In the August Ah-Man Newsletter, I began a discussion of Honoring Our Intelligence, focusing on the difference between Intellectual comprehension and Intuitive comprehension. This month in the Ah-Man Blog, I’ll continue the discussion.
There is a story I heard that reminds me of Honoring Our Intelligence.
The story was about a janitor of a church in the south around the ‘30s or ‘40s. The janitor was a black man and the church was comprised of white folk. The pastor was a nice man and treated the janitor well. But the janitor always wanted to be a part of the services and the pastor would tell him…"maybe someday you can come on Sunday and be a part of the services.” Time went on and the janitor continued to ask, but the pastor never gave him permission. He was too afraid of what his congregation would say and he thought he would lose them.
To say the janitor was disappointed would be an understatement. One day after he had cleaned up after the Sunday service and no one was around, the janitor got on his knees and prayed “Lord, why won’t they let me into their services? I love you very much and want to rejoice with them.”
Jesus appeared to the janitor, who was amazed to see Him. The janitor said, “Why Lord? Why won’t they let me be part of their celebration?” Jesus said to him “I don’t know why, child. I’ve been knocking on the doors of this church myself for a very long time and they won’t even let me in.”
We know we are honoring our intelligence when we are coming from our heart. When we do things that might make others upset, but we do them anyway, just because it is the right thing to do. When we come from our heart, we come from God.