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When I was a new believer God gave me a philosophical concept I call, “Maximum efficiency without trying.” It has served me well over the years. It even works on the spiritual level.

Maximum efficiency is easy to sell, who wouldn’t like to be able to operate at maximum efficiency? It’s found by bracketing. First you go too far one way, then you reverse directions and go too far the other way, then you make finer and finer corrections until you get it just right. The process is the same when you’re tuning a guitar, an engine, or a radio. When it’s just right it’s much more than just not too flat or too sharp, there’s a sweet spot; to a trained ear something special happens, it’s “in tune.”

It’s difficult to find maximum efficiency by trying to sneak up on it. You usually need to get a little radical to find what it takes to make your new sports car spin out, or how slow you can fly an airplane without stalling. Maximum efficiency is seldom found at full throttle, a motorcycle tends to go into a high speed wobble, and a runner won’t finish the marathon if he doesn’t pace himself. Golf pros say your best swing is at about eighty percent, and when you’re making the top crust for an apple pie you don’t try to get it just right, you make it a little large than you trim off the excess dough.

If you practice a lot (like every day, most of the day, since you were six years old, like Tiger Woods), and stay in tune on the physical plane you’ll be able to operate at maximum efficiency, but how in the world can we do this without trying?

First of all we need to separate the idea of trying from the concept of effort. Actually they are two different things. Trying is an internal attitude, effort may be either mental or physical, but effort is psychologically neutral. Only the person who is exerting the effort knows whether or not they are trying.

Two men digging a ditch may be exerting the same amount of effort, but one may be getting paid to do something he hates, and the other may be digging the foundation for his dream house, something he has been wanting to do for years. For one it’s a big ‘try,’ for the other it would be a much bigger ‘try’ to stop.

Have you ever tried to make someone love you? You probably drove them away in the process.

Imagine with me that you’re coaching a little league team that’s in the playoffs, they’re trying too hard to win, and beginning to blow it, so you give them a little pep talk that goes something like this; “Baseball is not a war it’s a game, it’s supposed to be fun. I want you to forget all about beating the Tigers.  As long as you’re focused on beating the Tigers your mind is not on the ball, so just go out there and ‘play ball,’ you can play hard if you want, but just play ball.”

When you get it right you’re ‘in the flow,’ it’s like poetry in motion, and you are operating at maximum efficiency without trying. So how do you put this into practical use? It’s simple, just sit down right where you are and do nothing.

Nothing? Yes nothing, it’s not as easy as it sounds. At first you might find it relaxing, but after a while you’ll get bored and your butt will start to ache.  Eventually you’ll have to go to the bathroom, then you find it’s a much bigger ‘try’ to sit there, than it is to get up and go to the bathroom.  After hanging out in the bath room for a while you’ll probably remember something else you need to do.  So then just go out and do it.

The next time you find yourself experiencing pain on any level, stop. Stop whatever you’re doing and ask yourself, “what am I ‘trying’ to do,” then stop doing it.

In other words take a break and re-group. For instance you might be working on a stubborn nut that’s hard to get to, and rusted in place. In your frustration you’ve probably stripped the head and are beating it with a hammer and chisel, your knuckles are bleeding and you’re losing your temper. If I walked up and asked you what you were doing, you would say, “I’m trying to get this blankidy blank nut off.” Then I might say, “ I have some penetrating oil in my car, lets squirt some on that nut and then go out and get something to eat.”

Spiritually many people try to get God to love them, by trying to stop sinning, and trying to be ‘good enough.’

My plan is to get into heaven ‘without trying.’

May 26, 2016

Entering Jesus’ Rest

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Adam and Eve were born into His rest, but soon lost it.

God’s plan of redemption is to restore this restful relationship.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~ Jesus

Apparently it’s a gift; but Hebrews 4:11 says we are to “strive to enter into that rest.”

And it says, “They could not enter in because of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:19

Trust has been lost, Jesus has to find a way to overcome our unbelief.

The Cross and resurrection was designed to regain our trust, and this can take a while, but after regaining our trust Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus showed us a restful life by wearing His Father’s yoke.

What does being yoked mean?

John 5:19, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”

John 12:49, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

So we enter His rest by yoking with Jesus, which means we will only be doing what He has us to do, and saying only what He has us to say.




P.s. Jesus worked on the Sabbath, but it wasn’t His own works, it was His Father working through Him.



March 20, 2016


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Climb high on a mountain near the snow line and you find beautiful wild flowers, but walking back down as things become drier, you will notice more and more weeds.

Continue your decent into the desert, and the vegetation becomes even more noxious, plants are poisonous, and covered with thorns.

