Walk: worthy of calling, in love, as light, in wisdom

Ephesians 4: 1 …walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us

Ephesians 5:8 …Walk as children of light…

Ephesians 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Prudence, balance, thought, and Christianity

http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/19/3-tips-for-a-more-civil-conversation-about-syrian-refugees/
Mollie Hemingway offers 3 suggestions regarding the Syrian refugee issue.  The piece ends up looking at Christian beliefs – for good reason. She makes many good points, all of which I will not try to summarize here.

One take-away (near the end of the article) is that the answer to the question “What should we do?” has two answers. The answer of what the government should do is different from what people and churches should so. The mission trips, mission activities, and UMCOR relief efforts are key, and don’t need to pass Congress.

The Athenians & the Visigoths

The Athenians & the Visigoths speech written by Neil Postman (written as a graduation speech).

Text: http://bit.ly/1lHh5y4
Audio: https://youtu.be/YtjjFmCxc8s

Four quotes (there are many others) emphasis is mine:

among their [Athenian] values none stood higher than that in all things one should strive for excellence. They believed in reason. They believed in beauty. They believed in moderation. And they invented the word and the idea which we know today as ecology.

To contemplate, to reason, to experiment, to question—these are, to an Athenian, the most exalted activities a person can perform.

Athenians place great value on tradition, social restraint, and continuity.

it is much harder to be an Athenian, for you must learn how to be one, you must work at being one, whereas we are all, in a way, natural-born Visigoths.

 

 

“I am a human being, not a human doing.”

How To Get Better Perspective (In Just 90 Seconds)

“We consume; we don’t experience. We settle; we don’t savour. All of this means that we “do” productive.

We should “be” productive.”

In order to make this happen, you need to be aware and have focus. (What’s even more interesting is that you need to be aware to have full focus and you need to have focus in order to be fully aware.)

I’d like to offer a 90 second exercise to help you get better perspective, become aware, and find a small measure of focus.

  1. After you’re done reading this piece, just stop and do nothing for 30 seconds. It may help to focus on your breath and close your eyes while doing so. But do this no longer than 30 seconds today.
  2. Once you’re done with the 30 seconds, grab a piece of paper and a pen/pencil and write down everything you think you need to do, ought to do, or want to do over the course of 30 seconds. You should time this. Stop once the 30 seconds is up.
  3. Take a final 30 seconds to choose one of those things to work on today. Commit to working on it so that you can honestly say you have made progress on it before day’s end.

That’s it. That’s all I want you to do. By doing this, you’re being aware. And by working on just one thing intentionally, you’re exercising focus.

“I am a human being, not a human doing.” – Kurt Vonnegut

How To Get Better Perspective (In Just 90 Seconds)