Meditation – A prayer of abandonment

May 10, 2011 by  
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Read this Prayer of abandonment. It is Charles de Foucauld’s translation of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray, Our Father.

It does not become your prayer until the words become your thoughts, feeling & action.

Father,

I abandon myself into your hands;

Do with me what you will.

Whatever you may do, I thank you:

I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,

& in all your creatures-

I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;

I offer it to you with all the love if my

Heart,

For I love you Lord,

& so need to give myself,

To surrender myself into your hands,

Without reserve,

& with boundless confidence,

For you are my Father.

  • What part of this prayer do you find most easy to pray?
  • What is most difficult?

Read & Contemplate this prayer again but instead of addressing it to the Father, put in the names of the people with whom you live & work each day. (Tom, Mary, Jane, etc. “I abandon myself into your hands.”

How does this affect your prayer?

  • Is it possible to give yourself to another in this way?

  • What do you find possible to say? What do you find most difficult?

How could we dare trust ourselves to another person so totally? Would it be good for them? Would I be good for us? What would happen if we did? What would happen if someone entrusted themselves totally to me? We forget the awesome creative power we have in each other’s lives. When someone trusts us totally & completely, they compel us to grow, to measure up to their love, to be come what they us to be. Each of us has incredible power to enable each person in the measure we believe in them., hope in them & love in them into the fullness which they never recognized in themselves. Such love & trust from another can be humbling & frightening. At times we are more comfortable with our enemies or strangers that do not ask this of us.

The more honest we are with ourselves, the more we see that we do not & cannot pray like this.

Only Jesus is able to pray like this, & only he is able to  say “Father” with the fullest depth of his being. We can’t pray the PRAYER OF ABANDONMENT. This is Jesus’ prayer alone. But if we desire, Jesus will teach us & enable us to pray his prayer.

Now listen to Jesus pray this prayer to you. In the place of “Father” & “Lord,” put your own name & take time to try & listen to the way Jesus says your name, the way he calls you.

Am I happy or unhappy

January 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Fatherhood, Self improvement, Spirituality, Stress

I find it sad that we live in a world where right and wrong is determined by whether we are happy. By doing this a person is making the ultimate selfish comment. “I am happy when things work out my way” The insinuation is that I must be right if I feel happy. I am unhappy when things are not working out my way. Something must be wrong if this is occurring. I will either blame other people or God for this problem. Either response reflects the immaturity of childishness by demonstrating determining our place in the world on the basis of how the world is responding to me. Personal desire is the benchmark for right and wrong.

It has struck me recently that when dealing with conflict in my workplace that some people have never progressed simple childish responses. And ultimately if the decisions that I make don’t make them happy then I am wrong.

I hope that my children are able to grow beyond this. I don’t want to raise emotional infants. I hope that my children are able to see the world through other people’s eyes as well as their own. So that they don’t live in the illusion that simply because they are happy that everything else is alright.

Posts I must read – note to self

October 13, 2009 by  
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This is from the Online School post on a 100 things to read about the future of online learning:

Full post is here

Online Learning

Find out what direction the relatively new field of online learning might be taking with these articles.

  1. The future of e-learning is social learning. Take a look at what social learning is and why it is the future of online learning.
  2. The U.S. Department of Education releases a report on online learning studies. Find out what the US Department of Education says about the powerful impact of online learning.
  3. Telepresence: The future of synchronous learning?. Combining audio and video technology to simulate a face-to-face meeting may be the future of distance learning.
  4. The Future of OCW, and “OCW 2.0″. This post speculates that open courseware will become a source of college credit in the next few years.
  5. What’s behind the Explosive Growth in Distance Learning?. Learn why distance learning is growing so quickly as well as some predictions for the future of distance learning.
  6. Online courses helping people be tech savvy seniors. The over-55 crowd has begun to embrace technology and are now headed back to school via the Internet.
  7. Online Mentoring Programs. Get examples of how and why online mentoring works and discover why this may be a wave of the future.
  8. How-To: Engage the Managers of Distance Learning. While this article is specifically directed at management training in the workplace, it is an excellent example of how distance learning instructors may be conducting their classes in the future.
  9. Top 60 Jobs That Will Rock the Future. Check out number 41–Distance Education Consultant. According to this post, “the future of college is online.”

Vygotsky – spiritual development

July 31, 2009 by  
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Vygotsky, has brought many new insights to the world of education that can be applied to one’s spiritual growth. The foundational premise of Vygotsky’s concept of development is that the formation of the mind or cognition is dependent on the social context in which an individual lives.

