Today I turn 60.
Actually, 60 doesn’t bother me. But the idea that a 70th birthday is less than a dozen years away catches my attention.
I see an Earth that belongs to the Lord in all its fullness! I see a God that set the stage — the Universe — in all of its vastness, splendors, wonders, and I know God made us to question and appreciate it. From all of the supernovas and SMBH’s ( that is, Super Massive Black Holes); down to the dirt beneath our feet and our shoes touching blades of grass. And God made a creature, humans, as like to Himself. Male and female to somehow be like God. Having an intelligence and the ability to question why and how things are. Like a child taking apart a toy watches to see what makes it “tick”; adults still seek how and why.
It’s easy to say that God has been there the whole time. Even times I didn’t realize that He was masterfully crafting people and events: molding me, effecting my internal struggles as I was trying to make sense of life. God who cares for people, all of us, but again singly as the one-and-only individual you are. Remember that during the tough times. God loves you!
In my late teens and 20’s I knew the answers needed for life. Then ambling along in my 30’s, I realized I did not even know all the questions. As time goes on you will see and understand more. Each day is a given blessing with events and happenings to help you to grow. Welcome the growth.
I would tell you younger people to follow your dreams. But do not just fly off on your own, but tether your dreams to reality. And find a confidant or two to share with and obtain guidance from their wisdom.
As you grow older share your experiences and “wisdom”. Seek to be a mentor, although it be tougher than you might passively think it would be. Teach, share the wisdom. Then teach it again. Have patience. Humans are trainable, and we need to guide each other.
Have a Merry Christmas however you celebrate it.
It’s fun to think everybody in the whole world gets a gift on my birthday. 🙂 🙂 🙂
(Not because of me, though).
And a great 2018!
Illation on Leaders 4, December 2017
Consider Paul’s Concepts of our Faith as presented in the Book of 1st Corinthians
I calibrate how the church should define itself by using scripture, prayer, meditation, and study. In contemplating the roles of leadership in the church, I have been looking for verses in the New Testament Letters, searching for offices, duties, and topics; to gather information and, therefore patterns and inferences that can be gleaned.
Going book by book, 1st Corinthians, alone, amounted to more than 2,000-words. Continue reading “Illation on Leaders 4”
Illation on Leaders 3, November 2017
Meditate on the Leadership positions:
Other positions to kick around (not necessarily Biblical):
Counselor – various kinds
Illation on Leaders 2, November of 2017
Now to negate some of the first post on this topic.
While Leaders are to be servants, God has certainly given Leaders the right to make decisions and give instructions.
Give some thought to:
- What kinds of decisions are shown in the New Testament texts
- Is there a strict hierarchy of power
- How does the Holy Spirit figure in
- How do we evaluate a person’s leadership skills
Illation on Leaders 1 – October of 2017
I am seeking to review the New Testament verses teaching about Leadership in the church. I have realized my assumptions, however dear they are to me, are not organized enough to begin a detailed writing. In creating space for writing these thoughts, I am critically asking:
“Why? Why do I hold these assumptions?”
Unraveling and sorting them for this blog requires more organization and details. Read through Paul’s letters picking out verses that talked about aspects of Leadership: Titles (Pastor Deacon, etc.) and job descriptions (duties). But I soon captured more tags: a leader’s character, relationships to other people or positions, demeanor.
So I gathered, as I read through each letter, a list of verses bearing a pertinent aspect of leadership. After reviewing a good chunk Continue reading “Illation on Leaders”
It is, sometimes, wearisome, when a church does not accept you for what you are…
Love to drive? I do:
turn down the roads I like most,
choose the places I want to visit.
With God along for the ride, we can go it together, forever. It’s fun. It’s good. We go lots of places — both in real life and metaphorically
speaki, err, driving. Continue reading “Love Driving?”
Make sure the picture, or rather, the event, you are composing is a reflection of God.
