A stiff apology is a second insult…. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. 
     ~ G.K. Chesterton
     So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
     ~ Romans 12:1-2
     Why do my students ask me if I am being sarcastic when I compliment them?  Why do adults from other states ask the same question?  I wondered until I looked at the television that they are exposed to, as compared to the television of say, the 50’s and 60’s.  
     There was no swearing on TV, there were people sleeping in twin beds even if they were married, there were upstanding families of several configurations.  There was a moral skeleton on which these shows were hung. The newscasters wrote their own copy which had to be free from bias.  
     And now there is criticism, sarcasm, falsehood from every direction a child turns.  “I lied and told him his father died.”  “I lied and told her we couldn’t afford it, but I got a new ____.” “If we could only get rid of ____, my life would be easier, but ___keeps pointing out the truth.”
Eventually they know.  They talk to me, they tell me what saddens them, what they are angry with, why it hurts.  And that is in the course of a lesson.  
Many are trying to fill that God shaped hole with everything but God. 
Lord, push all from me that is not shaped for you.  Clean out the sarcasm, the anger, the lies, and leave us shining, reflecting your glory.
Because of Him,
The God Shaped Hole
Every point of view has another angle
And every angle has its merit
But it all comes down to faith
That’s the way I see it

You can say that love is not divine and
You can say that life is not eternal
“All we have is now”
But I don’t believe it


There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And the restless soul is searching
There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And it’s a void only he can fill

Does the world seem gray with empty longing
Wearing every shade of cynical
And do you ever feel that
There is something missing?


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