New Beginnings

Super Sensitive

One need only listen to the news to hear folks going off in a super sensitive matter, defending their self-perception, self interest, or just whining.  It has been said that super sensitivity robs the soul of joy and peace and causes fellowship to cease.   Fellowship, that common comfort of being in the presence of that one, or those with whom you are safe. You need not measure your words, wheat and chaff can pour out.  Your friend sifts them, treasures the wheat and lets the wind blow away the chaff.   My prayer, more of those friendships and fellowship.  […]

Speaking truth

In any relationship, there is occasion for many times of forgiveness for small things, and at least a few instances where forgiveness for large offenses is necessary.   Mark Twain’s words relate.  Forgiveness is the fragrance that the flower leaves on the heel of the one who crushed it.   Yes, I have been forgiven large offenses in relationships precious to me.  Based on that reality my capacity to forgive others not only grows, but is a requirement of me growing as a Christ follower.   What if the Apostle Paul in his last days in prison had dwelt on all […]

Worst treatment

Have you been dissed lately?  Maybe even by one you counted your friend?  Pause, breathe deeply and consider these words.  Black author, Richard Wright stated, “The worst I’ve ever been treated was when I was told the truth.”  Proverbs 27: 6. ‘’Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”   Yes, we are admonished to speak truth in love, not with venom.  We need to receive truth as a blessing.  Every human heart leans to evil.  Consider words, even painful ones with and open Bible, praying that God use those for His glory.  Truth shines light, […]

Race and unity

Race does not unite a people.  Great world wars have pitted people of like color against each other.  Conflict in Africa is often people of like color in conflict with each other.   The African American Museum in our capitol opened without acknowledging one of our countries greatest achievements for a man of color:  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  He has since been included.  But that division showed that divisions of political correctness prevailed over unity of color.   Read the book of Acts and take note of the radical diversity of those first people who proclaimed the Gospel to […]

Double Minded

Reading of Nathanael in John 1: 47 his commendation by Jesus is one we should all desire.   When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.’  Nathanael was not double minded, torn between serving God and self.   Deceit is rampant in our culture, every institution, every household, every heart.  Its human.  But it need not reign.  Compromise and complacency are easy.   The only true antidote is the light of Jesus.  Transparency, accountability.  John 1: 5 promises us that His light will overcome darkness.  We are in desperate […]

Family

Family!  Our greatest source of satisfaction and pain.  The only families that seem spared difficulties are probably those who are good at secret keeping.  I can relate to occasional chaos, moments of unbelievable reconciliation, and rifts that can’t heal.   My friend, Sandy, reminded me of Scripture that I needed to hear today.   Proverbs 18:24b ‘but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’  Makes you think about friendships and siblings. Joseph’s brothers sold him in to slavery. And in Matthew 13:57 Jesus said, ‘only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without […]

Favorite Scents

Folks have their favorite scents, perfume or cologne.  When we catch that scent we think of them, remember what’s special about that person.  I’ve saved the after shave my husband used, but it’s lost its scent.  His life legacy was even more memorable, is as fresh as ever influencing me daily, and a host of others.  My son reminisced that Dad was a decision maker,  hard worker, and consistent in what he stood for.   We pick carefully the scent we will wear.  And that’s temporary.  Our ‘life touch’ on others is more profound and lasting.  We will all leave […]

Ambition

‘Ambition is a passion, at once strong and insidious,’ stated contender Edward Bates for the Republican nominee for president in 1860.  He rightly concluded that it could cheat a person of his happiness, true respectability of character. How true!  Ambition, even a godly cause, can morph into ambition for one’s personal power and reputation.  Person’s whom God has gifted with exceptional oratory skills, business acumen, passion, and leadership skills are tempted to change from servant hearted people of compassion, to peacocks, strutting their stuff rather than what matters to God.   Scripture gives solutions.  Listen to people who are not […]

Diversity

Why do we resist diversity– in our friendships, those who advise us, where we go for entertainment, the list is long.   I’ve thought about this being President Lincoln’s birthday, and this being Black History month.  To surround ourselves with others not like us is an indication of profound self confidence in the good way.  Not pride, simply assurance that we know who we are and why we’re here. Much is accomplished when diverse people and groups unite in a common cause. Lincoln once stated, “Of strange, discordant, and even, hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed […]

Black History Month

February is designated Black History Month.  It’s a good time to remember Martin Luther King Junior, a champion of non violent demonstrations for equality for people of color.  63 African American inventors are listed at Famous Black Inventors.   What will be recorded for Black History for February 2018 in our country?  In my state, Illinois? A dark period.  Christians embrace that we all originated from Adam and Eve.  Each is given life by God, forgiven by Jesus His son, equal at the foot of the cross. A united choir in heaven.   Does my life reflect that?  Would that […]

Presidents day

Four of our presidents were born in February.  William Henry Harrison is not well known.  George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan are noteworthy.  President: an official chosen to preside.  a chief officer entrusted with the direction and administration of its policies.  An important position for sure. Each were flawed humans, yet each contributed to what our country is today. George Washington was visionary.  As the first president, he shaped the role and function of the President Abraham Lincoln preserved the Union during the Civil War and brought about the emancipation of slaves. Ronald Reagan saw the restoration of prosperity […]

Media baffled # 2

Ben Carson’s prayer in a Cabinet meeting baffled media?  Why?  Obviously such prayers have been uncommon in the past, either non existent or different in content.  Lets look at the prayer of Secretary of HUD, Carson.   “We hope that that unity will spread even beyond party lines so that people recognize that we have a nation that is worth saving and recognize that nations divided against themselves cannot stand,” the HUD secretary prayed. The phrase ‘divided against themselves’ is biblical.  Mark 3: 25. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Abraham Lincoln, a man of […]