Do you ever wonder about your coworkers, friends, or neighbors? Who are they really? Are they what they portray to the world or is there something sinister inside of them? What deep dark secrets are they hiding? What traumas or tragedies have they survived?
What about the countless strangers we bump into as we go about our day? Who are they? Are they ex-cons, thieves, liars, or murders? Are they family oriented and community volunteers? Are they somewhere in the middle?
I wonder about these things. Do you?
Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults. There are a lot of benefits to playing.
Here are a few examples:
It’s a great way to reduce stress.
It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills.
It strengthens relationships.
There are a variety of ways adults can participate in playing: video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.
Remember to spend time playing today. It’s good for you.
The book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, was written by Dr. John Gray. It was published in the 1990’s, and is still popular today.
To be honest, I didn’t like the book. I found it to be stereotypical and redundant. The aspect that bothered me the most was the repetitiveness of each concept. I felt like I was reading the same information in each chapter, with only a slight variation in wording.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it?
At times, War Horse was a bit difficult to read. I wanted to reach into the story, grab a few of the characters, and whack them on the head for being cruel or ignorant. However, all in all it is an excellent story.
The book takes a hard look at dealing with adversity, how friendships help with overcoming struggles, the tenacity required to fight for someone you love (even if your efforts seem wasted), and it explores the power of the human-animal bond.
This is definitely a book worth reading.
Yesterday, I talked about living a life of righteousness which involves more than just following a set of rules and checking off a list of requirements. A life of righteousness comes from a pure heart.
When I read Matthew 5:21-6:4, I see that idea continuing and advice on how it should be played out in our life.
The law teaches us to not murder and it teaches an eye for an eye when seeking retribution for a wrong done to us. However, Jesus wants more from us. Jesus teaches us not to be hateful, angry, or insulting. Instead, we should seek reconciliation and forgiveness. This applies to our friends and to our enemies.
The law forbids adultery, but Jesus teaches a lustful heart is evil. We should avoid things that lead to lust, if we want to live a righteous life and have a pure heart.
Jesus also condemned those who practice spirituality and charity to impress others. Doing good to bolster your sense of self-pride, will not win any points with God. Jesus wants us to do good out of a sense of love and compassion.
Living a life of righteousness is more than behaving a certain way when others can see us and it is more than just following a list of requirements. Living a life of righteousness starts in the person’s heart and then it is demonstrated through their actions.