Good morning! May you do something today that brings you joy. #MorningMug #MorningBlessing
High school hoops! Go Splitters!
We are heading out to our first high school basketball game of the season tonight. It’s weird that we haven’t been yet.
What is also weird is that college baseball starts this weekend.
This majestic crane was just hanging out on the pier. The crane had no cares in the world. 📷
Today has felt like the omelette and the egg thing.
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Rejoice and Endure
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:15-25a; 2 Timothy 4:1-5
But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.
Every time I read this little passage from 2 Timothy 4 and Paul’s charge to his protege, I am reminded that there are always two kinds of times. There are good times and there are bad times.
I too often forget that reality.
I tend to be a bit of an optimist and assume that good times are the standard. I have friends who are a bit more on the pessimistic side of the coin and they assume that bad times are the standard. But, the reality is somewhere in between, both good and bad times. We should expect both.
Beyond that, I need to recognize that in anything, good or bad, that it is never all good or all bad. No, the good and the bad are intermingled together. Often times we cannot pull them apart. An honest assessment of any situation is the both/and not the either/or.
As I continue to grow and mature I find that understanding that in any situation there are both good and bad to it, I am able to find contentment.
Paul is famous for saying that he has learned to be content in any situation. I am beginning to believe that contentment is rooted in his understanding that good and bad are intertwined. In other words he expects to experience both. When the good comes, he rejoices. When the bad comes he is not surprised but is able to endure.
I think enduring the bad is able to be done because we are confident that the good is coming.
One of my favorite bands, The String Cheese Incident have a song called “Good Times Are Around The Bend”. It’s a joyful reminder that though we may face something hard, there will be good at some point.
Life is not dualistic. It’s a constant continuum. It’s not either/or but both/and. Not good or bad. But, good and bad inseparably mixed together so that we may rejoice and endure.
Good morning! May you know the joy that comes from a job well done today. #MorningBlessings #MorningMug
#Wordle 972 3/6*
The #OldGal got a 3 today in our return to the frozen tundra. So a solid tie. Perhaps a #YoungPup scored a 2?
One Who Receives Grace
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:1-14; 1 John 1:3-10
This passage from 1 John almost feels contradictory.
On the one hand, if we claim to be in the light but still bounce around in darkness we are liars. One the other hand, if we claim to be without sin then we are also liars.
It almost seems hopeless, doesn’t it?
How can someone be in the light and still be struggling with sin? Aren’t we supposed to be perfect and holy? Aren’t we supposed to be free from the darkness?
This to me is the beauty of the Way of Christ. There is a standard that we are called to, a standard of holiness in the light. Yet, there is a reality that we will not be perfect and we will struggle with things. The Way of Christ simply says, “Own it. Embrace the reality that you need grace, forgiveness, and mercy."
To be in the light is not to be perfect. To be in the light is to be honest. To live with integrity. To be one who acknowledges one’s own imperfection.
To be one who receives grace.
What an overwhelming thought! To be in the way of Christ is to be one who receives grace. To be in the way of Christ is not to be perfect, it is not to have it all together, it is recognize that I don’t have it all together and nobody else does either.
So, grace abounds!
Good morning! May you extend kindness to someone whom you just don’t think deserves it today. #MorningMug #MorningBlessing
#Wordle 971 2/6*
Another 2! The #OldGal got a 3! It truly is better to be lucky than good.
I’m grateful she still likes me.
I am now really considering simply moving everything to micro.blog a total consolidation to @firstname.lastname@example.org, though with the consolidation it would likely mean dropping the “social” bit. Which would require a re-following by everyone. Hmmm…
#Wordle 970 2/6*
The coffee and the beach and the extra sleep helped me halve the score of the #OldGal! The #YoungPups have another resounding victory.
Good morning! May you know in the midst of your humanity that within you resides the image of the divine. #MorningMug #MorningBlessing
Do you agree with Eckhart Tolle here? I am curious what people think about this. Is there always a lesson?
Whenever something negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it.
— Eckhart Tolle
I love this place. Every time we come here, I never want to leave. #grateful 📷
This made me chuckle a bit too hard.
I’m so thankful to have been able to share our “happy place” with my mom this week. Dennis and Jeanne, Amy’s folks, are such kind and gracious hosts.
Mom wanted to do one thing for while she was here, to put her toes in the ocean. So we took care of that this afternoon under a beautiful Panama City Beach sky.
To my knowledge Russell never learned that to defeat fear it took perfect love.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell, British philosopher and logician (1872–1970)