Proud Ultd.

Comic Sans MS – (I still can’t think of anything to write,  but I found an article about pride. I haven’t been up to much. My sister, on the other hand, called to let us know that she’d gotten married. I’m happy that she’s happy. I’m expecting a few packages, which is great respite from the usual mail of bank statements and volunteer notices. I don’t even rate credit card offers as mail.)


Pride is a form of self-worship and is most often manifested in the most subtle ways. Pride is blinding. For this reason is often difficult to see it in ourselves, and yet easy to see it in others. For example, here are a few of the many manifestations of pride listed in this booklet:


Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities – Some proud people may not seem proud at all, because they are down on themselves. This is still pride because one is focused on self and wants self to be elevated.


Talking too much – proud people who talk too much often do it because they thing what they have to say is more important than what anyone else has to say.


Seeking independence or control – Some proud people find it extremely difficult to work under someone else or to submit to authority.


Being consumed with what others think – Some proud people are too concerned about the opinion of others.


A lack of service – Proud people may not serve because they are not thinking of others or want to be coaxed and given recognition.


Being sarcastic, hurtful, or degrading – proud people can be unkind to people.


Being impatient or irritable with others – Proud people may be angry with others because they are concerned that their own plan is being ruined.


Using attention-getting tactics – A proud person may try to draw attention to themselves through dress, bizarre behavior, rebellion, etc…


Not having close relationships – Proud people often have no use for close relationships, thinking that the trouble outweighs the benefits. They may see themselves as so self-sufficient that they do not need other people.


This partial list of the manifestations of pride is barely the tip of the iceberg. There are probably as many different ones as there are people. Of course, this begs the question: What are the manifestations of humility?


(The booklet that is refered to is called “From Pride to Humility” and it’s an excerpt from the exemplary christian husband series by Stuart Scott. I couldn’t find the manifestations of humility, though I would think they are the opposite of pride.)

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holding on?

Arial – (way back, “big rocks” was about time management, so here’s one about stress management.)


A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”  Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.


      If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.
      If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.
      If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.

In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

He continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.”

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.”

So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don’t pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:



  1. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.


  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.


  3. Always read stuff that’ll make you look good if you die in the middle of it.


  4. Drive carefully.  It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.


  5. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.


  6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.


  7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.


  8. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.


  9. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.


  10. Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.


  11. The second mouse gets the cheese.


  12. When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.


  13. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.


  14. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.


  15. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.


  16. We could learn a lot from crayons… Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.


  17. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

1000 Marbles

Verdana – The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement shack with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time.

I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whomever he was talking with something about “a thousand marbles.” I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.

“Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital.”

He continued, “Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.” And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles.”

“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.”

“Now stick with me Tom, I’m getting to the important part.”

“It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail,” he went on, “and by that time, I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about 1,000 of them left to enjoy. Only 1,000. And that was if I was lucky. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had.”

“I ended up having to visit three toy stores to roundup 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.”

“I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.”

“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.”

“It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. 75 year Old Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!”

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. “C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.”

“What brought this on?” she asked with a smile. “Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids.”

“Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.”

word play

Tunga –


1. Sample:


 (n.) Example; pattern.   
 (v. t.) To make or show something similar to; to match.  
 
 
2. Example:


 (n.) One or a portion taken to show the character or quality of the whole; a sample; a specimen. 
 (n.) That which is to be followed or imitated as a model; a pattern or copy. 
 (n.) That which resembles or corresponds with something else; a precedent; a model. 
 (v. t.) To set an example for; to give a precedent for; to exemplify; to give an instance of; to instance. 


3. Ensample:


 (n.) An example; a pattern or model for imitation. 
 (v. t.) To exemplify, to show by example.


We are followers of Christ. We can be an instance (example) of Christ. We can be similar to (sample) Christ. We can be a model (ensample) of Christ. It’s difficult to believe that there are people who still don’t know of Jesus’ love,  but we may be the only the person in their live to reflect that love. Will we be a sample, ensample, or example?

Twilight

Trebuchet MS – Like the sky before the dawn
While the night is holding on
Sun and moon together in the gray
So my soul is shared by two
The worst of me, the best of You
Saint and sinner mingle in my veins
And I pray You’ll end this twilight


(chorus)
Twilight, twilight
I’m torn inside my soul tonight
The dawning Day, the dying night
Oh rid my soul of twilight
Oh rid my soul of twilight


Good I love but evil’s done
Good intentions come undone
Good to know I know the One
Who saves me from myself and


(chorus)


Oh Lord, paint my heart a solid hue
The shade of You
Oh Lord, break this dreadful in between
inside of me
Oh let it be morning


(chorus)


I know the sun is coming up
Oh, the sun is coming up
Yes, the sun is coming up
In me, in me


As far as me and my music are concerned, I like Christian music just fine, but that’s as far as it goes. This song, however, is a favorite of mine. I guess it brings me to Paul’s “I do what I do not want” conflict.


