He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him. Sometimes it can be a tough call whether or not to give cash to pan handlers. Should we give to them as well?!? After all, God calls us to be good stewards right? But also to caring for others. I have also emptied my wallet on several occasions, as an act of worship to God, not caring how they use the money.
Let me put something in perspective for you. Keep in mind, sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine, and has been linked to virtually every disease known to man. Drinking some whiskey to help numb the pain for a night, or clogging our arteries with fast food? Both cause death, and we are not to judge. With that said, I will never go and buy a homeless man some hooch and cigs to support his habit. It is an honor for a man to cease from strife and keep aloof from it, but every fool will quarrel.
I grew up in a hot-tempered Sicilian family, and arguments were a way of our life. Case in point: We would visit my aunt at least every week, and I can barely remember one visit when someone was NOT shouting out at someone else while we were there. Yet, things never really got out of control.
And, to this day, I am very sensitive to shouting as it triggers a lot of memories that I am not necessarily fond of. That is why I have tried my best to do things differently in my home. Granted, my emotions sometimes get the best of me, but I generally do a pretty good job keeping it cool and keeping my voice down. Every way of a man is right is in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. Moral relativity is that insidious deception that convinces people they are innocent of violating the objective standard put in place by God Almighty for our good. Yes, OUR good! Follow the Biblical mandate of living within the safeguards that He has put in place to help prevent such catastrophes.
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A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. What this looks like for everyone comes in all shapes and sizes, and even the most nobly-minded follower of Christ has fallen prey. At the end of the day, nothing is worth more than your good name.
To be known as a man or woman of integrity is absolutely priceless! The real value is how your good name causes you to walk in favor, which is your protection in the workplace! But, what about other ways of increasing our bank accounts? When you get down to it, the Bible is quite clear on how to stay away from unrighteous endeavors, which will preserve our precious name in the sight of God and man. In the end, we will be exponentially better off by taking the high righteous road than the low corrupt one. What else could the Lord have meant when he said,.
The question that I am posing is, what happens to the drive and burden to do glorious things with our lives and make a difference in the world? A desire, I believe, that was originally birthed by God. The Creator of ALL things can cause a rebirth of your calling.
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He can reignite that passion! The hope is for the future, so make today the beginning of the rest of your new Abundant Life in Christ! Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field. Afterwards, then, build your house.
Young, single and nothing but idealistic visions of my future. Hence, the indissoluble rule in my house about dating and courting. Duke then had a separate college for women that was, of course, not equal to that provided to men and where a sorority tradition thrived. Zeren describes her experiences there with sensitivity and understanding but also with clear-eyed honesty. This engaging and informative autobiography left me inspired to begin my own story for my children!
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I loved the format with letters, photos, and amazingly detailed accounts of Zeren's life. She has given us a window through which to see, feel, and experience the life of an immigrant, of a family with a gay son, of adopted grandchildren and world traveller. This honest , insightful and direct account of her personal journey through life as a daughter, sister, mother, teacher, artist, administrator, and now writer is terrific! I especially enjoyed Zaren's descriptions of growing up in Turkey and putting them in the context of her experiences in the United States.
This is a story of an innovative and adventuresome artist and her family that will resonate particularly with those of us who have experienced First Night and wondered how it came to be. The description of her multifaceted career and that of her musically gifted husband shows a restless energy that makes for a compelling narrative. All told in the context of a very complex and moving family storyline. It was a real pleasure to read about such a strong women and her family.
Her courage and curiosity seem endless. The letters to her grandchildren was a unusual and delightful way to tell her life story. Zeren has no doubts as to who she is and what she is about. She shares her joys and heartaches with admirable strength and dignity. A great read.
It's a story of adventure and compassion and is full of music and beauty! What a remarkable book! Zeren Earls tells her life story to her grandchildren while at the same time recording for them their own beginning stories. Her frank and open style is disarming and engages the read throughout the years from her youth in Turkey to college in North Carolina and on to First Night in Boston. Through the pages of her book, Earls guides the reader on a cultural tour of the past 50 years. This is a terrific read from a grandmother to her two grandchildren who are currently too young to understand the life journey of their grandmother but who will savor this journey as they grow older and revisit this narrative and frame it within the context of their own lives.
Each stage of life is presented in the form of letters to show the highly personal nature of their grandmother's development as a student, a professional, and a loving grandparent. Photos throughout add a visual history to this narrative and show the blending of two cultures. Even if the grandchildren are unable now to fully comprehend this life journey in words, they will gain greatly by focusing on the photos that cross both time and space.
A page turner, here is a no-holds-barred memoir by a woman whose cross-cultural experiences, keen sense of curiosity about aesthetics, and hands-on involvement in the arts led to the foundation of First Night International, a New Years celebration enjoyed by countless people around the world. Zeren Earl's letters not only inform about differing traditions and ways of life, they also tell a deeply personal story of coping and standing by one's own convictions. Would that we all had such insights into the lives of our grandmothers.
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There is something in this book for nearly everyone -- a young woman coming of age first in Turkey then in the U. Earls' narrative juxtaposes milestones in her adoptive grandchildens' lives with events marking her own life story.
It is a terrific read. Every one with grandchildren would like to leave a written history like Zeren Earls has written to her grandchildren.
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