For everything there is an appointed time, even a time* (Or, “season; seasonable time.”) for every affair under the heavens: 2 a time for birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what was planted; 3 a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build; 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to wail and a time to skip about; 5 a time to throw stones away and a time to bring stones together; a time to embrace and a time to keep away from embracing; 6 a time to seek and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; 7 a time to rip apart and a time to sew together; a time to keep quiet and a time to speak; 8 a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. 9 What advantage is there for the doer in what he is working hard at?
10 I have seen the occupation that God has given to the sons of mankind in which to be occupied. 11 Everything he has made pretty in its time. Even time indefinite he has put in their heart, that mankind * (Lit., “the earthling man.” Heb., ha·ʼa·dhamʹ.) may never find out the work that the [true] God has made from the start* to the finish. 12 I have come to know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good during one’s life; 13 and also that every man* (Or, “every earthling man.” Heb., kol-ha·ʼa·dhamʹ.) should eat and indeed drink and see good for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.
Creator & Choice(s)…
“Are We Predestined?” [excerpted: w 09 4/1; my neon green highlights]
Solomon was not saying that births and deaths are predestined. Rather, his point is that births and deaths, like many things in life, come in endless cycles. Certainly, life will have its ups and downs. “There is . . . a time to weep and a time to laugh,” says Solomon. Such repeated patterns and unforeseen calamities, Solomon shows, are common to life, to “every affair under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; 9:11, 12) His conclusion, therefore, is not to get so swept up in our daily affairs that we overlook our Creator.—Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13.
Though our Creator understands life and death completely, he does not force a destiny on us. The Bible teaches that God offers all of us the prospect of living forever. But God does not compel us to accept his offer. Instead, his Word says: “Let anyone that wishes take life’s water free.”—Revelation 22:17.
Yes, we must want to “take life’s water.” Thus, our future is not determined by fate. Our own decisions, attitudes, and actions have a real impact on our future.
We discussed in our previous compassion conversation the role our limbic system plays in assigning emotional priority to auditory input and how our desire(s) determines our listening. Basically, we listen (pay attention/heed) to what we “want” to hear–what has Top Emotional Priority to us individually.
To examine our listening skills, perhaps, we should examine our emotional priorities?! Because listening is learning and unless we can broaden our emotional priority (to include concern for others)…our learning (i.e. compassion) and listening will be limited at best.
Are our desires selfish? Unselfish? For example, if #1 (me) is my top emotional priority then i listen/pay attention/learn and/or practice what will benefit #1! or if my top emotional priority is unselfish and/or concern for other fragile-breathing life…i listen (pay attention and learn and/or practice) what will benefit not just myself, but all breathing-fragile life! [compassion-conversation-2]
Does the heart hearing offer the mind-mouth’s musings?
Talking is one means of learning. Listening is probably a better way of learning! Yeah, you’re correct, I need to listen more, eh? 🙂
Researchers have found that while the limbic system of our brain helps us focus on one thing while sustaining ability to hear various sounds–differentiating between many sounds becomes difficult when it involves simultaneously listening to human speech. When 2 voices compete for your ear to whom do you listen?!
I read this eye-opener point or rather ear-opener: “What we desire influences the way we hear!” What do you desire? We select the speech we listen to/focus on depending on which one (person) we “want” to hear!
Do you pay attention?…
Part of our regulatory auditory mechanism, which tunes and de-tunes our attention process, is the limbic system. It is responsible for assigning more or less attention to a given auditory input. So, if there are multiple auditory inputs, the input most relevant to our conscious and subconscious mechanism receives top priority. When the limbic system detects new and/or more relevant information, it passes it on to the auditory cortex for processing. At the same time, a certain emotional association is assigned to it. ~The Hearing Journal/Role of Limbic System by Natan Bauman, PhD
Getting our emotions and/or desires under control or not, could hinder or help our learning!:) Let’s hope the voice that wins our listening (and/or affection) is a wise one and not a stupid one!:) Let’s hope this person (voice) is a “true” friend out for our best interests and not for his/her own! Is a True Friend a people-pleaser, ear-pleaser or neither-pleaser?! May be, we should “listen” to the unexpected/unsolicited voices that cross our path?! New, fresh voices could teach new, fresh things. (Of course, be careful/discerning.) [1-compassion-conversation]
i think this is an important point for teachers and students/students and teachers…love…teaching/talking with love and learning/listening with love…enhances the quality, speed? perhaps, pace of learning. When student cares and teacher cares–agape for fellow-fragile-life and when both care enough/enJOY/like/love topic under consideration…”real” progress is made (in pov).
Does a great teacher have great love??
“Never has another man spoken like this.”—JOHN 7:46.
