Today's "My Utmost" kind of...well...stabbed me right in the gut, to be so graphic!
"There is a difference between an ideal and a vision. An ideal has no moral inspiration; a vision has. The people who give themselves over to ideals rarely do anything.
A man's conception of Deity may be used to justify his deliberate neglect of his duty. Jonah argued that because God was a God of justice and of mercy, therefore everything would be all right.
I may have a right conception of God, and that may be the very reason why I do not do my duty.
But wherever there is vision, there is also a life of rectitude because the vision imparts moral incentive. Ideals may lull to ruin. Take stock of yourself spiritually and see whether you have ideals only or if you have vision."
~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, May 9th
How much of my life, my goals, my yearnings, are based solely in ideal?
How much of my walk and duty to God have i unknowingly justified in neglecting...even in the light of having a right conception of Him?
"Are we expecting God to do greater things than He has ever done?"