Archive for February, 2012

Tell Her That She’s Beautiful

There is a disturbing trend that is invading the internet that stems from insecurities, lack of support, and our societies view of women.  Videos of young girls posted online asking the world a question that eats away at them, day after day.  “Am I beautiful?” 

Almost two years ago, I startled a young lady when I greeted her with “Hey beautiful.”  It was something simple, but it made such an impact. 

I have a theory that if we, as Christian men, constantly reminded our sisters that they are beautiful, through both words and actions, they would not be asking themselves if they were beautiful.  They would already know. 

But yet, here we are watching these girls, young women ask the world the question that burns at their soul.  It’s sad to see them questioning the beauty that God gifted them with, but it’s worse to see the responses that they have gotten.  Some of these comments I wouldn’t even say to an enemy, let alone to someone I have never met. 

These girls are looking for someone to tell them that they are beautiful and who will step up to tell them that they are?  Who will enter their lives and tell them that they are beautiful no matter what?

Just some thoughts…

God Bless and PEACE

Battle of Egos

There’s a new transcript that has hit the internet.  Posted on Facebook as a “Canadians v. Americans” jab, I found it rather hilarious when I first read it.  I read it as more of an example of how pride can get in the way of common sense and how the ego can blind us from the bigger picture.  It reads as follows:

This is the actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995.  Radio conversation released by the chief of naval operations, 10-10- 95.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision. 

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid collision.

C:  Negative.  You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision. 

A:  This is the captain of a US Navy ship.  I say again, divert your course. 

C:  No, I say again, divert your course. 

A:  This is the Aircraft Carrier US Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet.  We are accompanied by three Destroyers, three Cruisers, and numerous support vessels.  I demand that you divert your course 15 degrees north.  I say again, that’s one-five degrees north, or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship. 

C:  This is a lighthouse.  Your call. 

Looking back, we can see the humor in this conversation.  When two immovable objects collide, which one gives? 

Fortunately, in this situation, there was no collision.  The immovable ego of the United States and an unmovable object in their way.  How many times do we find ourselves in this same situation. 

We tell ourselves that we are the greatest.  We know all there is to know about a given situation, be it wildland firefighting, painting, photography, or whatever your passion is.  We tell ourselves that we are the greatest at whatever we do. 

We go throughout the world thinking we are better because of where we come from.  We draw strength from the nations that we come from, the friends that surround us, our past experiences and we hold our heads high.  We are an arrogant species. 

But there will always be unmoving things that stand in our way.  There will always be someone better.  There will always be hardships, trials, struggles.  And there sits God, smiling (and sometimes laughing).

We don’t always win.  But that doesn’t mean that we will always lose.  There will be times when we have to stand aside, alter course, slow down so that we don’t smash ourselves into an alteration in God’s plan for us.  It may bruise our egos, but it’s better that hitting that unmoving force.  Trust me, you’ll move (or you’ll bounce off). 

Just some thoughts (and humor)…

God Bless and PEACE

Ash and Dust

Today is Ash Wednesday.  The beginning of Lent and the coming of the death of Christ on the cross.  It is a time of sacrifice where many of us will give up certain items that take us away from God.  Some will abandon Facebook, others will write and post a blog every day, and yet others will give up certain foods from sweets and chocolates to various forms of sugar and other tasty treats. 

It is a somber time when people prepare themselves for the annual remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice.  Yet, so many times we forget the simple fact that God is not dead.  Yes, Jesus died on the cross, but He rose again, conquering death. 

There is a Catholic tradition of receiving ashes at the beginning of Lent in remembrance of how His death should have been our own.  We have died in Christ through our baptism in Him, the ashes are a reminder of that death. 

Although we died with Jesus through our baptism, we have also risen with Him from that death.  And although we are remembering his death through these ashes and our bodies will eventually return to the dust of this world, it is the conquering of death that will bring us life. 

Just a thought….

God Bless and PEACE

Stewards of the Earth

    God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
    Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.”  And it was so. 
 – Genesis 1:28-30

I’ve been told that God gave man the earth, so man can do whatever he wants with it.  If he wanted to, man could kill off all the birds of the air, the fish in the sea, or every living creature that moves on the ground.  Why?  Because it is his God-given right.  Man is the ruler of this world.  The Bible tells us so!  It tells us to subdue the earth. 

On the other hand, I’ve been told that, as God’s chosen people, we should defend this earth and all the creatures in it from harm.  God gave us the seed-bearing plants and the fruit from the trees to eat, but never told us that it was okay to kill for our food.  Basically, we were made to be vegetarians and environmentalists. 

Christians have made arguments for both sides.  We look around and we see our world being torn apart.  Coal mining is ripping open mountain tops.  Oil is spilling out into the sea.  Cows, pigs and chickens are being raised in pens, only to be slaughtered by the thousands.  Whaling and fishing have driven some species to the brink of extinction.  Forests are being clear-cut in the name of human development. 

[NOTE:  Don’t get me wrong, I love bacon, hamburgers and the like.  I am far from a vegetarian.  Just so you don’t get the wrong idea…]

But when do we say “Enough is enough”? 

God created the world and all the animals and creatures in it.  There is something sacred about the untouched wilderness.  Go out into the forests, into the untamed and you may feel closer to God than you ever did walking through a city.  Walk though the trails and you can hear creation crying out to God, the creator all around you. 

He gave that to us.  The way I see it, it is still sacred and we must learn to care for it. 

There are people out there who believe that human beings are killing the planet.  We are causing the next great extinction.  We have already killed thousands of animals that we may never see again, except in cages and in zoos.  They say we will kill ourselves because we are killing everything else that sustains life on this planet. 

I’d have to agree with some of what they say.  We are the stewards of this world, taking care of it until the time comes when God returns and takes it back. 

I’m not saying that we should all join PETA, Green Peace, the Sea Shepherds and every other environmental group out there, I’m saying that we need to learn how to care for this world before we tear it apart and leave it broken for our children, grand children and all those that are coming after them.  We dont have to be eco-terrorists, vegetarians and crazy people to learn how to live in harmony with all that surrounds us. 

Yes, I know we can’t change everything that we have done in the name of development, but we can teach our children, the youth to value what God has given us to protect, to rule over, to subdue. 

We’ve come a long way since the days of Adam and Eve.  Cities have risen and crumbled.  Nations have come and gone.  The face of the earth has changed.  But we are still God’s stewards ruling over this land until He returns one day. 

God Bless and PEACE