Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy? Whatever you believe you will find all kinds of information to back it. But only the truth can bring forth genuine happiness.
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"The Heart of the Matter"
No one changes unless they want to...
...So I took a few deep, cleansing breaths and as I did another picture appeared—a picture of a mother who missed me and didn’t know how to express it... I hold dear in my heart that first time she initiated a call saying, “I know that you’re busy but when you have a chance do you think we could meet for breakfast?”
Jesus didn’t say to the sick man He healed at Bethesda, “Cut out gluten and see me again in 2 weeks.” He said, “Wilt thou be made whole?” ~John 5:6 KJV or in the NIV translation, “Do you want to get well?”
A few years back I had an “aww… that’s soooo sad” thought with its associated sinking feeling after seeing a dead deer on the side of the road. But it was immediately followed by something I had read years before that made sense. This reckoning changed everything for me..
He loved her well, can be interpreted as he did a good job of loving her. It also can be interpreted as he loved her back to health. What might that even look like? It's good stuff!
Did you get the finger wag with it’s accompanying, “You should have known better,” as a kid rather than the arm around the shoulder that says, “How could you have known. You’ve never been in a situation like this before?” If so you have likely developed a high tolerance for pain.