Sometimes I open the Bible to look for ammunition. I know that’s probably not the best use of my time, and it definitely isn’t the intended use of Scripture, but I still fall victim to it. I think many of us do that, and I think it has a lot to do with our insecurities.
I can’t recall ever decidedly making any specific New Year’s Resolutions in the past. I can recognize, however, that the there is something about the beginning of another calendar year which elicits a need to reflect on the events of the passing year and their effects. And by the same token, this annual occurrence also seems to stir up a need for deep consideration about how we would like the coming year to unfold, and then to resolutely decide the steps necessary to bring those desires to fruition.
Since I began working as an English as a Second Language Teacher eight years ago, I continually get the question: “What other languages do you speak?”. This is a legitimate question that I enjoy responding to. I say “No, actually I don’t speak any other languages, my students do not need me to speak their native language.”
I find it so interesting that Webster’s Dictionary defines a cliché as “[a phrase or expression] that has become overly familiar or commonplace” to the extent that it has lost its originality and/or effectiveness. It’s interesting because lately some of the greatest clichés to me have ceased to become soundbites or word-candy and have simply become Truths.
I believe that the Bible is full of God-breathed words spoken to and recorded by His people. It is no doubt a historical piece in one sense, a spiritual account in another, and also guidebook for living. Unfortunately I have the ability to leave God right there on those pages, back thousands of years in history. But truth is The Main Character is still alive today … breathing His words into our ears and onto our lives.
If you have been on the internet in the last 3 months, chances are high that you were inundated with ways to make this summer the best yet. And so, if you can palate it, here’s one more list for you: 3 Lessons Learned From a Hard Summer.