On the human spirit

“The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38

Chel commented sometime ago that it is not the flesh that is weak but the spirit. For if your spirit is willing, usually you’ll get it done. It’s to get the spirit stirred up from its drunken stupor, from its unfocused being, from its comfortable contentment that’s the difficult part. I don’t know why I was thinking about such stuff. Perhaps it’s the service today by Nick Vujicic, a person born without arms or legs. See lariena’s blog. You see him preaching with such heartfelt conviction that I was a bit shaken. He pokes fun at himself easily, and you can feel the indomitable human spirit in him. It’s amazing to behold him physically, to actually see him on a table, so much smaller than I’d have imagined. I have never thought that limbs added so much mass to your body. It’s something I’ve taken for granted, not a thought I’d think about consciously. But seeing him on that podium of his, a man reduced by half, with limitations so evident, so overwhelming, to hear him preaching about the love of God and not judgment, to hear someone like that, it’s a very mixed feeling. Mostly, I felt ashamed of myself somewhat. There he is, and here I am, sitting down and with arms and legs and what have I done. There he is, born with so many limitations and yet his heart is cheerful and he’s smiling all the time, believing in God the Creator. Can you believe that? That God the Creator actually created him this way. But his physicality did not rob him of his human dignity. He carried himself well, confident in who he is, comfortable in his own skin. As he was finishing up, a person came and picked him up off the stage, just like that. Like a bust or a sculpture. I felt a pang of pity at that. I can’t help it. It’s heartwrenching, unbelievably so. But he’s living life to the full and how many of us can say that? I am very much humbled by his life story and amazed at how he overcame the odds.

Perhaps the bible is like that. Perhaps people are people. You interpret the bible as you would, taking the parts that you’ve been inclined towards, for instance the good and inspiring parts and you mould it into a part of you. And vice versa.

But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Like Eminem says, think about it think about it. If you can’t sleep, then dream about it, if you can’t dream then scream about it. Between doubt and faith is the great divide. Where “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” rings hollow in your ears as you speak them.

2 Responses to “On the human spirit”
  1. shiuan says:

    Eminem was cursing at someone, dude(tte).

    heh. have fun in bangkok.

  2. MacRazy says:

    God? Pfft, there is no God.

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