Campfire Conversation


Some days are better than others. Some are difficult. Some require nothing of us. Naturally, we prefer the latter.

The hard times provide a long and complicated story. While sweet days can be summed up in one word, restful.

Not much of a legacy can be gathered for the one who has nothing but restful days. Intense hard times will write a lengthy obituary and spark much conversation around a campfire.

Think eternity.

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Divine Intervention


Take a peek at the odds in gambling. They cannot fall in favor of the player. There are a limited number of variables in every game, yet those limited number of variables often devastate players

People call it luck. “Good luck” has risen to an almost God like blessing. People believe in luck far more than they believe in the divine intervention of God in every life.

Personally, I firmly believe there is no such thing as luck.

But think about this for a little while: if there was no divine intervention in the lives of every man woman and child, none of us but a very few would live past 30 days. How many would live to be 90 years old?

The Way of Christ


The way of Christ in action (A personal reflection):

All my life people have told me I can’t do anything. I can’t explain why I’ve been singled out, I am apparently no different than any other human being. But look at the effect of naysaying.

I never did believe them, but eventually I gave up. Even accomplishing anything received no raised eyebrows. “Why bother? They say I am nothing. I will therefore become nothing.”

But this, is the way of Christ:

Do not return evil for evil, judgment for judgment, slander for slander. Accept the place you have come to live, by force of humanity or by your lack of ability.

It is impossible to not retaliate. Something will be said, something will be done against them, some self justification will be made. Man cannot perform the way of Christ without Christ himself.

Even this article could be considered a public attempt to survive. Or, as it is intended, it could be a word of encouragement to others who are treated the same way.

The answer is not vengeance.

The answer is not subtle retaliation.

The answer, as is always, is Christ Jesus. As a lamb is led to the slaughter so he did not open his mouth.

Make me


No one can make me hate.

No one can fill my mouth with hateful words.

No one can cause me to incite another to violence.

All of that is in my own heart.

Control of that lives in my own heart.

Even if my mind tells me to agree with all those evil things, my mind also reminds me not to do them.

No one can make you mad. it’s a choice you willingly make to vent your own frustrations.

All these things are true. When will we start to do them?

Mastery


A Master of martial arts has not mastered punching or kicking. It is not that he has mastered self control. What he has mastered is the art of practice.

He has set his mind to pay attention to everything he thinks and does. In this mastery of awareness, the master practices immediate restraint. If there is any lapse in judgment or action, the master quickly brings it back under control.

Mastery of martial arts does not apply only to battle. It applies to absolutely everything under his control. He takes great care of his “world“.

We speak of doctors as practicing medicine. They are thoroughly embroiled in their work, whether they are on duty or off. We speak of jobs as professions. Consider that if we profess something is true, it would be best if such things are true. The master of any profession then has mastered the art of restraint for the sake of what he says He does for a living.

A professional driver, a professional lawyer, a professional labor, a professional teacher, a professional politician, a professional human being, a professional Christian.