"How blessed is the person, who does not take the advice of the wicked, who does not stand on the path with sinners, and who does not sit in the seat of mockers" - Psa 1:1 ISV.

Nowadays, there are many things one can watch to either idle away the hours or to be entertained. 500 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute while there are around 3,000 live feeds on Facebook. There are many more sources of distractions available online for anyone who wants to be distracted. And this is exactly what will happen to many people who are sucked into these offerings. These tech industries are spending good money to do exactly that to them. But I believe that it has gotten to a point where it's not just distraction that's happening to users of these systems. They are also influenced and their thinking being shaped by these entities.

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"But that's not all! We gladly suffer, because we know that suffering helps us to endure. And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope that will never disappoint us..." - Rom 5:3-5 CEV.

It may sound preposterous to some to hear the claim that suffering is actually useful. The main reason for the disagreement is that suffering is of course unpleasant. What can possibly be useful about something terrible or troublesome or displeasing? 

But haven't we noticed that it is because of troublesome walking or running and carrying or lifting that pushed man to invent transportation? That it is because of troublesome sicknesses that scientists invented drugs, or because of irritating sunlight that man invented shades and umbrellas and hats?
If it wasn't annoying to frequently dip feather in ink to write, no one would have invented the pencil or the pen. If it wasn't difficult to walk barefoot no one would hve invented sandals or shoes. If it wasn't inconvenient to cook with firewood who would bother inventing stoves? Can you conceive of anything important that is achieved without some degree of trouble or sacrifice?

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"You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise" - Deu 11:19 ESV.

There are very few creatures that are independent of their parents from birth. Snake is one and so do most lizards. Lizards lay their eggs in some mound and leave, never to see them again nor their babies. Butterflies and moths lay their eggs on host plants and leave their offspring to fend for themselves. 

But not with humans. We are designed differently. Our babies are made dependent on us for a good reason. There's so much to learn and so much to teach. Life for humans are way much more complicated than those of other creatures. For birds and mammals, survival is enough. For us, there is relationship, leisure, aesthetics, wonderment, etc. Lesser creatures are content with basics. We aren't and we need to invent, create, improvise and build. We look at everything as something to conquer or dominate. We simply cannot leave things alone. Snakes have been eating rodents for millennia while worms have been eating leaves and both are fine with this arrangement. In contrast, how many ways can we cook chicken or rice? Our needs continue to evolve. There is a lot of need for teaching what we have discovered in our time to the next generation.

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"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" - Jer 29:11 ESV.

Election is coming and so many people's lives are being upset by too much partisanship. Friendships are strained. Families are divided. Classmates and colleagues leave groups. Sometimes groups actually dissolve because of conflicts. 

Why the craziness? Who are these people in whom we hang all our hopes? Aren't they all stained with the same dirt as any of us? Why the sudden life or death battles that people wage just to promote them to be our next president, senator, governor or mayor? In all of our history, has any single person ever become the savior of us all? Have all the credentials really made a difference in our daily lives? Or isn't it that the more clever our politicians are the better they can hide behind the veneer of respectability or verbal finesse and rhetoric while bleeding the country dry and enriching themselves while in power? 

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"Because of his faith, Moses left Egypt. Moses had seen the invisible God and wasn't afraid of the king's anger" - Heb 11:27 CEV.

You wake up in the morning and when you go out of your house you see the ground is soaked, the leaves are dripping and the streets are glistening wet. You know then that you slept through a night of heavy rain but didn't hear nor see it. All you have now is the evidence of it. The conclusion that there was a rain although it was practically "invisible" to us is arrived at by a process called deductive reasoning.

A lot of things in this world are invisible to the eye - the air, gravity, love, etc. Yet we believe them. We know they're there again because of deduction from the  signs they show of their existence. We feel all of them. Not that feelings are a very reliable means to prove the existence of something but it gives us a hint that we need to investigate further. At first, many didn't even know that all objects that have mass have gravity. The higher the mass, the greater is the gravity. That's why we feel the gravity of the earth and not the basketball. Before scientists identified this force, people just lived with it not knowing what it is and not minding its existence as long as they don't fall from a high place. Now that we know what it is, we can either consider it a friend because without it we will all fly out into space as the earth spins. Or we can also consider it an enemy because it won't forgive us whenever we defy its laws. 

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"The angel of the LORD appeared to him and told him, 'The LORD is with you, you valiant warrior!'"  - Jdg 6:12 ISV

I'm sure many men and women have asked this question from the one who shows them trust or love or who has given them many second chances after the same number of mistakes. The truth is, there are people who are good at spotting potential in others. They are the ones whom we can say believed in us before we even believed in ourselves. 

Admittedly, its a wonderful thing to hear for any person but most especially for those who have stopped believing in their own abilities or in their own future. For those who have experienced being rejected many times, being told that they are useless or hopeless or without any abilities whatsoever, to be told that they have potential or they can make something of themselves is refreshing. Maybe even way too refreshing to be believable because of the ingrained past.

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