Monday Musings & Miscellany…on Thursday

Our granddaughter Ayantu Faith, who lives in Mexico with her parents who direct an orphanage there, recently spent a couple of nights with us. One or our jobs while she was visiting was to was our dog Jed. She loves animals and has a dog of her own in Mexico. I love the contrast of expressions here between Ayantu who is thrilled and Jed, not so much.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” John Wayne

I came across this quote recently and it really caught my attention. I especially appreciated how Wayne describes a new day “comes into us at midnight very clean.” I began to think about what Jeremiah said in Lamentations about the Lord’s mercies being new every morning (Lam 3:23). While I know that I will not live each day perfectly, I am confident that as I appreciate the newness of each day as a gift from God, I will more likely use it for his glory and for the good of others.

VERSE FOR THE WEEK

Romans 1:11–12 (ESV) — For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

I love this verse. The more I fall in love with Christ, the more I fall in love with people, all people, Christians and non-Christians alike. More than ever I look forward to each day sharing the love of Jesus with others. We have innumerable opportunities to “impart” spiritual truths that will strengthen and encourage people if we would simply slow down long enough to talk with them.

ARE WE TRADING OUR PRESENT FOR PICTURES?

” I fell victim to one of the great temptations of our age. By trying to capture our present for the future, we often ironically trade our actual experience of the present for images to look at in the future. “

I was intrigued by the title of this article “There Is No App For That.” I love apps and have a number of them that I find incredibly useful, but they can also trap you into always looking for the one that will accomplish something that should really happen in the natural. Read this article and you will know what I mean. Such interesting and distracting times in which we live.

REDEFINING REALITY

“What is at issue is not merely the question of which individuals can use what bathrooms but whether individuals have the right to redefine reality in a way that the rest of society is forced to accept. At issue is whether there is any fundamental reality that all people must acknowledge or whether reality is itself is malleable and based on personal preferences.”

When I first saw this article, I put it in my potential Monday Musings file thinking I wouldn’t post it because of the title. I just wasn’t interested in reading another political approach to the whole transgender issue. However as I read it, I further realized that the issue is so much bigger than politics or people choosing but rather as the quote above indicates, it is an evil attempt to redefine reality. We must never lose compassion for the individuals who are personally affected by the confusion that gender identify in our culture can bring, but at the same time, we must not be duped into thinking that we are evolving for the good. God’s truths are God’s truths and nothing can ever change that.

CHANGE YOUR DESK, CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

“The very act of organizing our spaces reduces stress. And that, in turn, has the power to make us more productive. When we feel stressed and pulled in different directions – perhaps by the clutter on our desks — taking a couple minutes to organize it might help us sort our thoughts.”

I find that a lot of articles on being productive and more efficient seem to swing to one side of the pendulum or the other. I appreciated this article in that it covered both sides. I personally lean on the “clean desk” side. How about you?

 

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