i think there is great value in a form of depersonalization.
for so much of our waking hours, the focus is on “individualism”, and we are forced to subconsciously make decisions about who we are, and who we are not.
when it comes to maintaining values and functioning stably, this helps. a lot.
but when it comes to being challenged, and seeing the things of God in our lives, there is always that part of us that says “that’s not me”, which could be detrimental.
once we understand the depth of our sin, the depravity of the human condition, and exactly what we would be capable of in the same circumstances, we realise that we are no better than our comparator, and that there is almost no hope for us.
but taking a step back, and seeing the work of God in our lives, allows us to see what we could be through Him. it’s not our effort, and it’s often not our compulsion, but for us to be transformed in the renewing of our minds, is to allow God’s view of us, as justified and sanctified to be the view that we take. then it’s no longer a “that’s not me”, but it’s a “if that’s Your will God” mental process.
this is very incomplete, but i will have to return to it later.
life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
the fashionista / foodie culture is becoming more and more prevalent, and as someone with an interest in both, it is a slippery slope to be on.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)
let’s never forget this.
is a part of life at hospital.
and most of the time, there is no fight.
there is no fanfare.
it is easy to be caught up feeling the weight on your shoulders, but Ben shared something great last night at resonate.
If you look at the account of the disciple Peter walking on water to come to Jesus during the storm, it can easily be viewed as a story of one man’s faith, and faltering.
But he kept his eyes on Jesus, and walked on water. He did what seemed impossible, by fixing his eyes on Christ.
Only when he started to think about the “situation” he was in, did he falter. He was walking on water, in the middle of a storm. He temporarily forgot that he was walking towards Jesus, and that He had everything in control.
And I think sometimes we forget that too. When there are storms around us, and when it seems like we have to do the impossible, we are walking towards the one who can do the impossible. We just need to fix our eyes on Him.
our registrar treated us to lunch today, and the topic of anaesthetics came up.
she said something that really threw me off, but was quite inspiring to hear. she said, “if it’s possible for you to do anaesthetics, to be able to sit still for that period of time, then do it.”
and her reasoning was that those who work in anaesthetics can take it easy. they can work part time. they can spend time with their families. they can have lives that are more than just medicine.
but they need the ability to wait.
(the rest is my extrapolation) –>
and i think the specialty of anaesthetics is a great metaphor for our lives and our service to Christ. we train. we prepare. we go through a lot of struggles, but once we’re through, and once we’re doing the work, we can take an aspect of a person’s life into our hands, do the little that we can, and sit, and wait (on God). but not wait idly, but rather, be on guard, ready for any challenges that life may throw our way, but always in the comfort that HE is watching over us.
and at the end of it all, we still have balance. the part time nature of our occupational serving can fit in the aspects of our serving that are not so obvious. the time we invest in our family, and in our relationships, and in our relationship with God.
following the Desiring God blog on my RSS reader has been incredibly challenging. here’s some things from CS Lewis, that I have been reflecting on:
there is a dangerous thought process, steeped in our education system.
a proposition is made that all sentences containing a predicate of value are statements about the emotional state of the speaker, and that all such statements are unimportant.
that is, if we look at the grand canyon and say “amazing!”, the canyon is not necessarily amazing, rather, we are describing our own feeling of amazement.
this results in a line being drawn between objective “facts”, and subjective “values”.
- facts – are rational, testable and important.
- values – are contrary to reason and contemptible.
this isn’t explicitly stated or outlined in the way we live/learn/teach, but instead insidiously works its way into our common psyche. we’re not taught to care, and we’re not taught to think.
our regimented way of learning gives us the ability to manufacture but not to create. to register but not process.
in plain English:
we know more, but we don’t know how to feel.
and society is worse off for it.
“We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”
i’m having trouble articulating.
Matthew provides the comprehensive context by which we see all God’s creation and salvation completed in Jesus, and all the parts of our lives – work, family, friends, memories, dreams – also completed in Jesus. Lacking such a context, we are in danger of seeing Jesus as a mere diversion from the concerns announced in the newspapers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
(an introduction to the book of Matthew)
I’m enjoying reading the message.
if there’s one thing to be gained from being a twentysomething, it’s that the culture of overwhelming apathy, and “snark” is worth going against.
Saw an interview with Daniel Radcliffe. The guy said he was tired of people who weren’t excited.
I like that notion.
10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favour and honour;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
The LORD as a sun – illuminating our way, casting light where there were shadows, and breaking the dark of the night. And also, giving life, and warming our lives.
The LORD as a shield – what we can hold on to to protect us from that which comes to kill, steal and destroy.
No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. I’ve thought about this before, but to be blameless means to be innocent of wrongdoing. You cannot blame someone if they are taking reasonable actions, within the context of their belief systems. You’d probably question their beliefs if anything, but in the context, their actions are sound.
And when we are blameless, our beliefs can be questioned, and examined for what they truly are.
After a solid week of catching up after being away because of Hillsong, I’m back on board with the blogosphere.
Today at the AAU (acute assessment unit) handover meeting, we heard about a patient who had been admitted to the AAU from ED. The patient was an elderly man who was admitted after a loss of consciousness as the passenger in a car. His eyes closed and he became unresponsive for a minute, before being shaken and regaining consciousness.
After a string of tests, the conclusion was that… the man had an acute episode of, falling asleep.