Maxim Maundy

“If I can, I must”

This maxim could be applied to many contexts, most of them probably unbiblical and not at all what I had in mind when it came to mine. This statement flashed through my mind on an almost daily basis.  Again, most of my maxim’s were derived from my formative years on the job site as a carpenter so I am thinking in terms of work here, and thus service. And there can be found our context altogether with only a little effort. It has recently been conferred to me by one of my very dear, and more educated friends, that to work is to occupy a vocation and to vocate is literally to answer a call [vocat ~ to call]. Therefore vocation is a calling…thanks Remykins.  And this brings us to our most recent childrearing lesson in the House of Aaron wherein I am trying my best to instill in my children a sense of who they are in regards to their Covenant status by virtue of their union through one Baptism in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  “You are a prince and princesses in the house of the King,”  I tell them as I lay them down for the night and bless them.  And they are expected to behave in accordance with the virtue of their portion in the royal blood line of the children of the one true Triune God.   Pressure? To be a prince or princess in the Kingdom is to be a servant.  To put the desires of others before your own.  To care for others without regard for ones self.  To put the family first. Why?  To ensure salvation?  May such a thought never cross my lips and enter their ears for such is not of our Father’s Word.  This is basic.  What can we do that has any worth?  We know that there is nothing.  Dry bones cannot think and have no intentions. 

Because they are loved.  Because they are redeemed not of their own merit but solely that of their Lord and therefore can enter the presence of the most Holy place and be received with open arms.  Because they are loved, so they acknowledge their total dependence upon their Father’s grace that they love others (or well, we acknowledge it for them whilst they are yet helpless babes of the promise).  And for us, love is so much more than an emotion.  Love is a verb and has all the substance of a carpenter’s simple wisdom.  Because they can love, and love by giving of themselves, so they must and let it be a sign of the contentment that comes by knowing all is well.  Consistency – limits – context? Well, there lies the struggle.  And therein also lies the opportunity for grace and wisdom to abound.  No family is an island.

Whew. All that from one little carpenter’s maxim? Well, that’ll do for now.  This is going to be fun.

 

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~ by Aaron W Eley on 1 April 2008.

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