What a historic week we are living in! This will no doubt go down in history as one of the most defining times of our nation. Your grandkids will one day ask you where you were as it happened.
Yes, that's right, season 5 of LOST starts Wednesday!!!
Seems like I heard someone talking about something that's supposed to happen tomorrow too. Not sure what that was all about.
1-The four hours of sleep I got last night.
2-The time spent with family, including the chat with my wife and sister that kept me up til past 2am.
3-The three kids and three neices that woke me up at 6am.
5-The humorous gift of deliriousness.
6-Memaw's pecan pie.
7-Jana's AWESOME dressing and sweet potato cake she made earlier this week for our pre-thanksgiving celebration with her side.
8-My grandparents still being alive and healthy at 82 and 79, and being able to see my kids play with them the way they used to play with me.
9-My loving Creator, His Son, His Spirit, and His Word.
10-My awesome wife whom I love more every day. Thank you for loving and putting up with me!
Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!
Warning! Boring entry just ahead.
So congress voted down the bailout plan. I am quite pleasantly surprised. Of course it could still get passed later this week and many think it will. I hope not.
A few months ago I would have been utterly confused at all the rhetoric and not know what to think. Not that I'm an expert now, but I think I get it somewhat.
Here is what would have really confused me. Folks that supported it spoke about how if we didn't do this it would significantly impact peoples ability to get credit. On the surface that sounds good, but think about it. Credit is just another word for debt. So something that prevents people from going in debt is viewed as a bad thing. Doesn't that seem backwards? Shouldn't going into debt be a bad thing? Why would a government that's already in debt want to spend 700 billion dollars to help it's citizens go more in debt? Something sounds terribly wrong here. Until you understand how our monetary system works.
So with that, here is a must see video.
Feel free to disagree. Again, I ain't no expert. :)
I know there’s a lot, but take your time. This will be here a while. :)
Don't tell God how Big your storm is, tell the Storm how Big your God is.
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love. --Henry Drummond
Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so. --David Grayson
Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. --Dr. Karl Menninger
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all. --G. K. Chesterton
People need loving the most when they deserve it the least. --John Harrigan
Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that. --Michael Leuning
Love, in the final analysis, is wisdom. --E.W. Kenyon
The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.—Anonymous
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.—Anonymous
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. --Abraham Lincoln
We are not human beings on a Spiritual journey. We are Spiritual Beings on a human journey.—Anonymous
I don't fear failure. I fear succeeding at something that doesn't matter.--Dan Erickson
Are you a thermostat, or a thermometer? Do you merely reflect the environment, or do you change it? –Unknown
The wise person questions himself, the fool others. –Henri Arnold
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.--Indian saying
The Truth is heavy, therefore few care to carry it.
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. ---Josh Billings
Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so. --Theodore Parker
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.-- Winston Churchill
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. --Jim Davis
From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth; from the laziness that is content with half-truths; from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth – oh God of Truth deliver us!—Unknown
In this world, those who seek the truth will also find trouble. --Gary Amirault
The folks who know the truth aren't talking…. The ones who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up! --Tom Waits
If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth we must still march on. --Stopford Brooke
First they ignore it, then they laugh at it, then they say they knew it all along. --Alexander Humbold
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. --Arthur Schopenhauer
The Greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. --Stephen Hawking
Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. --Rev. Denny Brake
When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken, or cease to be honest. –Unknown
The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths. --William James
It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error.— Adrian Rodgers
The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought that is only an echo of an accepted truth. - Thomas W. Hanford
Once your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size. --Blaise Pascal
A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.--Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
"To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart.
Love is the one option that is always open to you.
Better a heart filled with love than a mind filled with knowledge.
Appreciation makes people feel more important than almost anything else you can give them.
Where there is no love, pour love in, and you will draw love out.
- St. John of the Cross
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
Life is a journey and it is love that makes that journey worthwhile.
The world needs more warm hearts and fewer hot heads.
The genius of communication is the ability to be totally honest and totally kind at the same time.
- James Powell
Faith plants the seed. Love makes it grow.
You may give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
Anytime is the right time for hugs.
If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.
Never miss an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
Speak kind words and you will hear kind echoes.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.
- Winston Churchill
The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.
I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.
- Thomas Edison
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
- Charles Dickens
Security isn't what the wise person looks for - it's opportunity.
- Earl Nightingale
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
- George Eliot
Life has to be lived. That's all there is to it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
- Napoleon Hill
We are all called upon to do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa
So much has been given to me, I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.
