R's Commonplace Book

Tag: integrity

Google+ is one more in a long line of products that Google has killed off. I’m still miffed about Reader from six years ago. So I don’t trust the big guys like them.

Facebook either. I worked hard to make contacts there. Over 4,000. Then FB started limiting who could see my posts. Uh huh.

Oh, and Microsoft is shutting down its ebook store. Which means that people who “bought” ebooks there will lose them. Because they only bought the right to read, not the product itself.

I’m not the smartest person on the planet, or even in the room, but I started making my exit some time back from the big guys. That’s why I don’t do Google, Facebook or Twitter anymore. I might have an account there, but it’s remnant stuff, while I use alternative options or paid services, like my beloved Fastmail account, paid since 2002 (see referral).

There’s a spiritual lesson here somewhere. Be constant. Be fair. Be open and truthful. It’s not wrong to work and earn money, but don’t manipulate people to do it. And I want the people and companies I deal with to act the same toward me.

O Soul, God will hold you together. He gathers up the loose threads and stray pieces of your life. He unifies all of your existence. From your experiences he weaves a beautiful tapestry. The world tears at you to rip you apart, but God will do more and greater things in you. He is building you into a tower of integrity. Be patient and place your life in his hands, so that he may have his way with you and form you into the image of Christ.

Let the inner person encompass the outer self and the self’s interests and activities. From the heart to the circumference make the direction flow. If the starting point is somewhere other than the inner person — and the inner person, it must be said, controlled by the Spirit of God — there is no chance of unity and integrity of being. There will only be a partial collection of the self, and the mind will feel the self’s disconnectedness. Even many saints of God, by their lack of prayer and meditation upon the Word of God, live a disjointed existence. The presence of God must be poured into the soul by the spiritual means of prayer, Scripture, and the community of disciples. From his presence flow unity which binds all of one’s existence and peace which no jarring threat can disrupt.

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