When you see a bulldozer or a jackhammer in action, do you ever think about where their power really comes from? What good would those pieces of equipment be if they didn’t have a power source? Would they be able to do any of the things that they do without power? Does the source of their power get enough credit for what it does, or have we elevated the equipment to a status that it might not deserve?
We often refer to those who are invested in something as having “skin in the game.” This phrase means that these people have put themselves in a risky position, either monetarily or otherwise, and that they now have something to gain/lose. They are not simply spectators, observers, or even “fans;” they have a vested interest, and they will be affected by the outcome, one way or the other.
As you may know, Brooke and I have three daughters, and the oldest two (Ava and Greta) attend the Sonflower Preschool here at the church building. They absolutely love it! They love their teachers, their friends, the playground, and all of the special things that they get to do at the school. One of their favorite things is when we allow them to buy/bring a Lunchable to school for their lunch.
In Genesis 34, we read the account of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob. As far as we know, in a family of twelve sons, Dinah was Jacob’s only daughter. One day, she went out to spend some time with the other women of the land and a man named Shechem, “the prince of the land” took her and seemingly forced himself upon her, sexually. (vs. 2)
Our first impression of Shechem is that he is a man who takes what he wants. He has the power and control to do what he pleases. He doesn’t have to take “no” for an answer. The rules don’t apply to him.
The dictionary defines “resolved” as: “firm in purpose or intent; determined.”
We regularly sing a song during our worship to God in which we say the words, “I am resolved…”
Do we mean it?
We sing the following words:
I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world’s delight
Things that are higher, things that are nobler
These have allured my sight
Do we mean this? Is this really our intention? Are we determined to shake the increasingly hypnotic charms of the world that we live in, or are we just going through some religious motions? Is it truly our intent to focus our mind on higher, nobler things that have caught our attention, or do we reserve those things for Sundays only?
As a youngster, I enjoyed watching reruns of a TV show called “The Beverly Hillbillies.” My favorite character was Jethro Bodine, who was constantly exhibiting a less-than-brilliant approach towards life.
He was notorious for misunderstanding things and for getting himself into trouble due to his lower-than-normal IQ.
Concerning Jethro, Jed Clampett (Jethro’s uncle) said, “If brains was lard, Jethro couldn’t grease a pan.”
In short, if Jethro Bodine was giving out advice, you might want to think twice before you take it.
Early last week, news surfaced of the discovery of sunken treasure off the coast of the South American country of Columbia. It is believed that the wreckage is that of the Spanish galleon ship, the San Jose, which was carrying 600 passengers and eleven million dollars in gold that disappeared in 1708. For over 300 years the search has been on to find the treasure that many believe now to be worth between four and seventeen billion dollars in gold coins and jewelry. If true, this would be one of the greatest recoveries of sunken treasures in all of history. Ownership of the contents of the find is being highly contested by the Columbian government, the salvage company, the Spanish, and several other “interested” parties.
I don’t know about you, but the holiday season is one of the toughest times for me to eat healthy. As a Type-2 diabetic, there are certain foods that seem to magically appear during this time of year that are simply impossible to resist. Whether it might be stuffing, cakes, pies, homemade cookies, egg nog, or mashed potatoes (which are available all year, but are much easier to resist in July), there are certain “comfort foods” that I have trouble saying “no” to.
- 1.The forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.
- 2.The act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
- 3.A place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy
- 4.A retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation
We will be taking our teens, along with a great group of adult chaperones, to Palmetto Bible Camp next weekend (October 23-25) for our annual Fall Retreat.
Over the last few weeks it has been my pleasure to spend more time with some of my grandchildren. They love their granddaddy! And, you better bet he loves those two little boys very much, too. Within reason, there is not a thing in the world I would want to deny them, especially if it is sweet and yummie. One of the things I have been reminded of late has been how much children rely on adults. Those little guys are as sweet as they can be, but they can do very little for themselves. They are learning to pick up their toys, and to be nice to each other, but they depend so much on their mom and dad for so much.