-“The cruelest lies are often told in silence” (Robert L. Stevenson: 1800s Scottish novelest known for his works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) How true this can be. More so the weight of the guilt that can come from holding back the truth from someone. This poses the question: Is ommitance truly the same as lying? Any feedback on that would be interesting. I am on the fence of the topic.

-“The best way to get approval is not to need it.” (Hugh Macleod: 1800s Scottish born Canadian politician and thinker) As Christians this also seems to apply. While you may be thinking that today’s blog is 1800s Scottish-oriented, I can promise it was not intended to be that way. So many people go above and beyond their natural spiritual calling seeking approval form their peers. When the approval they truly should be seeking would be that of the Creator himself. Sleepless nights over getting that community event or that power point made should not even be an afterthought. You are not perfect but your objective should be to try your best to be the best YOU, you can be. In your eyes as well as God’s. Besides, it is not the casual friend that will be there when you need them. In truth, it is the friend you can call at 4am that really matters. So a word to the wise would be to try and find as many of those as possible.

-In closing I wanted to talk about “Magic”. Do you believe in it? If you are reading this then chances are you believe quite strongly in magic and do not even realize it yet. For assistance in explaining my point I look to Tom Robbins, a modern novelist who grew up in a Southern Baptist family, and who had two preachers as grandfathers. Tom went on the record with the following: “Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.” Now, please be aware that I took this entirely out of context as I am farely certain he was referencing one of his books. However once again, I apply this daily to my faith. By historical definition, magic was a word once used to describe the inexplicable, or supernatural. Modern society and sadly, many churchgoers would have you believe that magic is evil or “of the devil”. Our founding fathers even believed in supernatural happenings and even magical/mystical capabilities. Ever heard of anyone turning water to wine? If Criss Angel did this on A&E you would call it nothing more than a parlor trick, or cheap illusion. But every Sunday, we go to Church to worship a faith that celebrates a man who did this same thing. Please do not take me wrong, I am well aware that Mr Angel is an illusionist, but at the same time, if you travelled back in time to our country’s settling and showed them a plasma television they would burn you at the stake for alleged witchcraft. When one turns away from the possibilities of the impossible happening and refuses him/herself that childlike ability to simply believe in the unseen, at some point they turn elsewhere to find something tangible to believe in. And neither the government nor big business can truly “save” anyone the way that this particular “magic” can.



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