What is my custom?

We understand the phrase “the customs of that land”, or “its their custom”. I started to ponder on what is my individual custom, that of Kathy and I, that of our family. When I look at some nations that have very strong customs built into their everyday life, I see passion, purpose and primary focus. How strong are my beliefs that it could be said “oh that’s Mark’s custom”?

I was reading in Mark 10 where it says “Jesus started to teach as was according to his custom”. That got me thinking.  We can also hide behind custom when it comes to moral behaviour and say “well that’s their custom”.

I like this little story.

When Charles Napier, who was the commander-in-chief of the British forces in Imperial India in the mid-19th century, stopped the practice of widow-burning and met with resistance from the locals, he famously said:

Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs

Good for me to think about “my customs” and what is important and what is not.

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