Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Tag: meaning

482. Essay: Valuable Forgiveness

When someone hurts you, forgiveness is the only way forward. Not primarily for them, but for yourself.

The depth of the hurt correlates to the level of value given to the relationship and the amount of expectation the individuals have. The closer the relationship and higher the expectation, the deeper the hurt. This makes restoring the relationship that much more meaningful and necessary, and therefore difficult.

Any repentance and forgiveness that was quick, easy, or painless shows the shallow level of relationship and its low expectations. A repentance and forgiveness worthy of the relationship is costly and not easy at all, but it is worth it.

Don’t confuse the desire for a repaired relationship with the amount of time it takes to bring it about. The two are related, but not dependent. It may seem to happen quickly in some circumstances and slowly in others, without regard for the desire. I have a feeling that it takes longer than we initially realize; we can see it clearer when we look back upon the process. The important thing is to keep moving forward as much as it is up to you.

I’ve written a bit more about conceptual thoughts on forgiveness in this prior essay:


416. Marriage

Those fools who say marriage is just a piece of paper are the same ones who selfishly insist that everything in life is meaningless except for what they want.

405. Quotes: Ravi Zacharias on Meaning

“. . . For a child[,] meaning is procured by his recognition of the awe-inspiring reality that surrounds his life. That reality is fused with wonder and design, engendering purpose.”

—Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God

399. Dictionary

Dictionaries are imperative. There’s a difference between bodacious, salacious, and pugnacious.

370. Punctuate for Intended Meaning

There are right and wrong ways to punctuate your writing.

Once you master those rules, move to the next level. Phrase and punctuate so readers grasp your intended meaning. This is the beginning of developing your personal writing style.

291. Quotes: G.K. Chesterton on Meaninglessness

“Meaninglessness comes not from being weary of pain, but from being weary of pleasure.”

—G.K. Chesterton

175. Real Definitions

Don’t use kid language, slang, or baby talk to explain to your children. You’ll be amazed at how much they understand and how much more they will want to know.

By the age of three and four, you two oldest knew the definition of words like homonym and condensation, and could use them correctly.

165. Meaning

Words have meaning — they must.

98. Forthrightness

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Corollary: say what you’re going to do, then do what you’ve said.

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