Credo

 

In the Wisdom of the Scriptures it is seen that “The way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).  Here in the West we pride ourselves on the false notion of autonomy (which literally means self-law), and yet autonomy without being our brothers and sisters keeper is why we see such disregard for human life in the economic, religious, scientific and political arenas. When we see significant inequality of wealth, murder, rape, dehumanization philosophies of evolution, abortion, and political figures who are wicked shepherds serving themselves we must ask ourselves…is this path we are on – sustainable?  The “good way” and the “ancient paths” call out for us to distinguish between Right & Wrong – and to pursue justice, righteousness, truth, compassion, humility and selflessness; because inherent in these qualities represent the seeds that if sown upon the good ground will yield sustainable relationships, families, communities, businesses, and societies.

Unfortunately, many in the Christian faith have erred in believing that the passage in John 3:3 is about being “born-again” or “born-from-above” in order to get into Heaven.  The context of the verse according the Greek language reveals another story.  It speaks about receiving spiritual life from above (i.e. born-again) in order to CONSCIOUSLY experience and participate in the Kingdom of God NOW!  “Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  The Greek gives a Subjunctive Mood, which means that this is a conditional statement that is pertinent upon the condition of those who have not been born-again; additionally, and because they are not born-again the Present Tense is used which means that they cannot at this moment in time see and participate in the Kingdom of God.  Therefore, to state this verse in positive terms “Amen, Amen, I say to you, when one is born-again, he sees the Kingdom of God.”  I have met hundreds of people who have given witness and testimony to the reality of receiving new life from God, a new identity, purpose, meaning and power.

In fact, to experience and walk in the “newness of life” (Romans 6:4; 7:6) is such a joy and rapture in the freedom of the spirit that no amount of money, fame, sex, drugs, food, or sleep could ever compare or be traded for this new life.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ;s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

Therefore, the sustainable solution to positively transforming the world is found in receiving new life from God, and new life from God is found in Christ – the Word of God made flesh – Who will take up residence and make a home within you (John 14:16-24) and within the one who comes to Him will by no means be cast out (John 6:37).  Understand this, that life is a precious gift that is to be cherished, honored, and ultimately redeemed.  New life from God does not destroy your personal identity and personality and purpose — it completes and fulfills it!

 


 

Here is “Creed” by Steve Turner:

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Creed

“We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy is OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything is getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated
And you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in
horoscopes, UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man
just like Buddha, Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher
although we think His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same–
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,
and the flowering of individual thought.

“Chance” a post-script

If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.”  (i.e. himself).

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Consider these words well from the “Creed” by Steve Turner, and mark well the perfume of hypocrisy and the lack of coherent logic.

 

 

Peace be with each of you.

 

An Important Life Skill

“Always remember that one of your most powerful tools for genuinely understanding, learning, and developing any relationship is to ask questions; however, when asking questions make sure you ask them
 from the right heart, mind, and intention. An ideal intention should be to learn and to grow in love…and once you ask a question let the person fully answer while being fully present with them as they answer…”

 

 

~ Ra Lovingsworth

Leadership & Life

In looking at my life and the lives of others – I have come to discover that all life is about relationships, communication, and perception.  Relationships with family, friends, co-workers, children, colleagues, finances, career, God, oneself, health, government, groups, etc.  Since communication (verbal, nonverbal, and internal dialogue) serves as the primary interface for connecting with our relationships; then it naturally follows that perception is the primary filter for (a) what we see and (b) how we see it, and then (c) how we generate meaning and express ourselves [i.e. communication] in our relationships.  So you may say, “that’s great Ra, all life is about relationships, communication, and perception….so what.”

Well, yes – in a very abstract sense all life is about relationships, communication, and perception; however, in a practical and concrete sense life is about much more than this.  Having studied leadership theory and practice for nearly two years now, it has become clear that leadership and life are inextricably wedded together.  For example, the fundamental aspect of all leadership practice….is dun, dun, dun (drum beat…………….) Self-Leadership.  Below, you will see a model that I have created which in some ways is a culmination of leadership theory and practice.  This model has not been empirically tested, nor have double-blind experiments been conducted to determine the validity or reliability of this model in order to determine its robust nature.  One caveat to remember is that something does not have to be true [or at least proven true] in order for it to be effective and useful.