I also remember a skit, a boy had to choose between doing his homework or to play a new video game. Every time his reach shifted to homework, the spirit had the upper hand, but when his reach went to the video game controller, the flesh hit him hard. So while the boy was wrestling with either choice, the spirit and the flesh were literally wrestling. There were even two announcers who kept us informed on the play-by-play.


I image we wrestle in the same way. Some days it seems that my flesh is on a winning streak, then the spirit whomps my flesh from time to time. Jacob literally wrestled with God, that’s how he was given the name Israel. For the next few hundred years, the nation of Israel wrestled with God.


We have to wrestle between what we want and what God wants. Which one prevails ulitamately is God, but we don’t always make it easy for Him. I admire Jacob for wrestling until he recieved a blessing. I’m rooting for the winning team and hoping for a blessing of my own.

The Rise and Fall of the Rich and Famous

Times New Roman – America isn’t the first democracy, though our country does have a few unique governmental components. A few days ago, I learned the eight steps that turn a democracy into a dictatorship.


1 bondage to spiritual faith
2 spiritual faith to great courage
3 great courage to liberty
4 liberty to abundance
5 abundance to complacency
6 complacency to apathy
7 apathy to dependance
8 dependance to bondage


Any guesses where we are at? one estimation is somewhere between steps six and seven. Our downfall began at abundance. We are almost at the point where our finances fail. How can that be? Weren’t our markets closing above 13,000 just a few weeks ago? Hasn’t the real estate market improved?


It used to be that people would save their money to buy a thing that they wanted. Today, they can buy the thing with almost no money and pay for it later. This practice has even been adopted by the government. If anybody were to call in our debts it would  be a severe blow to both the government and the taxpayers.


Just where does the finances fail? When we can vote ourselves any fiscal bonus we so desire because its what the people want. So here we are, a nation in debt relying on people in debt despite the fact that other nations are in debt to us. If push came to shove and we had to demand the money from the other nations that owe us, not only would we be plunged into finanical chaos, so would they.


The best way to take out a nation is to bankrupt it. Nation after nation, as early as the Ancient Egyptians to even the U.S.S.R., they went bankrupt. Now, it’s been estimated that most democracies don’t live for more than two-hundred years or so.


The Bible says that the borrower is a servant to the lender, so I must ask, who owns us?

Acts

Tahoma – Acts 13:38, “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”


What is Sin?


The Simple answer is any offense against God. It can also be a lack of obedience to God. There are two types of sins. Sinning by what you don’t do, and sinning by what you do. The Bible does have a few definitions of sin that we don’t often come across.


Here is another definition of sin I found at the beginning of an article: “Sin n. (obs.): Something young people do not know or care about. This definition has somewhat shocked the Church of England, which has investigated the beliefs of “generation Y” (15-to-25-year-olds) and is staggered to discover that they, like, you know, don’t have any real sense of sin.”


As a member of generation Y, there are some days that go by when I don’t recognize any sin against God. Then I realize there is a bit of pride in that thought and repent of it. Paul made it a point to say that he wouldn’t have known what was sin if it wasn’t for the law. To us, the law is optional if we are certain we can get away with anything we are planning. If we couldn’t tell we had sinned, we wouldn’t feel any need to remedy the situation and we continue living in sin.


Six scriptural definitions of sin:


1. Proverbs 24:9, “The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.” Ephesians 5:4-6 says that any who don’t keep a tight reign on their tongue will suffer God’s wrath.


2. 1 John 5:17, “All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.”


3. Romans 14:23, “But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”


4. James 2:9, “But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”


5. James 4:17, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”


6. 1 John 3:4, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”


The good news is that we can be forgiven of these things. The big church word for the process is justification, which simply means the pardoning of all believers in Christ Jesus, accepting them as righteous to satisfy the Law. The Bible Dictionary has this to say on the subject: “Forgiveness of sin is one of the constituent parts of justification. In pardoning sin, God absolves the sinner from the condemnation of the law, and that on account of the work of Christ, i.e., he removes the guilt of sin, or the sinner’s actual liability to eternal wrath on account of it.


All sins are forgiven freely (Acts 5:31; 13:38; 1 John 1:6-9). The sinner is by this act of grace for ever freed from the guilt and penalty of his sins. This is the peculiar prerogative of God (Ps. 130:4; Mark 2:5). It is offered to all in the gospel.”