Character Still Counts: If you follow the NFL at all, you know that Jimmy Garoppolo is all but done in San Francisco but has yet to land anywhere else. While he has had some success, I saw the following headline the other day that bothered me: Report: Jimmy G frequently ghosted 49ers after signing large deal. While I don’t pretend to know all of the details, the report states: After the 49ers signed Garoppolo to a five-year contract worth $137.5 million in 2018 — the largest contract in NFL history on an annual basis at the time — general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan were ready to get to work with Garoppolo and prepare for the next season. But that’s when, as Silver put it, “The Jimmy Garoppolo vanishing act” began, and became a staple of just about every offseason that followed. I was disappointed to read this. Having character means that once you have agreed to do a job for a certain amount of money—you did not have to agree in the first place—you work as hard as you can to be and give the best that you can. Character will always be more important than pure talent.
She Was Horrible At Sharing Her Faith and Did Something About It: The Worldview Bulletin has recently published, “How One Encounter with Hinduism Changed My Life Forever”. It is a good read about a woman who refused to settle with her inability to answer important and sometimes intellectually-oriented questions about the Christian faith. Reading the Bible is not enough. What are people thinking? What are the prevailing philosophies of our day? What ideas do people tend to believe that are not in line with the Scripture? What questions can you ask to get a conversation going?
How is the Word “Heart” Used in the New Testament?: Tim Challies writes, “But then how does the Bible use ‘heart?’ Did you know that the New Testament uses the word ‘heart’ well over a hundred times, but never once to refer to the organ in your chest? It only ever uses it as a metaphor, as a word picture. So what can the heart do according to the Bible?” If you want to read more, click here. It is a really helpful article for interpreting the Bible, understanding what God desires, and for using words in a more responsible manner.
Meditation on Joy: Joy is not an emotion; happiness is. Joy is something deeper, permanent, and less dependent on circumstances. Psalm 30 focuses on joy, but only on the heels of pain. Psalms 30:5 reads: “…weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” And Psalms 30: 11–12 declares: “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” As John 16 makes so clear, pain and joy are often found together. I am convinced that no season in life is void of either. Granted, one season may have lots of joy and a little pain or vice versa, but no season is purely one or the other.
Conversation about Dark Times Between Elrond and Gimli:
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,” said Gimli.
“Maybe,” said Elrond, “but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.”
“Yet sworn word may strengthen quaking heart,” said Gimli.
Resting in God:My Utmost for His Highest is still one of the best devotions out there. Typically, I do not like devotions. Most amount to little more than pop psychology with a Bible verse and religious language. Ugh. No thank you. Yesterday the devotional was: “The Theology of Resting in God.” It challenged me in more than one way. I hope that you will take five minutes to read and reflect. It is powerful, challenging, and a nice reminder of what God desires.
The Zygote and Christian Ethics: One of my favorite sources in my Logos is “Pocket Dictionary of Ethics” by Stanley Grenz and Jay T. Smith. I found the following entry on “zygote” helpful since it touches on one or two important points that are relevant from a biblical viewpoint: The double, or diploid, cell formed by the union of the male sperm cell and the female ovum at conception. As a diploid cell, the zygote has twice the number of chromosomes as a normal germ cell. The zygote formed as a consequence of human reproduction is at the center of several ethical issues, including but not restricted to the question, “When does a human life begin?” Biblical passages such as Psalm 139 are often invoked to suggest that God has an intimate involvement with human beings even in the womb. Consequently, the zygote is generally considered uniquely human in the Christian view of life.
Laughter: Our family right now is enjoying a good dose of laughter at the dinner table reading poems by Shel Silverstein. I mentioned him yesterday. Here is another favorite about the plunger hat!