I have birthdays to post about.... it's just that there's more photos to look through than I have energy for tonight.... But, This Post (about the book All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes, by Ken Meyers) is so so super interesting to me!
I know there are times when I really do need to loosen up a bit (I actually don't enjoy Amelia Bedelia because she simply drives me batty) but how sadly true perhaps some pieces of our world have loosened up even to a silly extent? It does seem like FUN, FUNNY, and COOL are all that our world has any appetite for anymore... and Holiness, Sovereignty, Atonement, and Sin don't seem "worth our while." The post noted that spheres of our culture, our world today "increasingly [see] themselves not as exercising authority but as begging for attention." An essay first written in 1951 by sociologist Dr. Martha Wolfenstein noted, “Whereas gratification of forbidden impulses traditionally aroused guilt, failure to have fun now lowers one’s self-esteem.” This sounds oh so true for so many today. What a super insightful sociological study!
Oh God give us power that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God, and live boldly for your name, jealous for your glory. Teach us to avoid the lure of cool, and not spend ourselves entirely on flippant matters, wasteful with the days and strength you've given us..... Teach us to live for your glory in all things.... all times. Eating, drinking, working, laughing silly, and exercising authority all to the glory of God. May it be, make it true in us, Lord, for your glory and our joy!