June 3, 1997
Sometimes, I think of myself as “nicer” than I really am because I judge myself by my thoughts and feelings rather than by my actions. If I’m having “happy” thoughts, I believe myself to be nice. I guess I’m sometimes oblivious to my actions and the effect that they have on others. This helps me to understand principles like “act your way into right thinking,” “examine your motives,” and “don’t judge your insides by other people’s outsides” better. However, true authenticity is to have my actions and thoughts aligned. I’ve got a long way to go.
Better to return and make a net, than to go down the stream and merely wish for fish. – Chinese Proverb
July 4, 1997
Life is so good. The best thing about it is that I truly believe that no matter what happens, “good” or “bad,” I can endure because nothing has the power to remove God’s love and grace from my life; not even death. What a trip! Anyway, the pieces are falling into place and my work is beginning. God only knows that I am willing to go as far as He’ll take me. In Christ I live and move and have my being. (Acts 17:28)
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.- <st1:bcv_smarttag>Romans 8:38-39
July 28, 1997
I’ve realized that I am finally free to trust … not that people won’t let me down or that there will not be times that I don’t feel pain or that life will never be messy, but that always there is more to learn.
July 31, 1997
There’s a big difference between giving advice and sharing my experience.
Only he who is able to articulate his own experience can offer himself to others as a source of clarification. – Henri Nouwen