A National Identity

A Bit of History…

Throughout human history, there have been countless peoples, tribes, empires, and nations who have risen and fallen. Also throughout human history, God’s hand in the causing of such peoples to rise and fall can sometimes be seen. There are single events that shape the course of history for hundreds of years.

The Weight of the World

A Common Expression

There is an expression that is commonly used, saying that someone “has the weight of the world on their shoulders.” This expression conveys the idea of someone so weighed down with great concerns it is an almost overwhelming burden. It is possible that this expression came from the ancient Greek mythological story of Atlas, who (depending on the account) was bound to carry the world, the sky, or the heavens on his shoulders.

The Devil is in the Details

A Common Idiom

A common idiom used in American culture (and a few others) is: “The Devil is in the details.” Interestingly, this idiom has changed greatly from its original meaning, being a derivative of the idiom “God is in the details” which was a positive description of the great intricacy of creation. Its meaning today, however, has become a negative, implying that if one ignores the details, difficulty or problems are likely to occur.

Living Up to Your Potential

A Common Challenge

It is a common challenge of young people especially to “live up to their potential.” This idea emphasizes the need to make the best of life – the encouragement to succeed with one’s pursuits and one’s ambitions. Although this is most commonly associated with careers, (such as being successful in business or being a professional such as a doctor or lawyer), this can also be manifest in various arts or sports. In essence, we want people to do the very best they can with their own particular talents and abilities – no one wants to see a young person “waste” the life they have been given.

A Focus of Priorities

Understanding “The End”

It is hard for human beings to comprehend the End as it is promised to come according to the Bible. The removal of all that is known to man – the physical “heavens and earth” – and the replacing with the eternal and spiritual is beyond our known experience. Perhaps, the only means at our disposal to have any glimpse of understanding such an experience may be found in how one prepares for an earthly catastrophe.