Navigating Life, Perspective

“This Is Water” by David Foster Wallace

On false ideals and real freedom, or what Paul Graham has called the trap of prestige:

“Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings.

They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that’s what you’re doing.

And the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of men and money and power hums merrily along in a pool of fear and anger and frustration and craving and worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talk about much in the great outside world of wanting and achieving…. The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.

That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.”

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Two Great Tests In Life

Sunday Message

This is what I learned today. There are two great tests in life. The two tests that come in a Christian’s life is when we’re successful and when we’re going through times of hardship. It is in those times when our true selves are revealed. (Those times sure can bring out the best and worst in all of us.)

For Christians, our response in those moments are the true tests – in times of success or struggle, are we turning towards or away from God?

You can find the full message here from Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, in NYC. Message is free, so feel free to download.
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The message was very insightful and exactly what I needed to hear today – I’m going through a doozy. I hope this helps you too. Praying we’ll each pass our respective tests with flying colors!

Navigating Life, Perspective

Sustainable Beauty

Prayers of a young girl praying to God for lighter skin.  Then to awake each morning with disappointment.  God knows better.  He created us just as we are suppose to be.  Instead of granting our wishes for external change, He moves our hearts to love ourselves and see ourselves as He sees us – created in His beauty.  God, help us to see ourselves and each other as you see us.  Give us beauty that sustains us, beauty that is lasting, that feeds our spirit and enriches the lives of others.

Navigating Life, Quotes

Never Too Late

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Inspiration, Navigating Life, Quotes

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Franklin D. Roosevelt