The Best Paradox

Dear Reader:

A paradox is a seemingly contradictory statement that ends up possessing truthful revelations.

Case in point; ” God is the only One to whom we can surrender without losing ourselves. ”

After re-reading this statement several times… I , not only saw the truth in this paradox, but realized it’s unique eternal truth …that lives on.

It immediately made me think about the on-going tragic attack by Russia on Ukraine …for no apparent reason except geography and democracy… coupled with greed, power, and paranoia . Freedom is at stake-not only in Ukraine but everywhere free men, women, and children live.

I ordered Support Ukraine Fundraiser stickers-one of which I placed on my hand bag. Then I gave one to each of the older grandchildren ( 5th and 3rd grades) since they have discussed the war in their current events ” moment” of the day. They were excited about putting them on their social studies notebooks … cheering on freedom and learning about its high price!

In our world, amid the horrific scenes out of Ukraine, surrendering to tyranny is not paradoxical but fraught with the truth that Ukrainian lives will never be the same again if this happens. Which leads us back to the first true paradox-God is the only One to whom we can surrender without losing ourselves.

So until tomorrow… We live in a world of paradoxes-good and evil-passing and eternal -life and death-all at the same time. And the truth always lies in God-He is our way through the maze of life’s contradictory obstacles.

Mandy loves Anne’s indigo heart kitchen towel
New throw pillows change an older sofa into a bright spot!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Mandy took a chance and bought half a watermelon at the grocery store and you would have thought it was the Fourth of July! Sweet as could be! Yummy!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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