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Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Time

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“Time lost is time when we have not lived a fully human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment and suffering.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in 1906. He was a brilliant student, earning his doctorate at the age of 21. His dissertation was published in 1931 as “Act and Being.”€ Bonhoeffer was one of the first German Protestants to see the dangers of the Nazi rise to power. He founded a secret seminary to train pastors in an illegal anti-Nazi church he had organized. Though frien…

Date of Birth: February 04, 1906
Date of Death: September 04, 1945

Blessed Interruptions

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“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Okay, I freely admit I am bad at this.  I think it’s part of my slightly anxious personality to need a plan;  it gives me a sense of control.  If my plan is interrupted, it throws my whole day off. I feel rushed and flustered. I have to continually remind myself that I am retired–if circumstances intervene, I can do that chore or errand or make that phone call tomorrow!

If you read through the gospels, you will find that Jesus was constantly interrupted.  His teaching was interrupted by the men who lowered their friend down through the roof in hopes Jesus would heal him (He did);  His sleep was interrupted when the disciples begged Him to get up and save them from the storm that was threatening their boat (He did); His journey was interrupted by a blind man who called out to Him (He stopped);  He was interrupted by children (He blessed them).

My plans for today, this week, this year or even the rest of my life are trivial compared to the plans of Jesus, but He never failed to put people first.  In fact, He made people part of His plan;  every interaction was an opportunity to share God’s love and explain God’s plan.  That’s the plan that’s really important.

 

What’s Your Vocation?

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Vocation is one of those words Lutherans like to use.  Luther taught that each of us has a vocation, or calling, it’s not something reserved for priests, monks and nuns. It can be lived out in the midst of ordinary life. True vocation is that passion I spoke about in my last post.  In Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Filled Life when he asked the question, “What on earth am I here for?”  Each of us has to answer that question, hopefully in a prayerful way, in order to discover our vocation.

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Life Changes

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“It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect;  One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows.”

Charles Spurgeon

Have you ever heard of entropy?  It comes from a principle of thermodynamics and refers to the idea that everything in the universe moves from order to disorder.  This makes perfect sense to me:  it’s what happened when sin entered the world.  Left on our own, mankind gradually disintegrates into more and more sinful behavior.  As we age, our bodies are subject to the results of sin as well–sickness and death eventually overtake what God has “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  The people closest to us, the ones we love and depend upon, will all die.  We will die as well.

Thankfully in life there is one person who doesn’t change;  one person that we can count on forever.  In Hebrews 13:8 we are told:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 assures us:

“…for it is the Lord your God who goes with you;  He will not fail you or forsake you.”

In a world of change, I need to remind myself every day to choose the unchangeable and focus my mind on the unseen.  I want to be able to say along with Martin Luther:

“Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also;

The body they may kill:  God’s truth abideth still,

His kingdom is forever.”

from the hymn ‘A Mighty Fortress.’

 

Taking the Long View

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36 Of The Best Inspirational Quotes Ever: Sometimes it’s hard to see any change in ourselves or our circumstances.  After all, we live in the present.  That’s why it’s a good idea to occasionally  look back to get the correct perspective.  Not one of us is righteous, and few of us have a “Road to Damascus” experience (like the apostle Paul) that turns us around in an instant. However, when we walk with God, we do change.  Think about who you were and what you were doing 1 year ago, 5 years ago, 10 or more years ago…you’ll see God’s hand in your life and how he has molded and changed you.  Then give thanks and place your trust in His ability to make you into the person He wants you to be.