Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.
- Unknown (via hislivingpoetry)
You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.
- C. JoyBell C. (via perfect)
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.
- C.S. Lewis (via madelaku)
Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.
- Unknown (via menshealthmag)
The joy we get from loving an object is proportional to it’s worth, significance, value. If you try to love something more than it was built to be loved, it will only disappoint you. It is completely incapable of giving you the joy you expect from it.
That’s why it’s loving of God to demand that we love Him. He is the most worthy, most valuable, of highest significance, so in loving Him, we derive the greatest joy. God is our highest and greatest good.
So loving others means wanting them to find their greatest joy in what is most worthy and valuable. He loves us too much to let us be satisfied with less things and in counterfeit joys.
- Wisdom from Tiff Tran (that she gleaned from the Bible in the form of a sermon presentation)
American Christianity has created a culture of theological permanence, where individuals are expected to learn a set of beliefs and latch onto them for the rest of their lives….Theologies are often considered too “valuable,” “right,” and “holy” to change or question. Therefore, pastors debate instead of dialogue, professors preach instead of listen, schools propagate instead of discuss, and faith-based communities ultimately reject any form of honest questioning and doubt. […]
But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high school, or college, or get married, or have children, or retire. Our life experiences, relationships, education, exposure to different cultures and perspectives continually affect the way we look at God. Our faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress, and our theology will change. And while we may not agree with a person’s new theological belief, we need to stop seeing the inherent nature of change as something negative.
- Stephen Mattson, “Christians: It’s NOT a Sin to Change Your Beliefs” (via kre-do)
This reminds me of my convo/debate with my mom yesterday…(via xtineliang)