Vygotsky’s sociocultural approach to developmentalism.

The following insights can be gleaned from his writings and it is posited that a integrated application of his developmental principles form a solid foundation for one’s spiritual growth, sustainable ministry and continued attendance to the things of God.

Spiritual growth begins outside the individual. Spiritual growth is not simply an internal process, but is partially an acquisition from the community of faith in which the individual engages. While spirituality is often perceived as an individual or personal quality, it also has a social or cooperate dimension. Most ministers would agree that Scripture asserts one’s belonging to God’s community, the church but its application to one’s personal spiritual growth is uncertain. This dichotomy is expressed by many who preach the need for the church but view the ‘real work’ of spiritual growth taking place privately. Both must be held as true if spiritual growth is to occur within one’s ministry context.

Spiritual growth is holistic. To ensure that one is able to sustain their ministry and guard against burnout requires one to view themselves in a holistic manner. Spiritual growth is not the result of a single factor, but of multiple factors, both individual and social, which coalesce within the individual. Application of a single devotional method or community form does not allow one’s developmental areas to mature. Vygotsky brings a new perspective on the interaction of one’s physical and mental processes that is closer to the Hebrew understanding of knowledge requiring truth to be related to one’s being not merely the presence of rational proofs.

Spiritual growth isnot a linear or unidirectional process. Vygotsky’s use of zones of development, rather than linear stages of advancement, adds a new approach to our understanding of spiritual growth. Instead of viewing maturity as a linear process that has some end goal growth and maturity may be seen as the complete integration of one’s developmental zones. Spiritual growth would require relationships conducive to advancing faith.

Teachers and deliberate instruction are essential for spiritual growth. According to Vygotsky, development does not occur on its own; it requires a socio-historical impetus, which for him was education, specifically schooling or intentional instruction. Intentional and unintentional instruction by the church contributes to the spiritual growth of all its members. This is instruction by a more mature member of the faith community is required for an individual to reach their formative potential. In the Church Vygotsky’s approach requires the church to function as a family, wherein the more mature members are placed in a learning context with younger members of the faith community. This is in contrast to the role assumed in many larger churches were management and organization is the main requirements of the pastor. To remain in ministry for the long term requires the Pastor to listen to elders and be teachable by their experience.

Creativity – How we kill it and How to promote it

March 3, 2009 by  
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Update on this blog

February 22, 2009 by  
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I quick update on this blog. For a number of months I lost my blog completely. Thankfully I had saved all the neccessary backup files and after some trial and error I was able to recover all my posts.

There is still a lot of work to do. You may notice some formatting errors because of the database upgrade. I will work through these gradually to fix that. This may be a long term project unless I find a script that will go through all my posts and correct them.

Having my blog back makes me feel like I have an old friend return. As I look through it I see my life’s journey over the past three years. I realise again that life can be haphazard. Or maybe that’s more a reflection of my own personality. Anyway I hope that this blog might continue to map my key interests at any given moment. Plus it gives me a place to play around with one of my favourite programs, “WordPress

I need to blog more

February 21, 2009 by  
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Not posting any thing over the past few months is symptomatic of a number of things in my life that aren’t right.

  • I need to read more – I really haven’t had the chance to read anything in the past few months
  • I need to exercise more – I still weigh around 80kgs. Weigh too much.
  • I need to spend more time with my family.

So what does this mean for me? My unbalanced life has become even more unbalanced over recent months. Its time to get unbalanced in the right ways.

Martin Luther King Quote

June 29, 2008 by  
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An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-martin luther king, jr.

Say no more.

What does money really provide

June 28, 2008 by  
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Being wealthy is a powerful predictor that people spend less time doing pleasurable things and more time doing compulsory things – Inspired by Nobel Prize-winning behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman

And this article also went on to add that,

Rich people spent much more time commuting and engaging in activities that were required as opposed to optional

A vital question that one must ask if they are wealthy is, how do I deal with its responsibility.

The rest of this article can be found here…..

Sustainability

June 12, 2008 by  
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What lives dies.

Animal,
vegetable,
enterprise.

No escape.
Not even the wise.

None!

But one—propagation!

Conceive of this:

A stratified
calcified
petrified
Enterprise
in desperation
forgoes habitual cloning
and Tolerates
(allows)
permits. . . .
genuine

birth.

Gordon MacKenzie

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