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Moral Patterns and Moral Decisions

All human beings were created in the image of the Divine Creator and as such got implanted in them brains which could think or reason. After getting to know good and evil, each one of us has the instinct for knowing the difference and having the choice to choose between good and evil.

Too many christians do think because they are saved they do not have to obey the commandments of God. They are so wrong and deceiving themselves. Still today they have to base their moral reasoning on obeying rules (deontology), on producing good results (utilitarianism), on imagining what a good person would do (ideal observer theory) we daily having to recognize the often heartbreaking difficulty of moral choice, letting us engage both logic and feeling.

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To remember

  • we always want things to be simple =/= just intellectual laziness => Our minds automatically prefer things that are simple + symmetrical
  • 20th century, Gestalt psychology explored how we find patterns in information > Pattern-finding = one reason our memories are often unreliable.
  • moral decision =/= always simple >requires more than just logic => also requires feeling, imagination, + courage.
  • God gave us both intelligence + conscience. => giving us questions => expecting us to figure out the answers

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Additional reading

  1. Framework and vehicle for Christian Scholasticism and loss of confidence

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Gestalt-PatternsMy new blog post for The Jerusalem Post:

Some things in life are simple. Some aren’t. In fact, a lot of them aren’t.

That’s a problem, because we always want things to be simple. And if they aren’t, then we still try to see them as being that way.

It’s not just intellectual laziness. Our minds automatically prefer things that are simple and symmetrical, whether they are political ideas, scientific theories, melodies, or geometrical shapes.

In the 20th century, Gestalt psychology explored how we find patterns in information, even if the patterns aren’t really there. Pattern-finding is one reason that our memories are often unreliable. If a past event didn’t make sense to us, then when we remember it, we unconsciously impose a pattern so that it makes sense in retrospect.

Moral situations are often too complex to fit into simple patterns or be solved by simple moral principles. Consider…

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Proverbes 4.1-13 Le plus précieux héritage, la sagesse: lumière de la vie

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Bible, casque du salut, témoignage de Dieu en vue de la perfection pour l’édification utile pour enseigner, pour convaincre, pour corriger et pour instruire

 

“Les cieux racontent la gloire de Dieu, et l’étendue annonce l’ouvrage de ses mains.” (Psaumes 19:1 DRB)

“1  Et Dieu prononça toutes ces paroles, disant, 2 Je suis l’Eternel, ton Dieu, qui t’ai fait sortir du pays d’Egypte, de la maison de servitude. 3 Tu n’auras point d’autres dieux devant ma face.” (Exode 20:1-3 DRB)

“ainsi dit le Seigneur, l’Eternel, Il ne s’accomplira pas et n’aura pas lieu ;” (Esaïe 7:7 DRB)

“Et l’Eternel étendit sa main, et toucha ma bouche ; et l’Eternel me dit, Voici, j’ai mis mes paroles dans ta bouche.” (Jérémie 1:9 DRB)

“Ne crois-tu pas que moi je suis dans le Père, et que le Père est en moi ? Les paroles que moi je vous dis, je ne les dis pas de par moi-même ; mais le Père qui demeure en moi, c’est lui qui fait les œuvres.” (Jean 14:10 DRB)

“Prenez aussi le casque du salut, et l’épée de l’Esprit, qui est la parole de Dieu ;” (Ephésiens 6:17 DRB)

“Et il dit, Je suis le Dieu de ton père, le Dieu d’Abraham, le Dieu d’Isaac, et le Dieu de Jacob. Et Moïse cacha son visage, car il craignait de regarder vers Dieu.” (Exode 3:6 DRB)

“Or nous savons que le Fils de Dieu est venu, et il nous a donné une intelligence afin que nous connaissions le Véritable, et nous sommes dans le Véritable, savoir dans son Fils Jésus Christ, lui est le Dieu véritable et la vie éternelle.” (1 Jean 5:20 DRB)

“Tu es digne, notre Seigneur et notre Dieu, de recevoir la gloire, et l’honneur, et la puissance ; car c’est toi qui as créé toutes choses, et c’est à cause de ta volonté qu’elles étaient, et qu’elles furent créées.” (Apocalypse 4:11 DRB)

“2 Et Dieu parla à Moïse, et lui dit, Je suis l’Eternel (Jéhovah). 3 Je suis apparu à Abraham, à Isaac, et à Jacob, comme le Dieu Tout-puissant ; mais je n’ai pas été connu d’eux par mon nom d’Eternel (Jéhovah).” (Exode 6:2-3 DRB)

“13 Et tu as dit, Qu’est-ce que Dieu sait ? Jugera-t-il à travers l’obscurité des nuées ? 14 Les nuages l’enveloppent, et il ne voit pas ; il se promène dans la voûte des cieux.” (Job 22:13-14 DRB)

