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November 5, 2016 at 12:16
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
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November 5, 2016 at 12:25
That’s a good one, friend, thanks!
November 5, 2016 at 12:20
Ohhh Wally, I could come unglued with this one particularly pertaining to childhood. Not even true in some adult situations. I agree our character does have something to do with it as adults but how is that character built from childhood where we have no control over the circumstances of our life?
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November 5, 2016 at 12:35
I want to answer carefully, as I never want to cause another harm by my words. So, if I cause any, apologies in advance.
First, I said our circumstances are “often” a result of our heart conditions, not always. I totally understand many are trapped in circumstances they certainly never created.
I also understand that our childhoods can create things far stronger in us than we can control and overcome. In fact, I can personally attest to that. Some things are so powerful and traumatic they cannot be fought it seems like.
If I may use two real examples from my own life to help illustrate my thought here. I hesitate to, as they don’t make me look very good honestly.
At one time I was greedy and covetous as a way of life. End result? A quagmire of irresponsibility and debt I am just now out from under. That was totally and completely a result of the greed condition of my own heart.
My Dad…and my Mom…dysfunctional to say the least. I had no clue how to BE a dad. Hence, I screwed it up royally with my own family. Was that my fault? Well, no, not really. I did what I saw. On the other hand, I was given another family to raise, and this time for the most part, I have been a better father and husband than before. What made the difference? Well, we know that difference was Jesus Christ. By following the example of my Heavenly Father, I have been a better father. But understanding Jesus’ role in relation to me, part of His Bride, I have been a better husband to my own bride.
Yet, I also understand some baggage is near impossible to break loose from. Even then there is hope, as we all model the love and compassion of our Savior and make every effort to help lift our brothers and sisters from the traps of their pasts.
Does that help? I hope so.
November 5, 2016 at 13:15
You have not offended or caused any harm and I thoroughly agree in that we can overcome what was “built in us” through Christ’s healing and devine transformation. The Lord knows He sure had to transform me but on the other hand some of that old character stuff still jumps up and bites me at times. So you’re right in your example. I also agree that we can put ourselves into situations that can create a “bad” circumstance. Like marrying the same kind of abusive man/woman ten times, for example. (I didn’t do that! ha ha) I think when I read, all three times, past “stuff” just jumped up at me. Thank you for sharing your own stuff. Confession is said to be good for the soul. 🙂 I get where you’re coming from. I will have to chew on this a little more before I can say I totally agree. ha ha
November 5, 2016 at 13:17
And that’s ok!
November 5, 2016 at 12:32
Thanks much friend!
November 5, 2016 at 21:06
November 5, 2016 at 21:07
November 6, 2016 at 03:24
Quite deep thought..!
November 6, 2016 at 07:07
Thanks for visiting and commenting!
November 7, 2016 at 11:51
Yep, it reveals what’s what’s within our hearts!
November 7, 2016 at 12:42
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