Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Say What?

I recently was shown a book that one of our "THIRD GRADERS" from church brought home from school that had language and subject matter that would require a movie to be rated at least PG-13.
I was truly surprised even though I don't know why anything surprises me any more. I will not even give you the first letters of the words used because I really don't need to. In fact you already know the words I am referring to.

Now remember, I said a third grader...not high school or middle school but ELEMENTARY school.

Then yesterday, I sat out at the ball field for five hours watching J.V. and Varsity baseball. I didn't hear one teenager or adult use any offensive language what soever, for which I am very grateful. HOWEVER, they play music between innings and between games on loudspeakers, one of which was right in front of where I was sitting (did I mention LOUD music). I do not know who chooses the music that is played but the only bad language I heard was from those songs. Most of the words used were words that we may not consider terribly offensive, though still unnecessary, there were a couple that made me cringe.

Of course if I say anything in public, I am simply the old, cranky, old fashion, fundamental, intolerant, extremist that wants to complain about everything.

Funny thing, I would have never dreamed as I was growing older that any of those words above would ever be used to describe me. Isn't life funny?

Well, garbage in garbage out... freely feeding that language to our kids even in a school atmosphere and school property... should we wonder what the verbal out come will be for many of them.

Okay, I'm going to take a swig of geritol and prune juice now and go lay down for a spell...before I HAVE one. (A spell that is)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Reasons to Pray (not what you are expecting)

Here is a partial list of some things that help increase my prayer life...

A group of three or more people walking abreast down a hall way... especially when I'm in a hurry.
Some one relentlessly clicking an ink pen.
An unhappy child who doesn't even want to be at that expensive restuarant.
That precious older person driving 6 miles under the speed limit where there is no passing opportunity.
That precious teenager who has never been taught how far to stay behind a car at night and who also doesn't know how to turn the high beam off.
That precious clerk at the fast food place (mind your own business Jamie) that forgot my fries or gave me a hot dog with relish when I clearly said chilli.
People who make me wait.
That precious person who is about to suck the enamel off their teeth after a meal.
When the receipt paper runs out with the customer just before me.
When cashiers enjoy a reunion and don't seem to notice me standing there ready to check out.

God is so good to supply me with so many things to improve my prayer life.
I hear a pen clicking, I need to go pray now.

Monday, March 9, 2009

One Giant leap

Remember July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong stepped off the Apollo 11 ladder onto the surface of the moon and said "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"?

Well, let me use part of his quote ... "a giant leap BACKWARDS for mankind."

George Bush by way of veto in 2007 restricted federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to existing cells only and only private funding would be acceptable for new embryonic stem cell research. (I am reasonably sure of my statement) I don't think there were any restrictions on adult stem cells.
Today, March 9, 2009, President Obama is reversing that decision. So now, our tax dollars (I didn't think there were many of those left) will be used to finance embryonic retrieval and storage and research from aborted babies. This action further "legitimizes" abortion...after all if we use those embryos then the abortion wont be a total waste right? Sorry to sound so synical but these days seem to draw that out in me.

Of course this should not surprise anyone seeing how one of his first official acts as president was to increase federal funding for abortions.

This is not the kind of "change" I would have liked.

But here's the good news...ready... the dog is being trained and will soon be delivered to the white house. So all is well.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Daylight Savings Time

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead an hour before going to bed Saturday night, march 8th...or you can set the alarm for 2:00a.m. if you wish and do it then, but either way don't be late for church Sunday!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday chatter

I just finished writing a highly sarcastic blog dealing with our current national condition and our future hope or lack there of.
But after reading it, I simply hit delete on the whole page.

I choose to serve the Lord to the very best of my ability or at least attempting to give my best.

I choose to love Jesus and brag on Him any chance I get. I choose to let him stick out of me as much as possible.

I choose to be contagious and at times border line obnoxious...only in extreme circumstances.

I choose to trust Him...lean on Him and hold on tight. And if my grip fails, I choose to believe His will not!

I choose to pray for my country and my president and my church and my family and really, I just stopped here this moment and prayed for anybody who reads this. So if you are reading this, I have already prayed for you and will do so again.

I choose to sing...can you hear me? And laugh! And shout (I did and I think I scared a child walking past my office)

I choose to say to you... God is alive and relevant and available and loving and joyful and amazing.

I choose to invite you to Chose Him!!