“5 Et les lévites, Jéshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabnia, Shérébia, Hodija, Shebania et Pethakhia, dirent, Levez-vous, bénissez l’Eternel, votre Dieu, d’éternité en éternité ! Et qu’on bénisse le nom de ta gloire, qui est haut élevé au-dessus de toute bénédiction et de toute louange. 6 Tu es le Même, toi seul, ô Eternel ; tu as fait les cieux, les cieux des cieux et toute leur armée, la terre et tout ce qui est sur elle, les mers et tout ce qui est en elles. Et c’est toi qui fais vivre toutes ces choses, et l’armée des cieux t’adore. 7 Tu es le Même, ô Eternel, Dieu, qui as choisi Abram et l’as fait sortir d’Ur des Chaldéens, et lui as donné le nom d’Abraham.” (Néhémie 9:5-7 DRB)

“7  Ecoute, mon peuple, et je parlerai ; écoute, Israël, et je témoignerai au milieu de toi. Moi, je suis Dieu, ton Dieu. 8 Je ne te reprendrai pas à cause de tes sacrifices ou de tes holocaustes, qui ont été continuellement devant moi. 9 Je ne prendrai pas de taureau de ta maison, ni de boucs de tes parcs ; 10 Car tout animal de la forêt est à moi, les bêtes sur mille montagnes. 11 Je connais tous les oiseaux des montagnes, et ce qui se meut par les champs et à moi. 12 Si j’avais faim, je ne te le dirais pas ; car le monde est à moi, et tout ce qu’il contient. 13 Mangerais-je la chair des gros taureaux, et boirais-je le sang des boucs ? 14 Sacrifie à Dieu la louange, et acquitte tes vœux envers le Très-haut, 15 Et invoque-moi au jour de la détresse, je te délivrerai, et tu me glorifieras. 16  Dieu dit au méchant, Qu’as-tu à faire de redire mes statuts, et de prendre mon alliance dans ta bouche ? 17 Toi qui hais la correction, et qui as jeté mes paroles derrière toi.” (Psaumes 50:7-17 DRB)

“11 et lui, a donné les uns comme apôtres, les autres comme prophètes, les autres comme évangélistes, les autres comme pasteurs et docteurs ; 12 en vue de la perfection des saints, pour l’œuvre du service, pour l’édification du corps de Christ ; 13 jusqu’à ce que nous parvenions tous à l’unité de la foi et de la connaissance du Fils de Dieu, à l’état d’homme fait, à la mesure de la stature de la plénitude du Christ, 14 afin que nous ne soyons plus de petits enfants, ballottés et emportés çà et là par tout vent de doctrine dans la tromperie des hommes, dans leur habileté à user de voies détournées pour égarer ;” (Ephésiens 4:11-14 DRB)

“Et moi-même, quand je suis allé auprès de vous, frères, je ne suis pas allé avec excellence de parole ou de sagesse, en vous annonçant le témoignage de Dieu ;” (1 Corinthiens 2:1 DRB)

“9 mais selon qu’il est écrit, Ce que l’œil n’a pas vu, et que l’oreille n’a pas entendu, et qui n’est pas monté au cœur de l’homme, ce que Dieu a préparé pour ceux qui l’aiment, 10 mais Dieu nous la révélée par son Esprit ; car l’Esprit sonde toutes choses, même les choses profondes de Dieu.” (1 Corinthiens 2:9-10 DRB)

“14 Or l’homme animal ne reçoit pas les choses qui sont de l’Esprit de Dieu, car elles lui sont folie ; et il ne peut les connaître, parce qu’elles se discernent spirituellement. 15 Mais celui qui est spirituel discerne toutes choses ; mais lui n’est discerné par personne ; 16 car qui a connu la pensée du Seigneur pour qu’il l’instruise ? Mais nous, nous avons la pensée de Christ.” (1 Corinthiens 2:14-16 DRB)

“Qui a dirigé l’Esprit de l’Eternel, et l’a instruit comme l’homme de son conseil ?” (Esaïe 40:13 DRB)

“5 lequel, en d’autres générations, n’a pas été donné à connaître aux fils des hommes, comme il a été maintenant révélé à ses saints apôtres et prophètes par l’Esprit, 6 savoir que les nations seraient cohéritières et d’un même corps et coparticipantes de sa promesse dans le Christ Jésus, par l’évangile ;” (Ephésiens 3:5-6 DRB)

“afin que leurs cœurs soient consolés, étant unis ensemble dans l’amour et pour toutes les richesses de la pleine certitude d’intelligence, pour la connaissance du mystère de Dieu,” (Colossiens 2:2 DRB)

“Ne parle pas aux oreilles du sot, car il méprisera la sagesse de ton discours.” (Proverbes 23:9 DRB)

“1  Et ce sont ici les dernières paroles de David. David, le fils d’Isaï, a dit, et l’homme haut placé, l’oint du Dieu de Jacob, et le doux psalmiste d’Israël, a dit, 2 L’Esprit de l’Eternel a parlé en moi, et sa parole a été sur ma langue.” (2 Samuel 23:1-2 DRB)

“Hommes frères, il fallait que fût accomplie cette écriture que l’Esprit Saint a dite d’avance par la bouche de David, touchant Judas, qui a été le guide de ceux qui ont pris Jésus ;” (Actes 1:16 DRB)

