Getting somewhere requires effort,
faith to push on,
it's easy to screw up,
Friday, November 25, 2011
Tattoos, they have become a modern status symbol havenít they?
Fri, November 25, 2011 | link
I got this Jesus tattoo on
my wrist when I was 18 because I know that it's always going to be a part of me. When I'm playing, it's staring right back
at me, saying, 'Remember where you came from.'
Tatoos or body
marking is not a new endeavour! We know it is not a new custom as Otzi the man they pulled out of
the glacier, frozen solid for about six to seven thousand years had many tattoos on his back and legs.
It is thought that people
have been marking themselves in Japan for over ten thousand years. Sometimes people use pigments, sometimes they
just use scarring in particular patterns.
During the war in the Nazi concentration camps people were tagged by tattooing. Today
tattooing is a fad amongst the rich and famous and this is accelerating the usage in the “commoner”
is the bibles approach to tattooing?
There is one reference that says;
"Do not make cuts on your bodies when someone dies. Do not put marks on your skin. I
am the Lord.” Lev 19:28 NIRV
This seems very conclusive doesn’t it? Something we should all agree to right?
Well, not so fast, it needs to be viewed in
context doesn't it? (Is it talking only after a person dies or not?)
It is part of general rules given
by God where he says “Be holy, because I am holy.” (Holy means being dedicated
or consecrated to God or a religious purpose)
The text around it also says…
'Do not cut the hair on the sides of your head. Do not clip off the edges of your beard.
Do we follow this also?
or. . .
'Stand up in order to show
your respect for old people.
I guess we can see these are God’s advice to us rather than the tough "you
must follow" laws.
They are guidelines meant to help us do what is right for ourselves as
well as what to do to respect others.
Tattooing is in the same guideline grouping!
It is a simple warning
that it is not good to mark yourself in a way that you cannot undo as it could disadvantage yourself later.
In our modern community the rich and famous know tattooing will not impact them as they have sufficient influence.
What about us less advantaged people? Will a person with a marking down the center of their face get hired for a customer
service job more easily than someone without?
Whatever our opinions of what SHOULD happen in this instance, we know what WILL happen in this case, right?
That is extreme, but
remember we all get older and what looks good when young slowly gets loose, sloppy and less pleasant as the skin gets older.
So where they go is really important isn't it?
I don’t really think the bible is outlawing tattoos, but perhaps it is making us aware of the
potential dangers of doing things that can later disadvantage us.
This is so true of many things we do isn't it? Not just tattooing! I am talking of
those things that we think are great at the time. Then later, we often find we have not necessarily made the best
decision for ourselves. Those types of things that are so hard to detect at the time they need to be detected!
So, if you are thinking of a tattoo, think carefully, that’s what God wants you to do! I myself
am taking the safe route and not getting it done, tempted though I am! You will have to make up your own mind! Have a great day!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The pain of inconsequential work, and why we should do it!
Thu, November 24, 2011 | link
"If A equals
success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut."
is a descriptive word that says something is "not important and not significant". "Work"
is that four letter word that means doing some mental or physical task to achieve a specific goal.
putting the two words together as “inconsequential work” is somewhat contradictory and confusing. Either
there is a purpose or there isn’t, right?
Unfortunately often we don’t feel that work we need to do has a “true” goal.
Ever been told to do something that you consider a total waste of time? We all have had that happen to us haven't we? There
is work that uses our time more effectively and work that seem to waste our time.
However, it’s in the way that we measure effectiveness
that we pivot from useful to wasteful on work activities.
Let's look at an example;
Say that today we are asked to spend an afternoon
where we could be helping a senior to do some shopping, to instead sit at a bedside and simply hold
a person’s hand.
We could perhaps consider that it was more worthwhile to be out helping the senior
getting supplies. The goal here being effective use of our time doing something of medium term value for that person.
However, if I now say
that the person who’s hand we are holding is our own dying mothers hand. That she has only hours to live! Then
our evaluation flips around to considering it to be a more effective use of our time to hold her hand, right?
Our definition of the effective use of our time changes then, doesn’t it?
This shows that
we need to be very careful of judging others on how they consider there time usage to be effective or not.
Sometimes we as observers simply cannot tell!
A person walking into the room seeing the
person sitting holding someone’s hand and doing nothing else cannot deduce the relationship or why the person
is “wasting” their time "doing nothing" can they?
Ultimately, there are only two people who truly know how
we are to use our time effectively, and one person is way more accurate in knowing
this than the other.
ourselves are one of those two people!
We generally know if we are
truly using our time effectively or not, whether we are doing the right activity or not. Yet even
we can be misled by life and inadvertently misuse our time.
is the other person who knows and he know exactly how our time should be used.
So, to enable our lives to be as effective as possible,
generally means opening ourselves to God, “wasting” some time to understand his will for our lives and then doing
what he leads us to do.
“I don’t hear audible voices telling me what to do!” is a common retort I hear that needs some
Actually, God has already placed his message in a super book that contains the kernels
of truth that allow us to see life through the right perspectives. The Bible has these guidelines and reading it to glean
it’s global truths (which means reading quite a bit of it), will enable us to decide on how to determine how to
use our time.
SO, what does this mean to me today?
It means I must follow God’s truths, try to use God’s guidelines
to be effective in my life and in so doing follow his greatest commandments of loving God, and loving others as myself.
That’s the golden
measure of effectiveness we can all use with certainty. That way no work is inconsequential because by doing it we are showing
love to someone right?
Let’s go do it today!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Polygamy rules could change in Canada today, but should they?
Wed, November 23, 2011 | link
Polygamy: An endeavour
to get more out of life than there is in it. In Canada news is peppered with comments around the court case that is evaluating if a man can be
married to more than one wife. This is as a result of the charging of men from a small settlement located
in the Creston Valley of south eastern British Columbia, Canada called bountiful with polygamy.
