Friday, February 27, 2009

On Facing Up to Adversity 1

by Ted [Theodore] S. Geisel

better known as...
Dr. Seuss

from: I Had trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew

I learned there are troubles
of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead
and some come from behind.

But I've bought a big bat.
I'm all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going
to have troubles with me!


and just maybe I should throw in a prayer for good measure.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

I am not what you see

the real me is inside the cover

my essence, my soul, my being

Who am I?

I've been giving some extra thought to a couple of verses from the New Testament. The Letter to the Galatians has held a lot of 'good stuff' for me for several years, now. I'm not sure just when it was, but I read book by an evangelist who contended that many Christians, if not most, were being deceived. His premise was pretty straight forward.

The Holy Spirit of God is pouring out His spirit on all who are willing to receive it - but many / most are too prideful to accept it. We have been deceived into settling for less than God has for us. He uses verses from Galatians to drive home his points.

In the letter to the Galatians, Chapter 6, Verses 7-8, it reads:

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. NIV

Pondering these verses has caused me to examine just where and what I've sowed. Determining, then, that I have both a sinful nature and a holy nature to cultivate and feed - which one is by my choice - I've been led to, and pondered at great length, the passage in Galatians, Chapter 5, verses 16-26, where it is written:

Life by the Spirit

16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

My reflections here have shown me where I need to feed ... and cultivate ... and from where I need to sow. That which then grows in me will reflect the Holy Spirit of God, and not my sinful nature, which I struggle to kill. Then, I can truly portray an image of Christ for others to perceive.

God willing, others may then be drawn to accept the pouring out of His Holy Spirit - by seeing inside my cover: my essence, my soul, my being.
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So much for my personal thoughts today, but it has been awhile since I've made time to post much of any substance ... and these thoughts were on my mind.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

God's gives talent to us all

but many of us fail to use it fully

an excerpt from a
SWAN LAKE ballet

as Peter Ilyitch may never have imagined it - or maybe he did.

Go to this link

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

pig ears, or sow ears, or earmarks

used to be a favorite at the local county fairs

soooo-eeeee, pig pig pig pig

Time will tell.

the book: "CHOICE THEORY"*

the author: William D. Glasser, M.D.

We Need a New Psychology

chapter 1

uppose you could ask all the people in the world who are not hungry, sick, or poor, people who seem to have a lot to live for, to give you an honest answer to the question, "How are you?" Millions would say, "I'm miserable." If asked why, almost all of them would blame someone else for their misery - lovers, wives, husbands, exes, children, parents, teachers, students, or people they work with. There is hardly a person alive who hasn't heard the sayings, "You're driving me crazy .... That really upsets me .... Don't you have any consideration for how I feel? .... You make me so made, I can't think straight." It never crosses their minds that they are choosing the misery they are complaining about.

[the above is the first paragraph of the book]
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I find this premise interesting - it means [to me, at least] that I am not a victim; I cannot blame others; I am responsible for myself.

What do you think? ... or do you?
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* HarperCollins Publishers in 1998
ISBN 0-06-019109-0 [hardcover]