What is Mankind?

The last few months I have been exercising my ability to distinguish responsibilities from concerns, exhausting myself less on that second category into which I’m rarely actually invited in the first place.  Perhaps like the restfulness of the beach, being present in the immediate moment is less fragmented, less hectic (well, when I have the house to myself at least) and less hairy.  Granted, it can feel a little trivial, but again, part of the practice is gaining a peace with the mundane.  There is a certain freedom to stepping back with hands raised to say, “Not my concern.”

But what I want for my children’s education is not a system that positions them as merely recipients of life nor do I want them to be made into “yes men” who never take initiative to go beyond the minimum requirements.  My desire for them is that they be curious and observant, discovering the beauty that is either present or possible around them and do their part to increase it.  I want for them to be aware of the broken places not so that they can stand in judgment but to engage in healing, restoration and rebuilding.  I want for them to be the kind of neighbors who are out on the front porch, not sealed behind closed doors or protective fencing.

So how do I reconcile the pull back of God’s hand in my life recently with the desire to taste and see that He is good and respond actively to that?

I don’t know.

Its like sitting in a concert where the pulse of the music compels everything in you to stand up and dance, but you are supposed to remain still and seated.  So, here I sit.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.

 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!  Psalm 8