Monthly Archives: May 2015

What Am I Missing?

How will we know we are living in the light of Christ? Well, we will be more loving and kind. Our faithfulness will be evident through our patience and gentleness. We will be peace-makers and peace-keepers and we will exhibit exemplary self-control. We will experience and become a source of joy. Our generosity will spill over and provide abundance for all. This is not a “we gotta try to make this happen,” kind of thing, but a “they will know we are Christians by our love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” kind of thing.

United Methodeviations

On a more frequent basis than I am comfortable with, I seem to be missing some pages of the script for simple human interaction.  Two things happened today, and it is not yet ten in the morning…

Time MagazineI was sitting at my favorite coffee shop in one of two comfortable plush chairs.  The shop was fairly full, and the only open seats were five high stools at a raised counter.  With my back condition, these high stools are not endurable for more than about ten minutes, tops.  I was plugged into my iPod listening to some B. B. King, reading Screwtape Letters on my Kindle, when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I removed the ear buds and looked up into the pleasant face of a woman in her thirties, accompanied by a second woman approximately the same age.

“Would you mind moving?” she asked.

“Uhm…” I intelligently replied.

“There…

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The situation of workers in Kentex – contractuals receiving paltry wages and working in factories where ‘accidents’ are waiting to happen – is not an aberration; it is representative of the situation of workers in this country.

Basahin: Kentex is no aberration.

Different Worlds

I wonder why it is so important to justify one’s own beliefs and behaviors by belittling those of others? Why must we think in “I’m right, you’re wrong/I’m good, you’re bad/I am superior, you are inferior” terms so much of the time? Why do we seem to deny courtesy, civility and respect to people who don’t think and do and believe as we do? I don’t have simple answers to any of these questions. But I’m sure they exist in a book somewhere.

United Methodeviations

Perhaps the most egregious error many people make is to assume that the way they think is normative.  When we operate from the assumption that other people see and make sense of the world the same way we do, we open ourselves to a world of hurt.  Each of us is a unique bundle of knowledge, experiences, opinions, values, beliefs, perspectives, viewpoints, tastes, preferences and inferences.  Each of us is a “world” unto ourselves.  This reveals itself to be true dozens, perhaps hundreds, of times each and every day.  Acknowledging this wealth of difference can be a grace.  The problem arises when we stray into pointless arguments over “right/wrong,” “good/bad,” “smart/stupid,” “us/them” using our own normative perspective as our standard.  A relatively harmless illustration of this occurred this morning for me.

booksI am a reader.  I love books.  I love holding books.  I love buying books.  I love reading books. …

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