What type of decisions have you made today? Facing choices are an everyday responsibility. Sometimes they are enjoyable like deciding what dessert to eat. Others are more formidable, even life changing, requiring courage and commitment. Some decisions draw us toward them while others drive us away.
A friend of mine is building a wooden clock. He used a computer-directed machine to cut out the gears and parts, then assembled it according to the plans that he purchased. Now he is experiencing the frustrating part of troubleshooting all the little issues that are keeping the gears from turning as they should. As he told me about his challenges of trying to make it run, I thought about Aristotle's view of God.
When Jesus was crucified, some of His accusers stood by challenging Him to prove His claims of being the Messiah by rescuing himself from the cross. Obviously, they wanted to prove their accusations that He was a fraud were correct. However, their shouts did more to reveal their ignorance than Jesus' quackery. "He saved others but He cannot save Himself." "He's the king of Israel! Let Him come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him." "He trusts in God, Let God rescue Him if He wants Him." (Mt.27:39-44).
Remember the good old days when cameras used film? Alright, maybe it was not all that long ago, and maybe the film days were not all that good either, but the use of film has become pretty much a thing of the past. In hindsight, the precautions to protect the film from light, the cost and time for processing it and the need to reload and wind the camera was a lot to go through compared to today's photography experience.
Christmas day falls on Sunday this year. One would think every pastor is jumping for joy. Our churches will be packed! Eh ... probably not. In fact, Christmas day services normally are poorly attended for the ironic reason that public worship gets in the way of our Christmas celebrations. As a result, pastors will wrestle with what to do regarding their Sunday services — do we cancel them all together or plan for little or no attendance?
People who meditate and pray have larger brains than those who do not. This is the conclusion Dr. Andrew Newberg, the head of research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, has come to after studying the effects of spirituality on the human brain.
The other day I was helping a man install some kitchen cabinets.
Every golfer experiences it. We approach the ball prepared to do our best. All that we have learned flows from our brain as we align our body for the shot. We grip the club correctly and start the swing. Then our brain shuts off. Our swing becomes a disaster. We swung too hard (or not hard enough), we looked up too soon, we didn't follow through, leaving us wondering, "Why did I do that?"
Mike Singletary was one of the best linebackers the Chicago Bears ever had. But he was not always that motivated toward success. As a boy of 12, he had pretty much given up on the idea of ever becoming anything in life. His father had left the family and two brothers died as a result of different accidents, leaving Mike believing that life would never allow him to achieve anything worthwhile.
"Never answer an anonymous letter." These words of wisdom came from the oft confusing mind of Yogi Berra. Although his logic can be hard to follow, this insight is worth heeding. Anonymous letters should never be answered. But how does one answer an anonymous writer? People do it all of the time without licking a stamp, by allowing the letter to influence them.