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Friday, April 29, 2016

One Take on Wisdom

There are four phases to attaining Wisdom. They are: 
  1. Information
  2. Knowledge
  3. Perspective
  4. Wisdom

The further we get down the line the less we are convinced we know. 
  1. With information we know what we know but we don't know what we don't know. In short, we think we know it all. We aren't listening, we are telling. Our default phrase is "Yes, I knew that."
  2. With knowledge, we now know what we thought we knew in the information phase. We also recognize which pieces are still information and which pieces have become knowledge. We still think we know it all but we think we know some parts of it better than other parts. We still aren't listening, but we are more selective on what we tell others. We are known to reply, "That makes sense."
  3. With perspective we begin to see how information is one dimensional and knowledge is narrow. We know better what we know and are beginning to become aware of what we don't know. (As an aside, it is in this phase we often are regarded as condescending to those still in the information or knowledge phases. We mean to be helpful but since those in either of those phases still are not productively listening our help is not well received.) In the perspective phase we are listening and we are offering. Rubbing our chins, we say, "Let me think about that."
  4. With wisdom we understand we are capable of not knowing a lot of things. We also understand better that thing which we have wrestled with on our way from information to knowledge and through perspective. We are humbled by what we don't know and grateful for what we believe. We are less apt to tell others what we believe and more apt to talk with them about what they want to learn. We are absorbing, and we are patiently available when asked. We don't say much, but when we do, you should probably listen.
This is my perspective on wisdom.




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Saturday, February 13, 2016

You Are Here

We are each on a path to God. It is our personal path. Therefore, where we are on our path does not suggest where others should be on theirs. We each have our own "You Are Here" flag. 

Viewed from our flag we may believe we are far ahead of some yet lag behind others. We might notice there are great lengths of highway between the sojourners and conclude that some have stridden far into faith while others limp pathetically behind.

However, viewed from a million miles away we would see an entirely different picture. We would see the path to God lined with the whole of humanity, with insignificant gaps between those who stride and those who limp. The path would be littered with our sins yet buttressed by our faith and by our works. Mostly we would see we have traveled but few steps compared to the infinite reach of grace, drawn to the One who remembers our sins no more.


Embrace your flag. God knows where you are.

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WRITER'S NOTE:For musings from Dave on how to Love More and Judge Less link to his new book, The Bottom Turtle.




Saturday, January 30, 2016

Guns, Politics, and Love

I wrote this piece in the wake of the UCC shootings and with only a few tweaks it could easily apply to the current state of politics, particularly regarding those running for the office of president. I will suggest those tweaks at the conclusion of the UCC piece below.

The UCC shooting is a place on the map which happens to be called home by me as well as thousands of others. But really it's not about me or anyone there or about those in whose small towns an event like this also takes place. It's about love or its absence. 

The absence of love somewhere along the line ended up placing the shooter at UCC with a burden too great for him to carry productively. Further, those who wished ill of our president during his visit let their cause weigh more heavily than their potential to love.

We may all differ on what we consider an apt solution to school shootings but we each get to decide whether love or hatred fuels our position. Hate is easy and presumes a position of "me first". Love is more difficult and presumes a position of "you first".

Tweaks begin here. 
The United States is a place on the globe which happens to be called home by me as well as millions of others. But really it's not about just me or about just any one city or state. It's not even about this issue or that issue. It's about love or its absence. 

The absence of love somewhere along the line ended up placing vitriol at center stage when discussing politics and particularly when criticizing political leaders. We have placed a burden too great for any one man or woman to bear productively without the wings of love from ALL Americans. Those who wish ill of any presidential candidate or political party are letting 
let their cause weigh more heavily than their potential to love. 

We may all differ on what we consider an apt solution to America's woes but we each get to decide whether love or hatred fuels our position. Hate is easy and presumes a position of "me first". Love is more difficult and presumes a position of "you first". 

So how can we choose love over hate? How do we choose the "you first" over the "me first" for the 2016 elections? 

Perhaps we can look to the candidate who expresses the most love in his or her (h/h) rhetoric and in h/h record. When viewed through this lens you may find yourself even more drawn to your current candidate of choice.  Or you may find yourself drawn to one you had not seriously considered before. To be sure, there are many aspects to consider when choosing a leader for our country, but isn't "love thy neighbor" a good place to start?