A casual walk, an inspiring view. This photo was taken of the Sakeji River valley in Northwest Province in Zambia during the dry season. We were also hunting for shindwas at the time. A shindwa is a small red fruit that grows near the ground with their white bitter pulp with black seeds; a tasty treat if you could find one. I believe it is the young fruit of a ginger plant if anyone could verify that.
This essay was entered for a chance to win a getaway weekend for my wife. Sorry to say it didn’t win, however, she is still deserving.
Susie is a home maker and a loving super-mom of four children aged 3, 5, 7, and 8. She is always on the go and puts her husband (me) to shame. Susie is active in her church, teaching pre-schoolers Sunday school class and every Monday she hosts a womens group. She is always on the look out for items to send for missionaries and relief in Africa. Family is most important to her and she makes time to make the children happy and have fun by picking them up from school some days so they don’t have to take the bus home and taking them for ice cream or just to come home and have more time with them. Even though her husband works until after 6 pm, she would rather wait for him and have dinner as a family, than to eat earlier. After a long day and often an achy back, Susie likes to enjoy a long walk in the evening to clear her head and meditate on the days happenings. She is my best friend and she needs this getaway weekend with whom she would like to take her mother, her sister and her sister-in-law.
One day at a time.
By L. LaRose
Please note that it’s not a gifted person who criticizes or finds fault in someone, but…
…it takes a spritual person in the spirit of meekness to restore a brother or sister over taken in a fault.
…it takes a gracious person to be kind and tenderhearted, forgiving others.
…it takes a Godly person with contentment to give themselves to wholesome words and the doctrine according to godliness.
I Tim. 6:3-6
…it takes a workman of God to be gentle to all, patient, meek, sanctified, and useful for the Master’s work.
II Tim. 2:14-26
…it takes an innocent heart not hardened by time to lay aside malice, guile, hypocracies, envies, and evil speaking.
I Pet. 2:1-3
Did you ever notice how young children don’t critisize, judge or talk bad about others? they just accept them for who they are. They may ask questions, but they are like this passage “like new born babes”, innocent children without malice, not hypocritical, not envious, or full of evil speaking. These traits come with the hardening of the heart.
Finally, Mat 12:34-37, Jesus said…
For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings out evil things. I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
What is in your heart? Are you on the giving end of criticism? Remember that you will be held accountable for every idle word.
What does the term “Fail Forward” mean. I saw it on the bottom of a document as the sign off, so I decided to look it up on the internet. Here is what I came up with:
Gerry Riskin writes in his blog “The idea is to fail forward in such a way that, even when what you try doesnt work, it puts you in a better position after your move than before it.” (http://www.gerryriskin.com/strategy-16-fail-forward.html)
John Beck, in his blog writes this “… a lack of experience will cause you to make a mistake. If that happens to you, remember to fail forward. Don’t beat yourself with the ugly stick and give up. Instead look to the future, learn from the mistake and make your dreams come true.” (http://johnbeck.tv/Articles/failforward.html)
It’s use seems to be in the secular realm of achieving your dreams and desires. How can we apply this to the Christian World View?
Remember in the bible, how that after Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. After His resurrection, Jesus told him to “Feed my sheep.” God doesn’t want us to “throw in the towel” as it were and give up.
So the next time you make a mistake, don’t fear. Learn from it and use it to learn from and keep going. The apostle Paul wrote “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14)
Don’t give up!
Just do it!
For His Glory.
Sometimes life can be complicated, not knowing if we are coming or going. ‘Bleak’ is what some people think of their life, but God has granted so much grace, mercy and blessing in my life that I can hardly say that life is bleak. There’s a song that goes “Life is what you make it, There you are!… Oh, would you like to swing on a star, Carry moon beams home in a jar, And be better off than you are, Or would you rather be a mule… he kicks up at anything he hears”. (Johnny Burke) Some are just plain negative and doom is all they can see, but in the end, life is what you make it. James writes that a doubting man is like a wave driven of the wind and tossed and will get what he asks for – nothing. (James 1:6-7)
God has better things for us. The apostle Paul said “rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.” Again he wrote in Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Praise God that my “life is hid with Christ in God” (Col 3:3) and that my feelings don’t determine my eternal destination. But as for our lifetime on earth, am I living in the promises of God, walking by faith and believing that he can and will sustain me in all of lifes circumstances, trials, joys, failures, temptations. Herein is the Christian worldview; looking at life and the world with a biblical perspective. “I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Tim. 1:12) He IS able. “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,” Jude 1:24
Huntsville, Nov. 8, 2006 I have been hearing alot lately about “worldview”, or “biblical worldview” or “christian worldview”. What does this mean? What does it have to do with you or me and the world around us and the world we can’t see?
World-view, world view, or worldview (noun)
- The overall perspective from which one
sees and interprets the world.
- A collection of beliefs about life and the
universe held by an individual or a group.
[Translation of German Weltanschauung] The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third edition, 1992
There are many different worldviews. However, my main focus for this artical is on the “Christian” or “Biblical” Worldview. Worldview can be religous or non-religous. Examples of some different worldviews are: Christianity, agnostacism, gnosticism, atheism, humanism, secularism, mysticism, postmodernism.
This was just a quick introduction so stay tuned for my next blog, where I will continue from here.
For further information see the following external link.
The following is a link I found on this topic. It gives an overview on many different worldviews.
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