It is unfortunate that for some people their view of God and worship is a long list of what they cannot do. Scripture provides us a long list of how God’s people are empowered to act. Consider these representative ideas. How many biblical texts can you attach to each item? Continue reading “Tell me what I can do”
Would you like to see the weedy patches in my garden? I thought not.
There is a new trend on social media to display our less-than-perfect living spaces and gardens. This concept and practice evolved from a backlash against the depressing notion that we cannot attain to the perfection of our neighbors’ lives, as portrayed by only showing the good and not the bad.
This trend has also morphed into an ugly fad of “keeping it real” by picking apart and pointing out flaws in people. It has become popular to pick out the flaws in formerly respected historical figures, national leaders, and even our church leaders.
People aren’t perfect? What a surprise! Continue reading “Keeping it real”
A constantly complaining person is like a car with four flat tires. They’re stuck in misery while the rest of the world moves on with their lives.
Negativity shapes our worldview so we see the worst in everything and that takes us to the next step of permanent victimhood. Continue reading “Lessons from a recovering complainer”
Victor Frankl could have been forgiven if he had displayed a bad attitude. As a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, he was witness to some of the most indescribable horrors in human history.
How, then, did Frankl avoid the fate of pessimism and bitterness? He wrote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”
Our attitude is a matter of choice? Few ever come to that realization. They merely take the mood that comes with the events of their day and act correspondingly. If someone cuts me off in traffic, I’ll be in a foul mood for awhile. If I get that promotion, I’ll be on top of the world. If not, stay out of my path! Continue reading “Improving My Attitude”
The editor shares his impressions of reception by churches in the U.S. as he travels to replace funds lost in his ministry. Don’t miss his motto for his two months in the States. Continue reading Full of Goodness
Of all the self-inflicted wounds, mental injuries resulting from negative thoughts vie for the worst. The hand-ringers, the finger-pointers, the sour pusses, the chicken littles, all have one thing in common: their very own thoughts keep them from enjoying life, God, blessings and peace. Continue reading A Continual Feast