Monday Morning Ponderings

 *   Scripturally, Jesus Christ is the Word of God. How easy it is to live life and forget about that. We quote Bible verses proclaiming “the Word says this,” and “the Word says that.” It will be my goal for the rest of my life to treat Jesus like the actual Word of God, and to learn how to read Scripture as best I can.

*   People really do make time for things which are important to them. Give people grace for busy schedules. But never forget that principle.

*   “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4). According to Karl Barth, “selfish ambition” means someone who insists upon his own wages. So, to better imitate Christ, I have to give up seeking fairness and fulfillment of what (I think) I am due. Of what is fair. What is right. What I “deserve.”

(oh, sweet Jesus. I will need help with that.)

*   non·sense   [non-sens, -suhns]
1. words or language having little or no sense or meaning.
2. conduct, action, etc., that is senseless, foolish, or absurd: to have tolerated enough nonsense
3. impudent, insubordinate, or otherwise objectionable behavior: He doesn’t have to take that nonsense from you
4. something absurd or fatuous: the utter nonsense of such a suggestion
5. anything of trifling importance or of little or no use

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