I don’t claim to be a psychologist or counselor, but I do think that my generation is plagued with loneliness. Through social media, we have constant access to friends, family, and strangers. Yet, we feel that no one truly knows us.
This graph pretty much sums us up:
The authors of self-help books (and most calligraphers on Pinterest) constantly tell us that we are enough. We are strong. We are smart. We are brave. We are capable. We are sufficient within ourselves.
Can I propose that maybe we aren’t enough?
I jolted awake as the plane lurched up, down, left, right. While the flight attendants rushed to their seats and buckled in, a voice came over the speaker. “The captain has indicated that we will experience severe turbulence. Please buckle your seat belts.”
Although I consider myself a seasoned air traveler, I gripped the armrests. We were thousands of feet above Mississippi, and the plane was bumping along like a lawnmower in a potato field.
I heard the ding of a call light followed by the same voice on the speaker. “The flight attendants have been asked to stay seated. Please turn off your light unless this is an extreme emergency.”
“That’s it,” I thought. “We are going down. Here I come Jesus!”
Our fictional friend, Marcia, begins a new job today, and she is overjoyed. Her last job was stifling. She worked 15-hour days in a dark office for no thanks. Her boss regularly ridiculed her efforts, and her coworkers loudly berated her. She quit the horrid job last week, shaking the dust off her feet and not looking back.
Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
April 21-27, 2018
1. Last weekend, I met a college friend at Pilot Mountain. We had such a great time hiking and catching up!
I guess you know what today is.
April fools! It’s actually Easter!
For the first time in over half a century, it’s Easter AND April Fools Day. This co-occurrence of holidays is a little bizarre. As I sit here wondering if the Easter bunny will hand out chocolate eggs that are deceptively made of mud, I can’t help but realize that those of us who celebrate the true story of Easter could easily be called fools.
There are some books of the Bible that are hard to stomach. Take Nahum, for example. The short book explains how God will utterly destroy Nineveh. Nahum states that God is against these people. He planned their devastation.
This goes against what we are told about God. Common teaching paints God as a cosmic cheerleader that loves everyone. At the very least, He delights in our success.
So which is true? Does God love or does He hate?