Wasn’t it Ben Franklin who said that “cleanliness is next to godliness”? He meant the wash-behind-the-ears kind of cleanliness. The spiritual kind can make a case for being godliness. But after two months of my office being closed up and me using it for a couple weeks as the dust swirled before I could have it swished and swiped and spic and span, I’m close to going with the original intent.

• Last night, Micah taught the study in Ricardo and Marilia’s home in Taubate. He did a fine job, showing the gift of teaching. I pray he’ll use it more. He’s here for two weeks doing a field study for his degree, all he lacks before graduating in December. It’s good to have him here.

• The Chilean miners are coming up from the hole, after months of living in darkness. An American drilled down to them two months ahead of other efforts, then went home after it was done, but before pulling up the miners, in order to get out of the limelight. Proud to see that technology used effectively for another good purpose, in an act of altruism.

• A writer suggested that “Barnabas may not have been acquainted with synergism, the idea that two people together can do more than the same two working by themselves.” Certainly, the word is newer than this encourager, but he likely knew the concept from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, one line of which says, “two people are better than one, because they can reap more benefit from their labor” (NET).

• Some interesting ideas today from The Fellowship Room in response to the question whether a person would like to live his life over again or not. For ages, going back in time has been an intriguing concept for humans. The Bible gives no hint of anybody thinking about that, far as I can tell. Only that God is above and beyond time, the Eternal One.

• We can imagine King David thinking to himself, “If I had it to do all over again in the matter of Bathsheba and Uriah, …” Micah told me probably Solomon might have thought that as well. Perhaps in a sense the book of Ecclesiastes is something of a wish to go back and relive, since he seems to be telling what he did, and how dumb that was. “If you’re young, take my life as a bad example of what I did.” He ends winds up the book talking to the youth. Suggestive, no? “So remember the Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecc. 12:1). If you don’t want to have regrets, start young.

• Micah and I talked about second chances in the Bible, too. A wow for me that he mentioned was King Nebuchadnezzar. If he didn’t get a second chance after chewing some grass, I don’t know who did. The opportunity to repent is the ultimate second chance, isn’t it? I’ve had plenty of those, thanks to a gracious God.

Have you had many second chances in your life?

2 thoughts on “Synergism, regrets, second chances, reliving life

  1. Actually, I think it was my mother that said that part about cleanliness, but, it’s very possible Ben heard it from her!

    Isn’t it kinda funny (not ha ha, but the other kind), that spiritual cleanliness comes by adding more to ourselves, like study, fellowship, worship, unlike physical cleanliness, which improves the more we take off, i.e. dirt, sweat…
    just thinking out loud.

  2. The people of Nineveh were given a second chance by God. It’s always been interesting to me that Jonah hated these people so much that he didn’t want them to receive the mercy God was willing to give, and then after he preached to them, was angry that God didn’t destroy them and gave them forgiveness.

What do you think?