They’re born that way.

Are they?

Aren’t they?

Who?  I’m talking about anybody that does not meet the standard of someone else’s idea of “rightness”.

But what is the measure of “rightness”.  Who gets to decide this and how is that done?

Well… that is one measuring stick with feet on it.   It constantly moves from place to place depending on the society or the person and the time of life that society or person is in.

Have you ever thought about that?

What is your standard of “rightness” by which you judge others?

Jesus told a parable about the unwiseness of building on shifting sand.  In my life I know and accept God as that one unshifting, absolute understanding of “rightness”.

There’s a problem though.

My understanding of Him is NOT unshifting and absolute.  I’ve been growing for 36 years and am still growing – that means changing.

So back to the question.

Are they born that way?

I raise this question because it has “come at me” as someone else’s measuring stick for “rightness”.

My absolutes are being challenged on those grounds.

They were born that way.

I love the challenge.  Bring it on.  Not because I want to prove you wrong but because I want to refine my own beliefs to be sure that I am really growing in understanding of God’s reality.

There is a word… a phrase….that sums up where I am in this dilemma that people are continually faced with and more and more faced with in a society that allows every person so much wonderful freedom.

That word is design.

That phrase is God’s design.


His design is my absolute and I continually pursue an understanding of that absolute.

My understanding of God’s design is not necessarily absolute so let me take THIS moment to point out that he has not given us the seat of the judge and I believe it is for that very reason.  We look on the outward but HE looks at the heart.

So….just because we are born a certain way – whether physically, mentally or emotionally doesn’t mean we are “according to God’s design”.  It also doesn’t mean that we are any more evil than the person who does seem to meet His design.  The only hope of “rightness” that anyone has even on their best day is the “rightness” we receive from Jesus.

My argument for that?     We have ALL fallen and come short of HIS glory (perfection) which he created us in when he created us in his image and likeness.

We live in a world where sin –defined as “missing the mark”  – and confusion abound.  It has been that way since Adam and – if the watchmen are seeing clearly and are to be heeded – we are coming to the end of this era of confusion which all logic would tell you means that such things are coming to fullness and what one teacher calls “ripeness” and like the aroma of the ripened fruit will call our attention to it.

My answer to this dilemma at this point in time is, I guess, a little bit Taoist and a little bit Confucianist — a little bit Martha and I hope all guided by Mary who has sat at Jesus’ feet and partaken of his nature….

To let be and trust the ways and wisdom of God to work it all out in the eternal picture and to keep in my heart the desire to be lifegiving to all who come into my sphere.








What’r ya gonna do.

You get ready to review and send those two class papers that you spent a day and a half plus all the little bits of time here and there when you were looking up the info that you would need for the day and a half finalizing time and guess what?  Apparently you did not save your finished version of paper #2.


OK – some perspective here.  It is not a big hard paper.  Paper #1 was the harder one.  But it’s the idea.  It IS frustrating to look and look and look and it just keeps on not being there.

The upside?  This is a proof of life moment for me.  Yes, really it is.  I remember the day when something just this simple could send me into an emotional tailspin of despair over ALL the things wrong in my life and endless recriminations.  Such dark days.

But when I came across this the other day I felt none of that.

Was I frustrated?  YES

Was I aggravated?  YES

Did I despair?  NO   I moved on.

Make a plan for another day to sit down and remember what you wrote.   Be thankful that you’re not a “wait til the last minute and create a terrible crises person” (although I know some people thrive on crises – find something else to be thankful for : ) ).


Make a new plan

Move on



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