Hard Hearted

Nothing is more dangerous than a cornered animal. When escape no longer seems possible, it will lash out with ferocity beyond its strength and good judgement – often to deadly effect.

We are no different.

In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin wrote

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once the hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with the pain.

When we feel set upon by people and circumstances, our fear and pain drive us first to escape and then to hiding. Most of the holes we dive into for cover are within our hearts, but many times our unresolved grief can lead to a crippling addiction.

In all of this, God is there.  You might be in pain, but when God extends His hand, don’t bite it.  Take it.

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Hebrews 3:7

Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS
AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME,
AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS

 

 

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Rick Wilcox

Rick is voraciously interested in the holistic transformation of people individually and in an organizational context - enabled by technology, educated continuously through multi-channel systems and informed by the wisdom of history's greatest thinkers. He is a Ph.D. student at Faulkner University, focusing on the appearance of the Logos in English Literature. He earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Science in Management from Sam Houston State University. His undergraduate studies earned a BA with double majors in Sociology and Theology from Houston Baptist University. Rick is an ordained minister who leads the Parenting Teens Adult Community at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands Texas.