Posted on January 30, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
On this last Wednesday of the first month of the “new” year, I am wondering about openness. I read an article meant for instructional tech on building open source online courses. The article asked an academic question:
Is there a “Spirit of Open?”
Instead of Open Course Software, I wonder instead about another venue of openness. I wonder about non-academic openness. I am wondering about identity openness. And while all my wondering is going on, Julie Daley posts a quote online. This part stuns me:
But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it. Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation. It is a vicious circle. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj, From “I am that.”
Do I build my identity around my defects, as Rick Warren declares? If so, can I be open? Can I have a “Spirit of Open” to another way?
Might I begin again? Might I remember who I am not? And while Nisargadatta Maharaj of the quote above advocates “Only self – realization can break it. Go for it resolutely,” might there also be another option?
Might I nurture a Spirit of Open and (re)build my identity around who I am in Grace? Who I am in God’s eyes?
How might we nurture a Spirit of Open?
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Posted on January 28, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
It is easy to do. It is easy to become what the bully says. Even if the bully is yourself. (Especially then.)
But, please remember, you are not your struggles. You are not your guilt. You are not your pain from the past. You are not your mistakes. You are not your circumstances. You are not the choices that you have made. You are not even the storms you survive.
And, conversely, you are not your pretty house/nice car/stylish clothes/educational degrees/club memberships/full-time job.
You are a trophy of God’s grace. Richard C. Whitcomb
You are defined by God and God alone. He identifies you as his own (2 Corinthians 1:22).
The thing is, if you don’t know who you are, then you are vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are and no one else has a vote in the matter.
You are God’s precious child and he created you in a way that pleases him. Because you are identified with Christ, you have the power of the Holy Spirit within you. ~Jon Walker
Sometimes, to remember who we are, we need to remember who we are not. :)
Other Words for the Soul
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Posted on January 27, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
Posted on January 25, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
Posted on January 23, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
Are you willing to remember who are you when you forget that you don’t know? ~Jo Anna Rothman
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More Mid-Week Questions
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Posted on January 21, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
My favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s murder followed the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, but, for me, his was more scary and sinister because he was a preacher first and a private citizen. True, he had vaulted to the public stage but he always represented pastoral and ministerial work. In an interview last night, his niece stated that he always thought of himself primarily and wanted to be known as a minister of the Lord.
I was a young girl for all three terrible murders, but it was Martin Luther King’s death that cracked the veneer of life-as-I-had-known-it.
Is there one particular King quote that resonates with you?
Picture is actually a poster available at Mardells
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Posted on January 20, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
“I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now. Yet when that one I have spoken to you about comes—the Spirit of truth—he will guide you into everything that is true. For he will not be speaking of his own accord but exactly as he hears, and he will inform you about what is to come. He will bring glory to me for he will draw on my truth and reveal it to you. Whatever the Father possesses is also mine; that is why I tell you that he will draw on my truth and will show it to you. ~John 16:13 (Phillips)
and when He may come — the Spirit of truth — He will guide you to all the truth, for He will not speak from Himself, but as many things as He will hear He will speak, and the coming things He will tell you ~John 16:13 (Young’s)
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. ~John 16:13 (ESV)
More Words from The Sponsor
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