Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Be Warned

These knitting pieces are from BRUTAL KNITTING which features funny crazy sci-fi inspired headgear. Click on the link for more.
If there are any aliens reading my blog - they 'd be surely interested . Space tourists will find it easier to identify with little green men and such like when they have close encounters of the third kind. (Smile)

I wish people came like this - showing their real horror faces. But the bejewelled Venetian masks they wear hides their twisted visage and intentions. They are wolves in sheep 's clothing, the Bible calls them that.
I have has two such people in my life and although I got glimpses of their wolf nature several times I ignored it having a patient, long suffering and magnanimous nature.
I was also trying to avoid conflict, and I find it difficult to assert myself due to my physical limitations. I recently read a book called Conflict by Joyce Hugget.
She says in chapter one, 'Conflict can be horrid hurtful harmful, disruptive of relationships and personal well being.....The Chambers Dictionary similarly claims that conflict means 'a trial of strength between opposed parties or principles, a violent collision, a struggle or contest, a battle to fight, contend, to be in opposition, to clash, to be at odds with...
Such disharmony, such clashes, such violent collisions, such fights for supremacy's often over power us with the suddenness and force of an tornado.They catch us off guard and leave such havoc in their wake the many Christians assume that conflict is innately sinful and something to confess.
But is this assumption correct?
In Team Ministry Justin Dennison challenges it by suggesting that conflict is neutral (neither good or bad),natural (not to be avoided or denied), normal (neither your particular problem nor necessarily your fault); and indeed healthy (part of being a human being) As such conflict should be viewed as being common to all human relationships as people interact closely with each other.
He goes on the insist that our goal "should not be to ensure the absence of conflict,but to be equipped with the ability to handle and resolve conflict in an honest and healthy way. It is unresolved conflict , not conflict as such that can damage relationships.
Surely Justin Dennison 's observation must be correct. After all Jesus was so frequently locked in conflict and indeed often initiated clashes that for him, living with disharmony and disagreements could be said not only to be the morm but even necessary.
Conflict then cannot be innately sinful. Rather it is the way we handle collisions and contests that determine whether or not sin creeps into the equation. Jesus skillful handling of power struggles demonstrated the news that surprise some
-that all conflict, whatever is the source is potentially creative.
It is creative because it faces us with a choice to respond in a way that strengthens and builds up relationships ,promotes the kingdom of God and causes individuals concerned to grow in Christ likeness and maturity or to act and react in a way that disrupted friendships and fellowships inner peace and integrity."
I found this passage from Huggets book very helpful as we are in tte throes of conflict. For a long time I tried to ignore it but now I cannot. The opposite party is scheming against the church- making moves to acquire church property illegally. When I prevented them from doing so they called me insulting , denigrating names - referring to my disabilities in from of the servants. Literally making fun of my disabilities.
In front of me they are all sugar and honey but they are stabbing me behind my back. I cannot take this anymore so firm action has to be taken against them. I have already spoken to their superiors and are in full sympathy with me and Will support me. I have to make a written complaint against them. Then they will be shown the door.I gave them unlimited chances to improve but they did not avail them . I have to save my church and mission.
Some difficult and tough days are in store for me. But I will step forth in the strength of the Lord. The valley of Elah looms large before me- and the hulk Goliath. I have 5 smooth stones and a slingshot as my weapons.
I covet your prayers for Mama and me as we face difficult, threatening , hostile and lonely situations- physically challenging too. I need supernatural power from above.
I ma confident in the lord. He will bring us through. Please pray for Mama all this is intimidating and bewidering for her.

7 Fertilize my soul:

Gerry said...

I hope you will be provided with the strength to deal with these conflicts. There are times when we cannot avoid a conflict, as you say, but have to stand strong. I hope your mother will be able to understand.

Zimbabwe said...

Interesting and important post. Human nature is bad - God knows it (Gen 6, 5). Avoiding conflicts by whole life isn't real, but we can with God's help make them less painful.
Some time ago I was in big conflict. God helped me in these difficult days. People, who said that they are my friends, in short time I saw they were foes.

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
Alas we cannot avoid conflicts as Christians. Where Jesus is, the devil will be too, trying to destroy and damage the church.
I'm glad you have got the courage to stand up and show your strength.
People sinking so low, as to trying to hurt you, by pointing at your deseases, should know, they are mocking our creator.
They really reveal their inner self. It's sad and hurtful, but at least, you know where you've got them.
I'll pray for double strength for you and your mother. Your pictures are hanging in my kitchen. I'm reminded of you every dady, my friends and dear ones.
You better put on God's full armour, He'll stand close by your side, when you are fighting back.
From Felisol

monsoon dreams said...

Take courage,dearest.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Kimmie said...

Praying for you. God's hand be upon you and His wisdom filling you and guiding you.

Sorry you are having to go through such a hard time. And sorry the attack is so very personal.

(((big hug)))
mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

Reenie said...

Those knitted masks are just in time for Halloween. I bought chocolates today for the kids who'll knock my door :).

And good luck to you Amrita, I hope things get better soon.

Abigail Jasmine said...

Wow..those knits are crazy!!!