About 15 years ago, I was starting my college experience at Lee University in Tennessee. I started as a Music Major, but after a year decided on a different path. I ended up studying psychology, the study of human behavior. In developmental psychology, we were given the definition of growth. To paraphrase, the definition of growth in developmental psychology was positive change over time. The fact is that from birth, we are in a constant state of change. Either it’s positive change (growth), or negative change (atrophy, death, deterioration). Let’s embrace and strive towards positive change. If you do not embrace and seek change, change will find you on it’s terms.
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
~W. Edwards Deming
In an attempt to speak for myself here, I am sure I will generalize. So please excuse and forgive me in advance.
Is it possible to understand God? I love God, and I know God, but I think it’s impossible to understand God. His ways are above ours. For example, we learn the story of creation, and the story of salvation, and the story of judgment and reward. We think of these things in linear terms because that is what we understand. God was going along and decided to create the universe, the world, land/water, plants, animals, and man. But the bible says God has no beginning and end. I have to say, that makes me question the linear way we think about God.
God has no boundries of space and time. I believe he actually created time. An infinite God created a finite concept like space and time so that we could exist in it. God has no past. In the past, God is there. In the future, God is already there waiting (there is my linear thinking) for us. God is bigger than space. It’s mind boggling, but I believe it. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. And to think that he sees the sparrow that falls. He loves me, despite the fact that I cannot even understand his ways.
8″For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
9″For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Filed under time, worship
Have you ever said or thought,”I sure wish this day would hurry up and end,” or,”I wish the time would hurry up!”? I have been guilty of saying and thinking that many times. I never really thought about the consequences of my wish; I just wanted to go home from work, get out of a tough situation, go on vacation, or something along those lines. What was I really wishing? I was wishing that a part of my life would pass me by. Do you realize that your bad days, your tough times, your boring workday, and your times of sorrow are all part of your life as much as the rewards, the vacations, and all the good times? They may not always be enjoyable, but tough times are part of your existence. It reminds me of the movie Click. Yea, it’s a bit corny, but has a good principle. If you go around cutting out all the parts of your life that are not fun, or completely enjoyable, you wake up asking yourself where the time went. Besides, the bitter and sour only make the sweet taste sweeter.