BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #61

From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

BALANCING

“Ever gone to a party and ate too much and got sick? Drank too much and got drunk? Proverbs 25: 16 says, “Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, lest you have it in excess and vomit it.” Sometimes finding balance in your life can be an unpleasant- though unforgettable- experience. Dr. John, a rock musician of some notoriety, once wrote, “I been in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time.” This same Dr. John also wrote (in the same song, no less!) “I done said the right thing, but I must have used the wrong words”. Ecclesiastes 3: 1 – 8 says “There is a season, an appointed time for every event under heaven-…” Ecclesiastes 8: 6-7 makes us understand that “…there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man’s trouble is heavy upon him. If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen? No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.”

In I Corinthians 13: 1 – 3, the spiritual principle of balancing is described as it applies to our motivations. Paul contrasts God’s agape love with eros, physical love, and phileo, brotherly love. God’s agape love is an unselfish esteem for us, a love given without regard or thought for a receipt of the same in return. Agape is its own motivation. Eros and phileo must be fed by return of this affection; otherwise, it may turn into obsession, or simply, die. We believers should love even as God loves, with a selfless regard for the object of our affection without looking for a “return on our investment.” In verse three, God teaches us that philanthropy and martyrdom without love are egotistical, self serving and unprofitable towards the building up of Christ and God’s kingdom.”

About THE DISCIPLE

William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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