Thursday, November 15, 2012
I learned a fact on Friday morning. I learned this: if the cosmos had mass of 10 to the 27th power more, it would have imploded. If it had 10 to the 27th power less matter, it would have exploded out beyond itself. So say leading astrophysists. We also needed a moon to stabilize earthís axis. Now donít tell me these things just happen. I say to all saints far and wide, come, let us gather together and tell God how good He is. My worship pastor says thatís Godís favourite song - God is good, and His mercy endures forever. She has a point. Itís all over the bible. Thereís something the world calls The Pygmalion Effect. It refers to the phenomenon that says the greater the expectation placed upon people, the better they will perform. In 1966, Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson published the results of a powerful study later known as The Pygmalion Effect. Rosenthal and Jacobson's research, conducted at an elementary school, was simple. Tell a few teachers and tell that they were the best teachers in the school and therefore had the most academically gifted students in their class that year. Untrue. Both teachers and students were randomly chosen. However, the study showed an amazing result - that teachers' expectations could influence students' intellectual abilities, to the point where they excel beyond their peers. To a tune of 32%, if memory serves. Itís all up to us. As a man thinketh in his heart, so IS he, Proverbs 23.7 says. Iíve been in a hard time in my life for quite a while but I CHOOSE to believe God is good, and that His mercy endures forever. That Heís working in my life when I donít feel it and donít see it. That He knows everything about me, and still loves me. Army Captain Chris Plekenpol said something I pray I never forget Ė ďYou can never let your current circumstances determine the presence of God.Ē This, from a man who lost a soldier within 4 minutes of arrival. Yes, 4 minutes. Do I trust Him? Yes I do. Do I understand? No, I donít. But I trust in His faithfulness.
As a funny little take-away, Joseph Prince said something the other day that really made me think. Hereís a paraphrased version: When your relatives say, Wow! You look so young! Is it detox, or Botox? You can say, itís NO tox! Itís all Jesus, man!
Kari, the hopeful saint
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