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The Good Samaritan and Inspector Javert

This last weekend, Kenny and I went to a performance of Les Miserables at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.  This is the third, maybe fourth, time we have seen this production live.  As usual, the play did not disappoint, but I came away with a totally new view of Inspector Javert.

If you have not seen the play, Javert is a pious police officer who sees the world in black and white.  People are good, or they are bad; they follow the law, or they break the law.  In Act I, Javert pursues Jean Valjean over the span of decades, intending to put him back in prison after Valjean breaks parole.  Valjean's sentence: 19 years for stealing bread.  Never mind that Valjean's nephew was starving, and it was an act of desperation, or that in the intervening years, Valjean has become a kind and benevolent mayor. Javert believes "once a thief, always a thief" and he has no mercy. 

It seemed the actor who portrayed Javert made him a much more sympathetic character than in previous …

The "And Be Doing Thats" of Scripture

One of Lacy's most memorable sayings was "...and be doing that."  It meant that we would be doing something now or in the future.  I found after researching the grammar of the phrase, that it amounts to a sort of perpetual present action. 

As I was reading in Matthew yesterday, this verse caught my attention as one of the "..and be doing that" verses in scripture:

"...seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness..."  The verb there means an continuous action.  Seek and keep on seeking.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness...and be doing that.

Here are so many more scriptures that, when I read them, I always add in my heart "...and be doing that."  Here are a few:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, make your requests known to God. ...and be doing that.

In everything give thanks...and be doing that.

Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me...and be doing that.

Beloved, let us love one ano…