The Vessel Spoiled

The Vessel Spoiled

Jeremiah 18:1-4

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

When I read these verses I had a thought that immediately came to mind.  So I wrote down the chapter and verse numbers and the simple thought that came with it. Continue reading

One Simple Word

One Simple Word

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

Paul breaks it down to one simple word, love.

And he’s not talking about wanting to go over and boink the neighbor.

He’s talking about simply respecting another life.

King Solomon talked about the folly of pride and vanity.  Paul is taking that further.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  By neighbor Paul means every human life, everyone is your neighbor.

It’s a simple concept but don’t confuse simple with easy. Continue reading

Unintended Consequences, How to Reduce Them.

Unintended Consequences, How to Reduce Them.

Unintended consequences, we all experience them just about every day of our life.  Most are minor maybe you don’t even notice them, some have a major impact on our life.  Of course there can be good or bad consequences.  I’m talking about the ones that have a negative impact.

You make a decision, take action and then something happens because of that action that you never expected to happen or intended to have happen.

It’s almost a law of nature, like the law where every flat surface will collect stuff (at least at my house). I guess it’s part of Murphy’s Law.

I think a lot of people especially inexperienced people use unintended consequences as an excuse, a way to rationalize bad decisions.

Unintended consequences can be reduced by simply taking the time to learn and understand how things work. Continue reading