Come to Me

all you (independents/confidents-you-know-what’s-best) who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me (about dependency), for I am gentle and humble in heart (and will retrain you to be also), and you will find rest for your souls (as dependents).  My yoke is easy and my burden is light.

So, HOW do I take on Jesus’ yoke?

First I need to be self-aware enough to recognize the extent of my OWN yoke — the idols (addictions) that weigh me down, make my life unnecessarily burdensome, stressful, miserable.  Only the self-aware and self-accepting are even able to SEE the problem, SEE they have been living in denial of their unhappiness, and are humble enough to admit their multiple addictions are the yoke they carry around with them, all day every day.

How do I get rid of my own yoke?  CONFESS.  But I can’t confess what I don’t see.  Self-awareness is crucial.  But self-awareness is impossible apart from the convicting work of the Holy Spirit.

How can I replace my yoke with Jesus’ yoke?  Self-acceptance is admitting, accepting, even enjoying, the extent of my addictions, my dysfunctional self, evidencing my pathetic need of a Savior and His replacement yoke.  Jesus’ yoke/worthiness is ENOUGH for the self-accepting.  But the humility required for self-acceptance is impossible, apart from the convicting work of the Spirit.  Only the humble find Jesus’ yoke/worthiness to be ENOUGH.  They say “so-what?” to achievement addictions of the independent/proud/confident-I-know-best who want something MORE — an additional yoke of our own.  Fools we are.  We could have the easy, feathery-light yoke of Jesus, but our addictions (idols) lead us astray.  To way-lesser.

How can a believer become yet-more self-aware and yet-more self-accepting?  I can only tell you how Jesus has worked in MY life over the past five years.  He’s used a free e-book — not written by me.  If you lemme know, I’ll send it to you, with a copy of my notes about how He’s led me to use the book.  I ain’t where I hope to be someday, but I ain’t where I usedtabe.

—Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

How is Donald Trump

any different from opinionated liberals and conservatives, who love to dismiss and ridicule the opposition? What we have in the way of a divided nation unable to compromise, is the same kind of self-righteous pride we see in Trump and Clinton. We deserve no better. Many thought we were getting a unifier in President Obama, but we don’t really want a unifier. We want our own way. Compromise, listening to the opposition, respecting the opposition, requires humility. There is no humility in our land.

And none of us question the history of USA warmongering, except the far left and libertarians. The rest of us are comfortable with physically-and-emotionally maimed vets, or vets returning home in body bags. Narcissistic pride, not humility. What’s to become of such a divided nation of self-righteous arrogants, who come together and agree on ONE thing — the USA being the Superpower Of The World, spending money we cannot afford on a vast military operation to prove our superiority, and police the whole world, minding everyone else’s business, while our infrastructure crumbles? Democracy on such a large scale as ours, does not work. Our nation is broken beyond repair. We need to be fifty nations, not fifty states of a narcissistic Empire.

–ShepherdDave, who loves to pontificate as chief of the self-righteous, even though his self-righteousness never produces the happiness for which he yearns

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The problem with democracy

for a deeply-divided land, deeply-divided people, is that the purpose of elections is to force MY morality on the opposition.   I’d much rather have a benevolent dictator than what we have.  There is no sense of compromise in our land.  Only self-righteousness.  Clear-sighted about the weaknesses of the opposition, blind to my own weaknesses.  No desire to understand/respect the opposition.  No dialogue.  We ridicule the opposition.  Compromise requires humility.  No humility in our land.  Only a desire to maintain superpower status in the world, to protect our selfish interests.

–SelfRighteousDave, critic of all

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Racism is not our biggest problem.

It’s a huge problem, but not our biggest.  A lack of humility is our biggest problem as a nation.  Prideful self-righteousness.  The left is intolerant, clear-sighted about the blindness of the right, and right is intolerant, clear-sighted about the blindness of the left.  The opposition is wrong, and I’m right.  That’s our biggest problem.  Polarized nation.  Competitive nation.

The conscience is reached through humility and love.  I don’t care about reaching the conscience of the opposition/competition.  So I only love those who agree with me, and I ridicule the opposition.  And this makes me feel even more self-righteous, intolerant, prideful.  The root of every war in history.

So how do we change?  By trying to change the opposition, or by trying to change myself?  I think both are impossible.  In my experience, only something outside of myself can change me, cause me to be more humble and more loving, and only a changed me has any hope of changing others.  The conscience is reached through humility and love.  Starts with me, not them.

–DumbSheepDave

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Answered prayers for my bride.

Surgery went great, she walked several times yesterday, and her recovery is going so well they plan to send her home this afternoon.  Janet has been overwhelmed with gratitude for the prayers of many folks.  She didn’t freak out going into the hospital yesterday morning, or in the prep for her surgery.  I can’t begin to tell you how comforted she was, what a difference it made, knowing so many were praying.  Thank You, Jesus, for moving many to pray!   🙂

Please pray for my bride tonight,

and tomorrow at 7am Eastern time when she goes under the knife for a hip replacement.  Routine surgery, but she’s traumatized by hospitals since childhood from seeing her daddy in the hospital after a heart attack at age 39, with tubes and wires coming out of him.  Janet’s concerned she won’t sleep tonight.  She needs an extra dose of grace from Jesus, and she’s asked me to recruit prayer for her.  Thanks.  I’ll report back Wednesday on how He answered.   🙂

I don’t enjoy Jesus,

 

I don’t enjoy Jesus,

just as He is, when He thwarts my plans/agenda for an easy, trouble-free life.  I enjoy Jesus when He gives me what I want, blesses my agenda.

And when I don’t enjoy Jesus, just as He is, I don’t enjoy others, just as they are, myself, just as I am, my circumstances just as they are.  And the pre-believers around me notice that I’m just like them, that Jesus makes no difference in my life.

–JudgeDave, who knows what’s best for himself and others, but lately has more moments of sanity/dependency as DumbSheepDave, because folks have been praying

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Having self-awareness and self-acceptance,

doesn’t mean I’m emotionally and spiritually healthy; it means I know who I am, and accept/enjoy all of me, including my emotional and spiritual dysfunction, just as Jesus accepts/enjoys me, dysfunction and all.  What keeps me from self-awareness and self-acceptance?  Pride. 

–ProudDave, needing prayer for fresh conviction of sin so he’s HumbleDave, not needing any performance/somebodiness of his own, free to be a loser, so he’s free to enjoy Jesus, others, himself, his circumstances, just as they are (please pray now)

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