“Et n’étant pas d’accord entre eux, ils se retirèrent, après que Paul leur eut dit une seule parole, l’Esprit Saint a bien parlé à nos pères par Esaïe le prophète, disant,” (Actes 28:25 DRB)

“recherchant quel temps ou quelle sorte de temps l’Esprit de Christ qui était en eux indiquait, rendant par avance témoignage des souffrances qui devaient être la part de Christ et des gloires qui suivraient ;” (1 Pierre 1:11 DRB)

“20 sachant ceci premièrement, qu’aucune prophétie de l’écriture ne s’interprète elle-même. 21 Car la prophétie n’est jamais venue par la volonté de l’homme, mais de saints hommes de Dieu ont parlé, étant poussés par l’Esprit Saint.” (2 Pierre 1:20-21 DRB)

“mais le Consolateur, l’Esprit Saint, que le Père enverra en mon nom, lui, vous enseignera toutes choses et vous rappellera toutes les choses que je vous ai dites.” (Jean 14:26 DRB)

“16 Toute écriture est inspirée de Dieu, et utile pour enseigner, pour convaincre, pour corriger, pour instruire dans la justice, 17 afin que l’homme de Dieu soit accompli et parfaitement accompli pour toute bonne œuvre.” (2 Timothée 3:16-17 DRB)

“Et c’est pourquoi aussi nous, nous rendons sans cesse grâces à Dieu de ce que, ayant reçu de nous la parole de la prédication qui est de Dieu, vous avez accepté, non la parole des hommes, mais (ainsi qu’elle l’est véritablement) la parole de Dieu, laquelle aussi opère en vous qui croyez.” (1 Thessalonic 2:13 DRB)

“Car toutes les choses qui ont été écrites auparavant ont été écrites pour notre instruction, afin que, par la patience et par la consolation des écritures, nous ayons espérance.” (Romains 15:4 DRB)

“Or toutes ces choses leur arrivèrent comme types, et elles ont été écrites pour nous servir d’avertissement, à nous que les fins des siècles ont atteints.” (1 Corinthiens 10:11 DRB)

“49  Souviens-toi de ta parole à ton serviteur, à laquelle tu as fait que je me suis attendu. 50  C’est ici ma consolation dans mon affliction, que ta parole m’a fait vivre.” (Psaumes 119:49-50 DRB)

“7 Le commencement de la sagesse, c’est, Acquiers la sagesse, et, au prix de toutes tes acquisitions, acquiers l’intelligence. 8 Exalte-la, et elle t’élèvera ; elle t’honorera quand tu l’auras embrassée. 9 Elle mettra sur ta tête une guirlande de grâce, elle te donnera une couronne de gloire.” (Proverbes 4:7-9 DRB)

“Le cœur de l’homme intelligent cherche la connaissance, mais la bouche des sots se repaît de folie.” (Proverbes 15:14 DRB)

“Et celui qui a été semé sur la bonne terre, c’est celui qui entend et comprend la parole, qui aussi porte du fruit, et produit l’un cent, l’autre soixante, l’autre trente.” (Matthieu 13:23 DRB)

“mais la nourriture solide est pour les hommes faits, qui, par le fait de l’habitude, ont les sens exercés à discerner le bien et le mal.” (Hébreux 5:14 DRB)

“Et à ces jeunes gens, aux quatre, Dieu donna de la science et de l’instruction dans toutes les lettres et dans toute la sagesse ; et Daniel avait de l’intelligence en toute vision et dans les songes.” (Daniel 1:17 DRB)

“Il n’y a point de sagesse, et il n’y a point d’intelligence, et il n’y a point de conseil, en présence de l’Eternel.” (Proverbes 21:30 DRB)

“Ecoute le conseil, et reçois l’instruction, afin que tu sois sage à ta fin.” (Proverbes 19:20 DRB)

“7 Considère ce que je dis ; car le Seigneur te donnera de l’intelligence en toutes choses. 8  Souviens-toi de Jésus Christ, ressuscité d’entre les morts, de la semence de David, selon mon évangile, 9 dans lequel j’endure des souffrances jusqu’à être lié de chaînes comme un malfaiteur ; toutefois la parole de Dieu n’est pas liée. 10 C’est pourquoi j’endure tout pour l’amour des élus, afin qu’eux aussi obtiennent le salut qui est dans le Christ Jésus, avec la gloire éternelle.” (2 Timothée 2:7-10 DRB)

“comme tu lui as donné autorité sur toute chair, afin que, quant à tout ce que tu lui as donné, il leur donne la vie éternelle.” (Jean 17:2 DRB)

“Or nous savons que le Fils de Dieu est venu, et il nous a donné une intelligence afin que nous connaissions le Véritable, et nous sommes dans le Véritable, savoir dans son Fils Jésus Christ, lui est le Dieu véritable et la vie éternelle.” (1 Jean 5:20 DRB)

“2 pour les rois et pour tous ceux qui sont haut placés, afin que nous puissions mener une vie paisible et tranquille, en toute piété et honnêteté ; 3 car cela est bon et agréable devant notre Dieu sauveur, 4 qui veut que tous les hommes soient sauvés et viennent à la connaissance de la vérité ;” (1 Timothée 2:2-4 DRB)

 

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See the conquest and believe that we can gain the victory

In life we encounter many people and between work and taking care of the household we do have to find time for reading interesting things. On television and in the printed media we can find lots of flashy or attracting things, but not always worth to spend our precious time.

