motivation to succeed

“One day, a student of Socrates asked his venerable teacher how to become wise. Socrates led the student to a nearby lake and the two entered the water. Then, he held the student’s head under the surface as the frantic young man fought wildly. Finally, Socrates freed him. The young man gasped and gulped. Socrates watched calmly and said, “When you desire wisdom with the same intensity that you desire to breathe, then nothing will stop you from getting it.”

Socrates is right, the motivation to succeed comes from within us.

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Inviting the Bears

Dear Reader: You may have noticed an email asking you to confirm that you want to continue to follow my blog. I’ve left wordpress.com and moved to a self-hosting site. I’ve been working on the site (lots more to do, feel free to share your thoughts on how to make it better!) One of the “bumps” I’ve encountered is transferring your contact info to my new blog host. (The frustration of technology!!!) I would like to personally invite you to join me as we continue down this road of exploration in our faith journey. Please go to: http://barefootpreachr.org/ and sign-up to receive email updates or to follow along as a wordpress fellow blogger.

I’ve chosen this story to share with you today to illustrate how I feel about your absence in my blogosphere. I pray that you are blessed, as I am by your support and comments.
Blessings,
Pat

An old man living in Alaska had lost all of his friends and family, and he felt sad to think that he was left alone. He began to wonder whether he should leave and start a new life in another village. But he worried, “If I paddle away to another village and the people there see that I am alone, they may think that I’ve run away from my own village because I was accused of some disgraceful thing.” Instead, he thought that he would go off by himself into the forest.

While this man was traveling along the woods the thought occurred to him to go to the bears and let the bears kill him. The village was at the mouth of a large salmon creek, so he went over to the creek early in the morning until he found a bear trail and lay down across the end of it. He thought that when the bears came out along this trail they would find and kill him.

By and by, as he lay there, he heard the bushes breaking and saw a large number of grizzly bears coming along. The largest bear led the rest, and the tips of his hairs were white. Then the old man became frightened. He suddenly realized he did not want to die a hard death and imagined himself being torn to pieces among the bears. So when the leading bear came up to him, he stood up and announced: “I have come to invite you to a feast.”

At that the bear’s fur stood straight up, and the old man thought that he was done for, but he spoke again Continue reading

It seems to me …

It seems to me that …

  1. Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
  2. Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
  3. No matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
  4. It isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others.  Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
  5. Just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.   And, just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
  6. I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
  7. I’ve learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt, and you will hurt in Continue reading

The Bible says “All men have falling shorts”

Some times it is important that we laugh at our inadequacies so that we may strive to be perfected in our faith. I’ve been asking myself lately, does my witness of God’s love and Jesus’ salvation reflect my faith? And does my faith reflect my witness?

Think on those questions for yourself if you are so inclined, and enjoy the video!

20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith inJesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” ~ Romans 3:20-26

 

Can Facebook be your friend? The Theology of Facebook from the other side of the Equator

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For Young People: Theology Of Facebook

By IBIYEMI VICTOR WALE
Last updated: 07/05/2011

In recent times, a new wave of insight about the nature of humanity has taken the centre stage of intellectual and scientific discourse. Ever since the first photographs of our world were beamed back to the Earth from outer space, many people agreed that a new era in human history dawned, and for the first time we could see planet Earth, extraordinarily beautiful in its vibrant colours, yet hanging isolated in a massive unending sea of black universe.

From that esteemed moment, humanity saw the truth of what it was, what it is and what it will continue to be: ‘one robust but fragile community; inextricably bound together, and unalterably responsible for the future of ourselves and the planet.”

By the fiat of that great event, humanity was compelled by truth to abandon the narrow perspectives of its thinking and action in warm embrace of the ideal that we are all members of one global human family.
This is the reason why Teilhard De Chardin would say that “Each element of the cosmos is positively woven from all of the others.

The universe holds together, and only one way of considering it is really possible that is, to take it as a whole, in one piece.” We live in a global planet and we are a cosmopolitan people. Whatever affects life (positively or negatively) in one little village of the world has repercussions for the entire globe. After all, we are said to live in global village, or more restrictedly, one global hamlet where the forces of scientific and technological change have made the transfer of information and communication a matter of the swift dynamic of split seconds. These great leaps in human civilization cannot but astound us.
As such, the idea that we are condemned to be global neighbours has become a common patrimony for all human beings. As the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy echoes the General Catechetical Directory of 1971, “one must…bear in mind the enormous diffusion of the means of social communication. Their power transcends national boundaries, making the individual almost a citizen of the world. The media have enormous influence on the lives of the faithful, both in what they teach and in the attitudes and behaviour to which they expose the faithful.”

Facebook is a relatively recent global phenomenon in the world of modern digital Information and Communication Technology and young people are often always interested in what is trendy, fashionable or in vogue. We can therefore understand why Facebook captures the attention even of the most disinterested young person. Beyond the fashionable nature of Facebook, we must truly admit that there are countless benefits it offers.