The Bible gives us glimpses of the impact he made on those who met him. For instance, Gospel writer Luke relates that people in Jesus’ hometown “began . . . to marvel at the winsome words proceeding out of his mouth.” Matthew reports that those who listened to Jesus as he taught in the Sermon on the Mount “were astounded at his way of teaching.” And John observes that the officers who were sent to arrest Jesus returned empty-handed, saying: “Never has another man spoken like this.”—Luke 4:22; Matt. 7:28; John 7:46.
Those officers were not mistaken. Jesus was unquestionably the greatest Teacher who ever lived. He taught with clarity, simplicity, and irrefutable logic. He skillfully used illustrations and questions. He adapted his teaching to those to whom he spoke, whether they were of high station or low. The truths he taught were easy to grasp yet truly profound. However, these things alone did not make Jesus the great Teacher that he was.
Teachers of the terrible…(aka “terrible” and not terrific teachers)…
LACK GENUINE LOVE!
Among the scribes and Pharisees, there were doubtless intelligent men who possessed knowledge and the skills to impart it. What made Jesus’ way of teaching so different from theirs? The religious leaders of the day had no love for the common people. Rather, they despised them, viewing them as “accursed people.” (John 7:49) In contrast, Jesus was moved with pity for them, since they were “skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matt. 9:36) He was warm, sympathetic, and kind. Further, the religious leaders had no true love for God. (John 5:42) Jesus, however, loved his Father and delighted to do his will. The religious leaders twisted God’s words to serve their own ends, but Jesus loved “the word of God”—he taught it, explained it, defended it, and lived by it. (Luke 11:28) Yes, love permeated the very being of the Christ, governing what he taught, how he dealt with people, and how he instructed them.
We enjoy talking about the things we love. When we speak about something dear to our heart, we become animated and our whole demeanor reflects enthusiasm and warmth. This is especially true when we talk about a person whom we love. Usually, we are eager to share with others what we know about that person. We praise, honor, and defend him. We do that because we want others to feel as attracted to that person and his qualities as we are.
After all, true worship is based on love for God. (Matt. 22:36-38) Jesus set a perfect example. He loved Jehovah with his whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. Having spent perhaps billions of years in heaven with his heavenly Father, Jesus knew him well. The result? “I love the Father,” Jesus said. (John 14:31) That love was reflected in everything Jesus said and did. It motivated him always to do the things pleasing to God. (John 8:29) It impelled him to denounce the religious leaders, who hypocritically claimed to represent God. It also moved him to speak about Jehovah and to help others to know and love God. [excerpted: Imitate Jesus–Teach With Love w July 2009]
Question(s) for Reflection(s):
(Whom Worthy of Imitation?)
1/10/19 @ 3:00 p.m.
moving letters “jonas” around…and what you get;)…
visual: j-o-a-n-s geeky air guitar…riffing “new” (spiritual) song;)
1/09/19 @ 8:09 a.m.
Nope, am not in Rome. Nor am Raven. Haven’t been to Italy since 90s..before our four brood born. A quick memory pops to mind of Chato and me on waterbus..figuring out our ride. Did my LOVE of Italian music (libretto) translate correctly to vaporetto stop in Venice?!
I don’t speak Italian…IF You call “singing” …aka cat sCrEeChInG to Andrea Bocelli…language lessons?!…lol:) SURE! we did manage to navigate successfully. Aka jump on and off okay to get some good gelato. (Have a funny photo somewhere (lost in the cyclone of children rummaging through old albums) of me enJOYing; IF find may future upload here.)
My/any (self-)study of Italian and school music stunted…sacrificed for other reasons/pursuits. (no regrets; Wish i could sing…Opera;) or just carry a non-nasally tune.)
My music appreciation continues to flourish, however.
God, i have so much to learn!
I don’t indulge it (music). (Though, may be hard to defend considering most of my blogs include selections that speak to/sing to/touch me/my heart/my mind…usually deeply. And somehow (Thank God) fit/harmonize with these writings.) I have to keep music in its place or it would/could consume…capacity to overtake me and emotionally drown me like Tsunami.
(which is why “any” selections tip on the positive; mostly.)
Will Always LOVE MUSIC..but i don’t live for music. (My life is not dedicated/devoted to it. (Am dedicated to Yahweh.)) Though it helps me live. One description of Music: a beautiful language–a Divine Yahweh Gift–for which i seek fluency gratefully & humbly; i hope.
(It’s strange..when “listening” (not playing) to intense strings/violin; it actually does something to my brain; i f~e~e~l the vibrations sensations; literally. (Yeah, she’s a strange one!))
I love “his” Nessun Dorma (Bocelli)..preferred over Pavarotti’s.
My music musings…an aside/an introduction? really!…see what i mean??? about it taking over…primarily wanted to share this “brief” video intro to book of Romans.
Peace & Pleasantness & Good/Transformative Music to YOU:)
1/7/19 @ 11:08 p.m.