Neglecting the Full Truth

October 8, 2007

I finished up Harry Potter 5 a couple of weeks ago, and there was this one discourse between Dumbledore and Harry that stuck out to me so much that I wanted to share it with you:

     “Do you see, Harry? Do you see the flaw in my brilliant plan now? I had fallen into the trap I had foreseen, that I had told myself I could avoid, that I must avoid.”
     “I don’t -“
     “I cared about you too much,” said Dumbledore simply. “I cared more for your happiness than your knowing the truth, more for your peace of mind than my plan, more for your life than the lives that might be lost if the plan failed. In other words, I acted exactly as Voldemort expects we fools who love to act.
      “Is there a defense? I defy anyone who has watched you as I have – and I have watched you more closely than you can have imagined – not to want to save you more pain than you had already suffered. What did I care if numbers of nameless and faceless people and creatures were slaughtered in the vague future, if in the here and now you were alive, and well, and happy? I never dreamed that I would have such a person on my hands.”

I find this to reveal what I find myself feeling so often when working with youth. Sometimes the full truth is as tough to tell as it is to hear. As a spiritual leader I hate talking about hell or the truth of what will happen to a youth if they continue on the path that they’re on or telling a parent the truth about what their teen has been up to.   A partial truth is at times so much easier, but undoubtedly, you’ll end up with a regret-laden discussion with the one you withheld the full truth from – like Dumbledore.  It’s just another symptom of the part of our fallen nature that doesn’t want to ruffle feathers and just be a man-pleaser.  I want to be a spiritual leader known for my integrity – known for the fact that I’d rather be a God-pleaser than a man-pleaser – no matter how hard the “full” truth is to tell.


“Flashbang” by Mark Steele

March 11, 2007

I finished this book a couple of days ago, and I’ve been thinking about it since. I give it my highest recommendation. If you like to read funny writing, go pick it up now!!! If you like to read spiritually profound writing, go pick it up now!!! If you like to read, go pick it up now!!! If you don’t like to read, go pick it up now!!! I laughed my way through this book while being challenged in my spiritual walk. A rare experience. Especially in the realm of Christian books. To say the least, I enjoyed it. A lot.

Mark takes some of his funniest, proudest, and most embarrassing moments and weaves them together in a unique way. He writes very gracefully and does a great job at putting his thoughts on paper. His subtitle for the book is “How I got over myself”, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting phrase. I just pray that I can learn from his mistakes and accomplishments.

Read the book. You’ll thank me for it. And let me know what you think.