Tag: wisdom

Christianity, Culture, Mindset

Don’t Be Yourself

“Just be yourself.” If “be yourself” means “be honest about yourself, your weaknesses, and your abilities, lie neither to yourself or others” then I agree. If it means do what you truly and really think is best, then I absolutely agree.  But what it really means is something like this excuse your excesses, wink at …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Spiritual Life

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil

Thou shalt not take up a false report: put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to wrest justice: neither shalt thou favor a poor man in his cause. (Exodus …

Bible, Christianity

Wisdom Wedneday: The Evil Woman in Proverbs 6

Pro 6:23-35 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, (24) to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. (25) Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with …

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The Epistle to James and How to Sort Yourself Out

Sort yourself out I’ve been doing Sunday school lessons on the book of James for weeks. It’s been challenging and enriching. I’ve also been listening to Jordan Peterson’s lectures for the last year or so. And in them he uses the phrase “sort yourself out” frequently. One morning, I decided I would read the book …

Ethics, Mindset, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Effort Habit: Keep the Faculty of Effort Alive in You

William James on the Effort Habit One of my favorite selections from James’ psychology text book is about developing an effort habit: Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. That is, be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Education, Parenting

Sunday School: Career vs Calling

Christianese: I’m not sure what I’m called to do. I’m pretty sure God is calling me to become a chef. God told me to change majors. God called me to date so-and-so. I’m feeling called to the [insert cause that allows for very little personal accountability here]. 3 Aspects of Calling (in and out of …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Spiritual Life

On the sissyness of Christian advice.

Often, advice from successful Christian men and women boils down to platitudes that sound spiritual, but reflect neither wisdom nor what those very people did to become successful. Here are things I heard in sermons to college students when I was in college or that I heard when I asked for advice: Ask God for guidance. …

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The soul of the sluggard

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (Pro 13:4) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”(Exo 20:17) In …

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Don’t Retire to Watch T.V. and Wish You’d Lived Differently

Don’t retire, if you retire from your career, pursue your calling as soon as you clock out on your last day. Watch this video. This woman is 100. Proverbs 24:10 says: “If you faint in days of adversity, your strength is small.” I hope to follow this woman’s advice and I hope you do to. …

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Be Wise For Yourself

One of the most interesting features of the book of Proverbs is that despite the fact that the Proverbs themselves try to help the individual to be oriented toward others, the book appeals primarily to self-interest. This is very important. I’ll probably write more about it later (I still need to finish my series on …