Romans 8:28 – all things…


from a paul tripp email…. (could not find a link on web…)

There’s a false theology out there preaching that if you have faith in God, life will go well for you. If you read Romans 8:28 out of context, it makes sense: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.”

To protect our hearts and minds, we have to read Scripture in its proper context, and we also have to use Scripture to interpret Scripture.

In its proper context, Romans 8 is discussing “the good” of our spiritual redemption, not our physical comfort. But what I really want to write about today is how Hebrews 11 properly interprets this verse.

At the end of this famous passage about faith, we’re presented with a list of Christians who had to endure hardship, suffering, and loss: and they were commended for their faith in God.

We must reject a theology that teaches that Christianity is an automatic ticket to a comfortable, predictable, pleasurable, healthy, and wealthy life.

That’s the easy part, at least intellectually with our mind. What’s harder is not judging God in our hearts when he doesn’t deliver your definition of “the good life.”

We must remember that our vision is sometimes short-sighted, and our desires sometimes selfish. So what God deems as good, we may view as bad.

You see, God never makes a mistake, nor does he ever get a wrong address. He’ll do whatever he wants to us and through us to get glory, and to redeem us.

Sometimes redemption will come through tremendous victory. Other times redemption will come through tremendous hardship. Or, a combination of the two.

Whatever season you’re in, or whatever unwanted trajectory your life has taken, know this: there’s no safer place than to be in God’s best plan for your life.


also related and good…

The Promise Is Not for Every Person

So the first thing we need to see today is that all things don’t work together for good for everybody. The promise that God will turn all things for good is not true in everybody’s case. There are two things that need to be true for this promise to apply to you. One is that you love God, and the other is that you are called according to his purpose. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good (1) to those who love God, (2) to those who are called according to His purpose.” I will deal with the first one today and the second one later.


John O’Donohue’s

from here:

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.


John O’Donohue’s

from here:

Judgement and Judgemental and opinion

What is the difference between judgement and judgmental?


Judgement is “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions”

Judgmental is “used when one person is judging another person. ”


judgement is an opinion just as an opinion is a judgement. Definition ofOpinion (noun) a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. Definition of Judgement (noun) the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.



The only difference between a judgment and an opinion is the existence of evidence to support an opinion therefore making it final or absolute. There is nothing wrong with a judgment of this type, however, the problem arises when we judge others in an aggressive tone.

Opinion: You might get more readers if you improved on the quality of your writing.
Judgement: You are not getting a lot of readers because of the quality of your writing.
Aggressive Judgement: Your content sucks so you are not getting any readers.

Opinions usually leave room for error in your thought process therefore leaving the recipient a little more at ease. Sometimes it’s as easy as adding words like might, i thinkprobablymaybe, etc. It seems kind of silly, but in a space where it’s so hard to express tone, it’s important to express these emotions through words.


So, in my opinion, the line between opinion and judgment is when we use an aggressive, absolute tone while expressing one’s thoughts. I personally don’t have a problem with judgments because I can see them for what they are … opinions expressed as facts. For the rest of the world, accept the fact that you might not know everything and leave some room for doubt. Doubt is ultimately what pushes us to explore further into our minds, and is there anything wrong with that?

AT 5Min 35sec – Andy Stanley – Guardrails: Proximity “you are asking me to be judgemental”.

What is the wise thing for ME to do?  In light of my future hopes and dreams, what is the right thing for ME to do?

Judgemental is all about the other person.



is this… enough?

is this… enough?





Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Hardcover edition
Author Daniel H. Pink
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Riverhead Hardcover
Publication date
December 29, 2009
Media type Print (Hardback), E-book
Pages 256
ISBN 978-1594488849
OCLC 311778265

Drive is the fourth non-fiction book by Daniel Pink. The book was published on December 29, 2009 by Riverhead Hardcover. In the text, he argues that human motivation is largely intrinsic, and that the aspects of this motivation can be divided into autonomymastery, and purpose.[1] He argues against old models of motivation driven by rewards and fear of punishment, dominated by extrinsic factors such as money.[2][3]

Aug 29, 2017 – the reality we live in…

Aug 29, 2017 – the reality we live in…

Brit-pop and a nuclear standoff

Today’s average South Korean citizen was somehow prepared for the unique alchemy of Trump and Kim — together at last

By Maya West
Published: 17:36 August 29, 2017

Within 13 hours of North Korea’s second intercontinental ballistic missile test launch last month, I attended a music festival on the banks of the Han River. Seoul, South Korea, was in the middle of a heat wave, a still, swampy kind of heat oppressive enough that an extreme weather alert had gone out from all major cell carriers several days in a row. “Be sure to stay hydrated,” my phone chirped. “Stay indoors when possible.”