Man thinking on a train journey.

Man thinking on a train journey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We can watch hours to the little screen, with or without being bombarded with loads of commercials. When we are not at work we can meet lots of people and choose or choose not to have a conversation with. How many times did we not loose precious time trying to explain what we mean or to bring over our thoughts.

Marc Chernoff from Marc and Angel Hack Life tells us never to waste our time trying to explain ourself to people who have proven that they are committed to misunderstanding you. He ads:

And don’t define your intelligence or self-worth by the number of arguments you have won, but by the number of times you have said, “This needless nonsense is not worth my time!” {20 Things to Stop Letting People Do to You}

Marc and Angel are the authors of 1000 Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently.

With over 95 million page views to date, the articles at Marc and Angel Hack Life speak for themselves in terms of the quality and value.

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Who would not like to discover their life purpose and embark on a life path they can be proud of? On this platform we would also look into these matters. We would love to find writers who do not mind sharing with others how they found their purpose in their life and how others can find their purpose. We are convinced we can and should help each other to find our purpose in this universe and to take action on our goals and dreams.

Therefore we would like to send a message in the world of the message of peace that was given the world, but also of the matters we have in our own hands as well. Because e we all have much more in our own hand than we think. We all can realise more if we only would believe more in our selves. We also could do more in case others would not mind to help us and to stand ready to bring others in action as well to make a better world for us all. As an individual we might be not much , but with many we might be of more value and more heard by others.

Therefore we we would love to invite others to come and contribute and to pursue what they truly love.

The Way to Happiness

The Way to Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By coming here with many we should be able to learn how to cultivate our own happiness and to learn and apply productive goal achievement strategies that work. Not the same shall be able to work for an other, but when more people show more paths, more ways to reach something, there will be something to choose from the diversity of propositions.

Looking at what others believe and want to strive for this might give others also inspiration and have them thinking about things they did not before. Bringing life-stories, meditations and texts to pounder, we shall be able to examine the many thoughts but also the fears, limitations, and emotions that are getting in our way. As such we shall be able to become more productive, effective, and efficient.

In this world there are already enough bad thoughts, messages of violence and pictures which bring horror in front of our eyes. Why would we not try to get more positive news in the picture? Why would we not dare to come forwards with more positive things and hope giving news?

We are convinced that by eliminate negative thoughts and emotions we can much easier go forwards, enjoy life and become a more positive thinker, who can produce better. By quitting bad habits, cultivating new habits, we can bring a positive train going and revamp our lifestyle in a positive way.

We would love to find here people you also might enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be, unconditionally. We better are part of such a group of people who would like to share their wisdom with each other and build up something constructive for all.

Here we do not mind that we face our problems or that others may face our inefficiencies. We know that it are not our problems that define us, but how we react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless we take action. We can try it on our own, but we can also use the knowledge of others to help us. On this website we do hope to find more people who would not mind helping others to find inspirational thoughts and to direct them to interesting articles which possibly also could help or contribute to our being capable enough to grow strong in this world. We only can do what we can, when we can. But we also should acknowledge what we’ve done. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction, inch by inch. These inches count, they add up to yards and miles in the long run.

 

Sadly, some people just won’t be happy until they’ve pushed your ego to the ground and stomped on it.  What you have to do is have the nerve to stand your ground.  Don’t give them any leeway.  Nobody has the power to make you feel small unless you give them that power. {20 Things to Stop Letting People Do to You}

That is a fact. But being in the minority we might feel pushed in the corner and let the others trample over us. Sometimes we might feel as if we have to face and overcome some of life’s biggest obstacles. Many think that they are alone. They should know that many, many, face the same problems and has to overcome the same obstacles. Defeat can be in front of our eyes. Deep in ourselves we do have to see the conquest and believe that we can  gain the victory over that what is put in front of us.

 

Many of us should dare to reconnect with our true self and our inner genius. We should accept that nobody is infallible and that we all can have something good but also have something bad. By helping each-other, letting see our own dreams and sharing our thoughts, we can become more confident and break away from limiting beliefs.

If someone fools you once, shame on them.  If someone fools you twice, shame on you.  If you catch someone lying to you, speak up.  Some people will lie to you repeatedly in a vicious effort to get you to repeat their lies over and over until they effectively become true.  Don’t partake in their nonsense.  Don’t let their lies be your reality.  {20 Things to Stop Letting People Do to You}

Surviving the ups, downs, and lightning storms of other people’s moodiness can be quite a challenge.  It’s important, though, to remember that some moody, negative people may be going through a difficult stage in their lives.  They may be ill, chronically worried, or lacking what they need in terms of love and emotional support.  Such people need to be listened to, supported, and cared for (although whatever the cause of their moodiness and negativity, you may still need to protect yourself from their behavior at times). {7 Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People}

Here we want to give a listening ear and would love to find more people who want to share how they got rid of the negative influences. We would advice to delete toxic people from your environment. You shall see by putting away all negative thoughts and by avoiding negative people you shall find it easier to breathe and also to meet more interesting people who can ad something positive to your life.

