for followers of Jesus, seems to me, because thanking Him for the easily-thankable, obviously-thankable, reinforces control addiction, and surprisingly leads us into an INdependency that encourages God-bless-my-agenda kinda praying by believers, confident-we-know-what’s-best, confident we know how to direct the CreatorSustainer of the Universe. Thanking Jesus for the harrrd is commanded in Scripture. Thanking Him for […]
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I want something MORE than what He offers. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for what He offers, but it’s not ENOUGH. Unsatisfying. I ALSO want to feel good about myself based on MY performance, MY worthiness, MY reputation. This role He’s scripted for me, of being a great example of a bad example, […]
Whyzat? Because it’s easiest for me to be sovereignty-aware when I’m all alone. When I’m online, on the phone, or with others, I’m not alone, don’t FEEL alone. Being alone gives me the opportunity to FEEL alone, FEEL the pressures on me, the disappointments, frustrations, the sense of my life being UP TO ME, the […]
to the accomplished Christian, in business, ministry, politics, amateur sports, academia, whatever. It’s BAD news to the Christian good at a hobby. At parenting. At leadership in the Church. At whatever makes you feel good about yourself, worthy. The Gospel is BAD news to you, because it says your worthiness/somebodiness is filthy rags. The Gospel […]
Just like judging is a curse, and getting-or-wanting-my-way is a curse. A bargain seems so noble, so frugal, so worthy. Problem is, bargains are ADDICTIVE. Like other addictions, you become obsessive, and they become all-consuming, where you spend inordinate amounts of time researching to find the very-best purchase: price, condition, quality, whatever. A purchasing regret […]
Just like getting-or-wanting-my-way is a curse, that I discussed last week. Analyzing/critiquing/judging is a failed strategy for happiness — a horrible way to live, but it’s so natural for all of us humans, nonChristian AND Christian. We do it unconsciously as we go through our day, looking at this or that, online, TV, people watching….analyzing/critiquing/judging. […]
not a blessing. WHAT? Yup. Pathway to miserable addiction. Getting-my-way THWARTED by Jesus, is an enormous blessing, because it opens the door to my being retrained in a much-better way of living — disillusioned in my flesh’s confidence-it-knows-what’ll-make-me-happy. But getting-my-way thwarted by Jesus is ONLY an enormous blessing when I’m convinced that getting-or-wanting-my-way is a […]
unusual self-acceptance that is based on unusual self-awareness. Emotional-health is another way of describing inner-humility. As opposed to the outer-humility of politicians, leaders, Christians. Emotional-health/inner-humility, becomes an idol/addiction when we study emotional-health/inner-humility, strive for emotional-health/inner-humility. Emotional-health/inner-humility for a believer, is best left up to Jesus. Unusual self-awareness, however, is a wonderful goal. Unusual self-acceptance/emotional-health/inner-humility is a […]
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