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Month: July 2017

God You Want Me To Do What?

I like Moses. He has a great reputation. He lifted his rod and the Red Sea parted. As a lowly shepherd he asks for an audience with the most powerful man in the world, the Pharaoh of Egypt. Amazing! Shepherds were the lowest of the low. It was laughable that a shepherd would be allowed into the presence of the king. Not only that he was old, 80 years old. Ready for Social Security!  (Don’t count the old guys out!) And he spoke God’s word to Pharaoh:  “Let my people go!” (Imagine that in the deepest Charlton Heston voice.) Moses continued to face Pharaoh until Moses’ people were released from slavery. What a guy! But the real reason I like Moses is found in Exodus 3 and 4. Moses sounds like me. God said, “Moses I have a little job for you. I want you to go down to Egypt and tell old Pharaoh,  ‘Let my people Go!’” Moses replied, “Who me?” Have you ever had God ask you to do something, you look, and nobody else is around? Yes, He is looking at you. “Who Me?  You want me to do what?  I’m just now ready for my Shepherd’s…

Four Cons of Religious Hucksters

I almost got snookered. I almost fell for a pitch man. Nancy can tell  you that I am extremely sales resistant but this time… As a fledgling writer with a first book, I am vulnerable to pitches about it. One afternoon I got a phone call from a different publisher who said they were excited about promoting my book. The caller knew details about the book and said their “scouts” had identified my book as one they wanted to promote at the Atlanta book festival exhibit. (The Atlanta Festival is held for self-published authors and independent publishers to promote their books. The attendance is about 7,000 people. I did verify that.) It was enticing. They wanted me to come and sign books at their booth.  I was like wow, somebody thought my book was good! Then I researched this publisher. Warnings about them were posted on author web sites. Their ethics and actions have been repeatedly called into question. They almost had me. Jesus warned about religious hucksters in the Sermon on the Mount.  The Bible paraphrase the Message, puts Matthew 7: 13-20 this way:  “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for…

Is Self-Care Selfish? Is It Wrong?

“Love your neighbor as yourself”—Jesus Before you can really love your neighbor you must love yourself. But what does self-care mean? It begins with self-respect.You have been deeply loved by God. You are one of His masterpieces. Self-care flows from God’s love.  Selfishness and self-care are two very different things. Selfishness demands others respect. Selfishness is not kind to others unless there is some reward for it. It bullies others to gain respect. Self care is kind and respects yourself. You do not bully yourself or others because your contentment comes from deep within. Self-compassion is being content  with who you are, both strengths and weaknesses.. You are content with what you have. You are not jealous of the possessions and traits of others because you are comfortable with being the person God created you to be. Contentment means you don’t have to prove anything to anyone else. Selfishness hides the truth. It sweeps things under the rug. Lies are told as though they were truth. Self-care is not afraid of truth. It names and faces our inner demons and is not afraid. Self-compassion is courageous because He casts out fear by his perfect love. You are patient with yourself…