Friday, July 26, 2013

Photo Friday Frenzy - 116

Category: Royal Baby

Vote closed. Winner: Double meaning FTW!

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Double meaning FTW!


"YOU will be changing the diapers!"


Amazing, isn't it?


Dave has a nice ring to it.


Doh!


Further congratulations on having nothing else
 to accomplish for the rest of your life.


Lion King parallels


Great goal!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I'm Unimpressed with Celebrity

Unimpressed
I must be strange.  I don't get excited about celebrities, royal babies, politicians, athletes, or any well known public figure.  I have nothing against them mind you.  I just never stop understanding that they are just people.  Granted I don't run into many of them in Dallas but I have had a few run-ins with various Cowboys and even an actor or two at the mall or DFW airport.

But even when I spot one, I don't make a fuss.  I don't run over and ask them to sign something for me, take a picture with me, or any favors that will interrupt their life.  Partly out of respect for their time and partly (as the title implies) I am not impressed.  I don't mean that to sound arrogant although its possible this is a pride issue at its core.  But more than anything I think it stems from the fact that people are all God-breathed creations that are special and worthy of our attention.  I don't see much value in giving extra attention to certain people because they are in the public eye.

And maybe that is why I just can't figure out why there is so much flurry and excitement over the birth of Kate and William's baby.  Their child is a wonderful blessing.  But so is the one that my close friend and his wife are about to have.  And in all honesty, I am much more excited about their baby than one located across the pond, who stands to possibly be the King of a country where that is only a title and holds no actual power.  That said, even if he had power, I still say..."Meh!'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Let's See Some Credentials!

I am not sure Jonah's motives for running away from God's assignment was purely motivated by fear.  Sure the Ninevites were a scary bunch.  Sure they were heathens and in Jonah's mind didn't deserve the opportunity to change their ways this late in the game.  But I wonder how much of his running away was due to his own insecurities, his own qualifications being doubted?  Perhaps what scared him most was thinking he couldn't possibly be the best man for the job.

Just recently but also many other times throughout my life I am put into a position that is unexpected.  In that position I am a leader, counselor, helper, or consultant of some sort.  There is an expectation that I will have an answer and some wisdom that will benefit a person, group, situation, or organization.  After I bask in the glow of the honor that comes from such opportunity, I kind of freak out. Who me?  They must not realize what a kid I still am.  They must not realize that I'm not as put together as they think.  They must have me confused for someone else.  Don't they check credentials?

Reality is, we are broken people serving broken people.  If we wait to be qualified to help or take a leadership role, we may never take it.  That mentality landed Jonah in the stinky belly of a whale.  No thanks.  I am a firm believer that God only gives us what we can handle.  Granted, I think He must have more confidence in me than I have.  Granted He has pushed that envelope further at times than I ever thought possible.  But He is at work, He is guiding the way, and who am I to run?  My credentials are in Christ Jesus.  He more than makes up for what I lack.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Photo Friday Frenzy - 115

Category: First World Problems

Vote closed. Winner: Oh the humanity!

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At least they didn't get her unicorn!


Time to purchase the 2-in-1 formula


Santa's slipping.


Somebody call 911!

Might as well be Mount Everest

Serious error in judgement.

Think of all the windows he has to close first.

Oh, the humanity!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

That One Thing...

Recently I watched a Youtube video of Magnus Carlsen.  By age 13 he had forced a draw in a game of chess against the number one player in the world.  Now in his twenties, he is number one...big surprise.  Chess is a game that I respect highly but do not play.  I can play, being that I know the rules and how each piece is able to move.  But there are way too many factors involved for me to even become what I would describe as "a decent player".  On easy-mode on my PC, the computer stomps me.

The game requires that you not only focus on the particular piece that you are moving but on all of the pieces your opponent has in place that could attack you and all of the other pieces you have that might be in better or worse shape based on the move you are now making.  Furthermore, good players are able to see several moves ahead, knowing all of their options and all of their opponents options.  My head spins just trying to describe it.  So again, much respect, but clearly not a game that I will ever master.  But as I watched this biography on Magnus a certain question plagued my mind.

What is the ONE thing I have an equally AMAZING talent for?  Do I even have an equivalent?  Am I asking myself this question because I am jealous and only wish I was that good at something?  Or do I have a God-led desire to be so talented but just in a different field of industry?  I cannot say that I have figured any of this out completely yet.  I think I've concluded that I am not at his level with any particular talent.  You will always be able to find a person or groups of people that are better than me at any one task, game, skill, or talent.

But I don't think that negates the challenge for me to actively seek the one thing that God might want me to hone and craft.  Perhaps that one thing turns into a ministry or helps encourage others.  Perhaps I am already doing it with this blog or in another area of life.  But I think the question is worth asking. And I think the answer is worth pursuing.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Community

I know this is a buzz word these days, especially in churches.  We want a sense of community, we want to create community, and I think there is even a sitcom by the same name.  I tend to roll my eyes with buzz words but I've never thought the idea was necessarily a dumb one.  I just acknowledge that its nothing new.  It's just a modern way of describing groups, friends, and networks of people that are hopefully supporting each other in some valuable way.

