On journeys, chains, and the Christian church

TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 2009

Everyone is on their own journey. Everybody’s struggle is different, and equally real. Everyone knows something, or is fighting something, or struggling with something, or trying to survive something, or trying to pursue something of which you know nothing. (The same can of course be said about you, to someone else.)

Before you compare yourself with other people, ask yourself: Do you understand the complexity of the other person’s life?

THURSDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2009

If you accept the premise that you are never truly free, you stand before a choice: you either choose your own chains, or chains will be forced upon you.

A reasonable question follows: If you do end up in the relatively fortuitous position to be able to choose your own chains, how do you choose?

THURSDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2009

To be less judgmental, and less critical of others, is a good thing.

The last 40-plus months of struggling have made me humble. And less keen to point out other people’s weaknesses.

SATURDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2009

The Christian church is a socio-cultural institution that helps facilitate the development and maintenance of personal identity. The church’s theology [religious beliefs and theory] and ideology [system of ideas and ideals] provide many people with purpose and meaning to life, and it provides a moral framework to distinguish right from wrong.

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