I am not a news junky. I usually get the headlines on Good Morning America, but I don't spend a lot of additional time reading or studying the details. I am no expert. But when I see all of the conflicting positions on issues, it does make me ask myself, "what do I think?". Take the border war with Mexico for instance. Some say "all we need to do is build a wall". Others say "families are being busted apart, and we need to take care of them better". I think I see a tremendously complex problem that no silver bullet will correct. I think people deserve a safe place to live. I think we need to know about people that are coming into our country. I think people attempting to enter the country should be treated humanely. I think the people who live in our country need to share the tax burden. I think people who break the law should be prosecuted. I think bad laws should be changed. I care about the solution, but I am not qualified to dictate the solution. It would seem to me that the ones who are charged with determining the solution would make progress more quickly if they could just agree that any solution will be tremendously complex and that our best chance at that solution would be to listen and attempt to understand others, as opposed to tearing them down.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
I am a routine person. If I can get something good in my daily routine, I am pretty good about keeping it there. Regrettably, the same thing holds true for bad things in my routine. It's hard to get rid of them. There is nothing routine about having 5 kids for 3 days at our annual Pirate Camp at Lake Hartwell. This is our fourth year, and the number of kids grows as the grandkids age in (4 years old). For these three days, I am almost completely out of my routine, which is hard for me in a way. But yesterday, while on the pirate ship, on our way to locate the hidden treasure that Captain Hook stole, Levi looked at me and said, "today is the best day of my life". Routine smashed.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
I have known about Francis Chan for some time. Francis is an author and speaker who loves to write and talk about Jesus. I find myself searching for people like him who know more about Jesus than me, so I can learn from them. Nothing wrong with that - but it is Francis himself who implores us in this short video not to search for someone who can help, but spend more time seeking Him. I want to do that more.Francis Chan Meets Some Jehovah's Witnesses
Monday, June 3, 2019
I was looking for some inspiration for today's post and came across this recent video of a song that has been around for a while. The first time I heard it, I was attending Veritas Church. My good friend, David Slagle, faithfully started that church over a decade ago and still serves there today. I met David at the church he served at prior to starting Veritas and went with him to start Veritas. I believed in his calling, and David believed in me as a child of God. I love how David loves me, and I love how He loves.