Vain Glory

18 Apr

April 17, 2016

Once upon a time, when i was shopping the sales lady told me that i must be smart. I think she was just being kind to me, because i look more like a bum off the street than i do a smart guy. But i am not very smart, in fact, i’m an idiot, and sometimes very foolish. Sometimes when i read over some of my older writings, they seem really dumb to me, and they don’t always make sense. It’s embarrassing, but i can’t unwrite what i have written. You can’t unbake a cake. I try to do better, but sometimes things make perfect sense in my head, but when i write them down, they don’t come out very clear. But anyway, i am not very smart, i only have anything by the grace of God. But for the grace of God, i might be like Stephen Hawking, moaning and grunting and soiling my diaper, not even able to add one plus one. But being smart is more than just having a higher iq, because to be smart you have to do smart things. If you have a high iq, and you do foolish things, then you aren’t very smart. So being smart is not just your iq, but what you do with what you have. You don’t have to have a high iq to be smart. One of my big downfalls was that when i was young i used to think i was real smart, and so i wouldn’t listen to anyone’s advice, and i got in trouble because of that. Later, i finally realized that i need to listen to other people, and take advice, but i was about 25 years old, and in a lot of trouble by then. Not too smart. In fact, i was a good example of when Scripture says that “thinking themselves smart, they made themselves foolish”.

And that’s about the same thing for everything. Let’s say a person is smart, well, what did they do with their smarts? If they got drunk and thrown in jail, that’s not smart at all. So a guy with lower iq who doesn’t get drunk and go to jail could be considered smarter. Also we could take a tall person, for example. What did they do with their tallness? Did they go around helping people get stuff off the top shelf, or did they go around saying “Look, i am taller than everyone else”? The same goes for just about everything. Some people admire others who are beautiful. So you could end up with a smart person wishing they were beautiful, a beautiful person wishing they were smart, or wishing that they were tall. But these things that people admire and wish for, being beautiful, smart, tall, etc, these things by themselves are not virtues. It’s only what we do with them that they could be used for good. These are vain things, as we are told in Scripture. These are earthly things. When we become Christians, we no longer desire for earthly things, but we strive for Spiritual virtues.

Galatians Chapter 5

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

God does not care if we are tall, or beautiful, or smart. We don’t have to be any of these things to be pleasing to God. As Christians we learn to wish for things such as patience, and gentleness, and so forth. Like everything it takes practice. We have no desire for the vain things of the world, money, looks, etc. We only desire spiritual growth.

So we don’t have to be geniuses to be pleasing to God, or good looking, or tall. We learn the fruits of the Spirit, and by practicing these, we are pleasing to God. So we don’t wish for the vain things of this world, but we strive and work towards the things that God approves of – spiritual growth. We don’t need to be tall, or good looking, or smart, to be kind. Kindness is pleasing to God, not how many inches tall we are. This is what God likes us to be, nice, humble, men and women. God is not impressed by physical virtues, but by our spiritual virtues. And these everyone can have, regardless of how tall they are, how beautiful, they are, or their iq level. As our Heavenly Mother told me, She loves a nice, humble man. But one of the things She hates is a proud look, like someone going around bragging about how smart they are, for example.

Proverbs Chapter 6

16 ¶ These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

So we learn that it’s not always good to wish for things that we don’t have, because we might think they are blessings, but in reality, they are not blessings. One man’s blessing is another man’s curse. As i mentioned before, we should never look outside ourselves seeking happiness, because we will never find it. True happiness only comes from within, never from without.

And so we aspire to things up above, Heavenly things, not to earthly things. Earthly things are very short lived, but Heavenly things last Forever.

Galatians Chapter 5

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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