I’ve worked in mills, in the construction industry, and in warehousing, and those men and women I worked with wanted nothing more than to visit places like the UK and the Pacific Islands and the Medaterrian, but unfortunately, our hours and wages wouldn’t and allow it…Not to mention that they weren’t the most secure jobs in the world, so there were a lot of lay-offs and random days off because of the lack of orders or weather, or whatever else came up. Only 2 out of the hundreds of people I worked with were uncultured and ignorant partyers, and those were the ones who just weren’t raised to be above the influence…Know what I mean?
In Luke 23:40-43, Jesus promised the repentant thief on the cross that “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise .” This same “Paradise” (another term for the pleasant section of Hades) is later spoken of by the Apostle Paul in 2 Cor. 12:4 saying, “That he was caught away into Paradise and heard unspeakable words…” This man in Christ (v. 2), that Paul knew to be “caught away into Paradise was surely the apostle himself. That the apostle could have such revelations and visions of both “the third heaven” (v. 2) and “Paradise” (v. 4, clearly different from heaven in v. 2), indicates that both were something present. Especially Paul’s being ‘caught away into Paradise” is a clear indication that it still continues its function as the resting place for the souls and spirits of the dead saints.
But one of the most profound applications of this insight has to do not with business or education but with love. Dweck found that people exhibited the same dichotomy of dispositions in their personal relationships: Those with a fixed mindset believed their ideal mate would put them on a pedestal and make them feel perfect, like “the god of a one-person religion,” whereas those with the growth mindset preferred a partner who would recognize their faults and lovingly help improve them, someone who would encourage them to learn new things and became a better person. The fixed mindset, it turns out, is at the root of many of our most toxic cultural myths about “true love.” Dweck writes: