For this week: Watch being over-confident. Listen with care to what others say about you. If you hear something critical about yourself, think about it for two weeks. If it fits, change. If it doesn’t fit, forget it. [A way to live Matthew 21:33-46] More life apps Citizenship/Wider World: “Combating ISIS,” transcript of a Religion […]
Self-reliance has to be relearned almost every day. When our lives are not going well, it is easy to blame others or social conditions. We may hear “tighten your belt” or “suck it up” from others. They are reminding us to be draw again on our own skills and wisdom and strength to endure. The Spirit works through us.
[Suggested by Exodus 17:1-7]
Being fair isn’t easy – especially, on public issues like unemployment. Action on fair hourly rates and aid to the unemployed begins in the heart of each one of us. A wise person said we are made to love and to work. Put both together in your heart as you think out where you stand on public issues about jobs. Then you are ready to talk with others. [Suggested by Matthew 20:1-16]
When a friend or associate hurts me, how ready am I to forgive and to restore our relationship? Begin with being realistic about the extent of the hurt. Sometimes, I exaggerate the hurt. Sometimes, I make light of a hurt when it was serious. Which is it? Then, get on to the forgiving and the restoring. [Suggested by Matthew 18:8-14]