Daily Devotions

Correctness Still Matters

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Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 17:5)

 

I was disturbed by Michelle Wolf’s edgy humor at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. True, I have been outspoken in my dismay at our current President’s rude and unacceptable behavior. But, to once again quote my grandmother, “Two wrongs don’t make a right!” Ms. Wolf crossed a line for me when she made fun of Sarah Huckabee Sander’s looks. Again, I find Ms. Huckabee Sander’s professional lying, while touting her Christian faith to be reprehensible, but that should not give anyone the right to make fun of another person’s looks.

 

In this age of political correctness, it sometimes feels as if any form of humor has become illegal. Yet, it is ironic that this time, those left of center are the ones defending political incorrectness. I love humor, and when someone is a public figure, they open themselves to criticism and the humor that often points out truths, but that does not extend to making fun of someone’s looks.

 

Anger was my response to our current President’s willingness to make fun of a journalist’s physical disability. That does not give the organizers of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner the right to humiliate Ms. Huckabee Sanders in similar fashion. The organizers knew Michelle Wolf’s shtick. They knew she was abrasive and willing to mock. They need to take responsibility, or journalists will no longer have the right to speak with the moral high ground.

 

Today, let’s reflect on “insults” and how to be respectful, even when we clash. When national leaders, be they from the White House or the journalism community, act inappropriately, there is the potential for a new normal. Gandhi did have a great line for that phrase, “An eye for an eye...It makes the whole world blind.” Let’s pray today, that our society can reaffirm civility, when all around us are acting like boors. 

Passionate Job, Passionate Life

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I just read an interesting article entitled, “The Dangerous Myths of ‘Passions.” In her article, Jessica Wildfire encourages readers to stop believing the myth that you shouldn’t stay in a job unless you are 100% passionate about what you are doing. Jessica rightly yells out, “Here’s a radical idea. You might take a job for the money, and then find the meaning later. The passion comes after the fact.” Job passion has less to do with the perfect situation, and more to do with our own way of approaching our job.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some jobs that are so soul sucking that finding passion can only be found by lying to yourself. Unless your soul is being sucked forty+ hours per week, which isn’t the norm, passion can be found in most jobs/careers. I appreciated the fact that Jessica started her article by stating that “A career is like a marriage. Sometimes, you’ll tell yourself you can’t stand it.” Her rather crass description has the ring of truth: commitment. Commitment isn’t always easy, but it is fulfilling.

 

Like a good marriage, passion isn’t about outside stimuli, it is about meeting each day with an openness and willingness to look and enjoy the little passionate moments in each experience. Passion is more about you than it is about the other person(s), or about the right situation. Often, the more we bring passionate care, passionate kindness, passionate interest to your work day, the more passion you will receive.

 

Today, prayerfully commit to meeting your work day with passionate warmth, kindness, and care. We cannot control other people, but we also should not let them control our passion. Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen your commitment to passion. I know, some days, no matter how hard you try, the day is soul sucking. But there are other days, where your passion might just change your workplace permanently. Just remember it begins with you and your attitude. Trust the Holy Spirit to give you a hand. Enjoy!

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