“None are more unjust in ..their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.” ~Charles Spurgeon.
I heard my pastor preach that pride (and I will throw in the word arrogance too) are like bad breath. Everyone knows you have it except you. I have my moments too and have to remind myself that my poop stinks like everyone else’s. God values everyone the same. We all have a judgment system in our thoughts. That’s how we make decisions. That’s how we navigate through life. How we judge a person’s value is the issue. We are all made in God’s likeness, so when we to arrogantly look down on someone because we are smarter, richer, stronger, or better-off is to put ourselves on a slippery slope. My approach is to humble myself because that is way better than being humiliated.
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When I think about being content, I look at what I have and focus on that instead of spending my time and energy on what I don’t have. The more I do that, the more I realize how rich I am.
I think complacency is more about not maximizing time and resources. I believe the reason why we can be complacent is because trying to achieve more requires work. It involves the risk of failure. However, all of us have people’s lives attached to us is some way. When we overcome complacency and succeed in the marketplace or at home, somehow those others attached to us benefit from the win.
Be content. Don’t be complacent. And what does this picture of the VW bus have to do with being content? Nothing. It’s a cool bus and I took a picture of it to share with you.
It is the day after Sunday. Most of us go right back to the daily grind after the weekend. Some of us have the Monday Blue’s and look towards Wednesday as the hump day because once we get past that day, the following weekend is within our grasp. Yet, I believe you will agree that there is more to living your life from weekend to weekend. Here is the question I believe we all need to ask ourselves, even the day after Easter.
Eternity continues after Sunday. If you attended a church this past Sunday for Easter, you may have been asked to ponder about your course through eternity. Eternity exists whether you choose to believe it or not. Eternity doesn’t begin when die. Eternity existed before your yesterday. Eternity is today. Shouldn’t you be thinking of your eternity today?
“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.” ~C.S. Lewis
This is how I get my water therapy. I hate running unless I am chasing a ball or getting chased by my kids. There is something about getting up early in the morning and quietly putting my board on the car and the routine of getting everything together.
I always anticipate that first wave splashing me in the face as I paddle out for the first time. The cold water washes away the crap cluttered up in my mind. Trimming down the face of a wave is a whole experience that needs its own space for words. It’s beautiful.
The ocean becomes my playground, prayer closet, and meditation mat all at the same time. It sure is a whole lot cheaper than laying on the couch and talking to a counselor for $100 an hour. What is it for you? Running? Music?
I snapped this street performer as he chased people down to startle them with his toy puppy, stopped to show off his juggling skills, and hammed it up for anyone with an iPhone. Shoppers, co-workers on lunch break, and tourists were laughing and smiling and happy to stop and watch the street performer do his thing.
A proverb in the the Old Testament says that a joyful heart is good medicine. According to WebMD.com the benefits of laughter include increasing blood flow, boosting antibodies, and even helping with sleep.
My approach is that life is too short to be too serious for too long. You need to be able to laugh at yourself and comfortable in your own skin to make others laugh with you or even at you. Do whatever you need to do get some laughs in. Hang out with friends who like to laugh and watch some episodes of Little Rascals.Do whatever it takes. Get some good medicine of your soul.
I was writing a lesson for elementary-aged children at my church and thought of Paul’s 2 questions he asked Jesus after Jesus interrupted his trip to Damscus. Paul asked, “Who are you?” and “What do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:5-6)
Aren’t those the two questions we all have to ask?
“But I have hope when I think of this: The Lord’s love never ends; His mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, Your loyalty is great. I say to myself, “The Lord is mine, so I hope in Him.” The Lord is good to those who hope in Him, to those who seek Him. It is good to wait quietly for the Lord to save.” Lamentations 3:21-26