Archive for July, 2010


God’s Love

God is here to give us hope. That simple statement contains so much
truth, yet we often overlook its simplicity for a far more complex
viewpoint. Some of us are like magnets to bad influences, and it’s not
God that gives us the feelings of stress that fuel our hopelessness. What
God does is help us to improve our attitude so that we can see solutions
to life’s dilemmas. There’s also a bonus, in that God has promised to
carry us, and our problems, when we are unable to move under our own
steam. This is such an awesome concept that it’s no wonder many of us
choke as we attempt to comprehend the enormity of this gift. Yet, if we
believe and accept, the results are often nothing short of miraculous.


Stuff Happens!

Does God give us more than we can bear? If the entire book of
Genesis is to be taken literally, we humans disobeyed God and ate from
the tree of knowledge soon after our creation. With that one decision,
we traded in our chance to live in ignorant bliss in the Garden of Eden
and opted for the right of free will, with all its potential for joy, pain and
chaos. Given the above, does God really ‘give’ us or do we just keep
bumping into ‘stuff ’ as we navigate this maze that is our life? We really
can’t have it both ways: we can’t want free will and not be prepared to
accept the consequences of our own actions. We mustn’t continue to
blame God when things go horribly wrong in our lives. We have to take
some responsibility.



It’s good that even those who think they know ‘everything’ can
appreciate that there’s still a lot to learn. Information may come from the
most unlikely sources, and even the ‘dumbest’ of us have something to
teach while the brightest have something to learn. The excitement that’s
generated as we approach something new must have been built into us
at creation, to ensure that our thirst for knowledge remains an ongoing
process. So much of what we believe has its origins shrouded in mystery,
and this encourages us to keep seeking truth.



Many of us want and acquire much more than we really need and,
often, when we are busy attending to our wants, something we really
need passes by us unnoticed. We also do this in the way we relate to the
people we love and the children we bring into this world. Far too many
parents spend too much time away from home, working at several jobs
to pay for more and more material goods. We should place the
acquisition of material ‘stuff ’ in perspective. Parents who show love and
commitment by their physical presence are making a far more valuable
investment in their children’s future. It cannot be emphasized too much
that one of the most important jobs parents have, is to nurture and
prepare children to become responsible adults. An absent parent is
unable to fulfill this requirement adequately.