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June 4, 2020 - The Sum of All Its Parts: Part 2 - Kurt Cherry

"Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—

they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."

Psalm 119:1-16 (NIV)


Reflection


I wrote earlier that I was asked if I would help someone very close to me on a Saturday. As I found myself trying to help them help another family member, so many thoughts came to mind. The major theme seemed to be around this thought, “the sum of all its parts” and at that time I was looking at a collection of items that took decades to achieve.


On an odd turn of providence, several weeks have gone by since I was asked to help pack up belongings for someone else. Just recently, I had to help with my own parents. I had to see many old familiar items and then touch them. Without a miracle from God, time travel is impossible in these human bodies, but touching them brought back so many memories of my life that it was as if I were transported back. I still had the phrase, “the sum of all its parts” go through my mind as it did when I helped out someone else.


I actually…looked up the phrase and discovered it was attributed to Aristotle and is better quoted, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.


I am no philosopher, but the original thought brought me back to this…We have but a short time to affect others. The whole of a person's life is not just about the parts and items they have collected, so I noticed when I picked up some items, memories came - not just about the object but more about the moment associated with the item. After several day dreams, or reminiscing moments my mind was drawn to Scripture - the Grande Psalm- Psalm 119. I soon picked up the Bible and began reading the Grande Psalm again with fresh insight and a tender heart.


This chapter of scripture really brought my thoughts to the people associated with the items I was packing…


Blessed are the undefiled in the way,

Who walk in the law of the Lord!

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,

Who seek Him with the whole heart!"


Many other portions of this Scripture remind me of them even today. It has been said that Ezra passed this portion of Scripture along that many children would know the Lord. And for sure, many Jewish and Christian children have been taught by this magnificent Scripture for thousands of years. Just remember that the whole of our lives isn’t defined in one Salvation prayer. It is the sum or our life as we live it out before God and others around us.


How will you and I affect those around us with the time we have been given? Time will tell…


Prayer - Father God, give me the desire to seek after you with all my life. Help me to love you and love those you have placed around me. Also, help us to be able to hide your Word in our hearts that we might not sin against you. May we Praise you each day for the good God you are! Amen


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