The idea that ‘being in love’ is the only reason for remaining married really leaves no room for marriage as a contract or promise at all. If love is the whole thing, then the promise can add nothing; and if it adds nothing, then it should not be made. The curious thing is that lovers themselves, while they remain really in love, know this better than those who talk about love. As Chesterton pointed out, those who are in love have a natural inclination to bind themselves by promises. Love songs all over the world are full of vows of eternal constancy. The Christian law is not forcing upon the passion of love something which is foreign to that passion’s own nature: it is demanding that lovers should take seriously something which their passion of itself impels them to do.
And, of course, the promise, made when I am in love and because I am in love, to be true to the beloved as long as I live, commits me to being true even if I cease to be in love. A promise must be about things that I can do, about actions: no one can promise to go on feeling in a certain way. He might as well promise never to have a headache or always to feel hungry.
– from Mere Christianity
No miscellany today for the two of you who were wondering. ;) But my laptop is back in action now that Paul’s son has moved in and generously shared his charger until my new one arrives.
The past couple of weeks have been a challenge for a variety of reasons, but I’ve decided that I will focus on being grateful Here’s a little bit of what I’m thankful for these days, in no particular order:
~ I’m still enormously thankful for my large American washer and dryer. Two years of slowly and painfully doing laundry in Europe left their mark.
~ I’m grateful for my 6-year-old MacBook Pro. It still works great (the charger, not so much), and being without it for a few days reminded me how much I appreciate it.
~ I’m thankful to come home from work to find my husband getting the grill ready. We worked on supper together and enjoyed eating it together. We ran an errand together after supper, too. I really enjoy spending time with my husband. I’m grateful for him.
~ I’m thankful for central air-conditioning.
~ Thank you, Lord, for pursuing me. You never give up on me. Ever. And you keep reminding me how much I need You.
~ I’m thankful for a job I enjoy.
I hope your Monday has been a good one!
[a repost from June 2014]
From Mary Kassian’s Knowing God by Name:
I love the fact that God is sovereign. For me, this is a most precious thought and the source of eternal hope, confidence, comfort, and joy. His sovereignty means I can trust Him. When the ugliness of sin, strife, and struggle seems more than I can bear; when life deals me a bitter blow and my heart is crushed with pain; when everything seems out of control, I can anchor myself to His greatness. His sovereignty is my surety. I can rest in the knowledge that when all is said and done everything will be alright. He will make it so. His counsel will stand, and He will accomplish His purpose. He is sovereign. He is God.
Earlier this week my laptop charger shorted out, and until my new one arrives, my Mac is dead. Blogging via iPad is slow and painful, so I’ve taken a little blogging break. I hope to be back soon.
Enjoy your Saturday!
In which I clean out my bookmarks:
~ I know the newly published Harper Lee novel is all the rage these days, but I don’t want to read it. First, I’m skeptical about its provenance, and I can’t shake that feeling (the Onion sounds all too plausible here.). Second, I don’t want it to overshadow or spoil the greatness that is To Kill A Mockingbird. Third, I have this automatic reaction against whatever is all the rage — whatever someone tells me I just must read ________. Phil at Brandywine Books made me chuckle with his list of newly discovered literary sequels.
~ Mainstream media is more than just maddening. They’re just plain boring with their determination to see the world a certain way, along with intellectual laziness. See Exhibit A: Andrea Mitchell.
~ Here’s a new (to me, at least) concept: Sugar Baby Schools. In a nutshell, young women connect online with men who are willing to pay for their tuition, among other expenses:
The website, describing itself as the “No. 1 sugar daddy site for those seeking mutually beneficial arrangements,” says a “modern daddy” is “a successful and generous man who is willing to pamper and offer financial help or gifts to a young person in return for friendship and companionship.”
The website describes a “goal seeking sugar baby,” as a girl who “know(s) you deserve to date someone who will pamper you, empower you, and help you mentally, emotionally and financially.”
What’s missing at the end of that last sentence is: FOR MONEY. You know, there’s a word for that arrangement.
~ “Rome is on the verge of collapse.” That really makes me sad.
~ Ineptocracy. Indeed.
That’s it for now. Happy Monday!
[A re-post from July, 2014]
From Kevin DeYoung’s Taking God At His Word:
…God’s word says what is true. Like the psalmist, we can trust in the word (119:42), knowing that it is altogether true (v. 142). We can’t trust everything we read on the Internet. We can’t trust everything we hear from our professors. We certainly can’t trust al the facts given by our politicians. We can’t even trust the fact-checkers who check those facts! Statistics can be manipulated. Photographs can be fakes. Magazine covers can be airbrushed. Our teachers, our friends, our science, our studies, even our eyes can deceive us. But the word of God is entirely true and always true:
- God’s word is firmly fixed in the heavens (v. 89); it doesn’t change.
- There is no limit to its perfection (v.96); it contains nothing corrupt.
- All God’s righteous rules endure forever (v. 160); they never get old and never wear out.
If you ever think to yourself, “I need to know what is true–what is true about me, true about people, true about the world, true about the future, true about the past, true about the good life, and true about God,” then come to God’s word. It teaches only what is true: “Sanctify them in the truth,” Jesus said; “your word is truth” (John 17:17).
~ Song lyrics with bad grammar are as cringe-worthy as nails on a chalkboard to me.
“It’s just another reason why it always comes back to you and I…” That “I” makes me wince every single time.
~ LaCroix Cerise Limon is my favorite beverage these days.
~ A quick glance at the headlines these days is all I need to cry out for Jesus to return. This world is seriously messed up.
~ The phrase “Sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here,” comes to mind.
~ I need a new series to binge-watch on Netflix. I just finished Damages. Any suggestions?
~ My sweet husband sent flowers to me at work today:
~ The trains are out of control in Thomasville. It’s especially wonderful when they come to a complete stop on a major road right at 5 pm when I’m trying to get home.
It’s been a week, folks. And, yes, I know it’s only Thursday.
Another collection of links:
~ Words to eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter. A hearty AMEN to this one:
Don’t use that when you refer to people. “I have several friends that live in the neighborhood.” No. No, you don’t. You have friends who. Not friends that.
~ Much to my relief, the water Tom Selleck accused of stealing was paid for.
And that’s it for today. It’s been a very long, very full day.
I hope your Monday has been a good one,