BBC News: Trump’s latest travel ban order blocked

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Trump’s latest travel ban order blocked –


James 1:19

We often want to be treated in a certain way, without giving thought to how we act regarding others. It’s human nature.

James 1:19 tells us we need to be quick to listen, not just hear. Be attentive to whomever it is engaging with you. Try to understand. Practice empathy. It is so easy to listen with an intent to respond but listening to what someone has to say, while trying to appreciate the content, context and body language can help to enhance communication and make it that much more productive.

Be slow to speak. We all remember being told to think before we speak. However, I don’t think the idea comes from merely collating your words nicely before opening your mouth. I think it is a follow-on from being quick to listen. Quietly assessing communication received, before speaking, is what is meant here, I feel.

When one is attentive to communication received, and responds accordingly, communication is both complete and exchanged in Love, as opposed to pride.

Being slow to anger isn’t something I do well at all times. It’s one of those things that takes practice. Often forgotten, though, is that, to practice NOT being quick to anger, one has to be presented with situations where one would usually become angry! Similar to practicing patience.

James 1:19 seems to be a basic reminder of good manners and successful communication and I think it is a lesson we can all learn from.


Who is the real enemy?

A friend sent me this a few days ago. It’s the last McDonald’s meal she bought – in 2006, before she took up Personal Training!

It got me thinking, when I looked at it.
We so readily attack each other but we never take a stance against the systems in place that promote this crap to us.
Healthy debate and discussion is important and can be positive but it is possible to become blinkered by the people that like us to have our focus elsewhere.
McDonald’s food can keep for up to 12 years, untreated; Coca Cola is more acidic than hydrochloric acid. We’ll gladly pay for this while berating a man that protests the system who allows us to be fed with it.
We’ll accuse immigrants of stealing jobs and becoming a strain on resources but we’ll never unify and hold the Government to task over the Trillions of dollars that remain unaccounted for, leaving the country in insurmountable debt.
I feel that, socially, we have allowed ourselves to become bullies, picking the easy fights in the playground while the teachers steal our lunch…
Picture credit to Julia Jackson Hendricksen

Isaiah 32:17

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
Isaiah 32:17 KJV

Righteousness is to live with Love for God, others and yourself. Isaiah 32:17 tells us that working towards doing this brings peace.

In that Love is timeless, living a life of Love brings about confidence and certainty beyond our own lifetime.