“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” – Albert Einstein
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10
Paradigm: “a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of the scientific community” – Dictionary.com
To put it plainly… Is there anything that’s really plain? To be honest, there a lot of things that need to be dumbed down and made more clear for me to understand. However, there are also things that are over-complicated and over-thought. Sometimes things are made complex simply to confuse. Governments sometimes make laws so complex and confusing we give up even trying to understand them. Sometimes the world of science locks down truth and findings in language only they can understand. And sometimes we confuse ourselves. There are always questions. There will always be questions. We are not God. If we could understand everything about Him what kind of God would He be? But humanism seeks to understand everything. That’s ok. It’s not wrong to want to understand. But to feel like we can understand everything… Foolish. How many times are science textbooks edited and revised? How many new discoveries are being made everyday? How often are our paradigms shifted through a new discovery? Not too long ago scientists believed the earth was in a cooling pattern. Now we are warming. And we don’t know what to do! As if everything that happens has a human cause and solution. No doubt we affect many things. We have an effect on this world for sure. But there was no human pollution to speak of while the earth warmed from the last ice age. So are we the cause of global warming, or is the sun? No need to get up in arms about it. No one can prove that we cause global warming. Or even if global warming exists for sure. But here’s what we all can do. Take care of our house. Ever noticed how dust just seems to appear in your home. Where does it all come from? I know I contribute to a lot of the dirt that appears in our house. But I also know that if we locked up our house and no one entered it for a decade, when we came back, it would be filled with dust. Why argue about the cause, when the only answer to the problem is to clean it up. That same truth applies to our lives, our societies, cultures, and world. Who cares what the source of the problem is, when it’s out of our control. What we should be caring about is the process of restoration. That applies to our hearts and lives as well. We’re all messed up in our own ways. Often we blame our faults on others. Often we act like we’re powerless over our own actions and thoughts. And sometimes we are. But there’s no point in overcomplicating it. And here’s where we get to the heart of the matter. When it comes to humanity, we can’t just clean it up. We can get out a rag and clean off the shelves. We can’t however, get out a sponge and clean up our hearts. Sometimes we can change a habit, often we can’t. Sometimes we can reject a thought, often we can’t. So what is there to do? We need Jesus to change our lives, to clean our hearts, to renew our spirits. It’s not complex. It’s in God’s word. It’s simple when we choose to see it simply. Ask Jesus into your life and everything changes.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,