MOBILE PHONE ETIQUETTE-OR SHOULD THERE BE ANY?

The answer is a firm YES!

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Rude mobile phone users are anywhere. Most people who are being impolite don’t even realize that they’re doing it. I would encourage mobile users to realize that the space they occupy when in public, is to be shared with others, not dominated upon.

The dangers some mobile phone users are placing on themselves and others, may be selfish or thoughtless.

The noise pollution that one has to endure while people are avoiding their responsibilities is growing.

By choice, I have resisted getting a mobile phone for many years because some of the things I have had to endure as a motorist, as a pedestrian, as a passenger on a train/tram or while entertaining dinner guests. Here are some reasons why.

When I have guests over for dinner and they have their mobile phones on the table and then answer it, I have to look at the tops of their heads, it stifles conversation and it’s disrespectful.

When I see pedestrians walking on the phone while trying to cross the road and holding motorists up, it’s annoying.

When I see young mothers pushing a pram, walking the dog and talking on the phone while walking on the footpath, it’s dangerous.

When I see others on public transport shouting into their mobile phones, it’s distracting.

When I see others talking into their mobile phones and I can hear their private conversations, it’s embarrassing.

When I see others multi tasking then dropping shopping, bags, papers or bumping into you, it’s disrespectful.

When in church and people are making business deals during the ceremony, its sheer tactless and blasphemous.

Who decides on the answering time for missed phone calls? I have friends who are stressed because they have to answer phone calls the same day.

Someone who asks you to turn your mobile phone down or off is in good faith, and you should comply in good faith. They have a reason for asking, and it’s probably not that they’re trying to dominate you or hassle you or restrict you.

It is not other people’s responsibility to cope with your mobile phone use, it is your responsibility to use your mobile phone inoffensively. The word “inoffensively” is not defined by what you expect others to tolerate.

If people don’t answer calls or emails on the same day could it be because they are busy or not feeling well? Could it be because they are prioritizing their work load and communications?

I’m not against mobile phones, but I say a healthy dose with respect for others, using discretion and balance, would make life easier for all. Following etiquette would give us more time for family and friends and improve our relationships  with others.

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Jesus calls for “kingdom behavior.” God is our ultimate host, and we, as hosts should behave as guests.

 

Parents and parenting-difficult but not impossible

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I see this happen all the time and it annoys me to no end. Parents asking their children 8, 9 10, 11, 12, 13 year olds to make decisions for them. eg, the house and furniture they buy, the school they will go to, the holidays they will go on, the restaurant they choose etc, etc.

I thought life was one of those things that you grew into, that parents have wisdom to draw from and guide and lead their children into what is good for them. That life experiences teach us valuable life lessons, that scars follow growth and change.

Consider this, a child wants to go to a particular school because his friends are going there, not considering educational or financial factors. Parents sacrificing financially to buy a house that’s in keeping with their child’s vision or commodities.  Parents giving into having a lavish birthday party with alcohol, amidst underage teenagers. Parents giving into Facebook/Mobile phone accounts when it’s not a necessity and the child is underage etc… etc..

As an educator, I have seen the aftermath of parents giving into these things. As a parent, I had to resist giving into some of these. I was told by my children that I was the worst parent. Well!!!!!!!!!!! How many parents had they had? ( one set of course). I figured that as a parent, I wasn’t meant to be their friend (not yet anyway, although my children and I are best friends now).

The important thing here is to remember, that because parents have given into their children’s whims, they run the risk of having spoilt children. Children who don’t adapt well. Children who have little resilience. Children who cannot regulate their feelings or emotions, children who cannot face challenges in life because they’re too hard. Children who are lazy, children who are not independent enough or self starters. I’m speaking from first hand experience here, all this can manifest in the child getting headaches, sore stomachs, children who cannot cope at school or at work in some cases, I have seen children as young as 5 year olds suffer from anxiety, depression and stress because school is too hard.

Mind you, I’m not trying to pick on parents here, because parenting is very testing but as an educator I can see the benefits of tough love. Setting boundaries and having consequences for not adhering to them, are important in establishing order and character.

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The Beatitudes Matthew 5:2-12

At the beginning of each school year the students and I formulate 3-4 goals/values for the smooth running of the classroom. We establish together, positive and negative consequences. The classroom has to be a fair and a happy environment to work in. Explicit teaching of the pros and cons and of the consequences are paramount.

This is not fail-proof, things don’t always work to plan, however, with routine and consistency and prayer I see a change in the students and standards rise as they aspire to be better.  I believe this is good psychology for parenting as well.

Discipline of children can be hard and sometimes seemingly unrewarding for a moment, but you eventually reap the rewards. After parenting two children and having spent many years in education myself, I can look back on the hardships and see the rewards that have come after, worth the effort.

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With some explicit teaching, children learn what they live:-

  • If the children see a parent praying they will learn to pray.
  • If the children see order they will learn to appreciate and aspire to it.
  • If a parent gives praise they will praise others.
  • If a parent shows respect they will learn to respect.
  • If a parent sees the glass as half full they will see life as too hard.
  • If a parent is hardworking and a go getter, they will go and get what they need.    There is no magic formula, what you put into the bucket is what you get in return.
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PSALM 23 – Explained

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEAT OF JESUS-Friday, 23rd June, 2017

The symbol of Jesus’ heart represents His great love for all mankind

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Lamb of God Latin: Agnus Deī [ˈaŋ.nʊs ˈde.iː]) is a title for Jesus that appears in the Gospel of John. It appears at John 1:29, where John the Baptist sees Jesus and exclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”Image result

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Psalm 23 Explained

The Lord is my shepherd –

That’s Relationship!

