A Challenge from Shakespeare.

One of my favorite films is Much Ado About Nothing an adaptation of the Shakespeare play of the same name.

The film starts with this poem which is also sung during the film

“Sigh No More”

By William Shakespeare

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.
    Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea, and one on shore,
    To one thing constant never.
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into hey nonny, nonny.
Sing no more ditties, sing no moe
    Of dumps so dull and heavy.
The fraud of men was ever so
    Since summer first was leafy.
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into hey, nonny, nonny.
Yesterday at church our new minister was sharing a little of his background and commented how as a young person and a young believer he was always keen to be at church on Sunday, but at the same time was also keen to be out partying and clubbing on a Friday and Saturday night.
As time went on he felt God challenging him to make a choice – he could not successfully continue to live life with a foot in both “camps” or as Shakespeare put it “One foot in Sea, and one on Shore, To one thing constant never”.
There comes a point in our lives as Christians where we have to make a choice as to whether we are going to continue living as the world lives or live a life that try’s to honour Jesus.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying there is anything wrong with going out on a Friday and Saturday night as there are times where we should socialise with our non believing friends and family otherwise how are we going to have the opportunity to share with them what God has done for us? – but I do think we need to be wise in our conduct.  They will be very quick to point out if you are not living up to their standards of what a “good Christian” should behave like too.
As I said in a previous post (https://suhancock.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/while-on-the-subject-of-grapes/) we need to consider what example we giving to our non Christian friends as well as other younger believers.
Paul the apostle wrote to the young Timothy “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (1 Timothy 4 v 12)
To Titus he wrote “Encourage the young men to be self-controlled” (Titus 2 v 6)
The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119 v 9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word” (for all these read woman too)
So my challenge from Shakespeare is to choose whether you are going to live with both feet on shore, standing firm of the Rock which is Christ Jesus or continue to try and live with a foot in both camps.  It’s not easy and is something that we continually have to learn whatever age we are as our lives and circumstances change we can very quickly be drawn into something which may not be harmful, but is not doing us any good either
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