Confessions and promises


While browsing through the old documents stored on my computer I stumbled on the following thoughts formulated originally 30 years ago.  I think I wrote them.  My daughter said they sounded like me and that I could claim them as my own. So here they are . . .

img_0186-001I confess that I do not know everything about anything, and therefore I have much to learn from every one in this room and from every one I meet.  I promise to listen with both my ears and my heart and listen most carefully to what seems to me to be an error, and while I am listening I will entertain the possibility that what I am hearing may in fact be the truth.

I confess that I know at least a few things that no one else knows in the way that I know them through my own experience, knowledge and understanding. I promise that whenever I speak I will speak honestly in love, and will entertain the possibility that what I say as truth may in fact be partial, incomplete and an error.

img_0049I confess that I will be judged by the Lord, not by those with whom I differ. I promise not to judge the persons with whom I differ, but will allow them to answer for themselves at the mercy seat of Christ. I will accept others even as the Lord Jesus has accepted me.

Amen, amen.


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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4 Responses to Confessions and promises

  1. Freda Zehr says:

    Martin, I sure wish I could have a private talk with you about politics. I am staying off of the subject on face book and other such things. But I really have faith in you and your thinking on things. I am being shocked over and over again to hear that so many people I would never have dreamed of, are voting for Trump. I suddenly thought of you, Martin and wondered—-could he too be on that page? I can’t imagine that because I cannot think of one thing about which I would disagree with you. Just some late night thoughts from your old friend.

    • Your old friend is not for Trump. And I am glad that you are not for Trump. Hilary Clinton is a woman but I don’t vote for her solely because she is a woman. She is more likely to try to benefit the poor and outsiders.

  2. Nate Lehman says:

    In 1935, the year I was born, Emmet Fox was writing the “Seven day mind Cleanse.” Several years ago Tony Robbins developed the 10 day mind cleanse. Both are great and can be bought on amazon for a few bucks. I of course would recommend Fox. See of you can get through a day without a negative thought.

    • When my father was on his death bed he would sometimes be asked by a visitor to talk about the church troubles of the past years. My father always refused saying that he wanted to fill his mind with the things listed in Phillippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” I think Father was on to something good without knowing the writings of Emmet Fox. By the way, I have the copy of The 7 day Mental Diet by Fox that you gave me while I was in Arizona. Also, the Unity Classic: The Golden Key. If I did not say thanks for these booklets, I do so now.

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