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Christian Living Perspective

Context Lenses

I put my disposable contacts in my eyes but something was wrong. Everything looked wonky. I blinked several times, thinking they would adjust, but nothing doing. I covered my right eye and looked through my left–the one with the higher prescription. I couldn’t read the bedroom alarm clock 10 feet away!

Then it hit me. My contacts were in the wrong eyes! Sure enough, when I switched them, life came back into focus.

It’s like this in the world sometimes–looking at life through the wrong lenses. Our limited perspective appears wonky compared to God’s immeasurable wisdom. We seriously need a better focus.

Looking at things from God’s perspective can make a world of difference. But there’s a problem. We can’t manufacture heavenly reality for ourselves. Apart from His help, divine wisdom is beyond our comprehension.

“Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?” –Romans 11:33-34 (NASB)

There are so many scriptural examples where folks on the ground got it wrong. One of my favorite stories is when the guys on the water did.

Jesus is crossing a lake with the disciples when a sudden squall begins to swamp the boat. Time for the seasoned fishermen to wake up the carpenter.

“Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” – Luke 8:24 (NIV)

Jesus spoke to the fierce storm, “Peace, be still!” And the wind died down completely and there was a miraculous calm (Mark 4:39).

The disciples thought the “truth” was they were about to drown. But their context lenses were in the wrong eyes. As Henry Blackaby says, “Truth was asleep in the back of the boat!”

Christ not only speaks truth to a situation, He CREATES it.

Again, here’s Blackaby: “You can never know the truth of your circumstances unless you have first heard from Jesus.”

Is it time to wake up the carpenter?


Context Lenses

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Christian Living vigilance

Birds of a Not So Feather

My wife and I love to watch the birds that come to our feeders. The playful chickadees and finches are our favorites. But the Brown-headed cowbirds, that eat far more than their share, are not.

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

These iridescent black birds with heads that look dipped in chocolate are also naughty in other ways. As brood parasites, they lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species. The host bird is often duped into incubating, feeding and nurturing a baby chick that isn’t even one of its own.

By Galawebdesign – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

The Devil (and his followers) like to play tricks like this too. As Paul warned the Corinthians, “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”– 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV)

There are plenty of religious, and irreligious “brood parasites” in our world today. These brown-headed (no, it’s not chocolate) bird brains love to infiltrate the “nests” of kinder species, where they lay their ungodly ideas. Like the host bird, we can be easily duped into nurturing these notions like they actually belong in our lives.

Spiritual “cowbirds” are also on the internet. I call them “blog” parasites. They visit the social media accounts of sincere believers, hoping to lay bogus eggs in their comment feeds. And taking the bait, which is what they want, means turning a part of your “nest” over to them.

Don’t fall for it!

There are places in the Bible where Satan is unmasked as an “accuser” (Revelation 12:10; Job 1:9-11; Zechariah 3:1), and as a “roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

It should be no surprise that his disciples follow suit.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” — 1 Peter 5:9 (NIV)

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Christian Living renewal

Lint Trap

Our dryer was on its last leg. Clothes were taking three cycles to get dry, and the tired old thing was leaving puddles of water on the floor. One day, while it was running, it smelled like something electrical burning.

Time for a new dryer.

We found a nice model, at a local big box store, brought it home and sat the old one out by the curb.

I was all set to install the new dryer, when my friend (an appliance repair man) cautioned, “It sounds like your exhaust vent is clogged.” Why didn’t I talk to him first?!

In short order I was up on our roof with a leaf blower to test the “Maytag Man’s” hypothesis. I took the cap off the exhaust vent and blasted air downward. My wife sat below with a plastic bag over the opening. Nothing. It didn’t move an inch.

A simple test with a weight tied to a rope revealed the clog was about 10 feet down the pipe. But how could I clear the obstruction? Two pieces of 8′ baseboard taped together did the trick. A gentle push from my end deposited a huge ball of gray sludge at the bottom. A final leaf blower test revealed the vent was clear!

Our new dryer works like a champ!


Please allow me to speak frankly about my own clogged up life. Perhaps you can identify?

Lately, I’ve been increasingly obsessed with engaging with others on social media. Occasionally liking and commenting on other’s posts has turned into an every-waking-moment marathon. And on the days I post I’m like a casino gambler who refuses to leave their favorite slot machine. Adult diaper, anyone?

Friends, in my off-line life I’m taking three cycles to get things dry. Melancholy puddles form under me every time I stop scrolling. In short, I’m melting. The “exhaust vent” of my psyche is clogged with digital sludge.

Kind reader, I sincerely enjoy engaging with you and other fine Christian bloggers here on WP.  Thank you for reading and commenting on my thoughts. It’s been a blessing for me to read and comment on yours.

But I must take a step back.

I’ll continue to post, but with commenting turned off–for the time being. Rest assured, I’ll still read and enjoy your offerings, but may not like and comment with the frequency I did in the past.

Thank you for your understanding and prayers, as I unclog my life.

🙏❤️ prayers and love. David


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