Monday, January 26, 2009

25 Random Things

So I'm altering the rules again to another Facebook game. I got tagged in a 25 Random Things about me blog and have decided to partake in the festivities. I've been tagged before in a Tag Your It game, 10 Things about Me, and 15 Random Things Note but now comes the real challenge. There's not really a way to do this without at least one of these things being TMI so I'll apologize in advance.

I think the rule is I'm supposed to tag other people and yadayadayada but play however you want. Which brings me to number one:

1. I'm a BIG believer in Free Will!
2. I will celebrate my 15th anniversary this year.
3. I have three kids and one dog.
4. At times that's too much and at others its not enough.
5. I'm currently wearing my favorite sweatshirt - the LIghthouse one.
6. I'm very hungry right now but forgoing dinner just to get this done so it doesn't nag me.
7. I let stupid things nag me.
8. I'm feeling the pains of the current recession.
9. But I'm still sooooo much better off than the rest of the world.
10. I know that sounds like bragging but I do believe that I"m blessed and have made some wise financial decisions and am good at economic planning.
11. I have a top five list that includes:
12. Hugh Jackman
14. Matt Damon
15. Shepard Smith
16. Anderson Cooper
17. and Eric Sinclair from the Betsy Vampire books
18. Just like with my reality husband, I sometimes get mad at my top five for being stupid and take them off the list.
19. Matt Damon's been in the dog house many times
20. I have an alternate lifestyle top five list. I would never act on it (not that there's anything wrong with that) but it does excite my husband to hear me talk about it.
21. I'll be ready to buy the blue box again in two weeks. Hopefully it won't be too painful.
22. My kids have been begging me lately to move somewhere where it snows in abundance.
23. There's no way in hell.
24. I've got a birthday coming up and will be celebrating at Carabbas in PTC that night. All are welcome.
25. I've been caught in a pick twice in my own home from a surprise guest at my front door while I was at my desk.

Your Turn!
Until Everyone Hears,

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Growing Up

Today America's new President Barack Obama said this:

"We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

Many of you know that I suffer from a Peter Pan complex. I really just don't want to grow up. I still laugh at bathroom humor. I work best when I have a nap and some outdoor recess. I think that Halloween, Christmas, and Easter are still a good bit all about me.

The truth is that I still feel young. The actual age I feel varies from between nine to 21 years old. Sometimes I actually feel like I'm in my thirties but I never really feel like I'm actually closer to forty.

In a country that honors and values youthfulness, Obama has said a controversial thing here. Basically we aren't as old as other countries but at some point we have to grow up. And growing up means taking action.

Peter Pan said that "Growing up is awfuler than all the awful things that ever were." Of course he was talking about being serious and wearing a tie.

I agree with both of them. Being serious at the wrong time is horrible. And complaining about wanting change and yet taking no action to help get there is just as horrible.

I'm very excited about the possibilities for our country and for myself in 2009. I'll still view life with the eyes of a child but I'll also try to put my dreams into action as we should do as we grow up.

As Paul also says in the same scripture - now we see in a mirror dimly. I think that is the best part of growing up - whether in your faith, career, or life experience. Growing up is about seeing things more clearly.

Until Everyone Hears,

Monday, January 5, 2009

Poor Job

"The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away" Job 1:21b

All of the action takes place in the beginning and end of the story of Job. There's 42 chapters and only about 4 have any kind of action. The rest is all Job and his friends discussing the justice and/or mercy of God.

This was the topic of my first essay in seminary's Old Testament class. I remember saying something along the lines of "by God's grace there is justice." and I'll never forget what the professor wrote. "Grace is NOT just."

I think it took me six years for that to sink in and another three for me to formulate my response to it. It's true that if grace is an undeserved gift of God then it cannot be just. Justice must be earned whether positive or negative. Therefore grace is not a part of it.

At least not for the individual who has justice rendered upon them. I believe that sometimes when justice happens grace CAN happen as well. Haven't you ever seen someone get what they deserve and felt good about it? As I see it this is the one exception to the grace is not just. Sometimes we feel God's grace by seeing a wrong in the world righted or by seeing justice leave its mark. Conversely we can feel God's grace when someone we love gets a well deserved blessing in their life. We may not have earned it but they did and we're happy for them.

Reading Job this week brought up that first essay in OT. Now I feel like justice has been served. I've said my peace here in this blog after years of wrestling with this issue. And by God's grace I'm able to blog my answer.

Until Everyone Hears,

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