Monday, April 15, 2013

If this post is logical, then I've accomplished my goal for the day.

I am really bad at calculus. So bad, in fact, that I failed pre-calc once in high school, then again in college. Finally, I decided I wasn't destined to be a math girl. (Plus the TA told me my poor quiz grades left me with no hope of passing so save myself the pain and the F by dropping the class)



In place of calculus, I took logic classes (you didn't know logic was something that could be taught either?). The class where the teacher -a Harrison Ford look-alike who wore socks and sandals simultaneously- was comprised of making sentences and opinions into logic statements to prove... Or disprove. My favorite statements included the if clause. Statements like... "If (condition), then (result)." Or "Even if (condition), (constant)." I loved the class, the clauses, the proofs and ended the quarter with an A (my first one in college at that).

I still love "If.. Then" and "Even if..." statements to this day... So much so, I've started to use them as bargaining tools with God. (Because approaching Him with a bargain is always appropriate) It ends up looking something like this:

God,
If you're going to take my dad from my family,
then you need to put a protective bubble around the rest of us because this loss hurts.
Amen.

God,
If I'm a really good girl and read my bible,
then please keep dad content and us safe at home without him.
Amen.

God, 
If I get better at this prayer things,
then will you please begin answering them in the ways I want
Amen. 

Unfortunately, faith doesn't work in this bargaining way. Nope, as much as I love a good "If... Then" statement, God doesn't make His promises conditionally; nor can my faith operate as such. However, God is an "Even if..." sort of guy.

Amber, 
Even if you spend all of your life trying to fit me into "If... Then" statements,
I will love you all the same. 
Love,
God

Amber, 
Even if you doubt my ways,
they are for your good and my glory.
Love,
God

Amber,
Even if you mess up (which you're going to do),
I am a God of mercy and grace which I long to extend to you.
Love, 
God

Moral of the story: 
Even if I prefer "If... Then" statements, the "Even if" ones are better. 

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Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid,
 for I know where I came from and where I am going. 
But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going."
John 8:14

"So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord 
gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, 
I will not be ashamed of it." 
2 Corinthians 10:8

"But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering 
on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, 
I am glad and rejoice with all of you." 
Philippians 2:17

"But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. 
Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened." 
1 Peter 3:14

3 comments:

  1. as a lady who loves logic statements more than most things (i've done LSAT prep exams for fun...lame when i say it out loud), and appreciates the constant battle to find where we are lacking in faith, i find this so true and so wonderful.

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  2. Love this!
    Ps. You'd love C++ computer programming if you like "If, then" statements :-)

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  3. You are one smart/logical girl!
    I so enjoyed this post and give you an A+ :)

    Love you!
    Aunt Gwynno

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