Not Perfect

Recalling families that have been labeled ‘dysfunctional’, I thought of how that label was derived; what was its conception. Was it so because individuals perform comparisons and see their family as lacking something, as less than perfect, as flawed – as dysfunctional (not performing normally; acting outside social norms or malfunctioning)?

Then I thought – we are all a part of God’s design. Just as He called into being the majesties of the earth and the heaven, we are placed in our families, by none less, than divine design. Where or what is the dysfunction in that divine placement? Could David’s family be construed as dysfunctional? What about Abraham’s family? But – look how God used their family members. Joel Osteen preached a good sermon the other day: “don’t allow yourself [your family] to be labeled as damaged goods:  don’t allow yourself to see your family as none other than good. Being a member of your family, whose actions are sometimes less than perfect, is not a mistake. It is purposed.  Nothing that happens in our lives is by chance.”   Continue reading →

Indifference

The greatest sin I feel is that of indifference. Indifference shows no importance. It bestows little or no concern. For over a week on my new job, I passed by my fellow co-workers sitting at their desks and never acknowledged their existence. One day my spirit asked me how was it that when I passed by I looked straight ahead and not once did I turn and give my co-workers a nod or a hello? Why didn’t I acknowledge their existence?

indifference2How often in our daily walks do we come across situations and people where we look straight ahead and acknowledge no one or nothing? Ahead, we see an unfortunate person in unfortunate circumstances. As we come closer, what do we do? Do we even look at the person, or are we indifferent to their circumstance? When we hear of others in need … What do we do? Do we offer to help? Are we so vain of heart and spirit that we think that could not ever be us? Money is not a protector. Could not our circumstances change where we are on the other side, and we become the ones who are looked upon as having no importance? Continue reading →