In many ways, the week will probably be typical. Time for study. Time for a few meetings. Time for people. Usually, someone is in the middle of some sort of crisis. (This week is already no exception.) Seeing someone go through a crisis is something I never get used to. That is something I hope I never get used to.
In the meantime, I am thinking through a number of possible messages for next year. (I have in mind the school year, beginning in August.) As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I try to think about what I am going to teach/preach about a year in advance. This is not a rigid plan. Yet, it does give me the opportunity to have time to think, pray, and linger over messages long before I attempt to communicate. (Nothing is worse than speaking or hearing a message that came out of the "microwave" when it should have cooked long and slowly in a "crockpot.")
Right now I am thinking about some sort of series that deals with the lies that we as people often believe which in turn either bring us or our loved ones harm. Why? I have seen so many of us make poor (and even disastrous) decisions based on some of these lies. In my own life, I know the temptation to believe a lie. It can be a subtle lie and appear to be reasonable, justifiable, and even harmless.
A few of the lies I have in mind:
- Marriage shouldn’t be this hard.
- Life should always be fun.
- How could this be wrong if it feels right?
- I have a right to be happy.
I want to ask you a question.
I would like to put together a list of some of the "best" lies that many of us believe. What lies have you seen friends and family buy into? Is there a particular lie that you bought into at one time and then you finally saw it for what it was? Is there a lie that seems harmless and yet is deadly?
You may normally just read the blog and not comment. I want to encourage you to comment on this one. Your input will be helpful to me.