Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thanks for an amazing year!

I'm up late, and it's my goal to not make (as many) excuses to work/play late anymore- but what am I doing? I'm making an excuse to stay up so I can say thanks for an amazing year! It's not my birthday tomorrow though, so I can make an excuse today and start fresh tomorrow, right? :) Especially when I have something amazingly wonderful to share...just some thoughts from church on Sunday...that are kind of amazing and, well I'll let you read and decide for yourself what you think (I think it's amazing. k. but yeah .. yeah)--

First thought from Sunday
1. If "all true faith must be based upon correct knowledge or it cannot produce the desired results" (Bible Dictionary) then repentance is a natural part of the process of learning and correcting spiritual misconceptions through accommodation, and should be anticipated as a positive and normal part of our development.

Accommodation happens when you learn something and it changes the way you think about it or understood it before. Assimilation happens when you learn something and it only confirms or supports the way you thought about it before. It's the difference between discovering a new species and/or adding detail to what you know about a species (unless in the latter case what you discover changes the whole nature of what you understand and/or think about the already 'known' species). This article on the discovery of a new species of Gecko that literally jumps out of its skin when frightened makes a good example of assimilation error and eventual accommodation based off of new knowledge and understanding: http://bit.ly/2k4slZ5.

2. Javert's character from Les Miserables provides an interesting case study of assimilation and accommodation. The thing that saddened me about his character as I thought about it during the sunday school lesson was that Javert's faith was so far detached from the Savior's atonement that he was not able to rely on the Savior's love for him to pull him through his own repentance process. In the end, he wasn't able to endure the process of accommodation as his understanding of God grew to include the principle of mercy--the life and mission of Jesus Christ, and the example that Valjean showed toward him.

... There is so much from Sunday that I don't have time to get it all down- not tonight at least. I've been keeping my learning on the dl for a little while (because I'm really interested in how other people think and feel and what their experiences are too and I don't want to just throw stuff out there...sometimes I just want to listen. So I wait, and appreciate, and respect- silence.) But this stuff really was noteworthy and I immediately wanted to share. When it's good it's good and it was good - a lot of it was good. Prayers answered - check. Still praying? check. <3

And because there is no way to say thanks like sharing a song- this playlist is a compilation of favorites from the last two (or so years). Most of it is positive - please enjoy! If I could I'd record something of my own to share, but this playlist will have to do. Thanks to all of the artists who contributed to it too! http://spoti.fi/2ly7f2J