As we live our daily lives I think sometimes it is easy for us to read the black and white text in the pages of our Bible and forget that there is this amazing being bigger than anything we can comprehend who wrote those words. This evening as I was driving down the freeway I happened to look off to my left and saw this wonderful break in the clouds with rays of sun shining through. It was one of those breaks which is there for about four minutes and then gone. In these minutes I was reminded of the expanse of God. He in a sense showed a small bit of his glory to my city through this beautiful display of light. It was almost as if He was reminding me that there is a real being behind the black and white text which we so often read.
Every semester I take two or three classes at a local university. Interpersonal Communication is one of the classes which I have this semester. Since my university is secular a lot of the material has to do with psychology and other such things which I don’t agree with. But every so often I will find a little jewel of information, or participate in an exercise which really makes me think. These episodes are what make otherwise tedious classes worthwhile. Last week was one of those exercises.
We were instructed in advance to dress in grungy clothes (females were instructed to not wear makeup) and bring clothe plaster strips to class. We were also instructed to find someone to partner with. The assignment was to cover our partners face with plaster strips starting with their lips. During the whole process of “masking” we could talk about ourselves or anything which we wanted to. The other person couldn’t talk because they had plaster on their lips. They were left with nothing to do during the process but LISTEN. After the first mask was finished we traded places. During the week we decorated the mask in a way which described the person. This week in front of everyone we presented them the mask and described our findings to the class.
For me I think this listening exercise will be a permanent mental picture reminding me of James 1:19. It’s so easy to let pride take control and talk about nothing but ourselves. During this exercise I learned things about my classmate I probably never would have otherwise. We need to make the determined effort to care about other people and mentally engage with their words.
Masking partner (left) Teacher (middle) The Mask (right)
Sometimes you come to a point where you look at your life and for one reason or another everything seems new and fresh. All of a sudden you realize that there is no-one requiring you to live the way you have been. In God’s will the rest of your life is an open book. A few days ago I decided I needed to make a few changes in my life. It feels good knowing that God lets us live and learn and that we will ultimately be most satisfied when He is most glorified. I resolved to compartmentalize my life and keep work at work, and make home more like home. On this decision a friend and I decided to make a flickering dream a reality and get both of our photography businesses out of our homes and into a studio. Wednesday we called a few places, Thursday we looked at them, and Friday I signed a lease for a quaint little spot in Old Town Newhall. Had we looked for a month I don’t think we could have found anything more suitable for our needs. We still have a little ways to go to get it decorated, fully functional, and productive. But we have a good start and will go from there.