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Our greatest need of all

 in a previous post we said our two greatest needs are love and acceptance and work and value you probably noticed I mentioned four needs,  but we lumped  love and acceptance together   and worth and valiue together. But (in this writer’s opinion), acceptance is the greatest of all our needs by a country mile.

Acceptance is the nucleus of all our relationships, from the most intimate of marital relationships to our acquaintances on  the fringes of our sphere of influence.. 

As a curious adolescent teenage boy I craved my dad’s acceptance. I don’t believe I ever got it. There were isolated  incidence where he showed pride in some accomplishment of mine that I took as acceptance but those times were few and far between. Our relationship was adversarial until after I’d become a father myself.

My friend Daniel (Webster) describes acceptance as a “state of being desired or wanted, belonging, or having worth.” if we don’t feel acceptance in our lives, we may try to find it  in a gang or a cult. We may seek acceptance in unsavory places or with unsavory people or social outcasts–anywhere or with anyone who engenders those feelings that make us feel desired or gives us a sense of belonging no matter how toxic or unhealthy the relationship,.

My friend Daniel (Webster) describes acceptance as a “state of being desired or wanted, belonging, or having worth.” if we don’t feel acceptance in our lives, we may try find it  in a gang or a cult. We may seek acceptance in unsavory places or with unsavory people or social outcasts–anywhere or with anyone who engenders those feelings that make us feel desired or gives us a sense of belonging no matter how toxic,unhealthy, or harmful the relationship is.

Feelings of acceptance from friends and loved ones is central to our true identity in Christ.  Feeling truly accepted by Christ and accepting others as Christ sees them are essential for knowing and living out of our true identity in Christ.

More on acceptance in future posts.

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Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz

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Chinks! — Part II

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Chinks! — Part I

Chinks — Part I — How it all starts

I was backing down my driveway on my way to work one day and noticed the expansion joint nearest the street was damp in one small spot. When I got home from work the entire expansion joint (Expansion joints are those driveway dividers that allow the concrete to expand without tearing up the driveway. I had to look it up) was wet. The next morning the whole section of our driveway was wet and we saw this two-inch spout of water bubbling up where the driveway met the street.

Long story short–a county road crew tore up my driveway and half my yard. They had to replace a 15-foot section of pipe about ten feet below ground.  When they got to the pipe I saw the chink that caused all the trouble. It looked like a hairline fracture in a broken arm x-ray.  From ground level the crack was about the size of a magic marker meandering along the top of the pipe. That tiny chink seeped water for days and saturated the ground above it all the way to the lawn. The force of the water leaking from that chink had nowhere else to go. It finally found my driveway.

Aren’t we like that sometimes? Continue reading