“The Pursuit of Goals of the Unruly Ego”

Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma had a birthday; she turned 200 a year ago.

A writer for Britain’s The Guardian described the original novel:

Its heroine is a self-deluded young woman with the leisure and power to meddle in the lives of her neighbours. The narrative was radically experimental because it was designed to share her delusions. The novel bent narration through the distorting lens of its protagonist’s miemma-book-covernd.

Emma, has undergone updating by author Alexander McCall Smith. A deliciously clever reincarnation of that “self-deluded young woman” inhabits the pages of this modern retelling.

While I haven’t compared the two books side-by-side, I will say that in both cases the story has a moral.

Almost an imperative, since [SPOILER ALERT] the novel ends with these words:  “You do it too.”

Almost biblical, the ending sets readers on a mission to recognize in themselves the impulse to control other people and manage situations, trying to make improvements in other people’s lives.

And like Emma, we who would do likewise would also expect both to congratulate ourselves for our successes and to receive thanks from those who benefit from our meddling.

Sharing Emma’s delusions

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Apples of Gold and the People Who Make It Happen

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Creatively serving others

Before the leaves start falling, Apples of Gold signals the arrival of Fall. For me and for the rest of the team that comes together to mentor younger women, it’s Apple’s time again.

Based on Titus 2, this program is designed for older women to teach younger women. A biblical model. A creative approach.

Over a period of 7 weeks Apples of Gold covers these topics:  Kindness and Hospitality, Loving Your Husband, Loving Your Children, Submission, and Purity.

Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time. Proverbs 25:11

What Apples does is model aspects of living that can make life rich and full.

Hospitality models both a value and a practice.

Kindness shows regard for someone else.

Loving your husband and protecting the marriage relationship undergirds all relationships.

Loving your children extends values and influence beyond your own home.

Submission shows respect for authority.

Purity acknowledges God as Creator and Redeemer.

Synergy and Preparation

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