- Helen Keller
Only a life lived for others is the life worthwhile.
- Albert Einstein
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, Or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, Let me do it now, as I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn
Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.
- Hans Christian Anderson
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let loose of what you can't control. Serenity will be yours.
The quieter you become the more you can hear.
Don't fill your time with worry - fix what you can and let the rest take care of itself.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
- William Hazlett
Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.
- Corrie Ten Boom
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you.
I've learned that the more possessions I acquire, the less free I feel.
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.
- Ben Sweetland
Have patience with all things, but especially with yourself.
Ninety percent of the friction of daily life is caused by the wrong tone of voice.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
- Chinese Proverb
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.
- Frances de Sales
Wisdom is divided into two parts: (a) having a great deal to say, and (b) not saying it.
One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
When nobody around you seems to measure up, it's time to check your yardstick.
- Bill Lemley
O Lord, please fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff, and nudge me when I've said enough.
Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
I often regret that I have spoken; never that I am silent.
- Publilius Syrus
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them, since you cannot even make yourself as you wish to be.
- T. A. Kempkis
“Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason, I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other. My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me, Amen." –Martin Luther
When the heart weeps for what is lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.
- Sufi Aphorism
Every day do your best. God will do the rest
All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Frequently remind yourself that God is with you, that He will never fail you, that you can count upon him. Say these words, "God is with me, helping me."
- Norman Vincent Peale
Fear ends where faith begins.
Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.
Fear knocked at the door and faith answered. No one was there.
- Old English Proverb
If you have a song of faith in your heart, it will be heard by the look on your face.
We are at peace with God and all mankind when we hear the silence and do not feel alone.
Eating lunch with a friend, hearing the rain patter against the window. There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hidden, always leaving room to recognize Him or not to recognize Him.
As you practice counting your blessings, you will find that your faith is being suddenly revitalized.
- Robert Schuller
If we just give God the little that we have, we can trust Him to make it go around.
- Gloria Gaither
When I look at the galaxies on a clear night - when I look at the incredible brilliance of creation, and think that this is what God is like, then instead of feeling intimidated and diminished by it, I am enlarged . . . I rejoice that I am a part of it.
- Madeleine L. Engle
When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart.
No matter how steep the mountain - the Lord is going to climb it with you.
- Helen Steiner Rice
The Lord will either calm your storm . . . or allow it to rage while He calms you.
In love grace faith and peace,
If you have a favorite quote (or several) please add it below.
Every week I get a few religious periodicals sent to me via e-mail. Below is the bulk of one I recently got from Kevin Beck, Colorado Springs, CO (borrowed with his permission). It hit home with me and said a lot of what I’d like to say but in words better than I could put it. Enjoy.
I've got to confess that I really love the Biblical story and talking about it with others.
So I know that it's easy to become enamored with the trappings of theology, scripture, and the world of religion. You might read the Bible carefully, think about how the story fits together, and contemplate all of the implications.
You might wonder why others don't see things the way you do and work hard showing them your point of view.
You might wile away the hours in intense study and deep meditation.
As noble and important as all of that is and can be, it cannot substitute for living life. Understanding the story can fuel life, but it is not life itself.
I know firsthand how our thinking about God, Jesus, and theology can become a distraction from life. It's a relatively common experience. We see it in John 9. As Jesus and his disciples were walking together, they came upon a man who had been born blind. The disciples asked a question that revealed their thoughts.
"Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind"
Blinded to the human standing before them, the disciples saw a theological dilemma. An academic exercise. A point of debate.
Jesus, though, saw more. … And he dealt directly with the blind man's outer condition and the disciples' inner condition.
Every day, we have choices to make about how we invest our time, thoughts, emotions, and selves. We can get so caught up in theology that we become functional premillennialists -- raptured out of the real world and into a theological ether world. Or we can be compelled by the love of God and love for one another to remember that theology was made for humanity -- not humanity for theology.
Right now, there are people facing cancer, depression, acute hunger, loss of employment, fear, the death of a loved one, flooded houses. I'm sure you're facing your own personal challenges at the moment -- just like all of us. Seeing the fulfillment of the Biblical story doesn't make our daily hurdles magically disappear.
If we're not consciously living our lives, we may use our theology as a way of sidestepping or ignoring life in the moment.
I hope that the Greatest Story Ever Told is propelling you into a deeper and fuller life. That you're doing more than debating... That you're incarnating 1Corinthians 13 as you connect with the people in your world. That you're being present as God is present with us.