Judge Softly


“Judge Softly” ~ by Mary T. Lathrap, 1895

“Pray, don’t find fault with the man that limps,
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears,
Or stumbled beneath the same load.

There may be tears in his soles that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
The burden he bears placed on your back
May cause you to stumble and fall, too.

Don’t sneer at the man who is down today
Unless you have felt the same blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, Unknown to you in the same way,
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The place to begin!

“There is such an enormous gap between our words and deeds! Everyone talks about freedom, democracy, justice, human rights, and peace; but at the same time, everyone, more or less, consciously or unconsciously, serves those values and ideals only to the extent necessary to defend and serve his own interests, and those of his group and state. Who should break this vicious circle? Responsibility cannot be preached: it can only be borne, and the only possible place to begin is with oneself.” (Vaclav Havel)

Questions on ‘heaven’


In my message “On Earth as it is in Heaven” on Sunday, January 5, 2020, I touched upon a number of themes relating to what the bible says about ‘heaven and earth’. I welcomed feedback and questions, and received a number of questions, which I will respond to here.

The questions are:

  1. What does it mean that Jesus ascended into heaven?
  2. What happens when we die? Are we put in a holding pattern until the second coming and the new earth?
  3. Where is hell?
  4. There are many that say they have been to heaven and back (there are books and movies).  How is this possible? You hear before people die they see “the Light”, with the thinking of the new earth being heaven, how is this? What is this?

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To be this kind of leader!


I wonder if I am doing less inspiring, and more challenging.
Not just challenging people how they’re not dreaming, learning, doing, becoming more…
But to inspiring them positively, lighting the fire of their God-potential!
I want more and more to be this kind of leader!

When the devil tries to upset you

“The devil will try to upset you by accusing you of being unworthy of the blessings that you have received. Simply remain cheerful and do your best to ignore the devil’s nagging. If need be even laugh at the absurdity of the situation. Satan, the epitome of sin itself, accuses you of unworthiness! When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future!”
(St. Teresa of Avila)

C.S.Lewis on Shame and Sex


“They tell you sex has become a mess because it was hushed up. But for the last twenty years it has not been hushed up. It has been chattered about all day long. Yet it is still in a mess. If hushing up had been the cause of the trouble, ventilation would have set it right. But it has not. I think it is the other way round. I think the human race originally hushed it up because it had become such a mess.
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