Buoyed by what I admit to be a nonsensically intense love of British electro-pop, I ignored this good advice and struck out across the city. Soon I was sitting, on a patch of matted grass, surrounded by young people in skimpy flowing tops and short shorts, plastic light-up flowers in hair, cups of beverages and selfie sticks in hand. I checked my phone and toggled through the news.

Very few actions in this life, it occurred to me, are less politically urgent than attending a riverside hipster music festival in your hometown. I checked Nikki Haley’s Twitter. A few hundred feet away, the London-based singer-songwriter Nao — in the middle of putting on one hell of a show, any and all spectres of potential nuclear calamity aside — was marvelling at the singing crowd: “How do you know all the words?” she asked, laughing. “You guys are amazing!”

I marvelled, too. I was born in Seoul in 1983 to a Korean mother and an American father and came of age in the Korea of the 1990s, where seeing Korean-Korean (as opposed to Korean-American or whatever other variation) youth partying en masse like this would have seemed as unlikely as presidential nuclear brinkmanship taking place on a microblogging platform.

The cognitive dissonance of business-as-usual against a backdrop of rising urgency reflects life in the information age, when real-time updates on the state of the world renders aggressive compartmentalisation a prerequisite for functioning. That said, these real-time updates have felt particularly relentless this summer in Seoul.


When one is sitting in an apartment some two hours south of the demilitarised zone (DMZ), United States Senator Lindsey Graham’s assurance that any actual casualties will be kept “over there” reads, of course, as “over here”. War games, photos of missile systems and an unequivocal promise of “fire and fury” land similarly close to home.

And yet, all the people in Seoul I spoke to about North Korea over the first few weeks of August revealed themselves to be both startlingly well informed (able to lucidly explain not just North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s motivation — to protect himself and be taken seriously on the global stage — but also the larger stakes for the US and China) and almost breathtakingly pragmatic.

One friend reported with a chuckle that her elderly mother had begun stockpiling bottled water in a corner of their apartment. “I don’t have the heart to tell her: This is not the war you remember anymore. If the worst happens, we’re just gone. Wiped out. We’re not going to be worrying about staying hydrated.

Writing about the plight of a lover waiting for a beloved, Roland Barthes points out: “The anxiety of waiting is not continuously violent; it has its matte moments; I am waiting, and everything around my waiting is stricken with unreality: In this cafe, I look at the others who come in, chat, joke, read calmly: They are not waiting.”

The US is not used to waiting, at least not as a nation. While the dominant US narrative may well be one of striving, it is largely applied to the individual citizen; our identity is one of fruition rather than anticipation. Korea, unlike the United States, has been waiting a long time. July marked the 64th anniversary of the armistice that ended — or, rather, paused — the Korean War, dividing the nation. The inevitability of a next step, along with its accompanying state of anticipation, has itself been woven into the fabric of South (and North) Korean nationhood since its inception.

None of which is to say, of course, that today’s average South Korean citizen was somehow prepared for the unique alchemy of US President Donald Trump and Kim, together at last. To be waiting for something does not necessarily make one ready for anything.

Over the past five months, the citizens of South Korea have impeached a president, held democratic elections to replace her and participated in tireless (if also, ultimately, fruitless) protests against the installation of the US military’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defence missile defence system. The existential waiting that characterises the South Korean experience is distinct from any sort of political stasis; it is something more like acceptance — an acceptance of the uncontrollable that allows for a redistribution of effort to where it is needed.

Indeed, this redistribution fits the narrative of South Korea’s meteoric rate of development across all modes of production — industrial, technological, even cultural — over the past half-century. Think Samsung, think Hyundai and LG, think high-speed internet and K-Beauty and K-pop. Maybe all this is, in part, the result of approaching each day with an acceptance that the other shoe will, at some point, drop and that life must be lived, regardless.

Or maybe that is a bit of a stretch. Either way, one thing seems clear: Barthes is wrong about the others in the cafe, the ones who chat, joke, read calmly. Some of them are certainly waiting, too; they have simply accepted what they must and chosen to keep doing what they can.

— New York Times News Service

The train

The culmulnative book of my life can be modeled as a train.  Every day we add to the train.  Each experience is added to a cart on the train.  Some carts are bigger an heavier.  Some carts of full of joy.  Other cards are full of suffering.  We drag the carts along with us everywhere we go.  Every experience we have is seen through lens that is colored by the carts on our train.

Closure is a myth,  the cart is always in our train.

Divorce is a myth, spouse is always a cart in the train.

Forgive and forget is a myth, the cart is always in our train.

Our choices influence the carts that we add to our train.  Our choices after we add the carts to our train influence the tracks we travel down.  Some track have the opportunity to add certain types of carts.  Other tracks have the opportunity to add different types of carts.

Each cart is a chapter in the book of our lives.

What choice do I make?  What track do I choose to put my train on?

Draw out the train map of your life, symbolise life decision and major choice/decisions/life experiences as switches on the train track.