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2 Ways Christians Should Think About Death—Brandon Smith
I’ve had a few people close to me die recently. This is a helpful post on dealing with death. I hope to write a piece in the same vein for tomorrow.
Death is inevitable.
This sentiment is often used to comfort the loved ones of the deceased. It’s just the way it is, we say. It’s a part of life, we assure them. It is sad, yes, but we expected it. That old Grim Reaper comes for all of us.
The truth is, death is never easy. Even in the long, excruciating, expected death of a loved one, it still hits us like a truck. So we create coping mechanisms to comfort our souls. Prayer. Scripture. Community. Denial. Detachment. Some of these routes are good. Some can be destructive.
Death is inevitable. That is true. Yet instead of dealing with it head on, we often pump it full of sugar like a liter of Dr. Pepper. It tastes good doing down, but it’s not good for us in the long run.
Yes! I am in my first “real life” job right now, and I concur with this post.
What do you know now that you wish you knew during your first job? Perfect question to ask during a network conversation—and we got the ball rolling by asking six successful women what they would tell their younger selves right now. Soak it up.
1. STAY OUT OF THE COMPARATHON
During my senior year of college, when all of my friends and I started applying for jobs, I kept comparing my potential new position and salary to that of my friends. I did end up with a great first job out of college, but if I could give someone advice about finding her first job, it’s that everyone’s journey is different. Everyone’s career will run at a different pace than yours and that’s okay! It’s called a career path because it’s the path made for you, not for everyone else.
The Good Samaritan, a Retelling—Marty Duren
Great post from Marty on how too many Christian Americans are treating refugees.
A man named Farid fell victim to a famine and multi-year civil war in Syria. What the parched ground did not take from him, the numerous fighting factions in his country did. Eventually, with many of his possessions destroyed, he fled his homeland and became a refugee.
During a long and winding journey Farid found himself awaiting entrance to a new country he might call home. Or, where, at the least, he might stay until the war in his home had ended, and he could return.
As he waited, a pastor passed by his way. Recognizing his refugee status, the pastor shouted, “We must secure the borders!” He whipped out his phone, placed a call to the governors office, and implored her not to allow refugees from Syria into their fair state.
Similarly, another Christian came by, and, upon seeing the refugee, crossed to the other side of the road. Holding her children close, she whispered, “Be careful! He’s from Syria, and is most likely an ISIS terrorist in disguise.”
After some time an unbeliever came by. He stopped, introduced himself, and asked the refugee what kind of help he needed. The unbeliever gave assistance, helped with medical care, food, and housing. After a while the two of them became close friends, and, even after Farid was able to return to Syria they maintained contact. A number of years later Farid died peacefully in his sleep.
Was reminded of this awesome video yesterday.