. . . ramble? yes, this essay rambles. . . rambling is what life is for. . . sometimes. Especially when you want to Focus! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Have a clear purpose when planning. But make sure your purpose and your end product creates a noticeable view to God, unimpeded by distractions that take us away from Focusing on God: the glittery objects our eyes are drawn to, salacious endeavors to please our flesh, and, amongst others, self-absorption.
Glittery: as we look at a scene our eyes are naturally attracted to light, especially lights that are flashing, dancing. This holds our Focus from seeing the rest of the scene.
Flesh: our physical body needs to take care and not be allowed to roam off course.
Self-absorption: it is very easy to place yourself (I need to replace “yourself” with the word “myself”) ahead of someone else and your (my) ideas as more important than your (my) teammate. We are Friends,
Continue reading “the focus of your purpose”
Some Pictures from the yard mostly taken this spring. Winter dragged on some and the weather has been cooler, rainier, and overcast. But never-the-less: Spring has come to the western edge of the Adirondacks! The bird is a female Eastern Phoebe. She and her mate used a lot of moss to bring last year’s nest– situated on top of an outdoor light underneath the soffit, a very, very safe place away from cats, rain, hail, or wind — back to life. It will not be long until the eggs will hatch.
It is like our God to bring life where, for a while, there was none.
The first Eastern Phoebe picture, in the top row, shows the Mother-to-be incubating the eggs. And she is in the larger photo, on the left, at the bottom. To her right, the Male is at the nest. This was witnessed only two times and both were to feed the fledglings by stuffing a bug into a mouth — one bug, one chick, one feeding. Then go find another bug.
Note the differences between the adults. The male’s chest and belly are more rounded than the female. This was more distinct after all the eggs were laid. Also, the markings on her underside are more subtle and fewer in number.
Everyone “flew the coop” either late on Sunday evening (Father’s Day) or before 7:30 Monday morning — it is hard to say just when. After a thunderstorm Sunday evening, as the sun was beyond the horizon (in was fairly dark out and it is shaded where the nest is), I could not tell if anyone was in the nest. We have not seen or heard their calls since.
And, presently, Summer is here!
If a Compass could talk, I once had this conversation with my Compass.
When I was a stopped at a stoplight one afternoon I pulled out my cheap Compass from the storage compartment between the front seats. Looking down at the needle, it said I was headed North when in fact I knew that I was, no doubt about it, headed directly south. So I gently jiggled it, the needle switched positions then again reported that I was, in fact, headed North.
So I said, “Hey, what’s going on here I don’t think you’re pointed North.”
The retort, “I’m a magnetic Compass that points you to North. You have to figure Continue reading “Think twice before using your Compass inside a running Electric Car”
“Dynamic” is one response.
This may seem an elementary question, but the views people carry about the cares in their life, in no particular order — faith, family, jobs, friends, hobbies — matter. We invest in the things we care about with our time, efforts, and money. We bring energy and ideas to projects.
Obviously, there is more than one answer to this question, “What is a Church . . .?.” Feel free to elaborate if you desire. I thoroughly believe Christians should share their ideas and beliefs with one another. Through my eyes this is what fellowship is mainly about: Spiritual enlightenment. Sharing with the faithful creates an environment for exchanging the concepts of our faith that help us to learn new views about our faith and, in so doing, sharpen our ability to share the faith to those who need to know more of God. What better way to expand your own knowledge of God than to share with those made in God’s own image. In Genesis, God makes humans in, “Our own image,” — which means you and each of those you worship with are somehow an “image of (the plurality of) God.”
“…this is what fellowship is mainly about: Spiritual enlightenment.”
We receive back in measure to how much we give, or in New Testament terms, “Reap what we sow.” And as our knowledge increases about a subject we understand it better and tend to be more supportive towards it. In this instance we are talking about ‘church’ and any of its aspects. If the question seems awkward, rethink it a little. Maybe “At church we…” or “What I like is …” So write us something…