The same with the critters, only the horned, the hard shelled, and the poisonous can survive the lack of moisture, and the scarcity of food.

Google ‘images of unlikely friendships,’ and you will see that in a safe environment with an abundance of food animals get along.

It takes harsh conditions, and near starvation for animals to begin to kill and eat one another.

In fact all animals were still vegetarians on Noah’s ark.

God didn’t tell Noah to bring along extra bunnies to feed the tigers.

February 2, 2016


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“In disarming Peter, Christ disarmed all Christians.” – Tertullian

I don’t think so.

First of all Jesus didn’t disarm Peter; Jesus said, “Put your sword back in its place,” to me that means, ‘this is not the time or the place for that, God has a bigger plan.’

Secondly, the word ‘weapon,’ is a concept, not an object. Almost any object can be used as a weapon.

Thirdly, objects don’t kill on their own, the danger resides in the heart of the person holding the object.

Jesus went on to say, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

I believe this can be taken spiritually, or literally.

Spiritually, I see a parallel between these two verses; “Eat of this tree and you will surely die.” And “Draw the sword, and die by the sword.” By eating the fruit, or buying a weapon out of paranoia to protect yourself, you are leaning on your own understanding, going your own way, and thereby spiritually stepping outside of God’s umbrella of protection.

Literally, it means just what it says, pulling out a sword, or a gun, and waving it around, can get you killed.

Peace officers and soldiers are in a category of their own. A person may find a cause worth dying for, and decide to become a Peace Officer, or a Soldier, knowingly placing their life on the line for the safety of others.

In my opinion, whether or not a Christian can become a Peace Officer, or a Soldier, is not up for debate, that is an individual decision, and we are forbidden to judge.

In the Old Testament, God did specifically send believers into battle with weapons. Two examples are; David and Goliath, and Gideon.

In the New Testament, Jesus introduced us to some better weapons; The Sword of Truth, and The Cross.

Some Christians say, “To pick up a sword, you have to put down your cross,” but I have some Christian friends and relatives who proudly carry both.

Submit your life to Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you into all truth; and if ever in doubt, do the most loving thing for everyone concerned.

January 5, 2016


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God is Love, that’s Who He is.

Jesus Saves, that’s what He does.

Does Jesus love Satan? Is Satan His enemy?  Did Jesus teach us to love our enemies?

The only way a person can resist unconditional love, is through un-belief, if anyone actually believes in unconditional love, I believe it would be irresistible.


One of the many reasons for the Cross, was to place a spotlight on our ugly habit of scapegoating. Jesus volunteered to be the Scapegoat of all scapegoats, to hopefully put an end to scapegoatings once and for all.

It seems us humans are not happy unless we have at least one person we can point to who is a worse sinner than we are. If we can’t find someone in our neighborhood, or our church, then there’s always Ted Bundy, or Adolph Hitler, and of course, The Satan.

Besides Jesus, Paul seemed to be the only person who wasn’t looking for a scapegoat; because he called himself the Chief of Sinners.


So can it be possible? Is Jesus really on a mission to save Satan?


Well how has He related to him so far?


There was war in heaven, but it was bloodless, one third left, two thirds remained, there was no body count. Rebellion and a controversy, yes, but Satan wasn’t punished, he was simply allowed to go his own way.

Next Satan visited Adam and Eve, and conned them out of the keys to this planet; but after that he was still allowed into heaven to boast about his newly claimed territory.


Let’s take a few moments, and imagine you are the Prosecuting Attorney of the Universe; and Satan is sitting in chains in your court room; what are the charges, and what evidence will you present against him?

*Job’s animals were stolen, and a fire killed the camels and servants.

The Sabeans and the Caldeans started the fire, and killed the rest with their swords.

*Job’s children were killed when their house collapsed.

A big wind did that.

*Many witnesses are willing to testify that Satan deceived them into doing evil deeds.

Really?  Do you actually believe, “The Devil made me do it,” will stand up in court?

*Satan picked on Jesus in the wilderness.

A friendly conversation, actually more like a Bible study.


Jesus brought that on Himself, by riding into Jerusalem like a king, and ripping up the temple; and Herod, Pilate, and Caiaphas, were in charge of all that.

Satan stands up, laughing and scoffing, “I could come up with much better evidence against The Almighty God in Heaven, than that! What about Sodom and Gomorrah, and the flood, and, – – – “

OUT OF ORDER!, God is not on trial here today.


Feel free to come up with additional charges of your own, dear reader.


Meanwhile back to Jesus relating to Satan.

