Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Surrogate Passions

Perhaps the first sign that I’ve moved to prosecuting a position rather than trusting Jesus is that love—knowing it for myself and for others—is replaced by surrogate passions. I can grow accustomed to living by zeal, anger at sin, frustration at political knuckleheads and stupidity(!), and more. But if I have not love. . .kindly whack me awake because I’ve taken on the form of a good-for-nothing noise-maker. Call me “Gong Man” or “Cymbal Breath.” That should do it.


  1. Murray Scott4:21 PM

    Can't recall ever having seen you in prosecutorial mode, Ralpy, but I'll be glad to flag you for it if I do. Or, maybe I'll just tell remind you of God's astounding opinion of you. :-)

  2. Dave Gale4:21 PM

    I can't truly love others when I don't know, clear down to my innermost being, that God loves, adores,and cherishes me. "We love Him because He first loved us." The more I realize His love for me, the easier it is to love others. (I still have to stay away from politics though).

  3. Thomas Nitz4:48 PM

    ‎1Cr 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

  4. Yolanda Cohen Stith4:49 PM

    LOVE it! Is this the RHT?

  5. Yes, Yolanda, I think it is!

    And thanks for your comments, everyone.

  6. Blake Rymer8:04 AM

    No cymbal breath in you Bro!

  7. Rebecca Rogers8:05 AM

    If I did not enjoy your post so much, I would tell you to stop posting about me! Lol
    Your posts challenge me to think.

  8. Thank you, Rebecca!

  9. Carolyn Kistner8:06 AM

    Oooohhh, Ralph!! I have compassion for those who think they must scream to be heard! Bless their hearts ... God loves them so much! Where do you get these pics? Ya' get the sense that nobody's listening!