Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Easiest Thing You Can Do

We live in a world where most of the people we meet are facing some form of struggle in their life. As a follower of Jesus Christ we should reflect the spirit of our Savior, who when He observed hurting people "was moved with compassion for them." While it is obvious that we cannot solve every problem or meet every need we can have compassion for those who are struggling. 

The easiest thing that we can do as we deal with others is to simply be nice to them. A smile, a kind word, or a helping hand can make a huge difference in the day of a person who is struggling with the issues of life. Sadly, we often are so wrapped in our struggles that we fail to take the opportunity to simply be nice to others.

Being nice to others will often open the door to an opportunity to share Jesus and His love. Try it you will like it.

Attempting to Connect the Dots...


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What is in a Word?

Words mean something. What we say both verbally and in print represents who we are, what we believe and what is important to us. We should avoid carelessness when we use words.

Interestingly, we live in a generation that has become careless with our vocabulary. I have observed two practices that are disturbing when it comes to the use of words.

The first is the practice of inconsistency in our speech and writing. While I recognize that an individuals viewpoint or conviction might change on a particular issue, it seems acceptable to far too many in our culture, to say whatever is pleasing to a particular audience and then to flip-flop when addressing a different audience.

Second, a growing issue is the practice of redefining the historic or traditional meaning of words. This is a reflection of the cultural practice of historical revisionism. If an individual can successfully redefine a word he is in the position of being able to portray himself in a way that he could be perceived to be acceptable to two groups of people who hold to opposite opinions or to word parse his way out of an existing statement that might be problematic.

Again, words mean something. Words like integrity, accountability, fidelity, loyalty, consistency and character not only carry specific meaning; they should be the definition of who we are in Christ. Often in Christian debate we degenerate to a mentality of my side must win. We use words in a way to accomplish victory. Our words should be used in a way to establish what we believe and to express who we are as individuals who follow Christ.

Jesus said:
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. 

May that be said of us as we follow Him.

Attempting to Connect the Dots...


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