After The Second Coming, Jesus leaves Satan here on Earth in the middle of all of the rubble and dead bodies, for a thousand years, giving him time to contemplate the consequences of his actions. But a thousand years isn’t much of a time out for an angel, and Satan is very hard headed, so after the thousand years he decides to deceive the Nations into preparing an attack on the Holy City.


At this point God would be justified to rain down fire in defense of the innocent, but instead He pushes the pause button, and begins to review the Books of Heaven.

This is my idea, but I call this presentation a sermon by Jesus Christ, titled, “The TRUTH, The Whole TRUTH, and nothing but THE TRUTH,” complete with power point slides and/or holographic angel visions.


After every detail of history has been reviewed, and every question is answered, there can no longer be any deception.

Then I imagine Jesus making an alter call, because God has sworn that every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.

EVERY knee and EVERY tongue has to include Satan, and for anyone to voluntarily fall to their knees and worship Jesus, takes a broken heart and an enlightened mind.

Plus the Bible does say, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the LORD shall be saved.” And, “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.”


God is the Master Story Teller, and every good story has a surprise ending, and then everyone lives happily ever after.

We can hope, but we can not say, what Satan, or anyone else will do on Judgment Day, but of this much I am quite sure, God is a Universalist at heart, and Jesus’ love and His patience are infinitely persistent, so I know Jesus will save Satan and you, and me, and everyone else, if He possibly can.












January 2, 2016


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If everyone believes a lie, is it still a lie?

I don’t really know if there was ever actually a time when everyone on earth believed the earth was flat, but let’s say there was, would that have made the earth any less round?

No, absolutely and positively not.

When I was a teenager everyone believed it was impossible for a man to run a mile in less than four minutes, and they also believed it was impossible for a man to fly an aircraft through the sound barrier.

However, if we took a survey today, most people would say, “Yes, these two things are quite possible.” Of course that’s very easy for us to say, because we live in a time where a man, an Englishman named Roger Bannister, has already ran a four minute mile, and a man named Chuck Yeager has already flown through the sound barrier.

Were these two men ordinary men?

Yes, in the sense that they had no super powers. Roger must have been in extremely good physical shape, but other men could have trained just as hard as he did. And Chuck Yeager was an excellent pilot, but there were other pilots who could fly as well as him.

But in another sense, No. Obviously these were not ordinary men, we have written their names in our history books, and we call them our heroes.

Something must have been different about them? But what was it?

I’ll get back to that in a minute, but first I would like to point out that at one point in these men’s lives they would have been called mad men or fools.

So now I get to share some of my favorite quotes about heroes, mad men, and fools. “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, because only a fool falls in love.” Alexander Pope. “To the fool the wise man appears a fool,”  Unknown. And a less popular one, “There is a fine line between genius and insanity, and I, – – – I have erased that line.”  Oscar Levant.

Now just one more, one that I made up myself, “If one can, anyone can, and if anyone can, than one can.” Yes, I know it’s circular reasoning, but I like it, and find it encouraging.

People also called Jesus a mad man, and a fool. And in one sense they were right. Who besides a mad man or a fool, would walk straight into Jerusalem, knowing He was going to be beaten, and spit on, and nailed to a cross? It would take a mother who had been scared from head to toe, with third and forth degree burns, from running into a burning building to save her children,- – – (and no, she couldn’t save them all), to even begin to understand a Love as insane as that.

Was Jesus an ordinary man?

Yes, in one sense Jesus was an ordinary man, but somehow he managed to live a perfect life, then die, resurrect, and ascend into Heaven, and now He sits on the right hand of His Father. To me that makes Him very very extraordinary, the ultimate Hero of all time, The Hero of all Heroes.

Certainly there must be something different about Jesus? What was it?

Did Jesus have an advantage? And if so what advantage?

I’m going to stick my neck out and say, “Yes, He did.” Was it because His father was God? No, I don’t think so, – – – God is your father too. Because He had the Holy Spirit, and you don’t? What,- – – you don’t? Then you must not have asked, because my Bible says the Father gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask.

The only advantage Roger Banister, Chuck Yeager, and Jesus Christ had over the rest of us, was that they believed the ‘impossible,’- – – was possible.

So my major point is this; we live in a world where a man has already ran the four minute mile, and we live in a world where a man has flown through the sound barrier, and we also live in a world where a Man has lived without sinning.

Therefore, if we believe a man can run a mile in less than four minutes, and we believe a man can fly through the sound barrier, why are we so hesitant to believe a man can live without sinning?

I’ll tell you why.  There can only be one reason.  Because, we don’t dare believe it, because if we did, then we would no longer have an excuse for sinning.

