Light to Live By

In part two of our Christmas series, God Moved into the Neighborhood, we begin looking at how the process of transformation unfolds.  Initially, it’s not very comfortable.  In order to fix the system, we first have to see where and how it’s broken.  Keep reading to see how this works and how to overcome the biggest challenge to it happening.

 

Light to Live By

Have you ever gotten unwanted advice before?  Now, probably there are some folks out there who are far more gracious than I am, but usually when I get unwanted advice my first thought is, “Buzz off, Mr. Busy-Body!”  Who’s with me?  There’s just something a little cynical in most of us that thinks, “You know, they probably mess up at this just as much as I do.  They are in no position to be giving me advice.”  But, there is an exception to this rule.  We as a culture are slavishly reliant on the advice of experts.  If we think someone is an expert, we will listen to just about anything they say.  This phenomenon explains how we got shows like Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.  They were both regular “experts” on Oprah who became popular enough to get their own shows.  And perhaps you’re sitting there thinking, “Well I certainly don’t listen to those quacks!  You can’t really trust anything you see on TV anyway.” Read the rest…

Morning Musings: 2 Chronicles 10:6-8

“Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, ‘How do you advise me to answer this people?’  And they said to him, ‘If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.’  But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Rehoboam was an idiot.  But, he was an idiot with a lot of copycats around today.  We live in a culture that celebrates youth as one of the highest goods a person can achieve.  For those who don’t have it by calendar years, there are many measures that can be taken to maintain its appearance.  For those who do have it, though, they are given a seat at the cultural table that tends to be far closer to the head than they should be given.  See how many of the cable news channels have as anchors folks who are in their early 30s or even into their 20s.  While there are very many young people who are incredibly intelligent and articulate, there is something important and powerful to be said for the perspective and even wisdom that can only be attained by a breadth of experience that only comes with years.   Read the rest…