Fried Brain

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Kind of gross isn’t it? But, and I say this with all seriousness, it’s pretty well how I mentally feel after going through the last couple of weeks exchanging dialogue with those who I have disagreed with and those who have disagreed with me. And although the numbers involved are small, they have been there and I’m pretty sure God allowed them to be there for a reason.

I was just looking over various posts on Facebook by various Christians that I follow and as I looked at each particular subject that was being discussed, my mind kept on saying to me, nope, you don’t want to go there. No, there is enough of that subject already being discussed and no, there are too many pros and cons and you really don’t want to get into that right now.

I don’t know about you but there are times when I wish I could just walk with Jesus and ask Him to sort out the way my thoughts get formulated so that I could be focused on what He would have me focus on and ignore the rest of the background noise. I need to focus on my Shepherd. Considering that I can’t see Jesus right now, His Word is my primary connection, along with prayer, so I’m thinking that is the way to go. That and and loving my wife, children and grandchildren, of course, plus anyone else God happens to put in front of me. The old Kiss (Keep it Simple Stupid) approach is about to kick in.

If you’ve been reading my recent posts you will recall that I have been focusing on the motivation and attitude behind what I say and how I say it because I’m thinking that the most important aspect of having dialogue with others, which is proclaiming what I perceive as the truth, about God, His thoughts, His ways and His will, with others, with God’s love being foremost, hasn’t always been my strong suit.

Problem being, what I perceive as the truth and what others may perceive as the truth, isn’t always one and the same. Hence, the puzzle, on trying to figure out how to put it all together in a manner which is effective and pleasing to God, in accordance with His will, all the while, keeping others elevated over my own self centeredness.

So, for the time being, I’m taking a bit of a break, diving into God’s Word and prayer and ignoring everything else with regard to putting that puzzle together. I’ll continue on with my “observations” in the Gospel of John and repost other people’s posts that catch my eye, so to speak, but that will be it. Just giving you folks a heads up.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

26 Comments

  1. I feel like I have been beaten almost to death, in the past two weeks. Not only beaten up by someone who disagrees with me, but also beaten up by myself, because I have been so mad at myself for not handling it perfectly.

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    1. I understand Linda Lee. You have to remember that you are dealing with extremes here, most Christians don’t give themselves the right to outrightly reject others while at the same time, excuse their own inappropriate behaviour. And, becoming aware of our own deficiencies isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because if anything, it reinforces our own need to rely on God. You apologized almost in the same breath, I didn’t see any evidence of self examination at the other end at all. Perfect reaction on our part, no, but that is why God is God and we’re not. God doesn’t forgive what we don’t acknowledge but He does forgive what we do. You scraped your knee, God has healed it. Be thankful and keep moving in His direction. Blessings to you and yours.

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  2. Hey, Bruce! I enjoy reading your posts! I am glad that you are not going totally dark on us! I appreciate your humility, honest assessments and reflections. You are a genuine leader! I wish more people were able to see themselves and their actions without rose colored glasses. I will be praying for the Lord to heal you from all that has transpired as well as for Him to fill You with the peace of His Presence. Thank you Bruce for being you! I look forward to your next “observations in John.” Grace and blessings to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks Mandy, I really appreciate your prayers. I’m thinking that “Keep Our Eyes on the Shepherd” is what it’s all about. It’s really amazing how He keeps bringing us to His side. The sheep pen is big but our Shepherd is bigger! Grace and blessings to you and yours also! You’re still on my prayer list!

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      1. My Old Testament Background reading this week is on the role of the Shepherd in the ANE. Praise the Lord we are in the fold and that He is even bigger!!! I am thankful for your prayers, Bruce, that is the best gift anyone can ever give me!!!!!!

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      2. I love your phrase “The sheep pen is big but our Shepherd is bigger!” What a beautiful reality. God’s love is big enough for everyone. Blessings to you, Bruce.

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  3. Hey, Bruce – I have appreciated your last couple of posts, as you share what you are learning. It is my hope that many will be able to leverage your writings to come to the same conclusions about sharing God’s truth with God’s grace and love, without having to go through the same challenges as you have recounted (although, I know that I – for one – usually need my own trials to let God’s teaching sink in, even though I wish that wasn’t the case).

    Even the veteran soldier comes back from the front line occasionally to further his training and to rest. “Study to show yourself approved” comes from the same books to Timothy as references to “fighting the good fight”. In the same, way I hope that your studies over the next few days or weeks are recharging, refreshing, and encouraging to you, and I look forward to your future posts as you share what God teaches you during this time.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, yes it has been “challenging” but I’m thinking that God wanted to get something across to me and if I take His correction seriously, I will be closer to walking in His will. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and give encouragement, it really helps. God’s grace and blessings to you and yours!

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  4. Hang in there Bruce and enjoy a few sunsets and Rises.
    Off topic kinda: When I was a kid my best friends dad was a beaver trapper. We had fried beaver brain for lunch one time (found out later what it was)
    I definitely do not recommend it. I can trace (if I try hard) some of my odd quirks back to this food event. Buttering it up doesn’t help either. (Back on topic) Nope don’t recommend fried brain.

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    1. Well that’s good to know Gary! Had you not warned me, I might have been tempted to dive right into a bowl of those puppies! I owe you one! Blessings buddy.

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      1. Ha! Sorry it’s been tough on you lately! Took a little break during busy season. Hang in there Bruce. Galatians 6:9 just hammers me at times when I want to pick it up an hammer away!

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