I’m here to tell you, “We have our HERO, – – – a Man has done it, and He has shown us the Way. And if one man can, anyone can, – – – there is no longer any excuse for sin.

Now, the ball is in our court. Each of us must decide for ourselves, will we believe Jesus when He says, “With God all things are possible,” or will we keep making excuses and clinging onto our sins, like Linus clinging to our blanket, or better still, like the Rich Young Ruler clinging to his worldly goods.

John 3:18, He that believeth on Him, is not condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.

November 4, 2015
The lesson of the Old Covenant is;
Any territory taken by force must be maintained by force.
And/or; any lifestyle changes made by willpower must be maintained by willpower.
• Jerusalem to this day.
• Or righteousness by works.
Oswald Chambers said;
“A Kingdom not maintained by might is inconceivable to us.”
Inconceivable, Yes, but the only way it can be.
The Kingdom of God must eventually be established without force.
If people have to die at the second coming of Christ then that is still only a temporary solution.
Earth would be like heaven after Satan and his army left.
People may be dead or gone, but their spirit of dissent would still linger on.
The Great Controversy can never be over until there is complete unity of spirit.
Until Jesus’ prayer has been fully answered.
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21)
Until everyone voluntarily bows and confesses that Jesus is LORD.
Then God’s Kingdom will be established; a Kingdom that will never have to be maintained by might.
Happily ever after – – – – – – –
The wicked may join the Kingdom, or pray (volunteer) for their extermination.
Revelation 6:15-16, And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
(Either way, there is no fight left in them.)


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Much has been said about the word ‘forgiveness,’ so my plan is to share only what I have to say that I haven’t heard being said before.

God is the Source of all good things, (James 1:17) so I picture this as, ‘God’s River of Give-ness.’

Picture yourself as a part of the huge river flowing from the Source of all Goodness; you would naturally be overflowing with what is called ‘The Living Water,’ the good gifts of God; Love, Joy, peace, etc.

When all is well in the universe, ever person is filled to overflowing, receiving, and then passing on God’s give-ness/love/goodness to others.

But then something happens; someone really pisses you off, perhaps for the five hundredth time, and you say, “Now you’ve done it, that’s it, I’ve had it with you!”

At that point you have held a silent trial in your head, condemned them, and pronounced them guilty, in their case you have nothing more to give.

In my words, as far as they are concerned, you have closed the locks of the river of give-ness.

I believe all of this must happen before you can truly say the words, “I forgive you,” because I picture for-give-ness as a re-opening of the locks of the river of give-ness, to the guilty party.

I wrote a book titled, “Condemned?” in which I say God never condemns us in the first place, and there is never even a hiccup in His river of Give-ness, so therefore the word ‘forgiveness,’ is more our word than His. Jesus will say, “I forgive you,” if we need to hear it, but He has never condemned any of His children in the first place.

I also say love and forgiveness can never be separated, that they are two sides of the same coin, if you run out of forgiveness, you have reached the perimeter of your love, and there is no perimeter to God’s Love/Forgiveness, because it is infinite.

October 6, 2015


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This issue has been hotly debated for centuries.
Here is what Paul has to say about it:
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?” – The Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)
I have a simpler mind than Paul, but here’s my version; “When Jesus’ fishermen don’t fish, they fight, but we usually call it a theological debate.’
Paul warned us not to do this over two thousand years ago, but we can’t seem to quit.
Is there any difference between saying, “I am of Paul, and I am of Apollos,” and saying, “I am of Calvin, and I am of Arminius?”
The last time I listened to a debate between Calvinists and Arminianists, I purposed not to take sides, to keep an open mind, and just listen carefully. I could tell they were describing the same thing from different world views, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find a way to solve this problem by using my triangle paradox formula.
I have some new Facebook friends who are Universalists, so I was wondering why the Universalists never get invited to these debates. I know they have just as many bible verses to support their view as the Calvinists and Arminianists.
Then with a three sided debate going on in my head, I imagined this three sided pyramid.
I noticed that both teams were placing extra emphasis on their favorite verses and minimizing or discounting the other teams verses, but the most frustrating thing was when both sides would use the same exact verses with a completely different spin.
Anyway I decided to study this for myself, as you can see by my diagram I placed Calvinism on one side, Arminianism on the second side, and Univeralism on the third side, then I collected all three lists of bible verses, and was determined to give every single verse from each of the lists equal consideration.
Here is what I have so far, if we take predestination and irresistible grace from the Calvinists, add the word ‘all’ to  the concept of predestination, then modify the concept of irresistible grace slightly, and call it infinite persistence, then take the concept of man’s free will from the Arminianists, and from the Universalists I would choose a God with a heart like the Prodigal’s father, and the Shepherd that leaves the 99 to find the one lost sheep, A God who will never force or violate anyone’s freewill in any way, but also a God who is a Universalist at heart, that will never ever give up, or settle for a partial victory.
All of this kinda leaves us close to the hopeful Universalists.
I like this Brian Zahnd quote; “Dare we hope, yes, we dare hope, dare we say, no we dare not say.”
For now I intend to hang my hat on the top of the pyramid, while continuing my search for a whole Bible balanced truth; meanwhile I will just say I believe all ‘ISM’s are man made.
I could go on and on, by asking why God resurrects the wicked, about how the wicked are still deceived by Satan, until the books are opened, and the verses about every knee bowing, and every tongue confessing; that I believe God’s Justice is restorative, not punitive, how I believe God is a God of second chances, and that placing hot coals on a person’s head is symbolic for coals of conviction, which is what I think the lake of fire is made of.
But I guess I will just stop right here for now, and say;- – –  I am of Jesus.
Next; “The Sovereignty of God vs. the Free Will of Man”
June 5, 2015


