Monday, September 14, 2009

Paul's Four Agreements

Everything we do is based on agreements we have made.

Agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is impossible. One single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that come from fear, deplete our energy, and diminish our self-worth."

Drawing upon ancient Toltec wisdom don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz wrote their famous best-seller, The Four Agreements. More info on their book is available on the internet.

Today morning while reading II Corinthians 4: 1 - 6, in the NLT version, I noticed the Apostle Paul underling his own four agreements -
  1. We never give up (verse 1). Of Course, the reason why should never give up is in the 7th and 16th verse.
  2. We reject all shameful and underhanded methods. We do not trick anyone (verse 2). Isn't this conversely true of all practical atheists who believe that pragmatism involves some minor compromises? 
  3. We do not distort the Word of God (Verse 2) Aren't most of us dogmatic about our own brand of Christianity, and are willing to go to any lengths of distortion to prove we are right?
  4. We dont go around preaching about ourselves (verse 5) Aren't most ministries today all about self-promotion?
 Yesterday, being Sunday, I attended the Times Square Church. This is the church that was started by David Wilkerson. Some of you may have read his book, "The Cross and the Switchblade." I was fortunate to hear David Wilkerson himself, now an old man, share the Word of God. Below is a pic of my brother-in-law before the Times Square Church.

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