Gentleness

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who could slay with one strike but leave their sword sheathed.
For in their powerful gentleness they will inherit the earth.
The powerful sword wielder knows that blood leads to more blood.

The sword is useful for eliminating, but can not plant, germinate and bring to fruit.

There is a better way, and the sword wielder knows this, not to relinquish their scabbard and sword, but not to have to unsheathed it either.

A wisdom can exist, a form of the fear of the Lord that can exist in the Gentleman’s eyes, that causes caution on the part of the foolish. There is a “don’t mess with me” and a “come let us walk together” in that look, not unlike Abbas, for the Gentleman knows that an inheritance can occur without the shedding of blood. The fool can learn wisdom, for they themselves were once that fool.

How does that sword wielder become a Gentleman?

  • By not drawing blood.
  • By not taking cheap shots because you can.
  • By laying such a word that even if it cuts, the person wants the cut and the outcome.
  • By walking beside rather than talking at.
  • By living empathy over sympathy.

If you think someone is full of shit, even as they speak and as they work to bring into action their words, there is of course bullshit in what they say and what they do. Just like you.
The Gentleman does not draw his sword and slay just because he can, they know how to work in such a way that the bullshit becomes less and Jesus becomes obvious and more, in themselves and in others.

It is as simple as seeking to be part of the answer. Even an answer that receives opposition. Even then engaging that opposition with gentleness, skillfully putting aside their reactions while not themselves engaging in reactions.

Action rather than reaction is not afraid of the questions, nor is it rushed, it is comfortable in silences, it is prepared and considered, it can say “I don’t know, I’ll get back to you on that.” And it does! It can say, “Well that is one way of looking at it.” And it can provide a reasonable counter reply, and simply let their words stand. 

There is a gentle strength that we need to learn where our words, once we have let them out into the world,  they do not need us to defend them. We may repeat them or better explain them, but we let Jesus defend them. Is he not better at this than us?

Gather to yourself Gentlemen and Gentlewomen, sheathed sword wearers.

Become one yourself.

Tiny Living

  • We have a 40-hour workweek.
  • We have our 2-hour church service.
  • We exercise for 4 hours a week.
  • We are in some community group 3 hours a week.
  • We have broken up our lives into allotments of time and purpose and have become a fragmented people.

Can we live differently?

We work forty hours a week as that is the social norm, and from that, we create a degree of income that gives us a certain lifestyle. 

I want to live better.

Not just within my income. But with my time, land, strength, resources, friendships, and especially my family.

As followers of Jesus, we are about the great commission. If our reason for being is to give glory to Jesus, then the great commission is secondary, or even tertiary in our lives. Are you not a father or mother first before you are an Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher, are not our roles as mothers and father eternal in the nature of God, unlike our earthly giftings?
Not to take away from our callings, but to recognize our temporary callings in the light of our eternal nature.

So how do we glorify God and carry out the activities of a disciple?

Have we segmented our lives into hours and activities, and in our fragmentation become less effective in all those segments? How do we live a life without guilt and condemnation that so easily makes a place in the mind of a driven person, even when driven by good visions?
I have often said that God has given us enough hours in every day to do everything that God has for us. This included time to relax, laugh, and blob out.
One of the things I am working on in my own life is to remove the 40-hour mentality from working. Whether for pay or for ministry. I want to remove this time-oriented presupposition from other areas of my life, from religious observance, social observance.

I think that this time of the double bad cold is an opportunity to rewrite our minds.

Many people have been talking about wanting to grow their own food, but our lives and locations do not lend themselves to this. Kamaaina Hale does not want us to have a garden.
And even if I was to have a garden, one that is more than just some herbs and a tomato plant, it would require about an hour a day, during a period of time when I am often being asked to be involved in ministry somewhere, or worse a meeting.
Yet think about what we want to do out there… Africa, Asia, Central & South America. We want to bring the fullness of life, the redemption of the heart, the mind, and the body. Education, business, and government. The arts, occupations, and food.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Train trainers in gardening and you transform communities. 

Their health improves.
Their social interactions improve.
Their reason for being comes into focus.
And we get opportunities to speak to the whole woman and the whole man.

If this is how we want to carry out the work of our calling in the great commission, why are we not doing this now, modeling this right here in Kona? If we want to become people who can do redemptive works of community development of the soul and the body, we need to be practices of what we preach.

Food in a Box.