 I shall not want –

That’s Supply!

 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures –

That’s Rest!

 He leadeth me beside the still waters –

That’s Refreshment!

 He restoreth my soul –

That’s Healing!

 He leadeth me in the path of righteousness –

That’s Guidance!

 For His name’s sake –

That’s Purpose!

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death –

That’s Testing!

 I will fear no evil –

That’s Protection!

 For Thou art with me –

That’s Faithfulness!

 Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me –

That’s Discipline!

 Thou preparest a table for me in front of my enemies –

That’s Hope!

 Thou anointest my head with oil –

That’s Consecration!

 My cup runneth over –

That’s Abundance!

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life –

That’s Blessing!

 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord –

That’s Security!

 Forever –

That’s Eternity!

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Modern Secularism-Our youth don’t believe in the bible anymore

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Our youth don’t believe in the bible anymore, many seem to think that if you can’t prove it, then it doesn’t exist, that’s what I hear from teenagers these days and that’s what my teacher friends tell me are their experiences at high school.

The science departments in schools seem to have a foothold on this. Well since when have they become the authority on Theism? They are denying thousands of years of intelligence and they justify it by saying that the bible cannot be proven and that it is  corrupt. If that’s their argument, then why read any book, website, newspaper, bulletin or article? Everything we read has a bias, what renders it credible is the source and the proof that comes with the story. Well everything that was prophesied in the Old testament has been realized in the New Testament. Prophets who were chosen by God and who gave their lives for the truth, were all God inspired. Their words came from God. The bible is a living book and should be read as if God were talking to us in the now.

THESE ARE SOME UNDERSTANDINGS THAT ARE VERY CLEAR IN THE BIBLE 

Sin creates an infinite disorder with God. The more dignified the person is that is offended, the more grievous the offence is…..(St. Thomas Aquinas)

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NO ONE CAN BE JUSTIFIED BY HIS OWN WORKS BUT BY GOD ALONE

NO ONE WHO DENIES THE SON HAS THE FATHER

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION

JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:6  “I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”          

The laws  of the western world have been inspired by the bible, if the bible is irrelevant then western society has become irrelevant too.

There is nothing God doesn’t know about man or that He still needs to learn and see about him, because He knows it all. We have been created by God, we have been created in His image, we are wired for God. There are enough testaments of people who weren’t  christian, who lived in non christian countries who have found God.

This is the exact reason why we should have respect for what cannot be explained by science. Faith is the evidence of what cannot be proved. There are dogmas that are mysteries, but that are exactly the true test of our faith.

God owes us nothing, the universe belongs to Him. God knows all our sins and only our truth and belief can justify us in the eyes of God through His Son Jesus. Jesus Christ as our mediator, Jesus Christ who offered Himself for reparation of our sins. Jesus Christ the perfect bridge joining man and God together.   (Scott M. Sullivan).

That’s the mystery of God, He would rather have 1 true believer that 100 unbelievers or robots who think or say ……”Yes that’s nice!” “Or that’s how it was then but it’s different now”.  God doesn’t want fans, He wants commitment, He wants your heart, He wants you to fight for Him, He wants you to believe without condition.

The God inspired bible was not written with an expiry date. God’s realm has no time, He lives in a spirit world where time is of no relevance to God. He knew it then and He knows it now………. the heart of man. After all, He is the all knowing and all loving and it’s for this reason that He gave us His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us.

Jesus’ teachings were not just meant for the time in which He lived but for all times and for all people, the problems our ancestors faced 100 or 1000, 2000 years ago for example, still exist now:- unbelief, jealousy, dishonesty, laziness, theft, murder, coveting another’s property, adultery, greed, lust, drugs and alcohol addictions, vanity  etc…. These all existed then and they still exist now, the difference being that humanity is getting more and more wicked. Why do you ask???????

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I’d like to think that humanity is more educated now, we have access to so much information and getting it is easy via the internet.  We have more money now, our Old Testament ancestors didn’t have all this and the benefit of the wisdom and teaching passed on by Jesus Christ.  We have Jesus and His spirit to guide us and to lead us to the truth, but many of us young and old choose to ignore it.

When our children were growing up, we would watch TV shows together, that brought up certain contentious issues that we could discuss and bring God’s light into the problem. Open conversations are crucial, especially from teenagers’ inquiring minds who need direction, not necessarily from their peers, but a nurturing spirit and an infilling of truth from people who have a deep understanding for our living God and how He is at work in our lives. We still  watch movies now on TV or go to the movies and discuss the lessons and morals in them.

I write this because I have a concern for our youth, I have a concern because I believe some, young and old, do not have a heaven perspective. Some people seem to think that they’re invincible. They have no plan for eternity.

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Make no mistake God is our judge and vindicator….If God is been offended then He sets the standard for justice, it’s not up to me or you, but God.

I’d like to finish by saying that God offers redemption, to all those who open their hearts to Him and believe.

MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE YOU ALL TO THE COMPLETE TRUTH.