Monday, April 30, 2007

Wisdom for Today

There is a widely accepted misconception among us that when one becomes involved in work at home or in business, immediate­ly one steps out of the godly realm and away from God-pleasing activities. From this idea, it follows that once the desire to strive toward God germinates, and talk turns toward the spiritual life, then the idea inevitably surfaces: one must run from society, from the home - to the wilderness, to the forest.

Both premises are erroneous!

Homes and communities depend on concerns of daily life and society. These concerns are God-appointed obligations; fulfilling them is not a step toward the ungodly, but is a walking in the way of the Lord.

Theophan the Recluse

from the book "The Monastic Way: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living"

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