Month: September 2009

Thoughts on Human Nature, Limitations, Predispositions, and Rising Above

The more I observe life and the lives of others and – when I am brave enough for self-observation – my own life, the more I believe that we are what we are by the force of our own nature, much more than any nurture we have received. Plenty of people have risen above their surroundings, their upbringing, their disadvantages to achieve greatness in some meaningful endeavor, but name the ones who have risen above their own innate tendencies. Even regeneration (that is, salvation) does not change the essential essence of you. Your DNA remains intact. If you were lazy before you met Christ, you are probably now a lazy Christian. If you were dull-witted then, you are likely still drab. I am certainly not suggesting limitations on salvation, so drop your stones. Nor am I saying that God cannot or will not change a person in a dramatic fashion. I AM saying that we all have propensities. We have tendencies. Some are selfless by nature; others are selfish. Some are innately intelligent; others have to work hard to absorb every scrap of new information. Some burst with energy; others seek the shade and a soft place to land. The worker bees need something to do. The dreamers need something to fire their imagination. The achievers need something to accomplish (which is not the same as something to do.)...

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God in Sandals

Imagine the One Who spoke worlds into existence Mocked by His own creation. Imagined the one who gave the sheep his wool coat and the Polar Bear his fur Wrapped in ill-fitting clothes, shivering in a manger. Imagine the One who makes the heavens his throne and the earth his footstool Using a stone for a pillow. Imagine the one and only Source of all Truth Labeled a heretic. Imagine the Architect of the Universe Interning in a humble carpenter’s shop. Imagine the One who scooped out the rivers with the finger of His omnipotence Baptized by a backwater evangelist in the muddy Jordan. Imagine the King of kings and Lord of lords Crowned with thorns. Imagine the Lion of Judah The slain Lamb of God. Imagine… God in...

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¡ʇɹɐɔ ǝlddɐ ǝɥʇ ʇǝsdn

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” 1 Sam. 17:28,29 (NKJV) In this cartoon I saw once there was a teacher standing before a Sunday School class. He had written on the chalkboard the words, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” One of the students had his hand raised and was saying, “I don’t want to be first or last: I want to wallow somewhere in the middle.” On the sitcom, The King of Queens, the main character, Doug was being encouraged by his wife to give his “big boss” a card congratulating him on twenty years with the company. Doug complained that none of his co-workers were doing that. She thought that was the perfect reason to do it, to which he responded, “You see, you want me to stand out from the crowd, while I, on the other hand, want to get lost in that very crowd.” Eliab, David’s older brother, was apparently that kind of soldier. He...

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