About those who bring negativeness in the air, we would say like Marc Chernoff:

If the circumstances warrant it, leave these people behind and move on when you must.  Seriously, be strong and know when enough is enough!  Letting go of toxic people doesn’t mean you hate them, or that you wish them harm; it simply means you care about your own well-being. {7 Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People}

We have to dare to break away from relationships that have been holding us back. It is very important in our life whom we want around us. We should be fully aware it is also important where we want to preside in which company. Others will also judge us on what they can see and on what they can hear from those around us.

A Good Dog Can Bring Happiness to Your Life

A Good Dog Can Bring Happiness to Your Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So we better  enter new relationships with dependable, honest people who reflect the person we are and the person we want to be.

Choose friends you are proud to know, people you admire, who show you love and respect – people who reciprocate your kindness and commitment. And pay attention to what people do, because a person’s actions are much more important than their words or how others represent them. {30 things to start doing for yourself – #6 is vital.}

some may say

“It is all lies, darling.”

Well, it is up to you to find out. When it are lies, you should say so. When it is something you or we do not understand, you should say so too. Some may say a coin has two sides, we would say “it has three sides”. And we also would like to look at that third side of life. The layer between ‘head and tails’.

We would love to find more people who want to be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. who do not mind to open their mouth and to speak out. Even when he or she may be considered a ‘loony” or a “noop” or that others say he or she is a “nerd”. The ones who stay quiet, seated on their ass, shall not be able to do much wrong but also not much good. We prefer to find people who undertake something. It may not always be successful, but better to see something happening instead of letting the world go on like now.

Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on. Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there. Read The Road Less Traveled. {30 things to start doing for yourself – #6 is vital.}

On the site of Property investment hack you may find very beautiful photographs. Have a look at the article: {30 things to start doing for yourself – #6 is vital.} and think about it, considering also what you might signify for somebody else.

Do you really have nothing positive to share? Do you really think you can not contribute something positive?
If you think so keep at least following us and do find inspiration to get more positive ideas and fulfilment.

In case you think you can also contribute positive messages, why would you wait to join us? Why hesitate? Do it now! Do contact us. Dare to offer your services to us and our readers, why not? Why not be  a person bringing Helping words?

The mind must believe it Can do something before it is capable of actually doing it. The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful. Listen to your self-talk and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Regardless of how a situation seems, focus on what you Do Want to happen, and then take the next positive step forward. No, you can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you react to things. Everyone’s life has positive and negative aspects – whether or not you’re happy and successful in the long run depends greatly on which aspects you focus on. Read The How of Happiness. {30 things to start doing for yourself – #6 is vital.}

Everybody who is willing to contribute something positive is welcome.

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Find also to read:

  1. Helping words
  2. Spark of Positivism
  3. We all have to have dreams
  4. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  5. Wisdom lies deep
  6. Happiness is like manna
  7. Fear knocked at the door
  8. 8 fears caused by the fear of Man
  9. How do you keep people from stealing your joy?
  10. Suffering produces perseverance
  11. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
  12. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  13. Everything that is done in the world is done by hope
  14. Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.
  15. Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark
  16. Hope does not disappoint us
  17. The work I do, let it be done good
  18. Be an Encourager
  19. Bloggers For Peace

 

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  2. The shame of past failures.
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  5. Choosing to do nothing.
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  8. Making excuses rather than decisions.
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  10. Not appreciating the present moment.
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    Guest blogging was another important factor driving Buffer’s early growth. Widrich wrote approximately 150 articles for other blogs in less than a year. The result? They acquired around 100,000 users during that time, according to Widrich.

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    “If you are writing something that’s unique that people might have a feeling of otherwise missing out on, then this is a fantastic trigger to get people interested in your content,” wrote Widrich.

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    I truly feel like at this point it is so much more fun being me and true to myself. And that I may be broken inside, but I will not let it break me. I often feel like no one (outside of my small circle) will ever be able to love the person I really am. I know that I am a perfectly imperfect person, but will someone really accept that? Will they accept the scars, the sadness, the pain I carry sometimes and even the scary that is my brain? I have no idea, but I know that the right person should. I at least believe in my heart that love is bigger that perfection and the perfect love is one where two people have accept each other as is. Because you have to take me at my worse to deserve my best. And let’s be honest, my best is pretty darn amazing and I would love to have someone to share it with, but I also want to know that they won’t run when they realize that my worst is worse…
  • New Beginnings (velinapetrova.wordpress.com)
    For months, I was just passing throughout life. All my days were alike – filled with painful memories. I wanted to forget everything and everyone and just disappear from the face of the Earth. And just before you ask – No, I did not break up with a guy. It had nothing to do with it.
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    I came back for more and more posts. As the days started to pass I found myself filled with more and more positive thoughts. I was slowly healing myself, preparing myself to face the world that I have left behind.Ultimately, I managed to get my life together. But the turning point that changed everything for me was Marc and Angel’s Blog.
  • More Than Conquerors (johnathondavis.wordpress.com)
    When confrontation(s) arise(s) with those of  whom present themselves as an enemy, let us not assume the same manner or nature or status, of their hearts. But let us remain, in and with, the heart of Christ. Being much more, inclined toward reconciling, peacemaking and peacekeeping, rather than a warring heart. Let us first (and always) seek understanding and forgiveness, remaining compassionate and gentle, before all else. If there must be a battle, allow God to fight it, if it must be fought. Allow God to prevail as Christ goes before us with perfected, reason, judgment and discernment.
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Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places

