inner stillness: when everything is all the same to you, and you live for the day, and you are not dreaming and waiting

john r. harrison

my other websites
The United Methodist Churches of Sheldon, Bronaugh, and Moundville

The Southwest District of the Missouri West Conference of The United Methodist Church

The Rotary Club of Nevada, Missouri

The Beloit, Kansas, High School Class of 1960

The Academy for Spiritual formation #17

books I've been reading
Communion, Community, Commonweal: Readings for Spiritual Leadership, by John S. Mogabgab

The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence, by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath

The Catholic Imagination, by Andrew Greeley

Spiritual Guides for the 21st Century: Faith Stories of the Protestant Reformers

Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ, by Dallas Willard

movies I'd like to see
American Splendor


Lost in Translation

The Station Agent

Winged Migration

sermons in process
Ruth 1:1-18--"Why Go with Me?"

Mark 12:38-44--"Abundance and Poverty"

1 Samuel 1:4-20--"The Desperation of Hannah"

John 18:33-37--"An Interrogation"

Malachi 3:1-4--"Messages and Messengers"

lectures on tape in my car
Introduction to Renaissance Literature

Dante's Life and Times

Dante's Literary Antecedents

Erasmus, In Praise of Folly

Introduction to Shakespeare


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Wednesday, September 11

My father was fond of saying, with respect to the consequences of small events, “Who will know the difference in a hundred years?” He was partly correct and partly incorrect. He was correct in that one hundred years from now no one would recall the small events of today. But he was also incorrect in that every small event does make a difference. Small events add up. But we also need to consider that the way we handle small events in our lives is evidence of how we handle the larger events. As Jesus said, “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.” (Matthew 16:10) Maybe somebody will know the difference.

posted by John Harrison at 3:05 PM

It has been said that life is little more than ongoing problem-solving, that we are constantly fixing things that go wrong in our lives. And, once upon a time, many people were self-sufficient in doing this. However, I think that times have changed radically in this regard. There is just too much that we simply do not know how to handle. The question is, can we admit this? Many of us have absolutely no training or skill to be plumbers or electrictians; yet we act as if we do. We somehow think that we should be able to do absolutely everything. Our spiritual lives aren’t much different in that respect. We shoulder the worries of the world instead of letting go and letting God help us out.

posted by John Harrison at 2:54 PM

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