Earlier this week I ventured to HyVee and can say it has now become my favorite grocery store in the history of the world. Wanting to be more aware of what I’m putting into my body (which, after all, is a temple), I spent a lengthy amount of time browsing in the substantially large organic food section and felt good in purchasing among other items, some eggs and milk from local farms. The milk particularly excited me since it’s in a glass bottle and when finished, I can return the bottle to HyVee for a discount. Grocery shopping may be the highlight of my week.
In other observations: for the past 4 days there has been some sort of apologetic Christian evangelism going on on campus. This stirs mixed reactions in me… What view does this portray Christians? Has our culture become so desynthesized to passivity that boisterous displays of faith are the only way to get people’s attention? Are protesting and holding signs like “God Hates Sin” and verbal railings against homosexuality and fornication really going to make people stop and listen, more than drawing a crowd like a circus freak show? What about Jesus’ call in Matthew 6 to “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them…” (6:1) or “…when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men” (6:5)? I don’t have any answers myself on this situation – only questions of finding the balance between outward and inward displays of faith.
The rest of my weekend will be devoted to solidifying my research topic on Stravinsky and his relationship to art while living in France – a question and paper to which I will be devoting the next two semesters of my life and thus must grow very fond (but hopefully not burnt out). I will also take in an MU lady volleyball game tonight (free pass!) and then travel to see family over the holiday weekend. Hopefully I will be able to rest and yet get much needed work accomplished.