Failing to plan is planning to fail! We all know that. We need to know where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. There’s only one problem. We have no way to be sure our plans will come to pass—or for that matter that they’ll even be good if they do! So how do we plan to make plans?
"The Perfect Woman"
We have a nasty habit of “rating” people—whether by simply comparing them with one another or by using some sort of numerical system. But God has the final word on what “perfection” looks like, and he doesn’t keep it a secret.
"What God Hates"
God loves us—you and me. In fact, God is Love! So how can someone whose very nature is Love hate? And if he hates, what is the object of that hate?
"Garbage In, Garbage Out"
Those of us with a few years on us remember the retort GIGO when we complain about the result of something. It was used to describe why computers—which were supposed to be so advanced—could make such extraordinary errors. The answer? Garbage In Garbage Out. So, are we the same as computers? Is what comes out of us—thoughts, words, actions—the result of what goes in? If so, what is the garbage we have to beware of?
Friends are important to us. Casual friends, close friends, BFFs. Friends are not just important to us—they influence us. How many of us remember the peer pressure of adolescence? Of course peer pressure—and the need for peers—doesn’t change as we emerge from adolescence. We all have peers. The difference between adolescents and adults is we can do a better job of choosing our friends and governing our friendships?
It’s not easy to forgive someone who has hurt us. But when we do something to hurt others, we want to be forgiven. And above all, we want God to forgive our sins. Does that just happen, or do we have something to do with forgiveness? Many have opinions on this, but the one whose opinion we need to know is the one whose forgiveness we seek. What has God said?