Learn to hate Life

One learns to hate this life in order to live it!

– H.F.  (Me)

Somewhere Martin Luther talks about hating life and desiring the greater life, namely heaven.  “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26  ESV)  In other words, if God is not above all things, we would not understand the proper relationship we should have before God and thus before one another in Christian love.  That’s the point.  Sin is really not loving God above all things and thus not loving our neighbor as ourselves.

I remember hearing about a person on his death bed who was very angry because he invested so much in his life and retirement but now all his investments in life were gone and now he was dying.  It seems that those who invest in their joys and advancement in this life loose perspective of life.  I love the quote from the proverbs, “Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:7-9)  “Lying” is not about simply lying to one another but more, lying to ourselves about what life is really about before God and one another thus being possessed by material things and the interest of this life and not the heavenly life before  God and before one another in His love in Christ. Instead we live this life as if it is what we make of it and not what God has already made of it in Christ.  “If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (I Jn 1:10 ESV)  Thus we lie to ourselves in sin. (Deut. 6:4-12ff)

Imagination!

People need to learn to dream more!!! It seems that imagination is being sacrificed for what? Life being characterized by the whims, demands and task lists of the day?  Where is the adventure? I choose my little existential world where life is an adventurous journey, immortal, and heaven.

FB 1/4/12

I would add, “… where the life in Christ is an adventurous journey, love, immortal, and heaven.”

Taking things personally in order to win the argument

This quote may seem a little negative but it does show, what I believe, the behavior of some people:

Why can’t we just talk about issues without always taking it personally. Many people are very clever these days, they take things personally, get offended in order to get their point across and not to discuss the issue. Then they proclaim themselves the winner and expect complete obedience to their opinion. Exasperating!

-I wrote this as my status on Facebook, August 16, 2010

Fürchten

Fürchten

It enters the consciousness,
a constructional image created
to attack the senses of the body.

Darkness is appealing,
adding to the effects of the illusion,
in progressing to haunt the physical and mental self.

Creating a pseudo like monster,
a knowing of the unknown that isolates reality.

The title means “Fear” in German.  I wrote this in 11th grade (1983-84).  It describes many of our fears in life like a child who lies in his bed in a dark room at night, looking around and fearing the dark bedroom but in a room there is really nothing to fear.  The child creates or insights fear within his own imagination.

I remember as a child being afraid of the dark bedroom, but then doing two things.  I prayed Luther’s evening prayer and especially the words, “Into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things, let Thy holy angels watch over me that the wicked foe have no power over me.”  I imagined these huge angels watching over my bed, bigger than any evil that existed in my room.  The other thing I would do is simply walk over to what appeared to be a scary shadow in my room in order to prove to myself that there was nothing to fear.