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nathan f. elmore

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Just James: Forgetful Face

Just James is a series of occasional, meditative, tweet-like renderings from the homily collection otherwise known as "The Letter of James," who was otherwise known as the brother of Jesus.

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.  
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 

"The Letter of James," Chapter 1, verses 21-25 

Unless I want to continue the self-deception (which begs the question), I must somehow come to terms: I am a forgetful face. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the most blessed of them all? If I want the experience of freedom, the answer always has to do with doing, with becoming a person of action in even the smallest way, which, if I think about it for a moment, is the only way to know that I haven't forgotten.