We all know that reading a legal document is confusing and boring. They contain all kinds of double speak and redundancies, drawn out definitions, and use words that are not seen or used anywhere else. “Each and every”, “Any and all”, these legal redundancies have made it into our everyday language, but why? I suspect it makes some people believe they are saying something credible, or they need to boost their word count. Do these same people commonly use the phrase, “Such as, but not limited to” in everyday conversation?
The Weekly Babble
How often do we say thank you to people that have made a difference in our lives? I mean a real difference, the kind of difference that lasts a lifetime; the kind of difference that is not always apparent or understood until later in life. Whether we like it or not, realize it or not, or acknowledge it or not, none of us would be living where we live, working where we work, enjoying the things we own, doing the things we do, or living in the freedom our country provides, if not for someone(s) else.
God has blessed the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex with a beautiful Spring this year. We have enjoyed moderate temperatures for several weeks. I would love for the weather to stay like this all year long, but we all know that will not happen. The hot weather is coming. We know summer is coming and we know it is going to be hot. In this area the question is not, “Will we hit 100?” It’s, “How many days over 100 will we have?” It does get hot in Texas, but it is not all year long. We have seasons, but the summer stands out. However, it too will come and go. We will change seasons.
Do you have trouble expressing your appreciation on Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day, or birthdays, or any other holiday where appreciative acknowledgement is expected? I do. I don’t like that I struggle a bit, but I do. When these days role around each year and the struggle begins, I want to blame the greeting card industry for my uneasiness. I understand a company wanting to raise revenue, but why do they have to prey on my emotions? I do not need a business telling me I need to tell my mom I love her and appreciate her.
“I have so many things to get done I don’t know where to start.” I have spoken these words before and I do not like the feeling that comes along with them. When I have several things to accomplish and a limited time frame, I need a plan to keep me from feeling overwhelmed. I am not one of those people that can go to bed, knowing I have a full plate tomorrow, and wake up without a clue of what I will start on first. I have done it, so I guess I can, but I certainly do not like it. I wake up feeling like I am already behind. Then I am upset with myself because I did not plan properly.
They say it is hard to admit when we are wrong. How about you, would you say they are right, whoever “they” are? It is hard to admit when we are wrong, or have done something wrong, or have wronged another person. No one desires to be wrong, but admitting it is not always difficult. The level of difficulty depends on two factors; the severity of the wrong committed, and who is involved. When I make a wrong turn while driving and no one else is in the car, I get a bit of enjoyment admitting my mistake to myself. I really don’t mind pointing out my lack of directional sense to myself.
Packing to move a whole house is not fun. Neither is packing to go on vacation or a camping trip, or even packing a lunch, but these packing jobs are not as laborious and the rewards are sooner enjoyed. What is there to look forward to when packing a whole house? Oh yeah, unpacking a whole house. What a motivator! Packing isn’t the only thing that takes a lot of time and seems like more work is put in than enjoyment is given out. We often hear similar comments about our jobs, “What they are paying is not worth what they are asking me to do.” Sound familiar? Cooking a meal is definit
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” This quote comes from the apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (6:12). Reading the verse, a couple things stand out. One, we are engaged in some type of wrestling match, or battle, or struggle, whatever works best for you. Two, our opposition is always the same, while at the same time, not the type of foe we might think. Let us take a look at these two things Paul is brin
It has been a long day filled with errands, work and other various activities. You have accomplished everything on your long “To Do” list. A warm delicious dinner is waiting for you, and it is not too late in the evening for you to still enjoy your favorite TV show. Not only does this sound like a great evening, but you have nothing on the schedule for tomorrow morning. What a perfect setting and situation for _______ (can you fill in the blank?) A good night’s sleep. You can almost feel it right now, can’t you? We all love a good night’s sleep. We look forward to it when evening
Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” These are words of warning from the apostle Paul. The devil is the enemy of anything righteous. Not only will he never bow to God’s authority, he will not rest as long as there is even one person praising God. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8, that the devil is also our adversary and we must remain sober and vigilant because the devil roams about watching for an opportunity to devour us.