Posts Tagged ‘Refinement’

The proud cannot accept the authority of God giving direction to their lives. (See Helaman 12:6) They pit their perceptions of truth against God’s great knowledge, their abilities versus God’s priesthood power, their accomplishments against His mighty works…. The proud wish God would agree with them. They aren’t interested in changing their opinions to agree with God’s.

There is a difference between God’s Socio-theodemocracy and man’s counterfeit.  Contemplate God’s use of the united order, where freedom reigns supreme, with man’s system of government run socialism, marxism, communism.  I think these two videos come close to a definition of outcomes.  

I’ll file this under  canopy.  



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When I read WHY this morning, I had to ask and reflect, then reflect and ask again, “is this found anywhere on my wagon?  Did I leave out something as important as this??  Everything about life is dis-jointed until principle meets practice.  Life will not stay the steady course, but go hither tither and yon.   The most obvious analysis would be found in the spokes, because it is evident there where we actually spend our time.   I studied the canopy, where we keep our promises to the Lord, and where we can easily identify leaks.  But where principle meeting practice really shows up is in the rims:

STEEL RIM: Refinement.  Metal strip is cut 1/2″ shorter than wheel circumference.  Refinement process of steel is like trials and challenges we face.  The fiery furnace melts the ends together and it becomes an eternal round.  Heat swells the rim again and it fits over the wooden wheel.  When the whole wheel is dipped in cold water, the steel rim shrinks and binds it all together.

What is the purpose of trials if not to (discover and) connect principle with practice, squeezing the wooden rim, and holding it all together, tightly in the process:

WOODEN RIM: Well-Roundedness…Each round wheel rim is composed of four sections of curved wood that holds all the spokes in their proper place.   These four sections might be labeled:   Work, Play, Worship &  Service.  Bear in mind that Family, Church, Community and Self must have a presence in all four.  Each section must be well rounded in order for the spokes to stay in place, and the wagon to roll forward.

If we cannot answer “why” to the commandments we are given, we will not have the understanding necessary to instill the power within us to be able to keep those commandments.

I file Principle meets Practice under STEEL RIM and by so doing hope that we might all succeed in teaching our children to ask the right questions, and then help them discover the answers that will instill principle deeply within their soul.

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