Saturday, July 19, 2014

Values? What are those?

I told you things were getting "weighty" around here.  But don't worry.  I'm still a hedgehog who speaks her mind.  So, if you are easily offended or one of those people who is paranoid, just skip this one.  I'm writing for my own clarity--not to jab anyone in the chops.

Because I really am just trying to "figure it out"..  Go figure.  My "leadership coach" has challenged me to find out what my values are.  Do you know how hard that is?  I feel like singing the song of Galatians 5:22.. "the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace.."  In other words-- what isn't a value?

There's Jesus.  And praying to him.  There's worship.  There's service. O.K. doke.  Are you tracking this? It's complicated.  So, instead of trying figure out everything I value,  I'm going to go with the inverse proportion and just tell you everything I hate.

Yup.  In no special order.  Maybe that will clarify it for me.

All the junk I hate:

1) shallow people

2) shallow conversation

3) poorly expressed communication in writing or speaking

4) plagiarism in public speaking/ or writing--or not giving credit to the correct source, especially when  there is a huge reliance on that source

5) one-size-fits-all problem solving techniques

6) multi-level marketing

7) insensitive thoughtless comments or horizontal guilt or passive aggressive behaviors/ speech

8) laziness

9) unthankfulness

10) micromanagers/ insecure leadership..

11) short-sighted individuals/ myopic, inbred, fearful groupthink

12) coersion, manipulation, threats,

13) legalism

14) enforcers of legalistic methods, practices, and doctrine

And that's all I can think of for now.

What do you value?  or not value?

O Lord, you have searched me..

"Oh Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.." Psalm 139: 1-2


God is smart.  He knows us.  He knows us so much better than we could ever know ourselves.

The real question is not: Does God know us?  But-- Are we even acknowledging who we are?

And where we are?  And what is happening or not happening all around us?

And can we get over the idea that it is some how self-centered to think on these things?

Self aware is not the same as self-obsessed.

Self awareness frees us from the shackles of delusion. and sin. and extremes. and lack of purpose.

It helps us laugh.. at ourselves.

It frees us up to serve others.  It makes us less introspective, not more.

It helps us get on with our lives and help others.

I know some of you are doubting the reality of what I just said.  But let me say it this way.

We all have "that" friend.  "That friend" has problems.  His/ her problems are obvious to everyone around them, except themselves.  Everyone is afraid to talk about it.  That friend lives in a state of delusion--constantly making decisions that sabotage their true desires.  They are lying--to themselves.

My people-  we are all "that friend"..  We are all that person who lives in a state of delusion in one way or another.  It is time.

It's time to get to the bottom of our own delusions.

Let the searchings of God be the light for you.  Start with this. At least be honest with God.  He won't be surprised.  Remember?  He knows you.

He knows you.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Useless fears..

"Ask God to show you those things in your life.. which you do
or not do
or say
or do not say..

that flow from a fear of rejection..

EVERY unhealthy addiction is rooted in a lack of understanding of this truth." Soul Physican, Dr. Thrasher/ p. 81.

And I shut the book for the day.  Some truths are too powerful to keep reading.  Some times we need to just sit and meditate on the truth and let it sink deeply.

Confidence is the opposite of fear.

It's an internal settling that can not be given, strove for, purchased, or begged for.

Would I strive for, with clenched fist-- that which can only be gained through an open hand?

Would I keep pursuing those things that are only motivated by such an unhealthy fear?

I stand, at the helm of the ship, imitating the maiden of the masthead-- waiting on God--with arms aloft, catching  the salt air through my teeth--waiting on God's abundance provision.  The waves are splashing.  The sea is rough.  My hair is getting tangled.  But I am free.  Free from expectation of others.  Free of a fear of rejection.  There is only one way, and that is forward.

I have cast my burdens over the side of the deck.  The shackles are unloosed.  I no longer have to drive.  I am free to trust God.  In this, I place all of my confidence.

No turning back
No turning back