Receive all things from the hand of God trusting. But be wary of pointing to any one thing and naming it a blessing. You might display your foolish finiteness. Instead, trust that God’s goodness proves true as the road straightens out when you take the long perspective. God’s blessing weaves it way into broken lives with fuzzy narratives. (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28)
Do you use the word “blessing” too loose?
Do you have an eternal God-centered perspective when it comes to “blessing,” or a selfish human-centered perspective?
How I got to 3rd base.
Without the starting point of believing the Bible as God’s Word, can you still establish Christianity by the following 4 historic items?
1. Jesus’ burial
2. discovery of his empty tomb
3. his post-mortem appearances
4. origin of the disciples’ belief in his resurrection
Regarding introspection into my fallen state:
I create my own reality. It is wrapped up in the residual affects of “The Fall.” I create the reality I choose, which does not correspond to actual reality. My perceptions of relational reality slant toward myself as the winner, or as the victim, whichever I prefer for that scenario. The stories I spin and the lies I affirm as they bounce around my brain vilify others, while holding myself above as the hero.
If spirituality is dangerously thought of as to be taken seriously, the soul becomes exposed. My world orbits around myself, but reality is lightyears away. If I awaken to what “is,” I begin to awaken to the self-created mental mirage. But I sit too lazy, too entertained, and too afraid to look in the mirror.
There is more to me, and there is more to you too.
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A lesson about our humanity is our propensity to turn the past into propaganda for our preferred view of the present. It may often be the winners who write the history books, but it is also the losers, the embittered, and the angry who spin tales to try to win over others to their position.
1. There are at least two sides to every story.
2. You may never hear the real story.
3. Always be aware of the sound of one hand clapping. And yes, this idea should strike you as odd.
4. Solomon was wiser than I initially thought.