A Word every day to get you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, July 20, 2020.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3
The New Math
Math was one of my favorite subjects growing up. I always liked that it just made sense. If Jimmy had 3 apples, then Sally gave him 2 more apples, Jimmy now had 5 apples. Makes sense, right? Then you get to exponents, fractions, and algebra. They all still made sense, and I loved them. You keep going, and you get to calculus, analysis, combinatorics, logic, number theory, dynamic systems, and differential equations. Somehow they all made sense to me, and I enjoyed them, but then I bumped into math that I just didn’t get.
I was helping my niece with her math homework one day, and I got completely lost. She was in middle school or so, so I figured I could help her. I was wrong. She introduced me to the “new” math. The new math didn’t look like anything I had ever seen before. I was accustomed to adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. She was grouping and flipping and doing all manner of things that just didn’t make any sense to me at all. In the end, we got to the same answers, but we got there totally different ways.
Friends, when you become a believer, some things are not going to make sense. The way you used to look at the world will no longer be the way the world works. What was up will be down. What was left will be right. At first, it won’t make any sense but hang in there. Soon you will find that faith gives you strength in rough patches, peace in storms, and yes, joy in trials in tribulation. What you see is, the old way worked, but it was much harder. This new life of faith confuses you at first, but like the new math, it works better once you get the hang of it.