Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I've been reading a new journal I have found refreshing - Conversations. It's written for people who desire an authentic walk with Jesus Christ that leads to life transformation. Recently, I read an article in that journal, titled "Soul Discovery, Flourishing in the First & Second Halves of Life", written by FR. Richard Rohr, OFM, in the Fall/Winter 2014, issue on page 30. After that long introduction, this is what was very helpful: "Transformation is often more about unlearning than learning, which is why the religious traditions call it 'conversion' or 'repentance.'" Much of my maturing in my walk with Christ has come by unlearning, in order to learn a more Biblical, historically Christian perspective and experience. To flourish in our faith walk with Jesus, we have to be plugged into the right power source.
Posted by Pastor Randy J. Gauger at 1:55 PM
Friday, June 14, 2013
I subscribe on Twitter to tweets from the late CS Lewis, agnostic turned defender of the Good News in Jesus Christ. Today's was simple truth for enriching our daily living. Would you agree?
@CSLewisDaily: Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.
Grace & peace!
Posted by Pastor Randy J. Gauger at 10:15 AM
Monday, June 10, 2013
This morning I read a review of Charles Duhigg's book, The Power of Habit. Jeff Haanen, who wrote the review, quoted American Philosopher, William James, who wrote in 1892: "All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits."
Why do we think change is so hard to change a habit? Is it a way of avoiding change? Whether it's the way we talk, treat our spouse, or - oh, my - how we worship, do you think you could change and maybe not just be okay with it, but find the change invigorating?
From Jeff's review we learn about the habit loop: 1. Cue, 2. Routine, 3. Reward. First, identify the routine. You always get that second Diet Coke at lunch, when you don't need it. What's the reward? Taste? Caffeine? Could you look for a different reward? Better sleep that night? (It takes 6 hours for half the caffeine to clear your body.) What is the cue? Having lunch? The cue is the key to the first step in change. Then choose a better reward. Interrupt the habit loop.
Think about the habit loop in your life this week. Change IS possible.
Posted by Pastor Randy J. Gauger at 9:48 AM