Thinks on Things

A gathering of ponderings…

Hitchhiking

I’ve noticed recently, while delivering my mail route, that there are a lot of hitchhikers that like to ride on my car through the countryside. All summer long I pick up various insects that hop onto the hood or the windshield. They get on when I make a stop and then go for a ride until they decide they like a new place. Or they fall off because of my speed…

So a few weeks ago I picked up a grasshopper and he rode along with me for almost 5 miles! And for me to travel 5 miles takes a while on the job. He was probably on my car for at least half an hour. Not sure where he thought he was going but he must have had some issues at home and needed to get away…

And last weekend there was a fly of some sort that really must have had sticky feet. He hung on for dear life as I was cruising between mailboxes. Then came the longer stretch of road… He just hunkered down and made himself as aerodynamic as possible. This made me a bit curious because most of the other fellas blow off at about 25 or 30 mph. This guy really impressed me so I decided to have some fun. He hung on as I tested him for all he had- 60 mph! And that wasn’t the end either, I had to slow down for the next set of boxes. I may never know what this little guy was capable of cuz he was still on the windshield after that thrill ride.

October 25, 2007 Posted by | All My Thinks | Leave a comment

To Forgive, or Not to Forgive?

In Mathew 18:23-35 Jesus refers to the Kingdom of Heaven by way of a story. In the story (also told here) the characters owe monetary debts of large and small amounts. The man who owes a fortune is forgiven by the King but then he turns on the other man who owes him pocket change. Needless to say, the King is peaved and throws the dude into jail for some good ol’-fashioned torturing.

So you’d think this is a no-brainer lesson, but obviously we’re talking about more than just money, right? Honestly, it would be pretty easy for me if it was only about money. Most of the time I just have to work a little bit harder or longer but eventually I usually get back what I was missing anyway. No real permanent loss here. So why is it so hard to forgive some other things like betrayals and broken trusts and hurting hearts?

Tonight I helped lead my youth guys in a study called Never The Same, trying to figure out what “following Jesus” really meant for our real lives. And then a question took me by surprise: “Following Jesus means leaving something behind. What do you need to walk away from in order to follow Him?”

Whoa, this took me back a step in time to a discussion I had with my mentor about forgiveness. His wise words were to the effect that “Forgiveness always costs us something. You must give up a part of yourself that seeks to make things right by your own means, and let God handle the offender. Forgiving does not grant innocence to the person but says I won’t make them pay me.”

Maybe the hard part of forgiving real issues is knowing that the something you have to give up is maybe something you can’t get back. I can’t seem to give up the bitterness and depression and cynicism in order to forgive someone. Is knowing I can’t hold onto these the reason I can’t move towards forgiveness?

I’m still struggling on this one. But I know I should forgive him and I really want to! And this isn’t simply to avoid God’s wrath upon myself as per the warning at the end of the passage either. It is because I want to and I know that if I can just overcome this stage many doors can open for the future. This whole year has been a hard lesson for me and I need God’s help in order to pass all these tests.

Fighting, loving, learning.

October 25, 2007 Posted by | All My Thinks | 4 Comments

Vibrators and Weight Loss?

According to research done by highly knowledgable scientists (who have nothing better to do than play with mice and vibrators) it is actually possible to lose weight and develop muscle by a simple new method explained in this article: “Vibrating Mice” Develop Less Fat

I just have three questions…

1. If I used the vibrating beds at hotels for 15 minutes each day, will I lose weight??
2. If we put newborn babies on a vibrator, could they lift a car by age 3??
3. If a cat were to bite into a “vibrating mouse“, would he get shocked??

PS. It is actually necessary to read the article to understand these thinks…

October 23, 2007 Posted by | All My Thinks | Leave a comment

How Embarrassing

Don’t you just love it when you spend a whole evening hanging out with some friends and meeting some new people and having a great time? …And then you get home and find out your fly was down the whole time. D’oh!

Now the real puzzle in all of this is trying to figure out why I was embarrassed? Come to think of it, I don’t really get that embarrassed by much at all. So why would this have had such an effect on me? Usually, when something happens to me I just roll with it and make it out to be sort of funny. Or I pretend to have done it on purpose (which is easily detected, by the way, which makes it all the more funny). There are a whole lot of things I’ve done throughout my life that could cause just about anyone to be embarrassed and forgetting to zip up is pretty low on the list.

I don’t believe it has anything to do with making good first-impressions on the new people I met. A lot of the time I simply don’t care how I come across to others. More and more I am realizing the negative effects of trying to be someone you are not. So I battle that by just being myself, and if others don’t really like that, then I’ll find other ways to interact with them that still allow me to be myself.

Pondering this puzzle, I have come to the conclusion that the difference was in who knew about it and what they decided to do about it. In the majority of other cases, everyone knew (including myself) what had happened and it was pretty obvious that it was funny. It is much easier to brush off something stupid when everyone acknowledges that it happened. Faulty occurance -> recognition -> laugh about it -> move on.

But this time it was different. I’m sure at least some of the people knew about it. But I did not, and they chose not to say anything. There was a breakdown in the simple system of defusing embarrassment. There’s no telling how long this went on either, but I’m sure the longer it took, the more people noticed and the more people became a little embarrassed themselves.

Final analysis: Ignoring elephants in the room can lead to awkward and potentially embarrassing situations for many people involved.

October 22, 2007 Posted by | All My Thinks | 1 Comment