Category Archives: Random thoughts

The Power of Books

book-863418_960_720Carl Sagan was an atheist who had this to say about the power a book possesses.

“What an astonishing thing a book is,” marveled [Carl] Sagan. “It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.”

Sagan’s comment certainly explains the desirability of books through the ages.  It would also seem to explain the power and effectiveness of the Bible. Its author, God, is not dead and its words are timeless. That being said, one has to wonder why we don’t read the Bible more.

Run with endurance

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A friend sent me this image a couple of days ago.  Unbeknownst to him race day is now one week away.

While I trained over the summer, one song inspired me more than the rest.  It’s a song by Addison Road called, Run.

When I’m out jogging, the song makes me smile everytime I hear it.  The song and the image go well together, don’t you think?

Destiny

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Vaclav Havel said, “The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself, but when he plays the role destiny has for him.”

Each one of us has a purpose for our existence.  When that purpose materializes, life has greater meaning.

The LORD will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.  Psalm 138:8 NLT

Embrace the role your spiritual destiny has for you!

A Silly Thought

grilling-2491123_960_720Okay, I admit that my mind wrestles with some of the strangest thoughts.  Here’s one of them.  What will I eat in heaven?  I happen to love meat; pork, steak, chicken, seafood, etc. So I wonder, will there be meat in heaven?  It seems to me that killing anything in our glorified home, with the intention of eating it, would be taboo.

I am one of those who believe we will eat in heaven, for enjoyment, not out of need.  So the nagging question continues to rattle around in my head.  It saddenes me a little that the possibility exists meat may never appear on heaven’s menu.

Then, I considered bread.  I do love bread of any kind! I consider a peanut butter and jelly sandwich a food staple to this day.  I also considered fruit and acknowledged how much I love it, especially apples.  The many kinds of cheeses and cheese products I enjoy so much breached my thoughts.  I found myself considering nutritious grains, and the many products made from it like pasta. Veggies, coffee, milk, and other drinks would also be available. Suddenly, I had a reason to smile.  Maybe, just maybe, I could do without meat.  Lol.

I was ready to put the matter to rest until one final thought flashed through my mind, in heaven there will be ice cream and pie!!

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Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven will be great… Matthew 5:12a

Dirty mouth

teeth-1652937_960_720A random thought came to me as I was brushing my teeth today.  My morning breath was quickly whisked away by the cleansing action of a little mouthwash and some toothpaste.  Brushing is something we are supposed to do multiple times a day but when we fail to do so our mouths become dirty, our breath, bad, and our teeth susceptible to decay.

I was reminded of how things can spiral downward in our spiritual lives if we don’t take steps to keep our hearts and mind clean.  One of my favorite scriptures deals with the issue of spiritual maintenance.

But if we confess our sins to him, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

Check out Natalie Grant’s new song, “Clean,” if you get a chance.  “There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy. You wash me in mercy, I am clean”