In the world constantly we are bombarded by many words and ideas. We would love to be able to put them all in good order and to let them give us more wisdom. We also would love to believe that we have wisdom, but we do know it will never be enough wisdom.

English: A graphic personification of Wisdom Q...

A graphic personification of Wisdom QR-Code content : http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wisdom isn’t hard to find nor is it hiding in remote places.

As chaptersone sbierwagen1 writes:

Proverbs 1:20-21 describes wisdom as “calling aloud in the street” and “raising it’s voice in public”. Proverbs 8:1-4 says it again. So why do we have such a hard time hearing wisdom? We’ve filled our ears with the noise of this foolish world. Books, movies, television programs, and friends who loudly entice us away from good advice and wisdom. Those who have wise, God-fearing parents must remember what their mothers and fathers taught and lived. (Proverbs 1:8-9) We must spend more and more time in God’s Word, hearing God’s Word in church, and spending time with friends who love and obey God. Then wisdom will be louder  in our ears and the world will fade away. {Proverbs 1}

Many hope to find wisdom here on earth and getting it from human beings. They forget that the most superior wisdom does not come from the world. The best way to attain wisdom, discipline, insight, prudence, rightness, justice, fairness, discretion, guidance, learning, and understanding is by listening to the Words of the Most High.

English: The UST Fountain of Wisdom

The UST Fountain of Wisdom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Bible we are told  that “knowledge” can come to us by having the right attitude. when we do have a healthy fear of the Divine Creator we can come to the beginning of knowledge or getting more wisdom. When we do have that right fear and are prepared or willing to listen to the Words given from high, the Words of God we can find in the Holy Scriptures or the Bible, we will be able to taste that wisdom and will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

By listening to the Words given by God and by listening to human people who seem to have wisdom, and comparing how they speak and how they live or act we shall be able to store up knowledge. We also shall come to see that the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

We should work on our weaknesses by not just blindly following our own selfish desires nor just taking all words from others granted.

In Wisdom Unmeritted is mentioned that Adam; the first man, was not educated in man’s educational system.

His complete knowledge of God and all the creation, surpasses the intelligence of our modern sciences and that of the wisdom of the ages. He had a conscience that was so sharp and accurate. Guessed work was not a part of his DNA. Adam knew the very mind of God, effortlessly; naming of all the animals in the garden of Eden was executed with precision and with such grace, just as God would have named each one of them.

Adam being moulded by the Divine Creator was without fault or had no deficiencies. No defect could be found in him and as such he could only have a good application of knowledge or have full wisdom.

Adam did have a perfect knowledge and unusual ability to execute so well than any other creature, because he was created in the very image of God.{Wisdom Unmeritted}

Today we, after the sin of the “first Adam” we are full of minor and perhaps also big faults and do not have such knowledge any-more to get full insight. But we can find enough examples in the past to come to see that it is important who we have around us, to whom we listen and which words we want to follow up.  We should know that if we constantly walk with a wise man, we will literally be changed by his wisdom to act in his principles and values. When we know that the divine Creator is the Most High and Most Wise of all, we better make the right choice and choose to listen to His wise Words,which we can find in the Bible.

Torah inside of the former Glockengasse Synago...

Words of Wisdom in the Torah inside of the former Glockengasse Synagogue in Cologne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we read in the book of books we can see many examples where people could manage extraordinary things because an excellent Spirit was in them. We should allow such a Spirit to enter in ourselves as well.

Some may think “Wisdom” is “hidden from the eyes of all living, and knowledge of it is withheld from the birds of the heavens” like Desire by Design Ministries writes in Where does wisdom come from? she forgets that being created in the image of God we all do have in us implanted elements of God and the ability to think, build up knowledge and to get more wisdom.

