“Most people are far too much occupied with themselves to be malicious.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
“Are you ever hurt, Dad?” Carol asked.
The question stumped Ted, her dad. A dozen hurts raced through his mind, but none came out.
“Of course he gets hurt,” Carol’s mother shot back.
How (and why) do macho men conceal our hurt? Should we wear it more visibly?
"You can have the other words: chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it. " — Mary Oliver
Jenny hunches over the crib, using her hands to spread her eyes wide so they’re comically large. “I’m gonna give myself wrinkles before my time,” she whispers as she contorts her eyebrows up and stretches her cheeks into a fish-face, wiggling her fingers with her thumbs in her ears.
“Be suspicious of anything quick, cheap, or temporary.” — Richard Foster
Last fall, some friends and I attended a concert after work. One of those friends introduced me to his colleague, a Capitol Hill staffer new to the District.
“Why did you come to D.C.?” I asked her.
“God,” she said.
“God? God brought you to DC?”
“Yes. He said ‘no’ to everything else and led me here.”
“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” — J.K. Rowling
People are impressed with strength, wisdom and riches (not to mention beauty, wit and talent). God is not, unless of course, it is used by Him. The things God delights in are much less visible, much less recognizable, much more difficult to attain, and most importantly, given very little attention in this life.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” — Matthew 5:11-12
We bear inherent risks when we seek to please our Heavenly Father. First of all, pleasing Him will inevitably run us amok with those whom we would rather please--our human colleagues on earth. How many times has God called us to things that look strange to worldly observers?
“We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding.” -- David Richo
“He could not do any miracles there, except lay His hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mark 6:5-6)
Where there was no faith, Jesus could not operate.