I just discovered a book I want to read: Why Nobody Wants to Be Around Christians Anymore…and How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Faith Magnetic by Thom and Joani Schultz.
LOVE. It is how the early Christians showed they were radically different. It’s still how we, as Christians in the 21st century, shine as “lights in the world.”
True agape love is rare & magnetic.
Agape [Greek word for love] says, “I will love you when you are unlovable. I will love you still more when you don’t love me back. I will keep loving you no matter what.
I haven’t read the book yet, but I peeked…
The 4 acts of love are:
- Radical Hospitality
- Fearless Conversation
- Genuine Humility
- Divine Anticipation
Yep, I’m gonna learn a lot from this book 🙂
“First John 4:9 says, “God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him” (The Message). What does it mean to “live through” someone? Jesus is reliable and, once you get to know him, irresistible. His love never fails, and that’s the kind of power source that never runs out. His is the kind of light that never dims. Wouldn’t it be great if it were obvious to anyone who knew us that we were living through Jesus? It can be.” ― Thom Schultz,
After traveling on level lands
Like a train,
Dangerous and fast
Taking my breath away
Pressing through unknown tunnels
And hairpin turns
Until the Conductor
Guides and glides into familiar flatness
I smile, sigh and wait
For the next surprise.
I recline in the chair, hazy and apprehensive.
“So…what will happen today?” I ask on this third visit to tackle my wayward tooth.
“So, Dr. Mike will check the tooth, and if it looks good, he will insert one of these — obviously without the handle.”
It looks like a toothpick with a small bulb at the end. Surely the bulb goes IN and the toothpick part is the handle?
Nope. The toothpick-like structure is the part that gets slipped into the tube-like canal behind the tooth.
I am sitting in a dentist chair, mouth gaping, praying that the numbing agent doesn’t wear off.
It’s a solitary moment in one’s life.
Bantering dental jargon flies over my head.
My thoughts swing like a pendulum between those prayers and the plans I have to process buckets of cucumbers from the garden later today.
I’ll be chopping and slicing cukes and filling the refrigerator with pickle jars.
For lunch we will eat cukes and dip, and other finger foods. Without toothpicks.
Is it fact or urban legend: that checking boxes off my lists releases endorphins?
It’s funny to think of a time when people didn’t make lists
or use planners
or phone calendars.
Did the pioneer women check boxes off lists?
Get the fire going
Catch, kill and pluck a chicken
Churn butter from yesterday’s cream
Start the soap making
Then start breakfast
(They got more done in a day than I do in a week.)
“If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.” — Woody Allen
Proverbs 16:9 "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Word Prompt of the Day: Organize
When I arrived at the northern Minnesota cabin, my uncle’s home looked calm and inviting.
I had no idea that 24 hours later I would be jumping off a cliff into a lake.
Later, I heard about the jumping rock while devouring a hearty plate of spaghetti. I didn’t determine to do it then. I looked forward to seeing the rock, and possibly watching somebody else jump off.
After a solid night’s sleep, morning activities, and more food, we piled into the boat and sped across the lake.
We arrived at the rock, which stood three stories high above the sparkling waters.
I stood there at the top. It seemed like half an hour before I got my courage up.
After I decided to jump, I ran and leaped into the air. When I landed in the water, my hands stung. But otherwise, nothing hurt.
When I swam back to the boat, smiling Julia let down a rope and I climbed up. Grandma and Uncle Nick said, “Congratulations!”
It was too windy to talk on the ride home. I was left to my own thoughts.
“If I had the chance, I might do it again. Then again, I might not.”
“There is a big difference in life between a jump and a fall. A jump is about courage and faith, something the world is in short supply of these days. A fall is –just a fall.” --Ian Morgan Cron “They say: Think twice before you jump. I say: Jump first and then think as much as you want!”--Osho “He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.” --Jean-Luc Godard
Today is my birthday. Though gray hairs are glaring at me in the mirror, I don’t care.
I am hoping to bite into some serious chocolate birthday cake and spumoni ice cream (if I can find my favorite flavor in the store.)
First, I wanted to bite into some nuggets of wisdom from the Bible book of Proverbs, chapter 10. They are listed here & paraphrased by me.
These bites are time-tested and calorie-free.
- Don’t be lazy. It leads to poverty. (Proverbs 10:4) By the way, August 10th is also National Lazy Day. Ironic.
- When you indulge in upright, wise, holy living, your memory will be a blessing to those who knew you. (Proverbs 10:7)
- A babbling fool will come to ruin– (perhaps by her own mouth?) Don’t babble. Think about what you say before you say it. (Proverbs 10:8)
- Love covers all offenses, irritations, and little annoyances. (Proverbs 10:12)
- Foolish talking will bring ruin dangerously close. (Proverbs 10:14)
- When you let a lot of words exit your mouth, you will err – without a doubt. (Proverbs 10:19a)
- Whoever restrains her lips is prudent (wise, sensible, well-advised.) (Proverbs 10:19b)
- The blessing of God makes a person truly rich. And, that blessing doesn’t come with bad side effects. (Proverbs 10:22)
- To a wise person, finding truth and applying it is FUN. (Proverbs 10:23)
- Staying on God’s path is protection. (Proverbs 10:29)
Word Prompt of the Day: glaring
Cake Photo Credit: Markus Spiske