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“If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. . . For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:8,11).
How many of us seek the riches of God and yet assume the absence of his correction? We cry out for deliverance from our troubles thinking it was not our hand that pulled the trigger. Continue reading
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In the movie A Few Good Men, Colonel Jessep (Jack Nicholson) responds to Lieutenant Kaffee’s questioning saying, “You can’t handle the truth!”
We’ve all heard that quote before. And while we may want to feel the indignation and righteousness that Lieutenant Kaffee does, I believe we stop short of the truth in our own lives.
Think of the last conversation you thought was boring: the last person you quickly found conversationally deploring. What made you come to that conclusion? Take these next statements as a warning.
The self serving thoughts of “This person is strange” and “These conversations are lame” are an indicator of your self confirming loss: Loss of friendship and growth in the message of the cross. The same cross that makes sinners worth the cost. That cost that was paid for by Christ so that we may not be lost; may not be found wanting, but so that we may love without condition. And from this point we find our greatest commision. But we do not take orders well. So with blue blood in our veins we resort to vanity calamity. We call others boring and lame.
Confirmation bias becomes your 6th sense. Thinking of yourself in relation to others seems reasonable so long as you keep them in a well generalized fence. Parameters of socio-economic class like “They don’t have cash” and so you live past them because you are faster than them.
If you find yourself bored every time you are in a room of people you do not know, perhaps they are not the cause. Look for the least common denominator. When you realize it is you do not expect applause. Your generalizations are not new.
You could continue to blame that boredom on others, but there is a better way to kick that conundrum. It is astoundingly better to take in simple joy, than to use judgemental fire as a time killing toy. The awful excuse that “you are either extremely excited or terribly uninterested” merely points to the fact that you are selfish. Do not blame who you are on your circumstantial inheritance.
Look to make each person feel the love and interest you feel you so righteously deserve. Look to do a good turn daily. Look past your pride, wants, and even needs. You do not have to be a Boy Scout to do good. That action of doing good requires you to make others heard. That action of making others heard requires you to leave the burden of proof to them and not you. Do not make yourself the judge and ruler of who is cool.
Boredom is selfish. We choose to learn and know as much as we want. Do not stop learning about people and who they are for shallow reasons like, “Are they driving a specific car?” Letting people be heard by listening to them is not the end goal though. It is from this point that we recognize the inherit value each person has being formed by the Potters hand. His mold is perfect and has been eternally planned.
All glory is deserved by God alone. When this is viewed as our main aim, as our only sustainable claim, then you will see that no one is boring. Your chief end is to be actively along for the ride, enter into doxology, and give glory to the most High.
This is sober joy.
Joy grounded and founded in the same place our lives stop: The Rock.
Joy is connected to death. If you do not see the beautiful bow that ties the two, then please read on to see the tree. Continue reading
Taken by Debbie Virtue
Just like anything else we do, being a loving person requires work. This work is not something we may ever perfect in this life. Becoming a person who loves means becoming a person who takes risks. Love is more than giving a hug, and it is more than acts of service like cleaning a tub. Continue reading
Trying Thomas tried to make it or break it. He did not try for a tie. He walked at his own stride with confidence at his side and knew that others would soon fall behind. He had his own poise and his own style. Nothing was intimidating to him. Trying Thomas sang to a different kind of hymn. When presented with a problem, he approached it head on. Because of this many labeled him head strong. Because of this, many considered him to be wrong. But still, Trying Thomas tried. Continue reading
Who is wise among you?
Who has made himself righteous?
Are not all man’s ways devious? Continue reading
Consider this: Your physical presence is more meaningful than all the technological resources of the world.
Consider this: For just as distance strains a relationship so your potential impact on others weakens when your primary channel to connect is technology. Continue reading