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The Value of Myth

Posted in Family, Philosophy, quote(s), thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

Oh how true this is …

“The Value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity.”

~C.S. Lewis

A lot of times we get so caught up in life that things get so mundane and we forget about the truly wonderful and beautiful. An example would be the first time you met your lover, how enchanting she was … four kids ago. We need to find the time to weigh the value of truth and myth. It doesn’t take long to find the truth wanting. You know its probably really true! Maybe she is really that special!

 

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A God Who Can Kick IT!

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, Philosophy, religion with tags , , , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

Just some thoughts …

I cruise around a lot of Christian sites from time to time and this observation has struck me of late … God in general seems to be pictured as, for lack of a better word at the moment, “nice.” There seems to be a want for a God that provides but not one really who meddles in our lives. A God who protects but never demands, never judges, keeps His distance … This nice God doesn’t seem to say much but greeting card slogans. Sheesh! A God who is basically a wimp!

But the fact of the matter is God is not just nice. God is a consuming fire! Although He cares for the sparrow, the fragile, the hurt, He just isn’t all that pampering. God’s main business isn’t getting us the best parking spaces at the mall or otherwise make us nice and comfy. His main business is making us holy which requires the niceness …. And sternness of our God.

Let me share this verse from Exodus 20:20, “Do not be afraid, God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” Do not be afraid … Only a God we fear, and yet not be afraid of can make our hearts burn with a passion. The God who truly is, who seeks after you and me is far more loving and comforting than the “nice” God depicted seemingly everywhere. He is also more fierce and fearsome than this “scorekeeper” God of those who threaten us with damnation with every misstep and misthought. His anger is not just irritability … Its the distillation of His justice, His hatred of evil.

This is what we want, even demand from a good God. A God who can kick tush and maybe even spank our own when necessary… A nice, kindly old man type of god could never drive us to our knees in desperate prayer. He could never set us up on our feet in fierce determination ready to roll. A nice god could never inspire fervent worship, awe or sacrifice. The nice god is someone easy to dismiss unless we want or need something. How can we possibly explain a God that has His Son die a cruel, bloody death for us with a picture like that? God demands all … In Hebrews it says its a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Yet the thing more dangerous than that is to NOT fall into His hands! God may not be all sweetness and fluff … But He is good!

Just wanted to throw this out there …

endure the darkness

Posted in odds and ends, Philosophy, quote(s) with tags , , , on May 29, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”

Spot the Serial Killer

Posted in humor, quizzes with tags , , on August 23, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Here is an interesting little test …Can you tell the difference between a programmer and a serial killer?

 

http://www.malevole.com/mv/misc/killerquiz/

 

 

 

I got 8 of 10 right … not bad

 

 

Theory of Art?

Posted in Christianity, Philosophy, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Have you ever studied the lives of any of the great artists in history? I don’t mean just the artist that painted or did art, I mean artist in the terms of creative people…writers, singers, and so forth…
I majored in art in college, (not that I ever finished and got a degree or anything but I did take every art class they offered…lol) and in studying the ones admired the most, they all seem to have suffered either from deep depression or went through some terrible times in their lives.
Beethoven wrote the Moonlight Sonata but its one of the most beautiful but also mournful pieces of music ever written. The story behind it was that he was in love with this young lady but her family rejected him and he could not marry her. He was utterly heart broken and it came out in this music. Later on some of his most wonderful music came after he had gone deaf!!! Could you image writing music and not being able to hear it?
I image somewhere he told someone he could hear the music in his head, he didn’t need to hear it with his ears.
Wolfgang Mozart was considered insane I think…or seemed to be, but actually it was due to the terrible treatment he got by others in most of his life. There is a movie that was done on him a number of years ago…you ought to check it out and watch it.
Edgar Allan Poe, was an extremely depressed person, in fact I heard he had bipolar, but not real sure on that. Just reading his stuff, while so well written and required reading in many schools (or used to be), you can image how the depression affected his writings.
Van Gogh…he cut his ear off….I think it was over a woman too….grief and despair can do funny things to ones mind.
Michelangelo was also a nut case…lol….He had a learning disability, depression and a recent news article said he may have had Aspergers … what that is….well we call it being a geek….awkard, no social skills and gets super focused on ONE thing. His one thing was art…
I think all these people obsessed to some degree or another with their work to the point they neglect family, friends and other normal day activities. Which caused people to think they were nutty…I don’t think they were really nutty, they were gifted…
But also in all their lives some kind of grief and heartache and depression affected them and because of it, it actually enriched their art, be it painting or writing or acting…whatever and it made them outstanding in what they did.
They have all left us with their ‘gifts’ and something to learn by and appreciate and make kids have to learn in school….
When I was younger and wanted to ‘create’ something, whatever…I wrote and did “art” well kinda ….I was told SO many times that to be a good artist I had to SUFFER! Had to go through hardships and all kinds of bad stuff in order to add that richest to my art….sounded real appealing … Right!
I find it amazing that our most talented people throughout history really had such rough lives! And there seems to be a correlation to great Christians …I also think it helps the rest of us too …
Tim

the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee

Posted in Family, God, Philosophy with tags , , , on June 8, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full they agreed i t was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

 The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things- God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions–things that if everything else was lost and only they remained your life would still be full.

 The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.

The sand is everything else — the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.”

 Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Author Unknown

God is Emotional?

Posted in Christianity, God, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

I shall be going back to 10 hour workdays starting today which makes one a tad grouchy, especially as the week goes on. I was going to write on some positive thing about God, being a Christian or whatever but I’m not in the mood…lol

God is a God of love, as we all know, but there are other attributes as well. God can also get really ticked off! In Numbers 13-14 God was really torqued at the Israelites because of their unbelief and even threatened to destroy them. Then an amazing thing happened as God “changed His mind” after listening to an appeal of mercy from Moses. This is interesting as does God need mortals like Moses to reason with Him and hold Him to His promises? God obviously CAN be hurt by the people He loves. 

What I get from this and other parts of the Bible, especially the Psalms and the Prophets, that He wants to engage our minds AND emotions. He wants us to feel fear, alarm at whats around us, the tension of our will against His. He wants us to sense when things are wrong, and wants us to ask and ask again until we find out where that wrong is. Much of God does seems to have the goal of shocking us to our senses. To get to that awareness where we become eventually contrite and humble before Him (repentance) and with others. This is where mercy is found. Grace received does enable grace to be given…

It doesn’t seem to be a matter of being nice to a God who could fry you in an instant but being very real with Him. Its not appeasement per say but struggle that gets us to the place of intimacy… (Kinda reminds me of the story of Jacob.) Our God is also the God of Thunder … and not just this cheesy, wishy washy, always positive wimp type of god…

Just some thoughts …

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