Thursday, April 24, 2008

Speak Truth in Love

image Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley did an experiment some time ago that involved introducing an amoeba into a perfectly stress-free environment: ideal temperature, optimal concentration of moisture, constant food supply. The amoeba had an environment to which it had to make no adjustment whatsoever. So you would guess this was one happy little amoeba. Yet, oddly enough, it died. Apparently there is something about all living creatures, even amoebas, that demands challenge. We require change, adaptation, and challenge the way we require food and air. Comfort alone will kill us. “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.” (Psalm 41:1)
Chris Peterson, "Optimism and By-pass Surgery," in Learned Helplessness: A Theory for the Age of Personal Control, Oxford Univ. Press, 1993 (via Church Leaders Intelligence Report)

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