“Good Sense is a Thing all need, few have, and none think they lack.” —Poor Richard
I wrote last year about why I removed myself from social media. While the lax security of Facebook was not one of the primary reasons I left—I left for much more serious reasons, in my opinion—it is certainly another reason to consider leaving Facebook for good.
Kaspersky—a leading cybersecurity organization—published an article yesterday highlighting the top ten security failures of Facebook. I recommend you read that article and consider whether or not the benefits you get from Facebook are worth the cybersecurity risks. I’ve linked to the article below, but I want to point out one more thing to keep in mind. Even if you had taken full advantages of Facebook’s security features, that would not have protected you from the massive security failures detailed in Kaspersky’s article.
Do you play Fortnite? Are you a parent of someone who plays Fortnite? Would you say that you or your child is addicted to the game? Would you be surprised to learn that, according to the video below, the creators of Fortnite do not allow their children to play the game because of the addictive nature of it?
While I don’t play any video games at all because of the addictive and “time-wasting” nature of them, I know first hand the nature of addiction and how serious it can be. I hope this short video will be helpful to someone.
God is always moving, but sometimes he moves BIG and FAST! That’s been the case for my wife and me over the last 3+ months. Here’s is Debi’s writeup on it.
The last few months have been an amazing journey of watching God work and move in my husband and my lives. At the end of September 2018, we had no idea that our entire lives were about to be changed and turned upside down. In early October, my parents and sister, who live in Pennsylvania, had an urgent need that led to my coming to help them for a week. While with them and dealing with that particular crisis, both my parents and my sister asked us to consider moving near them to continue to help as other needs arose. At first thought, my husband and I were a bit taken aback as we were heavily involved in ministries at our church and in our jobs in Michigan. But as we prayed about it and looked at Scripture, we came to 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if anyone does not provide…
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And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
“How many observe Christ’s birthday: How few his precepts!”
— Poor Richard
by Debi Martin of the Sojourner Between Worlds blog.
This is my life right now.
Boxes, boxes, everywhere! Due to some family needs, we are moving from our home in Michigan to live near family in Pennsylvania. We are in the process of selling our condo, which is stressful, as anyone who has ever bought or sold a home can attest to. At the same time we are also packing up in preparation for movers to come at the end of December and put most of our stuff in storage. We will live with family temporarily while looking for a new place in Pennsylvania. So there are decisions as to what to put in storage, what do we think we’ll need in the meantime, not knowing how long it will take to find and buy a new home.
It’s easy (and probably natural) at times like these to look ahead and think, “Oh, I can’t wait until we have our new place and can be moved in and settled again, with life back to somewhat normal.” Until then life is chaotic and uncertain, living half out of boxes and suitcases. It’s hard to feel relaxed and content in the midst of all that is going on. But we are not meant to live our lives in the “Oh, when such and such happens, then I can relax and all will be well.” We aren’t meant to live in the future “someday”. We are called to live in the here and now, the everyday chaos, the half packed boxes around us. What better picture of this life being temporary? This is not our final destination. A new heaven and earth await us, where there will be no more chaos, no more stress, no more sin. Even when things settle down and there is a new normal, this is still not our final home. We are to hold this life loosely, ever realizing that this is temporary. We are sojourning between worlds, as this blog is called. So as I live in the midst of chaos, God can use this to remind me not to be looking for a future settled home here on this earth, but a future home in the new heaven and earth that awaits me when Christ returns. Until then I must live each day to glorify God and proclaim Jesus Christ.