It was Jehovah, the God Almighty, Who has all wisdom and understanding. He is the One Who also is for us the way to Wisdom and He knows the place of this Wisdom because full Wisdom is only by God alone. Unlike the writer of Where does wisdom come from? implies God did not have to look to the ends of the earth to search Wisdom out

[for His own use, and He alone possesses it]

because as she says it wisdom belongs already to God. Like the Rugby Christadelphians say:

Our minds should be filled with awe as to all that God must be!! It  is the beginning or foundation of wise thinkingThe plea of Solomon is, “”Hear my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.” [Proverbs of Solomon 1:8]  The acceptance and absorption into our minds of such teaching and instruction is like wearing “a graceful garland” – yet today how many parents are able and willing to teach true wisdom to their children?  If they are able and willing – their children are surrounded by counter influences – but the need for “wisdom and instruction” has never been greater. {“Fools Despise Wisdom And Instruction” Bible Reading Thoughts for March 23rd}

God does not need the Wisdom, He has it already all, but man has a great need, because he lost it nearly all. Lots of people have lost wisdom or did not get it because they or their parents did loose track of God. Those not with God did not receive further wisdom than the wisdom God considered it necessary for the task they had to fulfil in this world. Every person is here on this earth for some reason or with some purpose. We notice that a lack of wise counsel and accountability for actions has been the downfall of many world leaders, kings, and rulers.The Bible is full of stories by which we should come to learn how to live, behave, act and react.

The story of Solomon is in the Bible for a reason. We must learn from the mistakes of others and King Solomon made some real whoppers. The great can fall. The righteous can become unrighteous.  Sin has no prejudice and will latch on to anyone in sight. {A Fool}

Many Christians are mistaken and think once baptised they are saved for ever and have full knowledge of everything. “Oh such fools”. It is very good when people came to the decision to follow Jesus and to go for God, but they may not forget they have to continue to grow and work hard to keep their faith pure. They may consider themselves highly favoured in the sight of God, just as King Solomon once was, but this will not excuse them from judgement and discipline if they do ignore the commandments and instructions found in the Word of God. When they, after they were baptised, walk astray, they shall loose insight again.

Fools may read scripture but this doesn’t mean they apply the instruction to their lives or memorize and keep the words hidden in their heart. King Solomon stopped relying on God and trusted more and more in himself. He forgot the source of his wisdom, wealth, and power. {A Fool}

We always should remember that we do have to keep our faith going and feed ourselves with wisdom every day. The Bible advices us to continuously learn. When we are willing to have our eyes open and see what the world has to offer and what God has to offer, with the fear for the Right Person (the Elohim hashem Jehovah God) the Most High will inspire people to be faithful stewards of the time and talents that God has given.

All people who are on this world are there because God allows them to be there. All people can learn from those who walk around on this world. Each person is there to be used to  get ideas from and to learn from. Each their knowledge can be used to feed or nourish knowledge by others. As such each person in the world can make it that wisdom can be made productive and beneficial for others. Wisdom starts by birth and at home.

Wisdom is best taught and lived in the home—indeed, the success of the home demands wisdom—and that wisdom is balanced living (Allen Ross, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, p. 1130).

Therefore parents do have a big responsibility for the wisdom their child shall retrieve. They also can look for the best educators and schools, choose the right books to read, take care of the children seeing the right images and meeting the right persons.

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United St...

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress, demonstrating printed pages as a storage medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They should know that the world is given a Book of books full of Wisdom.

The Bible is the greatest Wisdom Book ever written, and five specific books within the Bible are recognized as the Wisdom Books:Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. These books are special because they offer in-depth truths regarding the topic of wisdom. The poetic and lyrical styles make these books a delight to read. Whether it’s Job’s realization that suffering cannot be comprehended through human reasoning, or David’s dealings with personal sin, justice and judgment, or Solomon’s revelations about the lofty matters of life, these books are a must read for every believer who desires to grow in wisdom from above. {Wisdom From Above}

We can see that in this world many people are looking for spiritual guidance and wisdom. They count on other men and women and often turn to ancient or new age gurus for words of wisdom. We should know that wisdom of man and the wisdom of God are two very different things. One is incomplete and does not give fulfilment, whilst the other constructs a person to some one who shall be able to continue to live after all others will be gone.

There is a plethora of so-called wisdom literature out there that is seemingly helpful, however, may only offer half-truths. Many of the sources are based on a humanly perspective. Only a message that is rooted and grounded in the Word of God can possibly come from a godly perspective. Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is living, sharper than any two-edged sword, and it divides the soul and spirit. With all due respect to the big thinkers with big thoughts, if they have not been transformed by the renewing power of God’s Spirit and His quickening word, they are lacking true wisdom. {Wisdom From Above}

Though that does not mean we should not listen or not take into account what others say or write. No, we should be aware of what is said or written. We always should be prepared to listen to others and to think about what they have to say. From them we also can learn and should learn.

Like Calvin said we should be learners to the end.

All writings that can come in front of our eyes can be worthwhile to learn from. those which are interesting or have something to offer, we could share with others, and that is what this and a site, like Stepping Toes, tries to do. As such, hopefully many writers their quotes or ideas can be presented here and shall get our readers to inspire to look further and continue reading and comparing what they have to say with what others and the Bible have to say.

In the Bible or the Book of books we can find many inspiring words.

