I heard of a professor who started every class with these words written on the white board: I MAY BE WRONG, BUT… With this acknowledgment, she then led the class through her process of determining why she didn’t think she was wrong. What is so revolutionary about that? Well, we live in a world where… Read More I may be wrong…
Once a week, I carpool the neighborhood kids to middle school down the mountain. No matter which parent is driving them, they have a morning ritual of listening to a radio show where the DJ makes a prank phone call. This morning, the trick call was to a kindergarten art teacher. The radio man was… Read More I’m sorry.
I guess the early church had given up on each other. I wonder if those spurs had anything to do with it?… Read More When spurs leave you bleeding and jumpy…
Recently, I was involved in a situation that involved mind-reading. It wasn’t with a fortune teller, but with Christians! It went something like this. “We’ve been thinking of changing a few things around here. What do you think about (insert whatever)?” “I don’t mind, but (insert name here) will have a problem with it.” “Oh… Read More Mind Reading
Adults whine too.
Life sucks. Why can’t I have a bigger house? Why does the policeman always pull me over? I need more time to myself. My kids don’t appreciate me enough. My husband doesn’t tell me he loves me. Why can’t things be the way they used to be? Why is gas so expensive!? Why does no one help me when I need it? I feel unhappy.
I don’t usually think of grown-ups complaining, but we do it as much as my tantrum-throwing toddler. Our adult version of whining often masquerades behind a “mood.” A pervasive bad feeling that sits in our gut and spoils our enjoyment with life. A gripe props up bitterness. A whine fuels depression. A complaint motivates a bad temper. A grumble spoon-feeds heartache.… Read More Quit Complaining…or Die.
Do you hear gossip? If you allow slander in your presence, you are an accessory. You are enabling sinful communication when you have the power to end it. How do you stop it? Speak up Here are some ideas on how to stop the conversation. “Okay, this conversation is going somewhere I don’t want to… Read More It takes two to gossip
Slander is serious. The Ninth Commandment is “Do not give a false testimony about another.” False testimony may not be an outright lie, but simple deceit. It is casting another person in a poor light without being certain of the facts. It may be giving your opinion as concrete evidence against a person’s poor behavior.… Read More Serious Stuff