I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
Don't know if you are a 'fix-it' type of person, but if you are, eventually you will bump up against the frayed or cut electrical cord and think, "I can fix that!"
So off to . . .
Several years ago my wife and I went to a local restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant had a balcony-type second floor with booths on the wall looking out at the tables arranged next to the rail. We got seated in a booth along the wall and ordered our dinner. It was really quite a nice place and we were talking and waiting . . .
Your eternal destiny is not cosmic retirement; it is to be part of a tremendously creative project, under unimaginably splendid leadership, on an inconceivably vast scale, with ever-increasing cycles of fruitfulness and enjoyment -- that is the prophetic vision which 'eye has not seen and ear has not heard'" Dallas Willard . . .
"Panic Rooms" -- you've probably heard about them, read about them, saw a scary movie about them, etc. Or you might even have one...
Panic rooms are the special rooms built into a home where, if you feel scared or in danger, you can run into and be safe . Depending on your budget, they can be really simple or super . . .
The following is a rather long quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book Life Together. There is so much to say here about what constitutes true Christian brotherhood and community, but I am going to let his words speak the powerful truth for themselves.
The takeaway for me is that in the midst of all of my yearning and learning with . . .
Overcoming our Negativity Bias
As humans we have a natural hyper-sensitivity to the negative. Wikipedia defines this Negativity Bias, in part, in the following citation:
...there are four ways in which humans and animals show to give greater weight to negative entities. These four aspects are negative potency, steeper negative gradients, negativity dominance, . . .
If you are like me, there are a whole lot of things around you that you would love to see get fixed. I have a seemingly endless list of projects in and around the house of things that need fixing: the lawn that won't stay green and weed free, the car that can't keep its coolant inside the motor, the garage door that won't quite . . .