Friday, November 23, 2007


a Jesus thought...
Jesus said, "You're tied down to the mundane; I'm in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I'm living on other terms. I told you that you were missing God in all this. You're at a dead end. If you won't believe I am who I say I am, you're at the dead end of sins. You're missing God in your lives." (John 8:23-24)

a Godly thought...
Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. (p37 Bonhoeffer)

a leading thought...
Nothing great was ever achieved without self-discipline. (p52 Newman)

a Dave thought...
Last night at our Valedictory service the Training Principal, Major Frank Daniels gave us an address from The Rule of St Benedict (6th century) - a book of precepts written for monks living in community under the authority of an abbot. His five points were given from an officer of 40 years service to help us on the new journey that lies ahead.

1. Balance - maintain a healthy lifestyle Prayer, Study, Work & Rest
2. Commitment - remain steadfast and strong to the covenants you have signed
3. Obedience - always do what God is asking
4. Open to change - let God continue to renew you through His Spirit
5. Listen - to God, others & yourself

It is important that we take key messages like this with us in our lives. So for me acronyms are often helpful for remembering important points, even though they apparently went out in the nineties!

But for me last night I will remember to B COOL as I enter into commissioned officership and hope to live this wisdom out in the next 28 years of my service.

Just a thought.

1 comment:

Tim & Dabak Lynn said...

Dave, some great thoughts from "The General's wife" for the commencement of your commissioned officership journey.
Indeed, a good word for all of us.
Bless you both!