This resulted in the court being asked whether Canada's
laws against polygamy are constitutionally valid. Today we find out the answer!
But from a biblical basis, what
We know that in the Old Testament men had multiple wives. Biblical
greats such as Jacob, David, Solomon and many others had more than one wife. There was even special laws for the multiple
wife situation. E.g. the law protecting children from unloved wives, and wives from not being loved.
Deut 21:15 (NIRV) If a man has two wives,
and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love, when
he wills his property to his sons, he must not give the rights of the firstborn to the son of the wife he loves in preference
to his actual firstborn, the son of the wife he does not love. He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn
by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn
belongs to him.
the bible in the Old Testament supports multiple wives.
It is also to be noted the wives were more like
commodities than people in their rights. They were directed and ordered around at their husbands whim. Not something modern
western society is willing to tolerate now(hopefully).
However, in the beginning, it was a one to one relationship.
See Genesis 2:23
The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
That is why a man leaves his father and
mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Jesus reminded us of this again in relation
Matthew 19:4-6 (NIV) “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made
them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united
to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God
has joined together, let no one separate.”
That said, God didn’t want us to have many wives;
He told a king
Deut 17:17 He must not take
many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
Pointing out that wives
lead a man astray, (Hmmmm! Don’t think the modern western woman would like that either, right?)
When we get to later teachings of Jesus
and Paul they seem to assume one wife;
Luke 18:28-30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus
said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the
sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the
wife must respect her husband.
1 Tim 3: 12 says A deacon must be faithful to his wife and
must manage his children and his household well.
3:2 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate,
self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome,
not a lover of money.
Again the implication is one wife!
We must understand not everything recorded in the bible
is approved to be followed as true!
Polygamy originated in the line of Cain, who murdered his brother
and disobeyed God. Then Lamech was the first polygamist (see Gen 4:19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other
Zillah) who was also a murderer.
The Old Testament law made provision for more than one wife, but it appears that the Bible
does not encourage it.
God wants the best for us! The best is for a man to have one wife to love and support and
have his children. More is inviting strife and stress into life. Not what God wants!
I hope that our courts realize that in their judgement today!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Travelling through the well worn puddles of life, going where?
Every been driving out on a wet road under a cloud covered sky, where the gloom is
interspersed by winds that jolt our car, forcing our hands to correct our path as we peer through the rain splattered windshield,
getting momentary glimpses of the road ahead as the wipers push the torrent aside.
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This slows us down! We struggle
to remain on our chosen course, sloshing our way through puddles and mud, but always moving on, correcting, moving on, finding
the way it was for me this last Sunday!
I was on the way to a funeral! Life and lack of it was uppermost in my mind as I drove.
I considered how the widow and her two children would be struggling with life right now, much the same way I was struggling
to drive through these clouds and rain to the memorial service.
Then, as I drove, the sun peaked through those clouds
and a beam of light flooded down onto the road ahead. As I neared it, the rain stilled and even the wind seemed to abate.
The beauty of
that moment was complete! Dark angry clouds all around, darkened surroundings with rain shrouds drifting down, only
served to increase the beauty of the sunlight. That sunbeam intensified the colours and beauty in the area was lit by this
lives can be dark and beaten about by the suffering rains of life, but what we need to understand is that above this
all, the sun continues to shine! Most of the life and energy we all experience and think comes from many sources does in fact
only come from one source, the sun. Whether it is yesteryears sun, locked in carbon fuels, or today’s sun released in
food, solar cells or evaporating water to form the very clouds that provide the rain, it is the same source. One source, one
So with life!
We do not always understand in a rainstorm that the sun is shining and even
less do we understand that without the sun there would be no rain. We don’t stop to realize that rain is necessary for
growth and growth for life, but it is!
In the pain of life, we need to know God is above all and sustains all! No sun for a few
days and the earth would be in serious trouble! No God for a nanosecond, and we would cease to exist!
Why does God
allow the suffering? Maybe we should ask why there is rain on this earth?
Sometimes it is difficult to understand! All
we can do is take the current moment and make the right decisions. We need to keep on the road of life knowing that the rain
will not last forever and that sooner or later we will be blessed to see God’s glory for what it is, not cloaked in
Decisions are the work of life!
To make them according to the signs God
gives us for directing us through our life, is critical to our safety and reaching our destination.
Today, I urge you to decide wisely, spiritually
and in accordance with the guidelines of the God that is over all.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The modern art of lying
how many people lie? Before this weekend a client of mine had (what I considered) a need for help by consultants.
I offered to organize this help but was told it was not necessary.
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Then Sunday I get an email chiding me for the fact that consultants were not responsive
enough on the weekend!
this morning at 8am they escalated this to my superiors in the company where I consult.
Is that fair, honest and true?
But it also
doesn’t surprise me as I find that truth today is interpreted as the truth that best meets the selfish liars needs.
remember that truth is absolute, determined by God and that no matter what man may do and say, God knows the validity of what
we say and do!
I like to remember that God says
But I know that God helps me.
The Lord is the one who keeps me going.
5 My enemies
tell lies about me.
Do to them the evil things they planned against me.
be faithful and destroy them.
People who lie and manipulate others, destruct themselves
in the long term. The beauty of it is that we do not have to get in to assist God in any way. He does it all. By
simply staying calm and outside of the matter, they will hit a wall and go down. We are not to become angry, vindictive or
take the part of responding nastily. We are to pray to the living God and await his will.
I do know that sometimes we do not see the response! Sometimes
we don’t even appear to come out of the circumstances with our integrity intact, but it is not for man to see us, but
why we as Christians can do right is difficult circumstances!
We know God and Holy
Spirit are with us today! Can you say the same?
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