As I surf the web, I bookmark things that make me think but that I don’t have time to blog about. Here are some of my recent finds:
~ Don’t give up! A peek:
In this age, Jesus grants us the gospel rest of ceasing the impossible labor of self-atonement for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). But in embracing the gospel we find ourselves also drafted into a war — a war to keep believing the gospel and a war to spread it to others. In this age we “strive to enter that [complete] rest” of the age to come (Hebrews 4:11).
And wars are exhausting — especially long ones. That’s why you are often tired. Most soldiers who experience the fierceness of combat want to get out of it. That’s why you feel urges to escape or surrender. That’s why there are times you’re tempted to give up.
But don’t give up. No, rather “take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).
~ My daughter tipped me off to this website when I was writing a paper and needed to include footnotes.
~ This introvert (who has recently learned that she isn’t as introverted as she thought she was) appreciates Alan Jacobs’ take on extraverts:
So, extraverts of the world, I invite you to make a New Year’s resolution: Refrain from organizing stuff. Don’t plan parties or outings or, God forbid, “team-building exercises.” Just don’t call meetings. (I would ask you to refrain from calling unnecessary meetings, but so many of you think almost all meetings necessary that it’s best you not call them at all.) Leave people alone and let them get their work done. Those who want to socialize can do it after work. I’ll not tell you you’ll enjoy it: you won’t. You’ll be miserable, at least at first, because you won’t be pulling others’ puppet-strings. But everyone will be more productive, and many people will be happier. Give it a try. Let go for a year. Just leave us alone.
~ I frequently need this reminder: Life’s Interruptions are Divine Opportunities.
~ I’d like to add a hearty “Amen!” to Douglas Wilson’s thoughts on Gun Ownership As Civic Virtue:
Some might lament the lack of faith I am displaying in our elected officials. Doesn’t our civilization depend on us learning how to centralize all the firepower? Someone might ask, don’t you trust them? No, I don’t — in countless and very creative ways, they have shown themselves to be incapable of decent governance. Trust them with my guns? After what they have done with everything else? They are, taking one thing with another, poltroons, miscreants, malefactors, mountebanks, skunks, recreants, offenders, rascals, scamps, felons, evil-doers, and congressmen.
~ This made me laugh. Because it’s better than crying.
Gotta run get ready to face a busy Tuesday,