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Moulded

I am tired of being told what to think. A country on the other side of the world has invaded another country on the other side of the world. Suddenly everybody has an opinion that they propound as truth.

I know I have no expertise in the field. I haven’t studied political science or the history of Russia or the middle east. As a matter of fact, I was very bad at any history. Everybody else around me seems to have become an expert overnight. Personally, I don’t quite trust the news Google and social media is feeding me.

I would rather base my thoughts on Psalm 131. “LORD, I have given up my pride and turned away from arrogance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me. Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother’s arms, so my heart is quiet within me. Israel, trust in the LORD now and forever.”(GNBDC)

I love the Philips translation of Romans 12. “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.” (Verse 2) I can’t help thinking about a cookie press squeezing out identical globs of dough.

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My Prayer

Dear Lord, forgive me when I trust my intellect and think I know the truth, when I believe that my way is the only right way. You can see all situations from all sides. Please teach me to trust Your wisdom so my heart and my mind can rest quietly in Your love. Amen.

The Alpha and the Omega

“The end of the world has arrived!”

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This was the theme of many social media posts at the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Not long after came a batch of talks by various pastors and scholars showing how this was not the end of the world.

Most of this frenzy has died down recently (or maybe I’m being more selective of what I choose to watch and read. I’m wary of social media.)

In either case, Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.“(Rev 22:13 NIV)

Jesus was at the beginning of Creation (John 1:1-12) and He will be with us at the end of the world.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b NIV)

Even if it is the end of the world, if we walk with Jesus, we don’t need to fear. Today is the beginning of the rest of our lives.

My Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, Keep me trusting You so that each new day can be a new beginning. Amen.

This post is part of JusJoJan and Streams of Consciousness Saturday.

Lockdown Day 5 Living Online

Now that so many people are in lockdown, life is going online. We have online church every Sunday. My daughter is offering online art classes, my granddaughter is doing online ballet lessons, tonight I am trying out my first online conference call when we meet up with our fellowship group.

This is a photo of our grandchildren doing an online PE lesson, designed by their uncle who is a PE teacher in an international school.

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Some things just don’t work online. Like meeting a friend for coffee. Sure I can make my own coffee and she can make her own coffee and we can both sit in front of our laptop or cell phone screens, but it just doesn’t quite do it for me. I can’t give a friend a hug although there are online versions of that too. Our fellowship group used to have supper together before our teaching session and it’s been of the highlights of my week. A video conference doesn’t come close!

One thing that really lends itself well to this situation, however, is communication and social media. I suffer from media overload. Every WhatsApp group I belong to has been prolific in sharing things, to the extent that I’m getting to the stage that when I see an unsolicited video of more then three minutes, I delete it. Just before bed time last night, I received horrific videos of people being abused by soldiers. Not the best content to fill my mind.

We all want to cheer each other up or inspire each other or maybe even inform one another but let’s limit what we allow into our minds. Garbage in, garbage out, the computer people used to say in my day. Let’s be selective and heed Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. (NIV)