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David Richo has a BOOK out: The Five Things We Cannot Change: And The Happiness We Find By Embracing Them (Shambala, 2005). He claims that there are certain facts of life that we cannot change, unavoidable givens . They are: 1) Everything changes and ends, 2) Things do not always go according to plan, 3) Life is not always fair, 4) Pain is part of life, 5) People are not loving and loyal all the time. I so appreciate these points. They are a sobering tonic in the face of all the syrupy platitudes that seem to abound today, especially...

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I am a pastor of a church, but I struggle with it. Man, do I struggle with it! When I think about the mechanics of running an organization, the delicacies of maintaining tenuous relationships, the banality of nurturing a bureaucracy, or the boredom of keeping an institution going, I just go NUTS! I hate it. At that point, my wife Lisa usually says, David, just remember: it s about the people and about God! Then I can feel my heart rate restore itself, my blood-pressure level off, and my brain cease its convulsions. Like right now. It s hot out,...

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Do not claim to be wiser than you are (Romans 12: 16) is often used as an excuse for our stupidity. It is often used as a preventative for study, research, inquiry and intensive seeking for truth. In fact, we often exalt stupidity. When someone shouts louder with more confidence about something that is totally ludicrous, many marvel at the person s faith. Besides, this passage, Do not claim to be wiser than you are is written to the Roman congregation. Imagine that! These people must ve been able to, at some level, understand this letter one of the most...

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Kari, Anne, and the rest, I so appreciate your questions and comments. Here's a brief but serious response: I found only a question mark where the old conviction should have been (Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase. My Climb Out of Darkness, p. xix). Spiritual growth is often painful, challenging, and shattering. Maturation is infrequently pleasant. To move to the next level means to abandon the previous one. Granted, sometimes growth is like layering: we develop and progress and adapt, blending our new discoveries in with our old ones. However, the most transformative growth is the complete annihilation of what went...

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Lisa (my wife) and I were given a coupon for a motel room in a neighboring city for last night. We took the offer, and went away for 24 hours and had a wonderful time. We were either in bed or in Chapters. My two favorite places! So, needless to say, I didn't blog or paint yesterday or today. Anyway, before I head to bed with Lisa (again!), here's a little quote I found interesting from Douglas Coupland's latest novel, JPod: "... we're googling every ten minutes. The problem is, after a week of intense googling, we've started to burn...

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