Saturday, November 26, 2011

Forgive Me

You ever do something kinda bad and then beat yourself up over it of a long time?  I've heard it said that when we learn to forgive we need to also remember to forgive ourselves for things.  Most of my life I wasn't really sure I agreed with the idea of forgiving yourself but I've definitely softened on that over time.  Lately, I've really been contemplating what Jesus meant when he said we must become "like children."  I've been applying a lot of aspects of life to that perspective. 

You ever notice how quickly a child will forgive them self for something?  They can be crying in shame in one moment and then as soon as we let them know the issue is dealt with their are laughing and ready to jump on you again and start wrestling and playing.  They immediately accept our forgiveness and shed their guilt. 

Why can't I do a better job of that with God?  When He say's I'm forgiven, why don't I just accept it, laugh and jump back in his arms?  Like a child.......

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday

If you are camping out in front of a store and willing to forsake Thanksgiving to be first in line to do something you can do all year long. You.............are a fool.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Simplicity

Ever wonder why Jesus lived such a simple life?  That seems to have been a common theme among the most "enlightened" in the world.  The Gandhi's and Dalai Lama's and what not.  Jesus said that the "Kingdom of God" is within us.  Maybe that's why He lived so simply, He peeled away every other distraction of life, possessions, power, money, and the like, until He was simply left with Himself and God.  Perhaps it is when all is removed and all we are left with is who we really are, that we discover the God in who's image we were created.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Power of Being Offended

There was a day when it was a bad thing to be offended.  It was a feeling we actually avoided.  Nobody liked to feel the pain of experiencing something offensive.  I'm not sure that is the case anymore.  It seems that the quickest way to get what you want these days is to proclaim from the mountain tops that you are offended.  With the echoing of those words, people tend to immediately back down and attorneys will appear out of nowhere, climbing out of storm drains and man hole covers. 

There is power in being offended.  I can now force great things from society if I am offended by something as the masses will have to contort to make sure I am no longer upset.  Strangely, things have seemed to flip flop as there once was a time where the offended was the victim of a situation, but today it seems the offended can actually become the aggressor, using their emotional stress to bully others into submission.  As a result, things that are truly offensive get diluted in a lake of trivial matters.

I'm afraid society is losing the ability to simply "get over it" when it comes to a lot of issues.  Sometimes I wonder if we have not started to swing the pendulum of civil rights too far in some categories and instead of fostering a more tolerant society, have actually prolonged the plight of those who have worked so hard before us to level the playing fields of the oppressed.  Instead of tearing down barriers, the power of offense has now begun to rebuild the dividing walls between us.

As civil issues begin to gain momentum and society begins to change, sometimes we need to stop pushing the pendulum and allow it's momentum to bring it into balance, lest we push too far and swing things too far the opposite direction.

At some point its healthy to grow some thicker skin and endure the remaining sentiments of ignorance, responding with love rather than offense as forgiveness provides the final steps of healing for us all.