I am certainly a visual learner – so I love this illustration. As with a lot of things, I can’t agree 100% with all the conclusions here, but the illustration is powerful. And, as with a lot of things, I think the truth is found somewhere in the “holy middle ground.”
Read this blog post on the power of asking “Why?” five times.
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Here is today’s reading:
[The demon Screwtape writes:] [God, the “Enemy,” is] a hedonist at heart. All those fasts and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a facade. Or only like foam on the sea shore. Out at sea, out in His sea, there is pleasure, and more pleasure. He makes no secret of it; at His right hand are “pleasures for evermore.” Ugh! Don’t think He has the least inkling of that high and austere mystery to which we rise in the Miserific Vision. He’s vulgar, Wormwood. He has a bourgeois mind. He has filled His world full of pleasures. There are things for humans to do all day long without His minding in the least—sleeping, washing, eating, drinking, making love, playing, praying, working. Everything has to be twisted before it’s any use to us. We fight under cruel disadvantages. Nothing is naturally on our side.
From The Screwtape Letters
Compiled in Words to Live By
This is one of my favorite sermons of all time. Otto Koning was a Dutch missionary in Papua New Guinea. I love his sense of humor, which I’d like to think is similar to mine. This is absolutely worth the hour to watch and listen. Carve out the time.
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33
My brother Matt and I got to face each other in “Sumo” wrestling at the Durham Bulls game on Sunday, August 4th. Enjoy!
“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.”
Proverbs 18:1 (NKJV)