Wisdom

Playing with fire

Playing with fire

To take the analogy of touching a red-hot stove, it’s not as if it only burns you four out of five times, but maybe you’ll get lucky.

Self indulgence is self harm

Self indulgence is self harm

We simultaneously give too much credit to ourselves in what we can control through self-help and habit modification, and don’t give ourselves enough credit as agents of worship and desire as opposed to victims in need of neurological re-wiring and healing from trauma.

Resolve to make resolutions

Resolve to make resolutions

Abstaining from resolutions is itself a plan. It’s a plan for status quo, which, given the nature of our world, is an unrealistic one.

Your life is like the dawn

Your life is like the dawn

Even if clouds and rain cover your life, and you can’t see the sun, it’s there, and it’s only rising higher, never lower.

Pain is more than weakness leaving the body

Pain is more than weakness leaving the body

Outside of the Christian worldview, mistakes and setbacks can lead to reflection and self-examination…but you can never, without a great leap of imagination, believe that the universe is lovingly correcting you with a determined eye towards your eternal growth and good

Wisdom is like a sherpa

Wisdom is like a sherpa

You must know and confess that you need direction from somewhere else – that left to your own resources, you actually won’t travel down the best pathways. You will get lost; you’ll encounter dangers; you’ll run into dead ends.

Fear the Lord to start the game

Fear the Lord to start the game

Fear of the Lord means starting everything with God. It means recognizing God is the central reality in the universe, not me, not even the universe in its past, present, or future form

Great people start with service

Great people start with service

In short, it is good to hold the highest view and vision of your spouse, but no man is married to the Proverbs 31 woman, and no woman has Proverbs 31 on her resume.

We’ve all got a boss

We’ve all got a boss

Org charts and hierarchical structures matter, and the interplay of those relationships are fragile, precious, and borderline sacred, even if we would prefer that they weren’t there, or we try to pretend we’ve transcended power dynamics

When you argue with a fool, you are wasting your time

When you argue with a fool, you are wasting your time

A fool is always right in his own eyes. He is not interested in learning something new. He is not interested in being challenged. He is not interested in growing. Why should he be? He has already arrived.

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.