Tuesday, April 24, 2007

don't I need to hear this:

"He who lives without prayer, he who lives with little prayer, he who seldom reads the Word, and he who seldom looks up to heaven for a fresh influence from on high -he will be the man whose heart will become dry and barren."
-Charles Spurgeon

Friday, March 09, 2007

it's about time...

for some peace of eyes. I mean it, my eyes are tired. And I'm not talking about tired from staring at a computer screen all day or being awake far longer than human should (and I am guilty of both - though only by choice with the latter).

I'm talking about a little peace and serenity from the incessant visual cacophony of advertisements that innudate my life everywhere I turn.

For instance, one reason I have really come to dislike MySpace is the ridiculous amont of visual ads plastered all over the place. And most of them are really crappy ads too! I mean who designs this crap! They must be paying some Indian guy in Bangladesh like $0.50 and hour to do this stuff cause it plain sucks! Nobody would pay real design money (from $75 to $200 per hour) for this kind of stuff. But it does get your attention. But only because everything's so bad. Facebook is slightly better, sticking to about 1 ad per page and most of these are a bit more pleasing to the eyes than the MySpace ads. This is one of the big reasons I've pretty much neglected, and almost completely separated myself from, MySpace.

I am amazed at the quantity of advertising in our world today. I went to a Phoenix Coyotes game (they are a professional hockey team for all you non-sports and non-hockey people - because there are plenty of people who love all kinds of sports and yet have no clue when it comes to hockey. Believe me, I used to be one of them. But things have changed - thanks Dave). While I was there I became aware for a while of all the advertising in the arena (this is thanks to the Coyotes who suck this year and were down 4-0 leaving me nothing better to do). There were probably at least 30 to 40 different company names either printed, painted, hung, flashed, scrolled or otherwise visually thrown around the arena. Everything from company names painted on the hockey rink's boards to actual TV ad's shown on the jumbo-tron. I was just about sick at this point and reverted my eyes and attention back to the crazy men who have decided to make a living by running around a big frozen indoor pond, with sharp blades strapped to their feet, hack at a little piece of hard rubber with big wooden sticks, and mostly just try to ram each other into the plexiglass boards. On occasion they get fulfill their salaries by dropping their gloves and duking it out like Tyson or Ali (but with less ear-biting and just about no bee-dancing).

Back to the real rant...
And these two examples (MySpace and the hockey game) were only about a quarter of my time awake today. The other 75% wasn't much better, if at all.

And I wonder why at the end of every day I keep saying to myself, "man, my eyes are tired."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

what a world we live in

I've been reading "Searching for God knows What" by Donald Miller, who has imparted some wonderful insights into today's Christian-American culture. Here's one of his thoughts on the church-culture's idea of Jesus that struck me as especially incisive:

"To a culture that believes they 'go to heaven' based on whether or not they are morally pure, or that they understand some theological ideas, or that they are very spiritual, Jesus is completely unnecessary. At best, He is an afterthought, a technicality by which we become morally pure, or a subject of which we know, or a founding father or our woo-woo spirituality."

Instead our minds and hearts should see Jesus as God-incarnate, the lover and savior of our souls who has personally called us into a living relationship with Him! How awesome! (And I mean this in the full essence of this horribly mis-used and over-stated word of which I am far too guilty of abusing.)

As I read Miller's words I was reminded of how God has had relationships with the beings He has created over the millenia (these are just a sampling of known examples). He breathed life into Man and walked with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden; He spoke to Cain; He appeared to Abraham in the form of a man; He wrestled Jacob; He spoke to Moses from a burning bush and revealed His glory to Moses on a mountain top; He spoke and revealed Himself to many of Israel's prophets.

And then He, Jesus - God Himself, came and dwelt amongst us and in the ultimate act of sacrifice and love. He allowed Himself to be crucified, like a criminal, by His own created beings; put to death and then crushed by God in place of all of us! And not only that, but He sent His own spirit, the essence of His very self, to dwell within those He calls to be His disciples!

How great, how awesome, how wonderful and amazing is our God! By God's own grace and mercy may I never lose sight of the truth that God is not ultimately interested in practices and services but in establishing and growing a true and right relationship with me that I might reflect his perfect and awesome glory! What a world we live in!