The deceased have passed on. Thus, funerals are more for the living than for the dead. Do not wait until a person close to you is dead to show your concern for them. Spend time with loved ones who are in hospital or in hospice care. Take the time now. Don’t wait until it is too late and the opportunity is lost and gone.
Life is what you make it, or are you what life has made you?
We often hear the saying “life is what you make it”. While we can make our life what we want it to be to a certain extent, the saying is rather simplistic, if not a half truth. We are all confronted with constraints, many of which we cannot change or remove from our lives. We have to learn to adapt to living with these onerous constraints. Consider the child who is born blind or with cerebral palsy, or the victim of an accident or of violence or war-time injury that maims or cripples or paralyzes his/her body. As well, we have to accept constraints upon our behavior and actions in society so that we are not incarcerated or placed in an institution for the mentally or psychologically ill. We confront limits each and every day in the struggle which is life. These limits serve to shape or influence our expectations.
Our experiences do indeed affect us greatly, especially the painful, trying experiences. Tragic, traumatic and painful experiences suffered through when one is young can and do leave rather lasting effects (scars) on us that we may not even be fully conscious of. These experiences shape our thinking, our view of the world perhaps more than we care to admit to ourselves.
Pastor Jonathan Gentry is a passionate speaker who is very concerned with crime in the black community here in the US.
His classic line: “I am going to tell you what you need to hear as opposed to what you want to hear.” – is appropriate and describes his message well.
These 2 short videos on YouTube are important to consider.
From IMDB (the Internet Movie Data Base site), we have this blurb:
A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.
zero days info on IMDB
A terribly disturbing yet thought provoking comment on a Christian marriage blog is the impetus for this post. Before providing the full quote of the comment (below), let us pose the relevant questions.
Is a sexual incompatibility of the spouses reasonable grounds for seeking a divorce? Can married couples achieve a more harmonious and mutually fulfilling and satisfying sexual life over time through effort and sacrifice? How important is good sex to the strength and success of the marriage? Why are the Christian churches largely silent on this challenge present in many marriages today? What about the harm, the very great harm, done to children who suffer through a dissolution of their parents’ marriage? A final question could be: Why do women play the role of refuser or gatekeeper when it comes to being sexually available for their husband?
Our feature image was captured last May (2016) while on holiday in Arches National Park, Utah.