Sunday, July 22, 2018

“Lord willing”

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)
Any time I use the future tense, I try to add “Lord willing” to that statement. This is true of things both big and small. Sometimes it's with fellow believers, and sometimes it's not.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Why Learn

Students ask, “Why do I need to learn this when I can just Google it?”

I see two flaws with that kind of thinking.

1. If you don't learn anything, how do you even know there's something you can Google?

2. Google and other search engines can only display information and point us to information sources that are available online. There are still wide and deep categories of knowledge that have existed well outside and before the Internet that have not made their way online yet.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

“A very dangerous word”

I had an interesting conversation with a Hindu today. It included a Stephen Colbert reference. We got to talking about Jesus.

Two ideas from him stand out from that conversation this afternoon.

1. I asked him about the caste system, and he said the caste system is not part of Hinduism. That came from the British and colonialism.

2. He said, “‘Belief’ is a very dangerous word.” It means you don't know, and you're trusting someone else.

“Belief” is certainly a powerful word.

Simon Peter told Jesus, “You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Words of eternal life include, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you will be saved.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Daylight Light Bulbs

Have you ever tried daylight bulbs before? They're the brightest available.

I was once able to transform the hallways in a building by brightening them up with daylight bulbs. For some reason I never thought of doing this in my home until now. They're making huge difference.
  • It's much brighter.
  • They're getting me to clean more. 
  • I bought a couple new lamps to take full advantage of the clearness of the color. 
  • Brighter lighting opens up new options in terms of furniture arrangement.

Maybe they could change your life, too.

The light of the Son in a person's life can make a similar difference.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shadow of Turning

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

I had cleared an lit an area where some painters would be repainting today. They actually found it to be too much light because it makes it harder to see the imperfections.

Perhaps that's a hint at what the “shadow of turning” means. When something is not as well lit, the shadows make it easier to see the imperfections. That may be especially true when there's movement (turning).

It's good to know God has no imperfections. Not only does light not cast a shadow on him, but He is “the Father of lights.” He is the Source of all light sources.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Family History-Keeping

When a family member is faithful to write almost monthly, certainly multiple times a season every year for years on end, that provides a significant amount of material for keeping a history of the family.

Perhaps this is unique to the closeness of the relationship and the geographical distance between those family members.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

$0.99 x 15+

In case you have not noticed the value of shoebox-sized plastic containers, they're quite handy. I've been using them for kitchen things, cleaning supplies, memorabilia, etc.

In going through a lot of old cards I had saved, I've noticed anew how much my parents love me and how much I'm on their minds. They are a huge blessing in my life.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Day 13

Little blog posts that give a progress report for the day were not my idea of writing each day, but this month has gotten busy.

Today was a combination of (a) apartment cleaning and item organizing in preparation for a couple painting days coming this month, and (b) updating a script to further streamline some work and provide additional options useful for and requested by people.

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