Below you will notice the formula… eL = f(iC*aC*iC).

This formula is written in light of Kurt Lewin who was responsible for the famous theorem of B = f(P,E), as noted in the mission and for many formulas and theorem’s in his writings.  Essentially, eL = f(iC*aC*iC) stands for Enlightened Leadership [eL] is the function of Integrating Character [iC], Adapting Competence [aC], and Inspiring Communication [iC].  I specifically left these modifying verbs in process formation [ex. -ing] in order to indicate an ongoing process of unfoldment.  Now what does all of this have to do with life, relationships, communication, and perception.  In short, it has to do with our personal ability of leading ourselves, while being able to effectively engage with the world and the situations we find ourselves in.  In the following posts, I will be expanding on these concepts – so share your thoughts and ideas.

 

 

 

 

Blinded by Vagueness…

This post is meant to sound provocative, because it is…Think about your beliefs.  What do you believe about the world, or about yourself, or about your relationships, or about God? Why do you have those beliefs?  What are the reasons that you have for believing in them?  What else?  Why else?

Think about it.  I have spoken to many people about a myriad topics, and I have witnessed time and time again, that we do not know “what we actually believe” and “why we believe it.”  Sure, we can share or spout off a quick five minute sound bite, but upon further inquiry – what do we really believe, and why?  If a loved one were to ask you right now, why do you love me – what would you tell them?  If your boss asked you why do you like working here, what would you say?  And, when you think about those responses is that what you really want to convey?  If so, great; if not – well, maybe we should dig a little deeper and discover more about ourselves and our beliefs.

Having spent some time in Seminary I have had a chance to speak with people about their beliefs in God, and I have noticed a significant amount of vagueness being verbalized.  Okay, you may believe in God – that’s great; but why do you believe in God?  Why else?  What does that belief mean for your life, in fact, what does it mean to believe in God?  Does that belief filter and shape your decisions, words, and behaviors?  Why?  What do you expect to happen as a result of your belief?  Who are you?  Who are you in relationship to God?  Is God beyond our ways of knowing, or is God immanent, or both?  Why?
Think about our goals in life.  How often do we set goals, and form clear reasons for why we want a specific outcome.  What will it “mean” for us if we achieve it or don’t achieve it, or what “will happen” if we achieve our goal or don’t achieve it?  Who will be affected from it?  Why?


What about our relationships?  Why do we love our friends, family, or significant other?  Why else?  Why else? What are relationships for?  What needs to happen to strengthen your relationships?  Do those whom you love, really know how much you care?

Getting clear within ourselves about our beliefs and why we believe them is a form of intrinsic motivation that can be sustainable to weather life’s storms.  Being clear about our reasons for what we believe in – is internalized power, because we are making ourselves consciously aware of our implicit assumptions about life.  Some of our beliefs stem from our parents, and we never really thought about why we believe what we do.  Other beliefs are formed from our experiences and the meanings we have attributed to those experiences.  But, what would happen if we began to evaluate our beliefs, maybe we would find some beliefs that don’t serve us or other, and maybe we would discover some beliefs that are useful and important to our core values.  In fact, what are your values?  Why?  What does having the value of _______ mean to you?  I realize that this post is a bombardment of questions, but others have noted that the questions we ask guide the answers we find.  Therefore; if we change, add, or adapt our questions we will find new answers.  Blinded by vagueness essentially means that if we are not clear about ourselves and what we believe and why we believe it; we are in a sense blinded by our assumptions of the world, and our relationships because our assumptions are vague generalities that lack the specifics and precision of clarity.  Questioning ourselves can be so liberating because it is extracting the implicit and making it explicit.