This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
I found this piece, and the photographs, to be sad, beautiful and insightful…
What I Have Learned From Photographing 400 Towns in Iowa –Cody Weber
And that’s where you get the great divide that we are presently experiencing. Political, moral, whatever; it all boils down to a class of people on the rise and the broken backs of the others upon which they are standing...
It’s not that there are more bad apples in the small towns. There aren’t more racists or more xenophobes or violent hicks with trigger-happy impulses. Instead, we have an entire subset of society that remembers how things once were and are ashamed that they weren’t able to achieve the same things…
I sincerely implore you to speak with these people with open hearts and minds. Try to understand that the world in which they live looks a lot different than the one that you likely inhabit. It’s only when you understand the impulses of the few that you can optimistically have hope for the many.
The Christian Doesn’t Operate in the Realm of Desperation
These days seem increasingly to be days of desperation for many Christians. We feel our options are limited. And with circumstances closing in, we get that sense of desperation inside of us, and we feel like we absolutely, positively, must act in a certain way, not because it’s the right thing or the moral thing or the thing that’s consistent with the gospel, but because it’s the only thing we can do.
But it is certainly not. Not if eternity matters. Not if eternity is real.
Put away your sword of desperation, Christian.
This isn’t really about the election, it’s about the church…
5 Predictions About the US Presidential Election
Having a government that doesn’t fully embrace Christian values actually puts Christians in some great company—the company of the earliest followers of Jesus.
No Roman government ever embraced the teachings of Jesus or scripture.
And if you study it carefully, Jesus spent zero time asking the government to change during his ministry. In fact, people asked him to become the government, and he replied that his Kingdom is not of this world.
The Apostle Paul appeared before government officials regularly. Not once did he ask them to change the laws of the land.
He did, however, invite government officials to have Jesus personally change them.
As Christendom continues to disappear in front of us, the gap between what Christians believe and what political parties endorse will continue to grow.
And ultimately, if God has all the same opinions your political party does anyway, you’re probably not worshipping God.
On being irritated –Seth Godin
Irritation is a privilege.
It’s the least useful emotion, one that we never seek out.
People in true distress are never irritated. Someone who is hungry or drowning or fleeing doesn’t become irritated.
And of course, irritation rarely helps us get what we need.
Irritation clouds our judgment, frustrates our relationships and gets our priorities all wrong.
Irritation tries to persuade us that it’s justified, but it merely pushes us away from what we actually need.
In order to be irritated, we need to believe we’re not getting something we deserve. But of course, that expectation is the cause of the irritation. We can choose the lose the expectation, embracing the fact that we’re lucky enough to feel it, and then get back to work doing something generous instead.
It turns out that irritation is a privilege and irritation is a choice.