peter Jackson did an excellent job in the extended version of LOTR, showing the commitment of Faramir to a nation he loved so dearly–even though he knew his father’s rule was failing.

      Regarding your other answers, I admire your honesty! I really am not convinced that I am prepared to give my life if it is required. I want to be. I pray that if I’m ever in that situation, I will be given the grace and strength to do what is necessary.

      Pax, Steve! It’s nice to see you!

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