Choices

By Melodious Monk 

We are given so many choices everyday–what to wear, what to put in our coffee, what to read out of the newspaper, what to say or not say to others, whether to read the Bible or not. Millions of tiny choices all day long. 

I’ve been reading and re-reading the first chapter of James the last couple of weeks, and am amazed at how many verses feel like they were written just for me today. Perhaps it is an example of God’s limitless ability to not be bound by time or space; that some words written down so long ago can still have the power to infect us. 

James chapter one says, “If any of you is lacking wisdom, (for all those daily choices!) ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”  James further explains his point: “for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” 

So today, like everyday, we have a choice to make, and in many ways a simple clear choice – Need wisdom?  Just ask!  Feeling like you’re in an emotional cyclone you can’t find the way out of?  Stop doubting and ask!  For the same truth still holds true nearly 2000 years after St. James lived: “Every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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