God inspired Solomon to write many proverbs, by which he taught the people knowledge and set out acceptable words, even the words of truth (Eccl 12:9-11). Of a total of three thousand proverbs (I Kings 4:32), the best five hundred or so are here. What a collection! You will learn wisdom to cover most every area of your life. Success is right before you! {Secrets of Wisdom}

With the writer of Secrets of Wisdom I would also say:

Tremble before the Word of God and rejoice at the opportunity of finding great spoil from the mind of God and the observations of Solomon. Let your intent be learning and obedience only, without even a trace of mere academic interest or knowledge for the sake of pride. Let your ambition be to grow in wisdom to please God and men. {Secrets of Wisdom}

The ones that God “draws to Him” shall ‘all be taught by God’. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father shall be able to come to His son who liberated the world of its chains and brought salvation to humankind.  (John 6:44,45).

The only thing we do have to be willing to see and hear and to listen to the Right Words. Let us be taught – from God’s word.

As we read God’s word we must have a child-like attitude to “hear” and then “accept” (the) words” we read and then “we will have treasure in heaven” Jesus told a ruler, adding, “and come,follow me.” [v.18,22] The very last chapter in the Bible, the final message of Jesus, tells us that, when Jesus returns, this treasure will be revealed, for I will be “bringing my reward (or recompense)with me to repay everyone for what he has done” [Rev.22 v.12]So we start by hearing (through reading), then we “accept”  and then we “do” what God desires in the way we live using our individual abilities and opportunities to serve God and his Son, our Saviour every day – and then the wonder of the time to come – which is getting ever closer – the time of divine repayment with life in his kingdom on earth , for “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” [Matt. 5 v.5]  Will you be there?  You make the answer now! {“Hear … Accept My Words”}

You can’t make anyone wise, but you can provide the scaffolding and tools to give them the best chance of getting wisdom that is for everyone. {Wisdom for Everyone}

 

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Please find also to read:

  1. Wisdom lies deep
  2. Did the Inspirator exist
  3. Only One God
  4. God of gods
  5. God is One
  6. Give thanks to the One Who gave much
  7. Who Wrote the Bible?
  8. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  9. Why can’t Bible scholars agree on how to interpret the Bible?
  10. Out of Context: How to Avoid Misinterpreting the Bible
  11. American atheists most religiously literate Americans

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Additional reading:

  1. Thursday Thoughts: Pattern of a Wise Woman
  2. All ProWisdom Texts from Proverbs 8 (January 2012 – November 2013) by Aaron and Michael Diedrich
    Do you ever find yourself thinking if I only could do this or that, and it seems like a wise thing to do even though you know God’s Word says don’t do it? Listen to the wisdom of God’s Word and do not listen to the deceitfulness of your own understanding and own wisdom. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, will never tell you to do wrong.
  3. Wisdom for Everyone
    I like to think of wisdom as the ability to navigate life with discretion and sound judgment that shows an understanding of the workings of nature and people. Wisdom is responsive and considerate of the ripple effects of one’s actions, attitudes and words on the cosmic order. Moreover, wisdom is founded in an understanding of and reverence for God, the Creator.
  4. The Wise Ask
    My children often fail to ask for wisdom, believing that it is just given, liberally. But My Word says to ask. I implore you to seek wisdom from above, for it is only through wisdom that the work should be done.
  5. Lady Wisdom’s Unheeded Call
    I’ve been reading a bit lately about a subject I don’t hear much about these days–wisdom. My hunch is that we don’t like this idea of wisdom because it seems to suggest that there are ideas of how to live well that are already “out there”–that might have a certain “fixed” quality about them that aren’t subject to our own “make it up as we go” kind of life. It seems to me these days that our preferred method of gaining wisdom, if we care about this at all, is learning from our mistakes. And I have a hunch that many of us do learn this way (I have) and yet it seems that this way is fraught with lots of pain for not only ourselves, but that it leads to inflicting pain on those around us. And sometimes, we don’t live to profit from the lessons–we are merely an object lesson for others. Is there a better way?
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    Some fears are healthy. Proverbs says that the recognition that my life is lived for God is actually a healthy fear. I think how that works for me is that it leads me to cry for God’s help to live wisely before him in all the nooks, crannies, and crevices of my life. Everything matters, and God would spare us unneeded pain–there is plenty of pain without that which we bring on ourselves. If there is a choice between living well and making life hard–do I really want the latter? Better to listen for the voice of Lady Wisdom…
  6. Decision, decisions
    You don’t have access to God’s sovereign knowledge (Will I lose my job?  Will interest rates go up or down?  Etc.).  You do have unrestricted access to his moral will via the Bible. Example: Is it immoral to pay off your mortgage early?  No, unless that means you won’t have enough money to feed your kids.  After moral considerations, look to the wisdom angle.  Ask God for wisdom, as He promises to deliver.  But as with Solomon, He doesn’t promise to decide everything for you.  Read the Proverbs (and more).  Seek the counsel of others.  Consider the pros and cons.  That’s how to make wise decisions.  Finally, provided the options are moral and wise, consider your personal preferences.  We have tremendous freedom in Christ to do many things with our time and money.  Will paying off your mortgage make you happy?  If so, then do it.
  7. Secular wisdom and spiritual wisdom
    What exactly is wisdom? And why do we have to separate between secular and spiritual wisdom?
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    The requirement for being secularly wise is to make odd bets that will somehow, someday proven to be right.
  8. Wisdom Anyone?
  9. Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

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