Identity (In Christ)

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity” ~ Erik Erickson, Psychologist

“[Socialization] is an interactive process through which we make decisions about our relationships, our interpretation of information that comes to us through interaction, and what we will say and do. It is through these decisions that we influence our own lives and the social worlds in which we participate.” ~ Jay Coakley, Professor

“Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God.” ~ Henri Nouwen, Clergyman

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Introduction
As a Christian, I find myself frustrated with the world at times—the frequency of which seems to increase as I get older. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’d like to believe that the increasing frequency of my frustration is a sign of a growing spiritual maturity—questionable, I know. Often, that frustration revolves around hypocritical action, though it’s not isolated to secular society. Regularly, my observation of such behavior also includes those professing religious affiliations; including Christians. Sometimes, however, I find myself to be one of those hypocritical Christians who frustrate me… Continue reading

Discomfort: Leaving Our Cocoons For Christ

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.” ~ Pope John Paul II

“As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” ~ Luke 9:57-58

INTRODUCTION
I returned from a trip to Virginia earlier this May in a poor state of mind. During the long drive back to Georgia, my thoughts wandered; pondering circumstances that I have no control over. For most of the week following, I struggled with anxiety… Continue reading

Impulsive

Originally posted on Facebook–September, 2011

Maybe it’s just me, but the responsibilities of life seem to occupy twenty-five hours of the day. Margin only seems to apply to the space between the edge of a sheet of paper and the typeface—and even that has diminished! With the advent of the Facebook era, there is always some event on the horizon, asking me if I am “attending,” “not attending,” “maybe attending”—and if I choose to be negligent, it is “awaiting response.” If I decide to pass on one event, there are usually multiple alternatives. Occasionally, people will send an e-mail, or an evite, or—get this—call; asking me to invest my time with them. Word-of-Mouth has been amplified through social networking; requiring me to filter through the clutter and be intentional with how I prioritize my time and make commitments. And if you don’t request my time with at least three weeks advance notice, it’s quite possible that I’m already booked! Continue reading

Myopic Adaptation

“It seems that not being religious is a form of risk-taking, consistent with other patterns of short-sighted behaviour in men.” ~ Rodney Stark, Theologian

“I am very short-sighted, and if I don’t like a situation I take my glasses off.” ~Jenny Eclair, Comedian

Originally posted on Facebook—June 30, 2010

It is amazing what thoughts enter the mind as one attempts to wind down for an evening’s sleep. I am sure that many people share similar experiences before falling asleep; fascinating combinations of thoughts that come across as epiphanies. For me, during that period of time between slipping into bed and actually falling to sleep, my mind tends to find parallels between subjects that would initially seem unrelated. Maybe I need to be half asleep to allow my mind to be able to reasonably consider such correlations. Who knows? All I know, is that during that pre-dream state of being, my mind is its most creative. Continue reading