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Hamster wheel or potters wheel?

January 17, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Finding a few minutes here and there to read in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of Conversations–the issue is on “Discernment.”

Read a helpful article in which Gary Moon interviews Kim Engelmann about her new book Running in Circles.

The discussion is about the difference between redemptive suffering and destructive suffering.   She calls redemptive suffering “Potter’s-wheel suffering” and destructive suffering “Hamster-wheel suffering.”  Apparently her book is about how to discern which wheel  a person in in.

She says hamster-wheel suffering is

  1. Solitary
  2. Depleting
  3. Goes nowhere.

In contrast, in potter’s-wheel suffering,

  1. God’s hand is involved.
  2. The Potter, not the clay is in charge of moving the wheel.
  3. We get off a different shape than when we got on.

It’s a book that I think I need to pick up.

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