Monday, March 2, 2015

Why would you want to live so close to the LINE?

I sometimes struggle with SIN. There I said it.
    Let me revise that statement.
I struggle with SIN.
    Let me revise it again.

I'm taking a class on Spiritual Formation. It's a class that requires a lot of introspection. I've been taking inventory of my life and looking at areas of temptation. Those areas aren't hard to spot. I know them well. I don't always like thinking about them, much less doing something about them. I'm a good avoider. But this class wouldn't let me avoid or pretend. I had to face some of my weaknesses and the areas where I'm most tempted to SIN.

And here is what I found myself thinking.

Being tempted is not SIN. Having a thought pop into my mind is not SIN.
But there is a LINE. I'm not always sure where it is, but I know there's a LINE that exists where a temptation or a thought becomes SIN. I know there's a LINE because I've crossed it many times.

So, now I wondered:
     Where is that LINE between temptation and SIN?
     Where is the LINE that divides OK from WRONG?

Do you know why I wanted to know?
     So I could dance right up to the LINE and feel ok about myself.

And then I had another thought. But I don't think it was MY thought. I think it was GOD'S thought. It sounded like something He would say.

     "Why would you want to live so close to the LINE?"

And I had no good answer...................... Do you?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Who's Always Right in Your Marriage?

I recently read a great article called Who's Always Right in Your Marriage?
I know it feels good to be right and to have my husband think I'm right, but is that really what's most important? In fact, needing to be right all the time can harm a relationship. Do you agree?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What are you reading now?

Just wondering what you're reading these day. I'm reading a new book on Mentoring that is reinforcing what I've been seeing, while transforming my thinking in ways I didn't expect
Why am I reading it?

  • I saw a great interview with the authors. It's about 30 minutes long but you can download it and listen while you're walking, cooking, driving . . .
  • I've read another book by Sue Edwards, and it was excellent. She is a prof at Dallas Theological Seminary and is smart, warm and approachable.
  • I'm interested in mentoring and want to understand why it doesn't always work the way we want it to. I've seen too many women disappointed and even hurt by a mentoring experience. 
  • I'm sad to admit it, but I've been the one who disappointed someone I was mentoring years ago. And I think I might have disappointed someone else recently. But I know I've also helped others. Why do some mentoring relationships work out, but others flounder?
  • Our CBC Women's Support Team is reading and discussing this book during our monthly meetings. It's stimulating some great discussion. 
  • I don't have daughters, but I want to be involved in the lives of young women. How can I do that effectively?
  • I don't want to get stuck in my ways and lose touch with current culture.

That's what I'm reading and why. What about you?