Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Legalism 2: Why It Matters

Legalism affects every relationship in a negative way.

It skews our image of God, making Him someone to hide from rather than
someone to embrace.

It skews our image of others, making nearly everyone else wrong so
that we can be right.

Legalism keeps us from being able to live out the core of Jesus'
teaching: Love God, Love Others.

Legalism is all about me, about making me right at the expense of

It's not pretty, and it's not what God calls us to.

And in the end, we all lose, and especially the one immersed in
legalism. We can't have the relationship with God we most desire, and
we can't have the nurturing relationships with others that are life-

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Texas Medical Center Parking Payment Thoughts

A barage of thoughts while standing in line to pay for parking at M D

Impatience at the slowness and quirkiness of the machines.

The burden of $10-12 per day parking costs on patients and families.

How much fun it would be to stand there with a bundle of "get out
free" passes.

Recovering from Legalism 1: My Major Life Change

This is the beginning of a series of posts that will talk about the journey I'm on to recover from Legalism. While writing about this subject is something I've thought about for a while, starting now is prompted by a question I was asked in our Sunday morning caregiving support group.

Interestingly, I can't remember exactly how the question was phrased. But how I received it was as a request to explain the why, the how, and the when of the significant shift in my life from legalism toward freedom in Christ. I came out with some "thinking out loud" response for the group, but recognize that it's time to spend some time writing about and processing all that's involved in that change, because it is without doubt the most major change that has occurred in my life, and it's a change that impacts every facet of my life.

I need to process it for me, because there is still a lot of stuff that I'm sorting out. But maybe more importantly, I need to process it and write it down for my now adult children, since I was still immersed in legalism during their formative years. My hope is that it will help them understand gradual but very significant changes they have seen in what I believe and how I live, and that it may also help them understand some of the beliefs, attitudes, and conflicts that I passed on to them with the best of intentions.

It's hard to know where to start. Maybe the best place is to simply try to write a simple phrase that is at the core of it all.
  • My being right with God (salvation) is 100% the result of what God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit have done, are doing, and will do. It is not the result of my actions, my beliefs, my theology, or how I do or don't do things, being right. My only goal is that each of these will be God-honoring.
So that's a good place to pause. More to come...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Galveston Beach

Mark, Kathy, and Ben at the beach.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ben and a Ladybug

Is there anything better than getting to help a grandchild experience
a ladybug up close and personal?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Test from iphone

This is a test to see if it's still working.