Perspective

When I first saw the grand canyon, my eyes were overwhelmed by the scale– my brain could not compute how immense this canyon was. It’s odd because the sky is above me, every day, and it really doesn’t do that to me. My brain imagines a “ceiling” up there painted with stars that are just a bit out of reach. Even though something huge like the universe, or the grand canyon, our brain somehow makes it seem small until we get a particular perspective– then suddenly it appears so big that cannot grasp what we’re experiencing. Nothing’s ever felt as big as the grand canyon felt that first time I saw it– not the Earth, not even the night sky– even though I know that both are much bigger. As I see several people struggling with deaths, hardships, and even current events around the world..I know they’re huge, but when you get right up close to them, your mind somehow loses all sense of scale.

 

This huge issue you’re standing next to seems bigger than anything: bigger than your own life, bigger than family– bigger than God. I totally felt this way when 9/11 happened. It shook me like nothing else ever had. I didn’t know what to think. I was so shaken, I just left work. I ran to the church, I prayed, I cried– I literally felt helpless. In those few days after 9/11, I stepped further and further away from daily concerns and focused on God. Slowly, as I got closer and closer, that sense of awe– that sense of complete incomprehension of the size and importance– turned from the tragedy that had happened, to the God that still stood, unshaken by it all. I started to realize how much bigger his love is than anything I could imagine. It was nearly impossible to process– just like 9/11 had been– but instead of anxiety or fear of the unknown, the experience brought perfect peace– and in the midst of one of the biggest calamities I’d ever witnessed, I experienced joy unspeakable. It made a huge difference in my life. I grew up in church, I was raised in a Christian home, but until that happened, I had never experienced God like that before. Since then, I compare every tragedy, every scary thought, every bad experience to the infinite love of God I experienced after 9/11.


If you’re going through something that’s got your brain and heart completely broken, I urge you to focus on God. Just like the grand canyon, God is there, 24/7. Just keep moving closer and you will start to get a glimpse of the scale of him– and you’ll learn that he’s 100% love. That love is for you! It’s indescribable, and it’ll change your life for the better. If you don’t know God, I urge you to find a church or that Christian friend you know is strong in the faith, or if all else fails, message me. I’d like to tell you about the God that has never failed me. You can know him too! I promise you, perfect peace is there– for you.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Horse Hockey

Question:

A horse, a deer and a cow all eat grass.. yet a deer produces little pellets, a horse produces clumps of dry grass, and a cow produces a big patty. Why is that?

Don’t know? Then why do you insist on talking about immigration law when you don’t know crap?

The Fairer Sex

Some of the marching group much deserve criticism. As do many men and society as a whole. We have disrespected women to a large degree. We’ve raised women who carry on this tradition (sadly) and muddy the waters. Women of a bygone era certainly deserved better than womanizers, and as a society, we should rise above this rather than debasing everyone in an attempt to equalize us all. I set women on a pedestal of respect– however, some of what I’ve seen in recent times makes that very hard.
Women have openly accepted confused non-women into their ranks– some of which are among the more ugly behaving in the group. Instead of training our daughters to live up to the shining example of what it means to be the fairer sex, we’ve taught them that they can behave just as base and just as animalistic as the worst of their male counterparts. When I see women using their genitalia as a protest mascot, it’s quite sad. You all hold the sacred spirit of femininity , and to desecrate it in such a way is sad. It’s sad when men do it, it’s more sad when women admit defeat in this way. If the goal is to prove that we all have a right to desecrate and denigrate femininity, then we’ve proved that.

I’d love to see women rise above the base actions that men often resort to. I’d love to see women respect themselves in such a way that it brings us all to tears as to how we’ve objectified many women and sexuality in general.

Women give up a lot when they go to work, and personally I’d rather pay them to raise up our children to behave better than we’ve seen on TV– and I do work so that the woman in my life can perform that important and sacred work of building a better home and therefore a better world. A woman should be able to choose to work if she so desires, but I think our world has forced many women into the work force. They do need to be compensated very well for their work, as much as men for sure, and they need a lot of respect for pulling the weight that men should be pulling. Again, this may be an outdated look on things, but I guess it was how I was raised. I’m saddened to see women forced into the work force, then paid less and disrespected when many of them are just trying to make ends meet for their families. This is not to say that a working woman is anything less than a homeworker, but they give up a lot, and their families pay , and society pays for not having women teach our children how to live, behave, and yes, respect women.

The worst of these demonstrators are an eye-opening example of what it is to not know anything about the sacred task of being a woman, a mother, a guide, and a positive influence on our culture.

I have no idea how to bring some of these things back to the way it was, but we need more mothers who respect themselves and teach our daughters to do the same. We can progress without destroying ourselves– I believe that. We have to find a way.