Peace through strength is an old idea, for some it is a controversial idea, but its best-kept secret is that it is a difficult idea. Whenever it fails, it failed to be done properly.
Sometimes the painful truth must be told. This seems strong, powerful, and necessary. But, just as strong, powerful, and necessary seem harsh words that wound, insult, and weaken.
The world isn’t in shambles from lack of insults; it suffers from lack of a controlled tongue. We must speak truth even when painful, but not all pain is truth and not all painful truth helps—only some. · · · →
How do you listen to a friend describe an encounter with the Divine? Trying to listen is as hard as trying to describe. God is beyond us. Our own existence is beyond our own ability to understand. We can’t even comprehend ourselves. How could we ever comprehend the God Whom we reflect? How could we ever find words to describe a thing we cannot comprehend?
To understand the God Whose Image we bear, one need look no further than one’s neighbor. Those around us reflect a piece of ourselves and all of us reflect certain aspects of our common Creator. One cannot understand the God Who is Love without loving His Image all around.
God binds us together, through all aspects of the Trinity. The Father holds us. The Spirit connects us. The Son relates to us, even in our temporary strengths and limitations.
When someone encounters this incomprehensible God, the experience is beyond words. · · · →
Most disastrous choices start with fear of something, and it’s almost always subtle. When fear drives us, we think we are being cautious, responsible, lining up our ducks, preparing for the worst, and playing it safe. But, if our purported precautions are based on a danger that doesn’t actually exist, then we have made small steps based on an imaginary fear.
Even one, single step taken out of fear is a step in the wrong direction. That could be a step off a cliff or send us two degrees off course. It’s better to be directed by goals, not fears. · · · →
Keep your thoughts targeted on the task at hand. If your task is planning, then plan. If your task is building, then build. Don’t argue with people not in the room. And, don’t solve problems that don’t exist anywhere but in your mind. By solving problems in your mind, you must first create them in your mind, then your mind might really create them. It’s better to just focus on real work in the here and now.
Judges aren’t allowed to speculate how they might rule on cases not yet before the court. Follow the same rule: Judge the present. · · · →