Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Unpleasant Things

On study retreat at the beach (a pleasant thing, by the way) and polishing off some reading: What's Theology Got to Do with It? by Robinson and The Monkey and the Fish by Gibbons. Also finished up reading in Amos and Ecclesiastes. An interesting note from Ecclesiastes, "the Teacher", on responding to a king: "Do not delay when the matter is unpleasant" (8:3). I was reminded of how easy it is to put off unpleasant but important matters, and how much it helps to have some accountability to "get 'er done". Much better, of course, is the internal drive to accomplish something unpleasant because it is simply the right thing to do.

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