Taking care of the past
is what stewards do.
Old and musty books
must taste the outside air
and be reborn in youthful minds.
Ancient wisdom must shine forth
and illumine the way.
Treasures buried deep
must be retrieved and scattered
to benefit the poor.
And as I speak the words of life,
the past takes shape today,
determining our future.
Copyright 2020 Dennis M. Cortes
(Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)
In my morning devotions I make use of Timothy Keller’s God’s Wisdom in Navigating Life, a one-year devotional guide on the book of Proverbs. Last year I made use of his The Songs of Jesus, a devotional guide on the Psalms. In today’s devotional he mentions that when we meet the words “righteous” and “wicked” in the book of Proverbs, we think it means “moral” and “immoral.” They mean more than that. According to Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke, “The righteous are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community; the wicked are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.” Jesus was righteous: he was willing to disadvantage himself to advantage all who would trust him as their Lord and Saviour. He came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life for many. Timothy Keller asks, “In what ways are you disadvantaging yourself, in time and money, for the good of the community in which you live?” That’s a good question.
I have done nothing but grow slowly out of some of my ignorance.
– Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies, p. 104