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The View Out My Window

I’m looking out the window of my room this morning.

Man, it needs to be cleaned.

I was using this quiet time to do a little reflection, a little meditation.

I began to wonder if that dirty window was somehow a metaphor for my life, my mind, my worldview at the moment.

I wondered if I was being told that, in order to see the beauty beyond what was right in front of me, I needed to clean off what was clouding the view of the “lens” I use to see with; be that my mindset, my priorities, my prejudices, my vices.

Then I began to wonder if I wasn’t supposed to see the beauty in things beyond what was right in front of me in spite of what may be clouding the view.

After all . . . the view is still there.  It just depends on your focus.

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Rabbit Trails

We have a consistent habit in our small group of veering off-topic with discussions.  One of the leaders calls it “going down a rabbit trail”.  I’ve seen it happen in business meetings, family gatherings, self-help groups and on and on.

It’s fun, frustrating, enlightening, maddening and–at least within our group–inevitable.

But is it a bad thing?

It can be, of course, if all everyone ends up discussing is everyone else’s topic du jour.  After all, that wasn’t the purpose of getting together in the first place.

Or was it?  And, who’s purpose are we talking about here?

If you’re talking about the original intent of the gathering, the “Hey, we need to get together and go over this” topic, than . . . probably not.  After all, meetings need agendas.  Discussion groups need themes.  It’s all about maintaining focus and momentum, and those are definitely good things.

But . . . Continue reading Rabbit Trails

If You’re Reading This . . . The World has NOT Ended! (sorry)

If this particular post seems rushed or disjointed I hope you’ll forgive me.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in preparing it on the off chance that Harold (Mr. End-of-The-World) Camping was actually correct . . . . this time.  Mr. Camping has predicted that the end of the world is nigh.  Actually the end of the world will happen on October 21st . . . or today. (Good thing I have my blog set on “auto-post”)

Mr. Camping is famous (or infamous) for his end-times predictions, most famously in 1994 (he wrote a whole book about it), and May of this year.  Many of his followers actually followed his revelation five months ago and sold all their possessions or took extravagant trips prior to his predicted end date.

Oops.

Ironically, many of his own staff at Family Radio International were skeptical of his prediction and continued working as normal up to the promised judgement. (Typical employees . . . never listening to the boss, just going around doing their own thing).

About the prediction in May Mr. Camping clarified his slight miscalculation in math by saying:

What really happened this past May 21st ? What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day. For the next five months, except for the elect (the true believers), the whole world is under God’s final judgment. To accomplish this goal God withheld from the true believers the way in which two phrases were to be understood. Had He not done so, the world would never have been shaken in fear as it was.

Got that?  He was right, but wrong, but right.  So now he has pinpointed his position–and timing–(sort of) to October 21st:

“The end is going to come very, very quietly probably within the next month…by October 21st,” said Camping in a radio address delivered earlier this month. “Probably there will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God…We can become more and more sure that they’ll quietly die and that will be the end of their story.”

It’s unfortunate because my in-laws were going to have this really big garage sale today.  We hired a new employee where I work that was supposed to start today.  I still have two bags of Kettle jalapeno potato chips in the cupboard.

What a waste.

But . . .

On the off chance you’re reading this, I’m sorry happy to tell you that the world has NOT, repeat NOT ended.  However, to illustrate what most likely could and should have occurred, I give you NMA.TV:

Actually, all you have to do is look to the Bible.  Jesus Himself spoke of when the end of times would be . . .

Matthew 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father.

. . . actually he didn’t, did he?

So if Jesus Himself doesn’t know, why are we–or certain factions of “we”– so obsessed by the “End Times” (cue dramatic music!)?  Personally, I like Alfred E. Neuman’s outlook better anyway . . .

“What me worry?”

Look, if you’re awaiting the return of Jesus, and your heart is right with God, what does it matter when the end of the world occurs?

If you’re awaiting an accurate prediction of when the world will end just so you can get your act together in time . . . you’re doing it wrong.

And if you don’t believe ANY of this . . . who cares?

See you Monday.

Or not.

Sunday Extra: Random Thoughts from a Middle Aged Music Buff

Okay, totally off topic today but I’ve been kicking around a music related random thought:

What if Jimi Hendrix was still alive and Eddie Van Halen had died after say, four albums? (Hendrix only officially released four albums in his career and Van Halen’s fourth was “Fair Warning”—which happens to be one of my favorites) Who’d be considered the bigger guitar god today?

What about other “icons”? Would Led Zeppelin still be making ground breaking music? Kurt Cobain? Axel Rose? (no, wait . . . )

Don’t get me wrong, Hendrix’ guitar playing was legendary, but he died right at the peak of both his talent and his impact. In other words, he died at the top of his game.

What if he hadn’t?

Compare that to the rise and fall of Eddie Van Halen. Eddie’s playing is also masterful, but he’s lost a step or two lately and he’s had his fair share of health scares, relational issues—both personal and professional (who’s the singer this week??) and over-the-top rock ‘n roll lifestyle excesses. All of which have taken their toll on his once ample talents. What if they hadn’t?

What if it was Van Halen that had died after his fiery introduction into rock shredderdom? What if it was Hendrix who’d lived into his, what 60’s now? with his own share of life’s trials and missteps.

Is it their talent that wanes over the years, drowning out the thunder of their early, revelatory, genre-changing styles? Or is it that, when “life” happens to those who turn out to be real people, the pedestal we’ve placed them on begins to shrink . . . and shrink . . . until they’re nothing more than . . . normal?

So, is Hendrix really that big of an icon? Or did he die before his living could humanize him? Is Van Halen a “has been”? Or has his living merely humanized the extraordinary talent he burst onto the rock scene with all those years ago?

So . . .

Take this in to work on Monday and see how big an argument you can get started. And kids, if you need to, you can ask your parent who Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen are . . . I won’t feel old. Honest I won’t.

Yeah, yeah I will.