Devotional

Marginalized Oppressors

Marginalized Oppressors

Don’t assume, because you have experienced poverty or marginalization of some sort, that you are automatically above inflicting the same sort of oppression that you received.

A true friend knows how to wound you

A true friend knows how to wound you

It is not the act of wounding you that qualifies somebody as your friend; rather it is the quality of being your friend that enables someone to wound you in a good way.

Dealing with false accusations

Dealing with false accusations

In our world, name-calling and labeling is often a shortcut substitute for the hard labor of moral reasoning. You can quickly find yourself on the wrong side of the aisle, regardless of which side you hope to belong to.

Wearing out your welcome

Wearing out your welcome

As much as we might wish this was not the case, and plead the contrary, we conduct all our relationships within a transactional frame.

Wisdom can help you win

Wisdom can help you win

When we enlist the pursuit of wisdom to strive for an optimal outcome, what we are seeking is to align our own thinking as much as possible with God’s thinking.

Addiction’s vicious cycle

Addiction’s vicious cycle

Addiction is a short-term escape from pain that is purchased at a high interest rate of future pain.

How do we deal with greed?

How do we deal with greed?

The key to understanding and disarming our greed is digging a little bit deeper. Why do you want more money? What is it that you hope to gain as a result of having more resources?

Saying things that last

Saying things that last

If you want to endure, it really means, for the realist, that you want your words to endure. We want our words to carry meaning, and to continue to shape other people’s lives long after we are gone.

So…did you bring a gift?

So…did you bring a gift?

The weird, and sometimes maddening truth about gifts is that some of their inherent value is the inconvenience itself.

The variables you’re not planning for

The variables you’re not planning for

You won’t get much done if you’re factoring in an earthquake contingency plan as part of your daily schedule. On the other hand, if you operate on the equation of ‘planning yields success’, you’ll lose a sense of perspective, gratitude and balance.

Why fasting? Because we’re all spiritually fat

Why fasting? Because we’re all spiritually fat

When you think of “pampered, comfortable, spoiled, and entitled,” are these words you mostly use to complain about millenials, or do you recognize how you and I carry some of that same fat?