While I had always heard that high expectations touted as a good or positive thing, the harsh reality is that I have seen more and more how often they have wreaked havoc in my life. These expectations have encouraged extremely harsh judgments of myself, others and introduced conflict, disappointment, self- absorbed behavior and even depression […]
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I imagine just about everyone has heard of the book, Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens. Written in the 19th century, it has long been highly lauded as a classic. Likewise, having great or high expectations and standards often is equally lauded in society. We are encouraged to have high expectations in business, in people […]
Rereading Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount I was intrigued by this passage in a way I never had been before. Yeah, sure, we’ve all heard the whole turn the other cheek bit before. (and that Jesus was a pacifist, yada, yada, yada.) But reading this passage, in its context, I can’t help but wonder what […]
The day and the hour had become pitch dark, the sun had stopped shining as just prior Jesus had been crucified on a cross, exhorting God: “forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. According to Luke, the Jewish leaders’ were offended by Jesus’ God like or messianic claims, yet neither Pilate […]
Usually when one hears of “coming out of the closet” one’s spiritual journey and beliefs are not the first thing that comes to mind. However, practically all of us, if we are honest, often live parts of our lives, either external or internal, “in the closet”, hiding parts of ourselves the ones that love us […]