Category: Gordon McDonald

Forgiveness

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Forgiveness I came to see is about cleaning up the memory by renouncing and flushing vengeful feelings about other people. Forgiveness is about surrendering the right for vengeance and retribution. It is about acknowledging that we are all failures in one way or another and that we stand on level found with any offender before the cross, where God in Christ forgave us. None us has a claim to superiority over any other in God’s presence. Forgiveness is in part, facing that hard reality.

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Repairing the past

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What are the chief responses to a past so full of things, that, if one is not careful, can weigh us down and make the long race of life a difficult journey? The Biblical people had at least four answers to this question. The way of repentance, the discipline of forgiveness, the life of gratitude and the search for wisdom.

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Mind boggling, seemingly impossible objectives

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Writing on God’s call on our lives, Gordon Macdonald shows the common point in most of the Biblical call stories: “they were often focused on mind boggling, seemingly impossible objectives. Build a boat, Noah, lead people out of Egypt, Moses; face down a wicked king, Elijah; preach to Gentiles, Paul. But such calls were so challenging they often brought things out of a person that he or she never knew was there.

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The default me

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Character is a word that describes the default me. The person I am over the long haul of life. The person who emerges in the most difficult, challenging moments. Character identifies the attitudes, convictions and resulting behaviours that distinguish my life.

Let’s put it another way: character is what people can expect of me in most situations.

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Questions different ages ask

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Questions different life phases ask
Twenties

What am i becoming? Am I different from my mum and dad? What will I do with my life?
No longer get away with quirky, irresponsible or unsocial behaviour – what do I need to change?

Thirties
Longer range responsibilities. How do I prioritise the demand on my life? Spouses to know more intimately, children who need attention, jobs and careers that absorb attention.
Can I fulfil my purpose?
Different friendships (people moved away etc) – male loneliness. What does spiritual ife look like? Do I have time for one? Why am I not a better person?

Forties
Grown up now! Who was as a I child, and how it affecting me now? Why are some doing better than me?
Bodies change, children more independent, marriages need to adjust to new realities. How can I make a greater contribution to my generation

Fifties
Past mid point. How many years left? Why is time moving so fast? Why is my body so unreliable? Who are these young people trying to replace me? What do I do about my doubts and fears? Will we have enough money in retirement?

Sixties
When do I stop doing the things that have always defined me? Why do I feel ignored by younger generation? Do i have enough time to do all the things I have dreamed about?

Seventies and eighties
Does anyone realise or even care who I once was? How much of I my life can I still control? Is there anything I can contribute? What’s heaven like?

Gordon McDonald

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From the book "A Resilient Life"

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