Friday, July 11, 2014

                                                    Greek thoughts vs. Bibical thoughts 

The Greek account of creation begins with a golden age, somewhat similar to the Biblical account of the garden of Eden.  The similarity ends there.   The Greek version of the beginning says neither humans or the gods had to do any work.  The earth simply provided food in abundance. 

The Biblical account of creation couldn't be more different.  It shows God working the first six days.  The Hebrew word that describes what God was doing is the Hebrew word mikh.   It means ordinary human work.  God was working six days and resting one.  In Genesis, work was part of paradise. 

As you know, God gave Adam a job before He gave him a family.  God gave Adam a job before there was sin on the earth.  In Christianity, work did not come after some Golden Age.  Work was and is part of God's perfect design for us.  Literally, it was part of paradise!

Have your thoughts about work (particularily on Monday mornings) been more influenced by Greek Culture or Biblical Truth?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What can we learn about ourselves from a piece of liter?

Do you sometimes read something that just sticks with you, without even trying to remember it?  A while back a book I was reading stated that, "Every time we walk past a piece of liter and pick it up, we experience a small moral victory.  Every time we walk past a piece of liter and ignore it, we experience a small moral failure."

After reading that, guess what happens when I see a piece of paper?  I think I've been doing fairly well, picking up more pieces of liter than I've ignored.   Besides helping our planet be a little cleaner, what are the benefits of doing this?

  1.  Develops integrity.  Doing something good that likely no one else notices is a small exercise in character building.
  2. I've found myself paying closer attention to other small details in life.  How's the saying go, "It's the little foxes that spoil the vine?" 
  3. Everything in my life affects everything in my life.  We have such a tendency to compartmentalize our lives.  We say, "this is spiritual and important" or "This is non spiritual and therefore not important."   I can't imagine ignoring several pieces of trash and then walking into church and singing, "I live for you alone, every breath that I take, every moment I'm awake, I give myself to you.!"
I'm not on a crusade to clean up our planet.  However, I pray you will start noticing those little pieces of liter and recognize how your reaction affects you life.