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A Teachable Moment

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In Psalms 25:5 it says “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation.” This brings me to a common expression known as “a teachable moment” which means a time at which a person is likely to learn something or responsively to being taught or made aware of something.

Teachable moments are perfect for teaching about life disappointments such as the horrors of war, death, poverty, social injustices, or when the answer we seek turns out to be NO instead of yes.

What is there to learn from teachable moments?  For one thing the Christian must be rooted in the word of God to know the value of a teachable moment. That moment is usually very brief, but it is worth a lifetime of instruction.

All teachable moments begins with a question. For Instance many people are asking questions perhaps like some of us. What’s happening to our children? Why is there so much hatred in the world? Why can’t I get ahead? What wrong with me? Why is there so much pain and suffering? Will there be other hurricanes like Katrina and Rita? Will there be other massive earthquakes? Is God trying to tell me something? These and others kinds of questions are being asked frequently because in the question there is a lesson to be learned.

God creates opportunities for spiritual learning for all of us. Sometimes it’s a personal experience; sometimes it’s the experience of someone we know; sometimes it’s a catastrophe event. In all facets of life there are teachable moments all around us.

God deliberately and intentionally through teachable moments teaches us biblical truths to help us reach a higher goal in life.

In such moments, we experience what teachers call ‘optimal intellectual arousal’. Like the perfect storm, circumstances come together and it is then we can learn best. In such moments; an individual is prime for discovering and developing new understanding. It is indeed these teachable moments in time which touched our lives through relationships, love, death, achievements, and disastrous events. These moments are teachable moments for in them we can learn life purpose. The teachable moment may not be comfortable. In fact, it is often extremely uncomfortable and confronting.

And yet, at other times, there seem to be peak moments when everything comes together, the perfect circumstances in which we learn dramatically and intensely. Such moments are often very memorable ones, our lives and many of us will always remember those as we look back over our lives. Then there are those moments that aren’t so memorable. The ones we wish never happened or would like to forget, those are the ones that challenge us never to repeat.

Through teachable moments we are able to pass something on to others because God just might have a plan for us. If we don’t learn from that experience, we just might have to experience it again and again until we get the message God is trying to teach us. Through our teachable moments we have the assurance that we are not alone for Jesus is with us, for in St. Matthew 28:20, Jesus says “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” To be filled by his Spirit is to be taught and empowered by Him. Christ’s life is then reproduced in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

©By: Dr. Christopher D. Handy, Ph.D.

 

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42012000-06:0005b-06:00Thu, 31 May 2012 16:32:38 -0600 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Love is the key

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“Let us dream of a tomorrow where we can truly Love from the soul, and know Love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.” -Michael Jackson-

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72012000-06:0005b-06:00Sun, 27 May 2012 16:15:40 -0600 13, 2008 at 4:15 pm

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Why Is There Evil In the World?

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Why is there evil in the world? Mankind, have been asking this age-old question since the beginning of time. Frankly, there is no simple answer to this question of Why is there evil in the world?  Evils such as the abuse of children, crime, disease, hatred, jealousy, murder, racism, rape, social injustices, suffering, terrorism, violence, and War are all realities which cannot be explained away. Why the innocent suffer and the wicked often prosper? Why do people get cancer and aids? Why are there earthquakes and hurricanes that destroy entire cities and communities? Why does mankind sit back and allow his fellowman to suffer when there are resources available to help? And why do people have to work so hard just to have enough money to barely feed and clothed their families? If God is just, then how can this be?

There is an answer to these WHY questions are found in the Bible. But it’s not an answer that most people would like to hear.

First, one must understand what is evil? Evil is contrary to God’s perfect will, but not his permissible will. Evil is the absence of good and where there is no good, evil will thrive. Evil is like rust to a car or rot to piece of fruit it spreads like wild fire or some cancer.

The reason there’s evil in the world is not because of God, but because God gave us the freedom to choose.

Now the potential for love outweighs the existence of evil, because you see, evil is only going to exist for a short time, but love is going to go on forever. All of the suffering and all of the death that we see in the world today are the result of man making wrong choices. God loves us and wants us to love him back. And how could we love him back unless we have the freedom not to love?

God could have made us like robots who do nothing more than say, “I love you. I love you. I love you.” But in this we would have been forced to do so and that wouldn’t be real love. Love is a choice. And if you have a choice you have the ability to choose not to love and that in itself is the nature of evil. Evil is choosing not to love. So when God gave us the freedom to choose, he gave us not only our greatest blessing, but he also gave us our greatest curse because we can choose to do right or choose to do wrong.

God allows evil to continue even though it is not his will. If evil were God’s will it would contradict his perfect and holy nature and everything he stands for and has told man not to do.

God has given humanity freedom of choice, having this freedom means that we can rebel against God and make choices that are contrary to His desires. Since we can say that evil is anything contrary to God’s perfect and holy will, then anyone who chooses anything contrary to God’s perfection is committing evil. But this is the risk of being able to have freedom of choice.  But how could this account for natural disasters and sickness that brings suffering?

Biblically, Adam represented not only all of his descendents but all of humanity and he was also the head of the created order since he was given dominion over the earth.  Therefore, when he fell, sin entered into the world for Roman 5:12 says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” And with it the effects of being fallen spread to all the earth as well as to humanity.

God has done something about evil in the world through the person of Jesus Christ. By appearing in human form, Jesus showed us that we could trust him. Jesus is the tangible evidence of a God who is not only profoundly grieved by suffering, but who entered history to overcome death and evil.

And what did Jesus do while he was here on earth? He suffered! Jesus endured a suffering beyond all comprehension. He bore the punishment for the sins of the entire world! For all the evil that every one of us from the beginning has perpetrated, he paid the penalty. None of us can comprehend that suffering. Though he was innocent, He voluntarily took upon himself the punishment we deserve, why, because he loves us. It is like he was saying, “I know you don’t understand why I permit every evil. It’s not possible for you to understand yet. But just to show you that you can trust me, I’m going to suffer with you.” But there will come a day when the Lord will return and cleanse this world of all sin and all suffering.

In Revelation 21:4, it reads “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

©By: Dr. Christopher D. Handy

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Written by writer1966

42012000-06:0005b-06:00Thu, 24 May 2012 13:21:56 -0600 13, 2008 at 1:21 pm