The Worst Day of Your Life

will happen.  So settle your response now.

Because you will have one.  And you will make a response.

Whilst the details will differ, it will probably feel similar to one of David’s terrible and tortuous twenty four hours: recent personal failure; home in ruins; family taken captive; friends turning foes; enemies gloating gladly. (1 Samuel 30:3-6)

David’s defiance that day disciples us well:

– Weep until you can’t weep any more.

– Find strength in Yahweh.

– Together with prophets, determine the next step and pursue it with all you’ve got.

 

 

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Gillett & Brims – Podcast 09

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This week we wade into preaching – what is it? Should we do it? What makes it good?

This week’s verse – “The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” Mark 1:22

Question of the Episode – any speakers you’d recommend for us?

Missed any previous episodes?  Find them here – one, two, three, four, fivesixseven and eight.

008 – Obliterate Lust Ruthlessly

Congratulations on keeping your underwear on, but it’s your lustful inner life that could really ruin you long term. Those inclinations and imaginings may seem innocuous but actually they’re really insidious. Go thermo-nuclear on them. I mean zero negotiation. Your good eye swiveling for a snack on the eye candy? Gouge that gawper out. It is immeasurably better to be a blind man in bliss than fully sighted in the s@!* heap. Your right hand restless to reach where it shouldn’t? Hack that fiddler clean off. Better having a pirate’s hook in paradise than be twiddling both thumbs in hell.

Matthew 5:27-30 as part of the SAS Project

The Second Ice Cream

Classic scene.

Bright sunny day. In the park. With the kids. Ice Cream van. Cones with flake. Yes please Dad!

5 minutes later. “Did you enjoy your ice cream?”

“Yes daddy! Can I have another one?!”

Mr Whippy

The answer, good middle class parent that I am, is of course ‘no’.  But why?

This ‘no’ provokes a negative emotional response. Spoils, in some sense, the moment.  It’s received as a totally unloving action by the three year old – and he will not be able to intellectually grasp any rationale for it presented to him.

So, why no second ice cream?

Don’t give me those BS parent answers. I can easily afford it – the change is still rattling in my pocket. One more ice cream is not going to destroy his teeth any more than the first one. Spoil his tea? Ok, maybe, but it’s hardly a total dietary collapse.  The second ice cream would certainly be enjoyed.  So why not?!

It’s something about not wanting to diminish my son’s capacity for joy.

Over the long haul trying imperfectly to teach him that joy will come not only from the reception of gifts and experiences, but also through the learning of the hard skills of gratitude and contentment.

Recognising that the immediate indulgence of an understandable desire often destroys the very foundation of what we’re trying to build.

Difficult to teach the 3 year old, when this 33 year old still throws his tantrums over his ever-so-pressing-and-understandable requests not being instantly answered by his Father.

 

Today: Gratitude and contentment.

You’ve had your ice cream.

Say thank you.

Enjoyment is still at hand.

 

Philippians 4:11-12 if you need a verse.