Weekend Reads 1-24

weekend-reads

 

One of the things I enjoy most about this blog is sharing interesting, thought provoking or just humorous articles I read, or videos I see throughout the week.  There is some really gret stuff this week.  I hope you are able to grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever you like, sit down, and spend a few minutes reading and relaxing.

One of the areas on my life that I have been consciously and purposely working on is contentment.  This is an excellent piece on the contentment habit by Leo Babauta at ZenHabits.

My Sunday evening small group is currently doing an extended study on prayer.  This is a good article from Desiring God about what to do when we’re struggling with prayer.  The author suggests, “Prayerlessness is not fundamentally a discipline problem. At root it’s a faith problem.”

“This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death. We might draw many lessons from Churchill’s life, and not all of them salutary (his views on religion, women, and alcohol come to mind). Nevertheless, Churchill was an inspiring and effective leader in a time of crisis, and it is appropriate to consider what he might teach us today about leadership.”

Tim Challies writes a very interesting piece about marriage.  He says. “I knew next to nothing about my wife on the day I married her. We had dated for a few years, we had spent countless evenings talking on the phone, we had attended church, we had organized events, and even run a business together. But despite all that, we still barely knew one another.”

Here’s another good one from Tim Challies.  He says we are God’s Tapestry.  And he asks… “Have you ever compared the front and back of a tapestry? The front of a tapestry is art…The back of a tapestry is a mess.”

And I end this week’s edition with two videos.  The first video is flat-out mind boggling.  NASA has released the largest picture ever taken, with more than 1.5 billion pixels.  It combines 411 pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Andromeda galaxy, which is the closest spiral galaxy to ours. It’s 40,000 light-years across and is around 2.6 million light-years away from us. And, oh yea, the photo contains 100 million stars. 100 million. This video gives us a brief look at the incomprehensible nature of creation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU

 

I’m very much a photography buff, so the second video is an interesting piece about “The Rescued Film Project.”  In this video, the author discovers and processes 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago.

Fight FOR Each Other

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Recently, I attended an event with singer and songwriter Warren Barfield, who wrote the song “Love is Not a Fight” that was in the movie Fireproof.

He told a very funny story about a fight that he and his wife had early in their marriage. It had to do with pretzels and a clean floor. Anyway, the point he made was that we need to fight FOR our spouse, not AGAINST our spouse. He and his wife were fighting against each other, not for each other. It almost ended their marriage.

How many of us do the same thing?

Most of us? All of us? Probably.

I know, its hard. Relationships of all kinds are difficult.

Marriage is really, really difficult.

REALLY difficult.

Pastor Tim Keller in the book “The Meaning of Marriage” says that marriage doesn’t create our character flaws, it exposes them. It’s like a magnifying glass; issues that were hard to see are now big as life and right in front of us. For ALL of us.

In the Gospel of Mark there is a passage where Jesus is teaching about marriage. In chapter 10:9, Jesus says regarding marriage, “… let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

Let NO ONE split apart what God has joined together.

Often in this context we think that OTHERS shouldn’t break apart our marriages. And that’s certainly true.

But WE are also a part of “no one”!!!!   WE cannot and should not do this to ourselves. We cannot and should not do this to our marriages!

Husbands and wives are supposed to be each other’s greatest champion, defender and confidant.

We should be best pals.

We should be an unbreakable team.

It’s us verses the world.

I’ve got her back and she’s got mine.

We should not only be helping each other with mundane, day-to-day parts of life, but also helping each other with becoming better people, more like Christ!   Encouraging and helping each other to live Holy lives.

This is what we are called to do in marriage.  But we cant do that if we’re fighting against each other.

WE must fight FOR our spouses, not AGAINST our spouses.
Scripture link:  Mark 10:9
Photo credit:  Pixabay.com