When you move forward with good work, problems come out of the woodwork. Your boss may object. Your car may break down. People may falsely accuse your motives—since motives are unseen, no one can prove a “motive” accusation wrong. But, most of the trouble is just getting your would-be allies to understand you. Even friends trying to help will seem to slow you down.
Change is an uphill battle. Here’s the secret to making it work: Never talk about yourself.
…Not your effort, your trouble, your goals, your honesty—just let the proof in the pudding speak for itself. · · · →
When we offend others, it is very easy to sit in our little power nests we have so carefully crafted through the years and lecture others on their need to “forgive us” in response to our misinterpretation of their requests that we make a better life.
Whether someone forgives me for whatever I may do to offend him is not my business; it is between him, God, and his relationships that his offendedness may poison. The only role I have with someone I have offended is to listen, interpret, and rectify, no matter how youthful and not-my-style his words are. · · · →
Note: This is in prep for upcoming changes to my longer Doctrinal Statement and may be revised.
– I had a professor in one of my two Hermeneutics classes and the Gospel of John who was in the Grace Theological Society, Dr. John Hart.
– I grew up under a Lordship Theology -trained pastor. Dr. Gerhard T. deBock, but experienced a nice contrast with the Church of God with my grandmother during my younger childhood years, which my childhood church didn’t really know much about.
– I also visited many other Christian fellowships across the North and Midwest, which I wrote about in my Crossroads series.
– My primary understanding of both comes from studying under their avid evangelists and in life and conversation, not merely through literature nor as a third-hand follower.
– Tenants of “Grace” Proper (not extra teachings spread by fans & followers of Grace Theology who tend to use it as a license to sin) is mainly theoretical: In theory, sin does not remove salvation, which is by faith, not by perfect obedience to works. · · · →
One of the marked, but rarely noted, traits of “highly successful” people is their ability to not hold a grudge. Recent examples are the election and the voters—the forgivers and the vindicators.
Being offended, holding a grudge, “claiming your right” to object, standing up for principal—or however you want to cloak it—clinging to the past anchors oneself in the past. Of all the success skills and self-improvement steps one could learn, moving ahead without staring behind is the most worthwhile.
So, never fire someone without a recommendation letter and never argue with people not in the room. · · · →
The meaningful news of Christmas is simple: God is with us.
It means peace on Earth. It means goodwill toward Mankind from the Most High.
Many times, people misinterpret this news as a sales pitch for Sunday morning. It’s not. Good news is just good news. And, the good news of Christmas is “God with us”. We are not alone. The One who would help us from Heaven has already come.
That’s not a message of any other holiday. It’s not a belief of any other main religion today. So, “God with us” really is news—good news for all. · · · →