Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.
Large numbers of Christians live in faith–that is, saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ–and they live with faith, but they do not actually live by faith. They have faith, but faith itself is not the sole or the primary operating mode by which they wage their daily lives across the years.
Those who daringly yield themselves to live by faith may be led to conquests that are more costly, and ultimately larger, than those to whom faith is the prevailing atmosphere of their lives, but not its propelling force. Remember that without battles, no conquests are made, no territory is wrested from an enemy’s willful grasp.
The author of the book of Hebrews told of those “who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, escaped the edge of the sword, whose weakness was turned to strength,” who dared to become network news anchors and managing editors and newspaper publishers – I am reading from the Amplified Bible here – “so let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and perfecter of our faith.”
Power is not a right; it is a responsibility.
The choice that Scotland is making on Thursday is of whether the men and women who rule Britain messed things up so badly that they would rather go it alone.
And so the results will ripple through world capitals from Athens to Washington: The way things are going currently isn’t good enough, and voters are getting angry enough to want to do something about it.
At a time when information is increasingly cheap and wisdom increasingly expensive, this gap is where the modern storyteller’s value lives.
The industry has committed itself to an arms race for my students’ attention, and if it’s me against Facebook and Apple, I lose.
In an environment like this, students need support for the better angels of their nature (or at least the more intellectual angels), and they need defenses against the powerful short-term incentives to put off complex, frustrating tasks. That support and those defenses don’t just happen, and they are not limited to the individual’s choices. They are provided by social structure, and that structure is disproportionately provided by the professor, especially during the first weeks of class.
It’s me and them working to create a classroom where the students who want to focus have the best shot at it, in a world increasingly hostile to that goal.
What is in your mind palace?
"For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not the flesh but we have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. … Walking organizes the world around us; writing organizes our thoughts.