My July 4th experience from its rather horrific beginning to its amazing end is best described as a lesson in community.  It all started at the breakfast table.  We were trying to get the family fed so that we could load up and go to the small town parade in Double Oak, where our parents live.  Instead my seven year old son turned pale, became unresponsive, almost passed out, and began convulsing like he needed to vomit.  This all happened without warning and it scared us silly.  His grandma is a type one diabetic and we feared that he may be having an insulin reaction of some kind.

We rushed him to the ER where they began hooking him up to IV's, EKG's, Pulse Ox monitors, as well as taking samples of blood and urine.  Having been able to get him to sip some juice he returned ever so slightly to the land of the living while the medical staff was attempting to diagnose the problem.  Relieved that we were now in capable hands and seeing him responsive again I took a picture of him in the hospital bed, posted it to Facebook, and commented that this was not how we expected to spend the holiday.  Almost immediately, the loving responses began to flood in.  Granted it was an online community but of those that replied were neighbors of mine across the street and some friends of ours that live a very short distance away.

Thankfully the diagnosis was dehydration and low blood sugar combined with a vagal nerve sensitivity which is what caused him to go pale and almost faint.  We were released and did what we could to reclaim our holiday, keeping him relatively inactive and hydrated.  By the days end we were on a grassy hill just outside of the college football stadium in our "community" waiting for the fireworks.  We met one of those two aforementioned couples intentionally and just happened to run into the other couple while carving out a spot.  Both families asked about our son and our day and how scary that must have been to go through.  In the meantime, kids from the elementary school that my children attend walked up and began playing with each other.  I was overwhelmed.  In a crowed that numbered in the thousands we proved how small the world was and how great it feels to be part of each others lives.  Community was exemplified.  Buzz word or not, I highly recommend surrounding yourself and your family with people like these!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Liberal Madness

Let's pretend for a moment that I have no opinion about the issue of Abortion.  That I am sincerely looking at both sides of the debate and trying to figure out where I land.  One side is claiming to preserve life and the other is claiming to preserve women's rights.  Both sound like worthy causes.  Life and women are two of my favorites!  I wonder though how antics like what I've witnessed in just my news-feed on Facebook might sway me if I were actually neutral on this subject?

First of all, the majority of the posts I am witnessing are from Liberals who are quite passionately posting things like this:



Now I am not a big fan of slick Rick.  Don't trust him, don't like him, and believe he is just another puppet in the game of politics.  So this is not a defense of Mr. Perry or his foot-in-mouth syndrome.  He is George W. repackaged and just as dim-witted if you ask me.  But this kind of marketing is disgusting and insane.  Really??  Rapists is where we are taking this?  And not only are we saying rapists like it when their victims scream (which I'm quite certain is the opposite of what they want) but we are intentionally making the pro-life stance equivalent to rape?

But let's say I just chalk that one up to ignorant conflation and move on.  How in the world does one get by this?:

Texas Capital Abortion Supporter chant "Hail Satan" - Article link



It's a bit difficult to hear until the girl at the end of the video appears.  She clearly chants "Hail Satan" with her friends and then (as if to emphasize the point) engages in a demonic gesture.  Twitter was quite a frenzy with tweets like these shortly thereafter:




I really wish he was lying too.  And I realize that this reaction was directly aimed at the Christian's singing Amazing Grace rather than some overt and intentional worship of Satan.  Chanting for God's enemy will surely get under the skin of those that are singing to Him, right?  But naively embracing evil does not excuse it.  At best, even if none of these people believe in God and even if none of them think it might be dangerous to side with Satan, it is VERY disrespectful and offensive.  It's madness at its finest.

I cannot even begin to imagine the justification one might attempt in order to explain this to me!


Monday, July 01, 2013

The EXCEPTION Pledge



I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America...

...EXCEPT I don't know what that means anymore.  Are we talking about the original USA with the Bill of Rights and The Constitution or the current USA where the 2nd Amendment is under attack and the president can order American citizens deaths without due process and can even send a drone strike in order to carry such a desire out?

and to the republic for which it stands...

...EXCEPT we are a very obvious Oligarchy posing as a Democracy, neither of which is what we are supposed to be pledging allegiance to.  Benjamin Franklin said it best when asked what kind of government had been established by a curious doctor when he left Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  Franklin's reply was, "A Republic if you can keep it."  Regretfully, we've done no such thing.

one nation under God...

...EXCEPT this part was added in 1954 in response to the Communist threat of the times by President Eisenhower and we have done everything we can since then to take God out of our government institutions.  And which god are we under anyway?  The one that uses this symbol on our money?  No thanks!

indivisible...

...EXCEPT by religious beliefs, political stances, gender lines, sexual preference, news network, radio personality, and the Red VS Blue mindset which is an intentionally divisive strategy to keep us distracted while our government continues installing their next puppet, hoping we never unite.

with liberty and justice for all.

...EXCEPT those that use free speech to organize & protest, those that believe in Biblical values, or those that carry legal firearms, or those opposing what our government is up to, and EXCEPT in such cases when we must sacrifice Liberty and Justice for Protection and Security against terrorist regimes that were originally formed and funded by our country. 

Happy Slavery Day...er...I meant Independence Day!