There is an idea I am living with that if my food comes in a box, then it is not food, it is poison.
If there are more than three ingredients on the side of the box or can or package, it is poison.
If I have a hard time pronouncing the ingredients, then it must be poison.

About my only exception is bacon, I love bacon, but not with sugar in it.

So fast food is designed to be eatable, not healthy, but addictively tasty, thank you sugar.
Sugar is hidden from view in many of these boxes, in insidious hidden forms.

  • Agave nectar
  • Barley malt
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Panocha

But I digress, this is not going to be a hit piece on sugar.

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The Dunning–Kruger effect

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a cognitive bias in which people with low ability at a task overestimate their ability.

And I can add to this that a person with very little ability in a field overestimates your ability in that field, and so because you have greater knowledge in that field than them, you take their estimation of you as proof of a greater degree of knowledge that you really have. This has the danger of building a house of cards, where you become desperate to keep it intact a false degree of competency.

 

So a little knowledge can infer a lot of knowledge when others have no knowledge in that area. You may then become trapped by your little knowledge,  unable to ask questions, for that would reveal your actual lack of knowledge.

How do we foster friendships that creates “question asking”, without creating egos?   

How do we help people to perceive that mere knowledge does not indicate much knowledge?



How often have we perceived a question as being dumb out of an inability to really understanding what is being asked and possibly due to the asker not articulating what they really mean?

 

How often have you not asked a question because you think it is dumb or are having difficulty actually asking what it is you’re thinking?

 

An idea that I have seen was to have an attitude in conversations that if a question sounds dumb, the default setting is to first say to yourself, “I must not have heard it right.” A skill that we can learn is the ability to tease out of the asker a better question.

 

We are all beggars helping one another to find more food.

 

1 John 1:7, walk in the light, be cleansed from sin.

 

Who’s got the oil can?

Why do people get eaten up by the institution of Church, mauled and spat out the back door with the right boot of fellowship?

Church has become an inverted perversion.

Let me explain what I mean. That which is meant to be the oil, to make the interactions of people participating together happen smoothly, has become the reason for the interacting, which inevitably turns the people into fuel for this perverted machine.

Think of any machine. Oil is taken in by machinery as fuel and lubrication, it is seen as important, but exists for the machine, to be consumed by the machine and one used, expelled. For me; in this machine; programs, buildings, traditions and positions are the oil to enable people to go about their purposes, as believers walking in the ways of Jesus, to effect the world for good and for God. Oil is consumed, it is to serves it’s purpose and then be discarded.

Unfortunately have gone from worshippers of God to worshippers of oil. We have transmuted the oil, the programs, the buildings, the traditions and positions and titles in to the reason for being. The oil has become the machinery and now people have become the oil, to be consumed by the machinery, left burnt and bloodied, and when they have lost their usefulness, they are to spat out the other end, chewed up, bleeding and often bitter.

I want to view church differently. Rather like this: we the people are the cogs that make it work, we in our doings and relationships are church. The institutions, the programs, the traditions, the services, the hierarchical structures are meant to be oil, grease,  that which makes the structure of cogs, cantilever, pinions, springs, bearings (the people) work together well. The grease enable us to be church, to grow and serve without all the parts damaging themselves or others. If the oil, the institutions, (not people), loses it’s oiliness, then it needs replacing. If the grease loses it’s ability to smooth the way, then the programs need changing.

As I have already said, too often what we actually have in Church is that the programs and traditions becoming the cogs and the people becoming the oil. No wonder people often feel chewed up by institutional church, spat out the other end like so much waste product.

What a radical idea to let the institutions serve the people and if they are not, change them. Yesterdays oil may be no good for today, it may need re-refining. Instead of changing the people, may be the hierarchical structures needs changing.

In considering this idea, if we find ourselves guilty of having done the swap, of being the ones to turn people into oil and institution in to cogs, we need to be brave enough to change thing back.

It’s the people, people.

 

What is creating the chasm in your marriage?

You’re not the person I married.
We just drifted apart.
We got bored with each other.
Our marriage was a farce.
If we want to live like we do then I need to work like I do.
They were more married to their job.
I just had to prove myself.

I have often seen churches, missions, jobs, sports, entertainment and the placing of ‘that thing’ above marriage. Always with great sense of duty, vocation, even service. I don’t know if it is because it is easier to serve and be dutiful to the thing than the person they married. Maybe it is a slow slipping, just the way things happen, a first world problem.

