Merry Christmas

 

My favorite part of Christmas this year was lighting the final Advent candle and reading the Christmas story.  Those familiar passages come alive once again and remind us of the promise that we have in Jesus. A gift far better than the ones under the tree.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9:6-7

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It Is What It Is

“The garden didn’t do as good as I wanted.  Oh well, it is what it is.”

“That doctor’s visit didn’t go so well.  I guess, it is what it is.

I’ve noticed this saying a lot lately.  At home, at work, from the pulpit, and even in the podcasts that I listen to on my commute.  This seems to be a popular saying, recently.  At least I don’t remember people saying as frequently as they seem to now.

Ah, but my memory isn’t what it used to be….oh well….__ __ ____ __ __.

See what I mean?

What does this mean, anyway?

It seems to be a phrase of disappointment and resignation:  I’m in a situation which didn’t turn out like I wanted.  I guess I just gotta suck it up and deal with it.

Don’t cry over spilt milk.

Que sera sera.

That’s life.

I don’t like it.  Do we really need to just accept things as they are and give up? Should we walk through life with a fatalistic attitude, accepting good or bad as our lot in life? It is a lie from the pit of hell.  Surely the Enemy would have us complacently accept good and bad without hope.

But..

…though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Cor 4:16-18

I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows my needs and has my best interests at hand.  Sure, it is easy to say when things are going good, but not so much when things aren’t going my way. I need to be reminded that my affliction is both “light” and “momentary.”

So I reject the phrase, It is what it is.

Instead, I propose:

It is what He says it is, because He is I AM.

And I think there is more Truth in that.

Quote from a meeting

There’s no silver bullet–it’s a “peel the onion” type of problem.

Yeah, it’s the story of my life. I can’t remember the last time I saw a silver bullet, or any type of bullet for that matter.

Makes me wonder if we’re handed those “onion” problems for a reason.  Do you think God does it on purpose, or does it “just happen” that way?

Thoughts?

‘Expert’ Opinion

After this previous post that I wrote on being an ‘expert’, I saw this post by Juice.

He says about the “Cult of the Expert”:

It is a trend toward silencing others through the intimidating using of the word “expert” (or the implication thereof).

Of course, though, in his case it is the ‘expert’ taken to an extreme.  How many ‘experts’ out there are just people with a title and no clue?