This means that social utilities that connect people around the world should be welcomed as a noble gift to humanity, an expression of the wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence, inventive skill and creative vision with which the human person has been endowed by God. Man’s genius has with God’s help produced marvellous technical inventions, especially in our times.

Launched in February 2004 having been invented by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskov and Chris Hughes, all students of Harvard University, originally. The website was limited to students of Harvard but was later expanded to colleges within the Boston axis. Further expansion included all university and high school students in America until it was finally permitted to anyone from 13 years and above across the world.

The predecessor to Facebook was ‘facemash’ which Zuckerberg invented in 2003 while a second year student at Harvard. In Facebook, users add people as friends and send them messages, update their personal profiles, notify friends about themselves, chat with friends, and can join networks or fan clubs organized by schools, workplaces, institutions or friends.

The websites name stems from the colloquial name of books given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.

The immediate question that arises here stems from the nature of our topic: What is the connection between Facebook and theology? Can we speak of a theology of Facebook in a specifically Christian context? This quest would echo naively in the uncircumcised ears of an average religious person or a new student of theology. However, looking introspectively, there seems to be the possibility of a theology of Facebook. What then is the link between theology and the sociality of Facebook?

This is the quandary a typical religious mind would cogitate faced with the quest of justifying a nexus between theology and Facebook.

In this kind of atmosphere the question of what theology actually is naturally surfaces too. Pope Benedict XVI raises the same question when he asks: ‘What in fact is Theology?” Has it been described adequately when it is said to be a methodically ordered reflection on the questions of religion or men’s relationship with God? No, for that takes us not a step over religious studies.

Theology does not revel on the unresolved mysteries of man, for philosophy of religion and religious studies have that to contend with. According to the Pope, the path of theology is indicated in the cliché of St. Anselm: credo intelligam (“I believe that I may understand’) which indicates an acceptance of what is given in advance.

Anthony Akinwale in his paper On What is Theology asserts that theology is ideally “a speech about God” slightly adjacent to the literal etymological roots that theology is the science of God. This speech about God is what Pope Benedict XVI explains as the advantage of what is given in advance.

Hence, they both established the claim that the Word is the ultimate basis of theology; something that can never be Continue reading

God’s Chosen Tweeters? | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches

 

By ELIZABETH DRESCHER

Social media fans were all a twitter last week about a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, “Social Networking Sites and Our Lives.”  The most pronounced finding across all social networking sites (SNS) was that active social networking participation does not, as is commonly opined, result in social isolation or a lack of relational intimacy. Further, SNS participation tends to enrich rather than diminish participation in face-to-face relationships. 

Key findings of the report focused on the dominant site, Facebook, where some 92% of social network users have a profile. Among a long list of virtues, Pew researchers found that:

* Facebook users are more trusting than non-SNS users.
* Facebook users have more close relationships than non-SNS users.
* Facebook users get more social support than non-SNS users.
* Facebook revives “dormant” relationships that are lost to non-SNS users.

After a couple years of being derided for their brain-rotted shallowness, it should come as no surprise that in no time at all, my network of witty Facebook and Twitter friends added to the list of laudable social networking Continue reading

National Back to Church Sunday | Blog

National Back to Church Sunday | Blog.

Church doesn’t bite – people do.

Posted on 05/19/2011 by Jessica Clegg

If you told me in 2004 that I would stop going to church, resent Christians and be separated from my relationship with God by 2005, I would probably have laughed.

I had been going to church since elementary school, had given my life to Christ at a summer middle school camp and was on fire for Jesus. There wasn’t a thing related to church that I wasn’t involved in. I listened to mostly Christian music, ran a Bible Study, was president of Campus on the Rock at my high school, lead announcements at my high school ministry and was at church three days a week.

But that was the problem – I was burned out, exhausted, and overwhelmed with the weight of choosing to focus on college-prep or church activities. I knew the only one to talk to would be my youth pastor. We sat in his warehouse office – full of books and Bibles – and I eagerly waited for his answer.

“Maybe the problem is that you’re not focused enough on God, maybe you’re not involved in enough ministry,” he said. To say I was upset would soften the blow I felt in that moment. He went on for almost an hour, but the damage of his first statement blocked my ears to any other advice that followed. I instantly felt alone. I felt like no one, especially church people, could understand what it was like to be overwhelmed and lost as a Christian girl in high school.

It was at that moment that I decided to drop church and anything related. I stepped down from church leadership, handed over my presidency at Campus on the Rock and left the church. I can’t say this felt bad – it felt wonderful.  My resentment felt empowering and my bitterness fueled my focus in school.

It saddens me that looking back at this moment, I still remember the overwhelming relief of giving back the burden of service. There was a small tinge of upset at walking away from friendships I’d made, but to my surprise many of the church friends I had, forgot I ever existed. If I wasn’t in church, I wasn’t in their group Continue reading