20th June 2008
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Is life like space flight? "long periods of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror" (UCL space physiologist Kevin Fong, speaking on Ridley Scott's Alien).
In contrast, Jesus said "My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life".
Does satisfying mean exciting? Sometimes, but we live in a real world, where reality bites.
Instead "God causes everything to work together; for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them".
For me, if life seems boring, its actually an opportunity to catch my breath. Not only does he walk with us "through the darkest valley" he also "lets me rest green meadows" and "leads me beside peaceful streams".
What should I do in any circumstance? Pray. Why?
Because first of all God is already in the future. "every day was written before one of them came to be".
Second because he actually cares what happens to me. "give all your worries to God, because he cares".
Third, because it works. "The prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces results".
Lastly because he tells me to.
Be joyful always;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
This my blog, and I'm sticking to it. If you want to be wrong, get your own.
9th May 2008
|Jumping to conclusions
"Its life Jim, but not as we know it" said Dr McCoy to Captain James T Kirk about 30 years ago by our time frame.
Sometimes I feel like that. You think you know what's going on and then the unexpected hits you from nowhere.
My life is not now what it used to be. It will be unlike it is. I like that sentance so much I'm going to write it again.
It will be unlike it is.
Somebody said the only constant in life is change. That can be very destabilising if you like consistency.
If you initiate change, then you are able to make the adjustment more easily.
If you are the recipient of change, and you are like most humans, then your system will go into shock as you go through the adjustment phase. How long you spend in the adjustment phase, until your life re-establishes equilibrium, depends upon the degree of change (how big an impact it makes) and your coping mechanisms (how you handle it).
It cannot be helped what actual change arrives to affect us. What can be helped is our reaction.
Shock, sadness, anger, disgust, fear, anxiety, confusion. These are all valid emotions and must be allowed.
The biggest problem, the greatest temptation, is to over-react. The great advantage for the Christian is the understanding that nothing happens by chance and God hasn't lost his grip on reality.
Despite how you feel the best advice I give myself is the same policy to use with wild animals.
"Don't make any sudden moves"
2nd May 2008
|It's our anniversary
21 years ago, at about this time, we both said we doos, or we did, or we done, I'm not sure what the past-tense of "I do" in the plural becomes. Who cares anyway?
The important thing is that I've had 21 years of wonderful marriage to the best lady on the planet. I wouldn't recommend being engaged in year 12 and married at 18 to many people, but we knew it was just perfect for us, and I would not change a thing.
In these 21 years we've not only produced three most excellent offspring, but assisted at least a dozen other marriages get off to a good start. Working with people is the most challenging, frustrating, and tiring thing you can do, but its also the most rewarding.
29th April 2008
Well you have to start somewhere. So this is it. I've spent 10 years in the computer industry and then spent 10 years out of it in church pastoral work, but in all that time we never had a website.
Not that one needs a website to justify ones existence. But I think it makes a statement. That statement may be "Look at moi, look at moi", or it may be just "here we are". Certainly it is a place to share thoughts, in a monologging sort of way.
So I get to talk and you get to listen.
|Updated 20th June 2008