'Who do you say I am?' - Jesus Christ's Son-of-God status humiliated through His Son-of-man sacrifice opened the way for us to have a heavenly future worth more than any earthly thing. The big question is, what is your answer to His question?
On the 17th December 2016 my little 8 year old nephew died after a brief fight with illness following a strep throat which triggered a very rare and fatal syndrome called HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis). The easiest part of parenting is talking to other parents about how very hard it is to be a parent. The… Continue reading It’s six months since my little nephew died.
I recently heard an Israeli man speak at a Christian meeting and some of the things he said took me by surprise, some of it shocked me and some shamed me. I am amazed that these things have been in front of my eyes for so long and yet I haven't seen them! Perhaps I'm not… Continue reading An Open Letter of Apology from a Christian to the Jews – Our Common Stumbling Block.
There is so much in the physical world around us that illustrates spiritual truth, it's a wonder to me that it takes so long for us (me) to grasp it. Here's one: I know that no matter how much I clean my house, I will have to do it all again soon simply because humans and… Continue reading Pull yourself together, silly house!
There are some nights when sleep eludes me and the thoughts of all I've left undone enlarge themselves until the pressure of their weight heats me up to the point that I have to throw off my bedclothes. Then in the bathroom I run the cold tap 'til it's icy and drink straight from the spout. Last… Continue reading Deep despair, deeper grace.
Reality check. I think the whole world of social media works so powerfully because it feeds into this internal desire we have for approval from other people. “Just a few more ‘likes’ and I’ll feel better, or I know I did a good job.” Refreshing to be reminded in this article by Ken Baker what true approval is and should be in our lives. And how freeing it is.
It’s hard to kick the approval habit.
Everyone wants to be wanted. Everybody enjoys being enjoyed. Everyone appreciates those warm fuzzy feelings when someone speaks well of you.
But when you live your life seeking the opinion and approval of others, you become enslaved. In The Moon and Sixpence, Somerset Maugham wrote: “Man’s desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy (conscience) within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd.”
Life is simply too short to waste time waiting for other people’s approval on how you live it. Before long that sense of slavery will kick in, and you’ll constantly need verbal affirmation, smiles, nods and approbation until the need for external acceptance…
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Are you a human doing or a human being? Do you do, or do you be? Dobedobedobedo (not original). How much do you define yourself by who you are and what drives and motivates you, what your core principles and beliefs are OR by what you do, your deeds and how you treat others? I don't think there is any… Continue reading Human Doing or Human Being?