I don’t know whether I slipped or leapt to embrace you but I do know that you are mine. Hello, new year.

Oh Hello

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When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, “Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.” – Indra Nooyi (CEO and Chairman of Pepsico)

Assuming positive intention – that’s nursing all day erry day. Some days it’s just a lot harder. 

When you assume…

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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

-CS Lewis, The Four Loves

“To love at all…

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We most often think about sin in terms of right or wrong, but it’s also about freedom or slavery. Life reminds us how easy it is to be consumed by errant desires. The forgiveness of sins is not extended so that mankind can become moral, it is extended so that mankind can enter into a union with God. We then attempt to live more purely not to be an impressive citizen, but to surrender ourselves to God, that we might notice and have the courage to respond to the prompting of God’s spirit in us, and live out a faith expressed in love. This is true freedom.

Perhaps this is why Jesus chose not to shame the woman at the well over her indiscretions (ranging from multiple past husbands to a live-in lover), and did not propose an improvement in moral performance as the key to a new life.

Observing moral law was the Pharisee’s oppressive gig, and Jesus gave them an earful about it. Christ knew that in the hands of human people, sin management was impossible, beside the point and a total dead-end. Rather, Jesus instead told the woman that He was the solution. The same is true for the rest of us.

Ebright, Ian. (2012). “Petraeus and Sin as a Spectator Sport.”  http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/worldview/petraeus-and-sin-spectator-sport

Sin as a Spectator Sport