January 9, 2013 in
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We live in a society where it’s all about the numbers. God’s not about the numbers when He tells you to do something.
About Jason Wert:
Your video inspired me to share a story that I heard recently about an ancient Saint now known as “St. John the Dwarf”.
John the Dwarf was born in the town of Basta in Egypt to poor Christian parents. At the age of eighteen he moved to the desert of Scetes where he became a disciple of Saint Pambo and a good friend of Saint Pishoy. He lived a life of austerity and taught several other monks his way of life, among them Arsenius the Great.
John the Dwarf is best known for his obedience. The most famous story about his obedience is that one day Saint Pambo gave him a piece of dry wood and ordered him to plant and water it. John obeyed and went on watering it twice a day even though the water was about 12 miles from where they lived. After three years, the piece of wood sprouted and grew into a fruitful tree. Pambo took some of this tree’s fruits and went around to all the elder monks, saying “take, eat from the fruit of obedience.” The tree of Saint John the Dwarf, known as the Tree of Obedience, still exists today in the deserted Monastery of Saint John the Dwarf in the Nitrian Desert.
That’s an awesome story.
You make a good point Jason. pride enters in and it is almost natural to be concerned about numbers. That is one of the reasons I don’t look at stats (besides being tech-challenged. I have no idea how many readers I have or had last year at this time. I write because I enjoy it. When God says, “Done” I will be done. I was struck by your comment about the writer’s group and the number of Twitter/fb folowers. Seriously?
Oh yes. Everyone’s interested in driving the traffic. I wish it wasn’t the truth.
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