consider this...

As I was driving home from FCP (the First Church of Panera), the Lord had me consider something.

It's interesting that as the country was dealing with waves of national hatred and an idiotic mindset that considers memorial statues as objects of racism and "white supremacy" (along with associated violence and destruction), God decided to bring about "the storm of a century".  In a matter of days, destruction and flooding in one of the nation's largest cities caused the nation to turn from foolishness to a determination of what really matters -- caring for one another.

Harvey HelpHouston
Sometimes God goes to great lengths to get our attention.

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)


neglect

Shack2Sometimes object lessons appear before us when we least expect them.

My dad’s old Amish shed sat unopened for many years.  During that time, ivy grew up its northern wall and around the ground outside of it.  Several holes appeared in its roof allowing rain to invade and rot the interior of the building.  A rose planted in one of its raised beds began to resemble the demonic thorn bush Maleficent magically grew to prohibit Prince Philip from reaching the sleeping beauty, Aurora.  A flowering shrub was planted to balance the rosebush on the front of the building and grew into a small tree.  Groundhogs and rabbits and snakes and spiders and ants took up residence within its walls and beneath its plywood floor.  A volunteer tree grew beside the building's south side in seeming sympathy – to keep it company and to shade it from the afternoon sun.

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silence is pure

Bench"We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox."


Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook)


all truth is God's truth

"...but let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found, it belongs to his Master; and while he recognizes and acknowledges the truth, even in their religious literature, let him reject the figments of superstition, and let him grieve over and avoid men who, “when they knew God, glorified him not as God..."

St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine II.18.28

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Editor's Note:  These posts will highlight ideas and images that, to me, illustrate the maxim that "all truth is God's truth".


unfriended

I logged into my account just to clear out any traffic that might have occurred there over the past few days and received this notification from a program that I have running alongside Facebook.

"You have been unfriended..."

...and it named who had unfriended me. I did a quick check of my friend's list and sure enough. The person is no longer there.

Glitch? Perhaps. But I'm guessing not. I'll check again in a few days, but I have a hunch the results will be the same.

I could have probably predicted that this was going to happen; I had called them out about something they had done to me. Some people need to be reminded that sometimes they forget that their actions have consequences. Is this the first step in their kicking me to the curb? Who knows....

**Sigh**

I had hoped that the person -- who I still consider my friend -- was/is more mature than that. I will keep my hopes held high for them, and I will continue to pray for them and trust that in time they will try and understand that one part of living a skillful life is developing a constant and consistent awareness of others.

An awareness that never acts until this question is asked and answered: "How does this affect so-and-so?"  And not just assume I know the answer to the question -- but actually go to the person and ask them: "Hey, I'm thinking this and that will do this and that for us - for you. What do you think?" Get it from the source. Decide only after checking in with them. Seek out their opinion. Value their input.

Tedious? Maybe. But very necessary. Why? It communicates care. It expresses concern. It's what a TRUE friend would do.

"Do unto others as..." Value added consideration. A momentary reflection but a lifetime of applications.

Unfriended? Yep. Sure looks that way. Sad, but life goes on and like I always try and tell myself: "The bumps are what you climb on..."  (Thanks, Warren Wiersbe...)

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