A character I read about in a novel recently was noted for having the ability to negotiate deals where both sides won. Too many people do not even think that such a thing is possible. It’s too bad, because it usually is possible, if people enter negotiations in an open and honest fashion.
I think that is nowhere more evident than in politics. There is no doubt at all in my mind that one side of the political spectrum in this country is convinced that both sides cannot win and it drives EVERYTHING they do. You figure out which one.
Someone once said the only constant is change.
We show who we are by how we deal with change. Some change is good. Some change is not so good. Some change is absolute evil. But change happens and we must deal with it at some point.
Some people rush into change. They love it. They look for it. They pursue it.
If those people enjoy the wonderful new things the world has to offer and revel in the joys of creation, it is good. If they are not content with what God has provided them or are running away from things uncomfortable or disturbing, then it is likely not good.
Some people avoid change. They consider all change to be bad. They fight it with every fiber of their being.
This can be good if they believe that God has them were they are for a reason. It can be that they are the ones tasked with defending the traditional, moral or ethical standard that is right and true. This is all good. If, however, they fight change because they fear it – because they are content where they are and are afraid that they might not like what else is out there, then they have created two problems. One is that they are avoiding what God would have them do. The second is that they are avoiding what God would have for them.
There is a key similarity between the two. Comfort. People pursue change when uncomfortable. People run from it when they are comfortable.
My challenge to myself (and to others) is to consider a change when you are comfortable. Consider not making one when you are uncomfortable. You can grow in both cases. The key is to look at them in light of God’s direction in your life.
We don’t always do what we should, especially regularly. I set up this site with every intention of writing regularly. I forget that the site is here.
I just switched from NBC (Nazarene Bible College) to NNU (Northwest Nazarene University) for my ordination classes. I enjoyed the NBC ones but they were just too compressed and intense to deal with if I had a work project keeping me long hours or an emergency. I always thought, these should be 12 weeks long and not 6. People who have time could do two and the rest of us could have a pace that fits life.
NNU’s classes are 12 weeks. They also really stress journaling. I hope and expect to have regular content to cut and paste to this blog as I am forced into writing regularly.
Took a hike (exercise) today. It was about 2.5 miles. The oldest and the youngest went along for the trip. We discussed the fact that a hike through a more natural setting had the benefit of being both physical and spiritual exercise. The path we took is the north part of the one shown here http://www.austinexplorer.com/Locations/ShowLocation.aspx?LocationID=1871.