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Of course there’s not really two different worlds, this is just two different ways of perceiving reality.

The relative world is the name we’ve given the universe as we perceive it from our egocentric point of view. Most of us haven’t completely outgrown the childish notion that, “I am the center of the universe.”

Ask yourself the following questions. Is it hot, or is it cold? Does it exist in the past or the future? Is it big or is it small? Is it significant or insignificant? These are all relative questions, that cannot be answered unless we first ask, relative to what?

And the answer is quite often, relative to me. We call things hot because they burn us, and we call things cold because they give us the chills, we say the past and the future are relative to now, which always just happens to be right here where we are in time. We call an elephant big and a mouse small because the elephant is bigger than we are, and a mouse is smaller than we are. The Sun is signifiant, even though it is over 93 million miles away, because we need it to survive, Pluto on the other hand is relatively insignificant, because we don’t think we need it. In the relative world, things are perceived egocentrically, as if we were the absolute observer.  We arbitrarily label and categorize each person place and thing, and then we usually stamp a monetary or moral value on it. The value is determined by various things like, supply and demand, practical usefulness, it’s glitter, how well it’s been advertised, and by the trends of popular opinion.

We use these categories and labels to save us the time and trouble it takes to get to know each person, place, or thing, personally and intimately.

We say, “Oh, I know him, he’s a Carpenter or he’s a Pastor, or that Baseball player,” or some less flattering label we stick on them.
On the other hand in the absolute world each and every thing is observed all by it self, as if it were the entire universe, and nothing else existed. This eliminates comparisons, competition, and judgment.  In the absolute world a person, place, or thing, cannot be judged as, large or small, good or bad, or hot or cold, – – – because it just is.


So when it comes to the relative world versus the absolute world, the answer is YES.

True reality is; reality as God created it, as he perceives it to be, and as it relates to him. In other words, the way God, the Absolute Himself, created it, and relates to it, is the way it is. Everything is relative, but only as it relates to the Absolute Himself.

Albert Einstein came up with the theory of relativity, and I’m not going to argue with his mathematics, but this much I do know, no matter how good your math is, if you leave one item off of your grocery list the total will be incorrect.
Albert said, “Everything is relative to the observer, and there is no absolute time.” I’m afraid Mister Einstein left God, The Absolute, off of his grocery list, and besides that I think God knows what time it is.
 Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but
my Father only.”
Now consider this; I believe God relates to each one of us absolutely, as if we were the only person in His universe, because God is Love, and that’s the most loving way for Him to relate.
Recall with me the touching scene in the movie Avatar, as the lovers draw close looking
deeply into one another’s eyes, and Neytiri says, “I see you, Jake Sooley.”
And he responds; “And I see YOU, Neytiri.”
When two people are in love,  they live in their own private bubble, and relate to
their loved one as the only one in the universe.
 Possiblly an even better example is the word ‘Grok.’

Grok is a word coined by Robert A. Heinlein for his 1961 science-fiction novel, “Stranger in a Strange Land, where it is defined as follows:

Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science—and it means as little to us (because of our Earthling assumptions) as color means to a blind man.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines to grok as “to understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with” and “to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with); also, to experience enjoyment”. I realize this can sound impractical in the 21st century, but we can begin by seeing each person as a unique child of God with unsurpassable worth,  and then remaining present, and giveing them our full attention, for the time we have to share.



June 4, 2015