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May 31, 2019

5 Things That Will Complicate Your Life

Jeff Cavins

Looking for peace and simplicity? Get rid of the factors that complicate your life. Jeff zeroes in on the things that disrupt our peace and rupture our relationships.  

He explains how each of these things affects us and what we can do to overcome these disruptions and find our inner calm.

Snippet from the Show

“When we choose to sin, it complicates our lives in powerful ways … we lose the integration between soul and body.”

SHOWNOTES

1. Sin

  • Romans 7:15 – “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
  • Sin affects the soul
    • Instead of the intellect guiding the will by the light of truth, the intellect is darkened and the will acts impetuously without gathering all the necessary data.
  • Sin affects others
    • Because sin is familial it affects not only your relationship with God, but also the entire family. While sin is committed personally, it is perpetuated in community, which makes sin easier to commit as each generation passes.
  • Communion of sin
    • Reconciliation and Penance No. 16 – “There is no sin, not even the most intimate and secret one, the most strictly individual one, that exclusively concerns the person committing it. Every sin has repercussions on the entire ecclesial body and the whole human family.”
  • Reconciliation and Penance No. 16 – “Social sins are the result of the accumulation and concentration of many personal sins.”
  • Reconciliation and Penance No. 15 – “No one wishing to investigate the mystery of sin can ignore this link between cause and effect. As a rupture with God, sin is an act of disobedience by a creature who rejects, at least implicitly, the very one from whom he came and who sustains him in life. It is therefore a suicidal act. Since by sinning man refuses to submit to God, his internal balance is also destroyed and it is precisely within himself that contradictions and conflicts arise. Wounded in this way, man almost inevitably causes damage to the fabric of his relationship with others and with the created world. This is an objective law and an objective reality, verified in so many ways in the human psyche and in the spiritual life as well as in society, where it is easy to see the signs and effects of internal disorder.”

2. No shape to your day!

  • The shape of your day reflects the love of your life.
  • Saying “Yes” to too many invitations.
  • Husbands and wives need time to meet. If you are looking for a spouse, find someone who will slow down and be with you.

3. Gossip/Lying

  • 1 John 3:8 – “He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”
  • John 8:44 – “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

4. TV & Social Media Overload

  • Job 31:1 – “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?”
  • Psalm 119:37 – “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
  • Psalm 101:3-4 – ”I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.”

5. Focusing on Things

  • 2 Corinthians 11:3 – “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
    • NASB Translation – “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

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