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Archive for June, 2016

The Fool and the Internet

What’s your favorite way to communicate online?

With social media, blogs, video viewing sites, and more, the world has never been more connected. This can be a double-edged sword, however. Because while we’re connected to more some good people, this means we’re also connected to those people who tend to stir up trouble.

The politest euphemism for these people is to say that they are a troll: someone who aims to specially cause strife and gets into unending arguments just to infuriate the person on the other end of the conversation.

The trolls believe they are safe since no one knows who they truly are (since some sites allow anonymous users), and they never need to speak with the frustrated person face-to-face.

Believe it or not, Proverbs spoke about this rude type of individual long before the internet was invented. It says that “a fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions” (18:2, NIV).

A fool just wants to get his or her ideas out there, and can never be convinced that what he or she is saying is incorrect or unkind.

The best course of action is to ignore these trolls because they aren’t open to learning what you have to say, they’re just trying to voice their opinions, and to possibly get a reaction out of you.

The anonymity of the internet seems to allow these trolls to irritate anyone they please, but don’t forget that there’s an all-powerful “Admin” watching all online activity, along with the trolls and their foolish actions. He will ultimately deal with every decision made on the internet….

…which is oddly a comforting thought.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use with permission only.

Why Do You Do Good Deeds?

Good deeds have always been, and always should be, encouraged – whether it’s helping someone move, assisting an elderly person, or simply giving out small gifts to strangers.

While sometimes the secular and Christian charities and good deeds look similar, the reason behind them can differ greatly.

Many good outreach efforts from the community that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime were due to there being some kind of crisis: Hurricane Katrina, the Twin Towers attacks (9/11), and others.

While it’s very touching to see the best come out of people during times of need and disaster, sometimes the only reason for doing good stems from the fact that something bad has occurred.

I’m certainly not condemning the charities and those who do good in the face of misfortune, I applaud them! God designed us in his image, and his kindness shows through in crisis.

However, there’s something special about one who does good to others not because of something bad, but because God is good.

Philippians 2:13 says “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (NIV).

There is so much more joy to be had when someone loves and does good to others because they  want to celebrate God’s goodness.

So this week, keep in mind that joy is the best fuel for doing good.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

Trust Me, You Don’t Want This

Just last week I was slicing up jalapeno peppers for a chili dinner, when my youngest cat, Kiwi, hopped onto the table nearby. She was eyeing the peppers, and in typical Kiwi-fashion, began meowing for the food I was handling.

Kiwi’s always had a healthy appetite, but she never had a jalapeno pepper before, and for good reason. As a conscientious cat owner, I’ve made sure I don’t feed my cats anything that could hurt them, such as a spicy pepper.

But Kiwi doesn’t know this, all she knows is that mom has food, and she wants it!

Her meows became more strained and I couldn’t help but laugh. “Trust me, baby kitty,” I said. “You don’t want this.”

But that didn’t stop the begging, she meowed more, as if saying, “No, mom, you don’t understand, I REALLY want that thing there and it’ll make me so happy, I promise, PLEASE!”

I just shook my head. There was no way for me to indicate to my darling cat that this jalapeno would be spicy and taste awful. It wasn’t as if I could sit her down and rationally explain this to her.

All I could say was “Kitty, please trust me.”

To which she eventually responded to by stopping her begging and going off to find something else to do.

I suddenly wondered if that’s how God sometimes feels with us. He wants to give us good things as a loving Heavenly Father, but when we ask for things that could hurt us, he must say no.

There may be times when we can’t fully understand why he won’t allow us to have or do something, but that’s when we need to trust that He’s good and knows what he’s doing.

Matt. 7:9-11

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

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