“Keep the extent of your abilities unknown.”
— Baltasar Gracian
8:15, TV off. Time to start reading. I have blog readers to impress, and of course that means research. Homework. Study. And then I remember Robert Greene’s 30th Law of Power: Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless. Oops. It’s as Yeats said of poetry:
A line will take us hours maybe
Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought
Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
Kierkegaard said, “Faith is restless.” This was perhaps his way if restating James. But I think it puts a worthwhile twist on our understanding of the message. We may already think of works being the oxygen if faith is the lily. It is only a subtle shift to see faith as the energy and works as the action. Or for the physicists, since it is all energy anyway, faith is the potential, works is the kinetic.
If you are anything like me, your study of Scripture yields a conviction (I must do this!) followed by an excuse. Today is as good day as any to start ignoring those excuses. No matter how obvious our effort becomes.