Over the past week I have been confronted with injustices left, right and centre. I have been overlooked, excluded, disrespected and ignored, and yeah it hurts. As I prayed trying to calm my emotions down I told myself “The Lord will avenge you, just chill!” and as I reminded myself that Jesus weeps with me, I was comforted.
How do you deal with anger? When you have been wronged without a cause what is your response?
Discipline comes from a Latin word “disco” which means to learn or get to know, a direct kind of acquaintance with something or someone.
Discipline refers to the process by which one learns a way of life. A disciple is like an apprentice who is learning a trade or craft from a master. Such learning required a relationship between the master who knew the way of life (discipline) and a learner (a disciple). Within this relationship, the master led a learner through a process (the discipline) until the learner could imitate or live like the master.
Lying in bed on a Tuesday evening night after a long day, I felt led to pray the Shema found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
(The Shema is the centerpiece of the daily morning and evening prayer services and is considered by some the most essential prayer in all of Judaism. An affirmation of God’s singularity and kingship, its daily recitation is regarded by traditionally observant Jews as a biblical commandment – My Jewish Learning.)
As I reflected on the perpetual truths of these verses, I couldn’t help but continue reading down till I got to verse 13 which reads:
As we usher out 2020 and usher in 2021, I am convinced that there are multiple things that will change for all of us. We have had an extraordinary year, and as the politicians love to say “we are in unprecedented times”. Indeed we are, and things continue to be uncertain with change hitting us from all angles. Maybe for you it’ll be your job, your location, a family arrangement or more deeply a destructive mindset and attitude you’ve held onto years. One of the things that is certainly changing for me is the way I serve and edify the Church by using my spiritual gifts online.
I remember as I child I always used to get SO excited around my birthday. It was the time to celebrate, laugh, enjoy good food and music, open up lovely gifts and experience the love and attention from family and friends. It was also exciting because having a birthday meant getting older, smarter, having more responsibility and privileges in the household and also in society at large. Read More