Learn something

If you aren’t learning, what are you doing?

The writer of Ecclesiastes might say that learning is vanity, but only after he learned that to be true.

Our shortsightedness often limits our understanding of learning.  We act like learning only happens in a classroom.  We assume learning is for certain types of people.  All saints are to be learners.

What to learn?  I don’t know.  Learn a Bible passage.  Learn a language.  Learn a social skill.  Learn a trade.  Learn about a culture.  Learn how to fix something.  Learn your city’s history.  Learn your family’s history.  Learn to play or read music.

Learning, education, doesn’t have to you cost you anything.  2 words: Internet & library.

Stay blessed…john

Go back

Was it The Game of LifeSorry!TroubleChutes & Ladders?

Somebody taught us it was burdensome to go back to the beginning.  But if you’ve lost your way, quite often that’s exactly where you need to go.  It’s not a demotion. It’s not a set back.  If you go back on purpose you could very well be learning to live again.

Jesus tells the church at Ephesus to go back to what they used to do at first.  Literally, repent (turn around) and go back to what you use to do.  Can you imagine what they had to stop doing in order to go back?  Surely that made everyone happy.

You see? It’s not always bad to go back, to start over. The point is not to stay ahead of life or of others.  Our joy is to stay in line with the will of God.

Do you need to go back?

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

-Revelation 2:4-6

Stay blessed…john

 

Another Word Week of May 22

Making your dream happen

Don’t give up a dream God has given you. God will be your shield against the turmoil you’ll face on your way to making your dream happen (Genesis 15:1).

More focused on God 

The more focused you are on God, the less concerned you are with trivial things (Colossians 3:2).

Another negative voice

The world doesn’t need another negative voice. You’re called to be a hopeful voice for the world to hear and believe (Romans 15:5-6).

Somebody glorious

You don’t have to try be somebody else because God has already created you to be somebody glorious (Isaiah 43:7).

Create the good

If you can’t find the good in something, create the good in something (Hebrews 10:24).

 

I hope these were an encouragement to you.  Stay blessed…john

All around you

No matter what else you see today, watch and work for the goodness of God around you.

 

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

-Philippians 4:1-9

Stay blessed…john

Let’s commence

I LOVE COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES.

Said no one ever.

You know how they can be.  Cliches abound.  Leftover fortune cookie one liners. Enthusiasm overkill. Extra cheese. Fake applause.  Repeat.

But we must keep having commencement speeches because you never know when one like this will come along.

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The line I can’t stop thinking about:

The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.

And since you probably just read through those words and didn’t pay close enough attention, let me repeat them:

The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.

To be fair, this wasn’t the commencement speech.  But it was graduation.  People were commencing.

It’s easy to check box community service; you can tell by how easy it is to get it over with.  It’s something a lot holier to see someone else with Godly eyes and care, so much so that you see your lives connected.  So, get to commencing.

Stay blessed…john