Conversations on the Glory of Christ in Business and Culture
There is a ring of truth to that. I don't enjoy it, but I can't deny it.Don't you wish we could learn to grow deep without adversity, simply from pure appreciation?
We don't like suffering, do we? Forget suffering, we don't even like discomfort - yet it's the catalyst for growth and maturity
I'm not bashing the U.S., but doesn't it seem like it's generally a more accepted lesson to people who live in almost any other country? This is one reason that I believe short-term missions are such effective eye-opening experiences.
I like that. We need that word of encouragement amidst the trevails and troubles in this life.
" Like tall cedars, the more they are blown, the deeper they are rooted."Actually that is plain rubbish, just another futile fundamentalist analogy. The depth of tree roots is dependent on such things as soil quality, nutrient availability and water. Nothing at all to do with wind.
hi wandering star,that is the trouble with analogies, they do seem to breakdown at some point. a tree may not respond to the wind and produce deeper roots, however when i take this to my personal experience as a human being, when i encounter difficulty in life and i am tempted to challenge my belief and faith in God, my answer is to dig deeper into understanding and reminding myself of my faith God. when i fall, i go to God in prayer, re-read the truth of the Bible and i experience peace and joy and often correction and clearer understanding of why i fell. the result is my faith in God (my roots of faith) are much deeper and similar temptations and troubles and unexpected/unwelcome events do not result in falling and getting hurt.hope this helps
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