If you’re like me, you have a hard time keeping your thoughts to yourself…or simple…or short…or remotely uncontroversial…
If you’re like me, you’ve had painful experiences with others using them against you, twisting them, making false accusations…
And, if you’re like me, you’ve noticed these people often spew anger, hurtful accusations, and condemnations due to differences that really shouldn’t be that big of a deal. For instance, a friend was told he’s going to hell because he’s a theistic evolutionist. Not only is that hurtful and divisive, it also doesn’t make any darn sense. Bottom line: most differences just do not warrant the strong emotional responses they are often given, and I’m. So. Over. It. Continue reading “Tears for Tiers”
Let’s talk about service. I don’t know about you guys, but I struggle with service. I always have, and I probably always will. There are two themes always at play in my relationship to service, both of which have a huge influence but which also seem to stifle each other:
- Service to others is important, and I should commit to it regularly.
- Service to others is often tiring and inconvenient, so it’s hard to do it as much as I should/want.
Anyone else have this problem? On the surface, it looks like this is a heart issue, like I’m not really as committed to serving others as much as I say. Otherwise a) I wouldn’t associate service with tiredness and inconvenience, or b) tiredness and inconvenience wouldn’t be enough to keep me from serving. Right? Well, no, I don’t think it’s that simple. This is definitely a heart issue for many people, one with which I do periodically struggle myself, but I don’t actually think this is the primary issue in my case. No, this isn’t a heart issue; this is a mind issue. Continue reading “Small Ways to Live a Life of Service”