At times I have been outspoken against certain activities because of the rotten fruit it produces in some people’s marriages. But really, there is no one thing or groups of things that can be eliminated and your marriage will be sweet. It is as if the weather of this world is constantly howling against our marriages, trying to find a way to get it’s cold tentacles into our hearts and freeze them. You shore up one area, and another gets attacked.

The issue at point is, what are the chasm creators in your marriage?frozehouse
What have you allowed to slowly bring separation?
What is the elephant in the room?
What topic is always left unspoken?

From an untidy, lazy habit, to a full blown obsession.
The telling question that can only ever be asked, never forced on the other, is.

What things am I doing that are creating a chasms between us?

Every one of us has things that the other person is doing that grate. I am not talking about answering this question to change traits in the other to just make ourselves comfortable. Rather I am thinking of those things, those actions, were one spend oneselves, that is eloquently justify, that are creating chasms. Things that even while doing a lot of good are a winters cold slowly penetrating, allowing the beginning statements to come into existence.

It only takes one to create a chasm, it takes two to close it.

Making deliveries

The mode of conversion dictates the method for sustaining .

Compulsion.. The edge of a sword.
Coercion .. A bag of rice.
Convolution .. Future heaven.
Conviction .. You guilty sinner.

If by guilt you entered. By guilt you will be made to stay.

If you grow your numbers by gains of rice. Then bags you will need to keep them.

The Holy Spirit is salvations mid wife, not us. Eager for birth our intervention produce premmies.

What are we to do?
listen more. Have answers less.
Grace is simple. It is already drawing, so what is he saying.
A person who see Jesus bloom in front of them will embrace deeper than if we coerce them.
They will also listen far more to a fellow traveller by their side than a voice upon a stage.

Rhetoric

The things people say, the things we say around an idea, thought or theology that may never have been tested to see if the hold true to that idea.
I have been enjoying to learn to weld. Getting rid of the slag after doing some welding needs to happen before I can do the next weld pass. Sometimes it is just a matter of knocking off the slag on top to get at the good weld underneath, other times I have to dig in to the weld with a grinder to get rid of the slag. The slag must be gone before the next weld can happen.

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I’m a mongrel.

A mongrel followers of Jesus that is. I’m no pure breed christian.mongrel

I have no nice pedigree, or papers confirming my learning or designating my membership.
I am not nicely clipped or very presentable in public.
I don’t have a breed name, position or title.

I’m just a mongrel.
Part atheist, part Presbyterian. Part Anglican, part Baptist. Part Brethren, Foursquare, Apostolic, and a fair sprinkling of non-denominational and even some PMF and pretty confused.

Cross breeds can be interesting, be they bapta-anglos or apo-terians. Penti-methods or luther-fellowships.

A mongrel, though, reproduces truer to its kind. It does not suffer the weakness of a lack of genetic diversity. While it is less specifically trained to a particular trait, it is less prone to a particular weakness due to over breeding. While a pedigree may look nice, they often have little use or fade quickly.

A mongrel can survive in the wild, even prosper. The other wild dogs can be quite comfortable around it. The good thing about a mongrel is that they often pollute pure breeds with new and useful traits.

I’ve been infected with an idea

Consider: copyright, patents and trademarks are not about creating exclusivity, perpetual ownership or unassailable rights to an idea, creative work or process.

Rather they are about giving a creator a limited opportunity to benefit from their work. A work that is derived by individual(s) from within their communities.

You write a book, derived from your experiences with in your community, who really created the work?  You, your muse or your community? Your community at large has given you a limited copyright to exclusively benefit from your effort, after which time your work will return to the common domain. Then others can benefit, create, extend, build upon, mashup and generally be creative upon the foundations that you were able to also be creative upon.

You can therefore see how this same principle applies, to a song, pictures, film, drugs, processes or ideas. This is the under laying founding principle of all copyright and patent law. That it has been twisted from this foundation is as a result of lawyers, executives and often missed named producers, altogether whom produce little, wear suits, bind up creativity, steal the art and parasitize the artist.

Thank God for the internet, where ideas are asserting their natural inclination for freedom, where artists can get rewarded for their effort and individuals can seek out what resonates with them. Art being more than sound and sights, the art of programming grows with free exchange, open source. Information, Wikipedia. Hardware, cnc and 3d printing. This is just the top of the iceberg.

A few of things are needed:opensource

  • Become a true fan.
  • Become a contributed.
  • Become a creator.
  • Become a user.