Why does God…?

One of the most consistent plaints I hear against God is why does he allow suffering? Many answers have been offered, but one that has not been mentioned much is one that occurred to me not too long ago. It is, in some ways, a result of the gift of free will that He granted to us, but too often, because we are often lazy, it is one that is not quickly valued. But I consider it an extremely valuable gift.

Simply put, God allows us to suffer because God respects us. He respects us enough that He allows us to make our own choices, including the bad ones. (NOTE: This doesn’t cover suffering that is not caused by your actions.)

Extra thought:

And because He sees opportunity where we see just suffering. (NOTE: This part does cover suffering that is not caused by your own actions.)

Roundup September 2011

Roundup questions for blog

What special or unusual event occurred?

Birthday! Baby, I turned forty! I feel absolutely the same, but I did enjoy my birthday.

What were my accomplishments this month?

Helped to create a couple of classes that I think was very much needed at work.
Handled everything that came my way.

What were my disappointments this month?

Politics at work that made the work difficult.

I discovered more damage to my house related to the roof leak. My disappointment in myself is there, though I’m pretty much over it. I should have dealt with it sooner, when the very first sign of a problem showed up. Once I realized the depth of the problem, I should have moved quickly to look for all the possible consequences. But I didn’t. So once more there is a lesson to learn.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Archangels blade
  • The Nonesuch
  • Skylark of space
  • Skylark Three
  • Nero Wolfe again
  • Savage nature
  • Others…
  • Perry Mason season one continues
  • Man from UNCLE season two continues
  • Thor
  • Been listening to a lot of podcasts!
  • With all the stress I am not reading anything in-depth. Despite the fact that there are things I want to read, I just cannot handle them right now.

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Socks #20
  • socks #21
  • pine and ivy shawl
  • Dishcloth
  • Spinning from I don’t know where, but that I won from the now-closed store With yarn in front, on the day that it opened, all spun all on my spindle
  • Dragon & Castle cross-stitch
  • Due to physical disruptions at home, I was not able to work on any sewing or weaving.

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

Visited my sister
Visited my parents, which was partially duty, but more relaxing than I expected

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

iPad2! From myself to myself.

Promised a few more fascinated young girls lessons in knitting. I’m already working on an October lesson.

Mom gave me money so that I can buy myself a new lounge chair.

I finally received the commissioned piece of furniture that I bought last October. It is lovely and has more space in it that I had hoped. But I am taking my time re-organizing my things to move into it.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Hardwood flooring
Furniture arrived!
Will the iPod touch be far? My current iPod is definitely dying.
Expensive month

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Mostly good, although some headaches started appearing mid month. And the allergies are starting to act up a little bit more.

Dad is recovering remarkably well, although there were some concerns with rather severe dips in blood pressure. But that seems to have been resolved as over-medication, and he is recovering nicely.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

I turned 40 this year. I’m doing a Project 365 focused around that date, six months before to six months after. I have done remarkably well with getting a phone done every day, which is not to say I haven’t missed some, but it’s been workable.

What clarity did I achieve this month?

Don’t take on too much. I end up doing it before I realize it, sometimes because I feel guilty because I’m not doing “enough,” but whenever I do, I end up feeling overcommitted.