Monday, November 13, 2006


Some thoughts from famous people -- and some people you've never heard of . . .
"Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. "

~ Jane Wagner

"Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important."

~ Natalie Goldberg, O Magazine

"To be sure, our mental processes often go wrong, so that we imagine God to have gone away. What should be done then? Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. Learn to behave thus even in deepest distress and keep yourself that way in any and every estate of life. I can give you no better advice than to find God where you lost him."

~ Meister Eckhart

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Have you ever heard of the spiritual disease which people in medieval times called accidie? It is something that threatens all Christian workers after the first flush of enthusiasm has worn off. It's a form of sloth but not at the physical level. It is apathy of the soul. It shows in a certain toughness of mind and wariness of spirit which often results from hurt and disillusionment.

People with accidie in this sense have grown cynical about ideals, enthusiasms, and strong hopes. They look pityingly at young people and say, "They'll learn," taking it for granted that when they've learned, they'll become tough inside too. Once upon a time these leather-souled people were keen, hopeful, and expectant. But nothing happened, or they got hurt, and now they protect themselves against pain by adopting cynical, world-weary attitudes.

[Often this gets reflected by Christian people who begin to think of the church] mechanically, merely going through the motions because their light has really gone out and they're no longer expecting anything exciting to happen. They feel that they know from experience that exciting things don't happen, and that's an end of it. So they merely plod on, expecting nothing and receiving nothing.

But the Lord does not send us out on his work in order that nothing may happen. His word is intended to have impact; it's sent out to accomplish something. We ought never to settle for a non-expectant, defeated attitude. Rather we should be asking and expecting great things from God.

--James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986, p. 10.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Song Lyrics

As I was driving home from Owatonna the following lyrics by Audio Adrenaline struck me:
I don't need theology
to know that God's been good to me
He's given me a family
and a place to lay my head
Flung into the great unknown
I was walking on my own
now I'll never walk alone
if I did I would be dead
I can't use it all myself
so I take it off the shelf
here it is, enjoy yourself
put away your drudgery,
use it up, there's always more
that's what it's intended for
be the Lord's ambassador
to be the planets remedy

That first line, especially hit me. I don't need theology
to know that God's been good to me. How true! I think we
can realize it thanks to our own experiences of God in our