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Daily Devotional – February 12


Today’s Word: IDEE FIXE. Idee fixe (pronounced ee-day-FEEKS) is an idea that dominates the mind, an obsession, an outlook that negatively colors the perspective.

Usage: “The reality of obsession — its incessant return to the same few themes, scenarios and questions; its meticulous examination and re-examination of banal minutiae for hidden meanings that simply aren’t there; the cancerous way an idee fixe usurps other, more interesting thoughts — is that it is confining, not rebellious, and not fascinating but maddeningly dull.”
— Laura Miller, “The Streetwalkers of San Francisco”, New York Times, August 20, 2000

There is a man who hates President Bush. He hates him so much, he believes that everything that is going wrong in the world and HAS gone on wrong for the last century is George W. Bush’s fault.

  • Every negative news item is the President’s fault.
  • His own financial condition is the President’s fault.
  • Wal-Mart’s success is President Bush’s fault.
  • The increase in gas prices, you got it, the President’s fault.

Global warming, all contemporary wars and conflict, terrorism, world poverty, aids, you name it, is due to our President.

For about four years this man has lived in almost abject despair. He goes through fits of depression and frantically blogs away at the inequities and evil in this world–all due, in his mind, to a single man.

Christians should have an immunity to such obsessions and clouded perspective because the affairs of this world are not our priority:

II Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Being free from this “entanglement” we should soar high above the dingy clouds that obscure others’ viewpoint and judgment . . .

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith;

. . .in essence, focusing on the things that are really important.

There is a man who hates President Clinton. . .


February 12, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. There is a lady named Carol who loves Jesus, and as long as she keeps her eyes securely focused on Him she soars high above the dingy clouds that obscure others viewpoints and judgments.

    Thank you for this post, and I always enjoy adding new words to my vocabulary.


    Comment by writeathome | February 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. I have really tried to shut myself off from the whole political news slash editorial slash talk radio thing. I literally couln’t listen or look at it without getting totally disgusted. I peek now and then just to keep up.

    None of this is going to help me in eternity


    Comment by Larry | February 12, 2007 | Reply

  3. “Christians should have an immunity to such obsessions and clouded perspective.” Yes, but sadly, we do not. But at least, we should see that our presidents are human and not as powerful as some pretend.

    Comment by helenl | February 12, 2007 | Reply

  4. 1 Tim. 2
    1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
    2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty;
    3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
    4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

    How can we as christians hear God speak to us, when we spend so much time on the subjects of the world?

    Comment by sam | February 12, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hi Carol!
    I always liked using that word phrase–I always thought that it made me sound so intelligent! ha! You’re absolutely right about the focus.

    Larry, I know what you mean. It is hard not to invest emotion in what goes on around us–especially when there is so much nonsense. And…with the advent of the internet, we have access to the nonsense much quicker than we ever have!

    Helen, we do have that immunity if we choose to allow its work in our lives. Unfortunately, as you pointed out, we stifle the work of the Lord in our lives and easily lose focus on issues of little or no importance.

    Hi Sam! Good to hear from you! I assembled some interesting stats from articles and studies about the web. Of the 8760 hours in a year its interesting what we spend our time on:

    1032 hours watching tv (12%)
    1055 hours on the internet (12%) (this was particularly interesting as it mentioned several things–such as we spend more time online than with our spouses, more time than on tv, etc.)
    1082 hours working (12%)
    2920 hours sleeping (33%)
    912 eating (1%)
    1759 other (20%)
    156 hours going to church (for those that do)
    26 hours reading Bible (average on survey)

    Since God speaks to us through his word, you are absolutely right!

    Comment by bereans | February 12, 2007 | Reply

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