Monday, March 29, 2010

Free Trees Please

I think Dr. Seuss should've written that book.

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Love

Trees.

They are so right on about everything.
  • Branches always lifted high. They give praise to their Maker at all times, no matter their circumstances.
  • They give shade; protection; support; food; paper; warmth. They give up everything for others.
  • They always reach out to their neighbors.
  • So much variety, and they're not at all embarrassed about it.
  • They are tall. Way taller than I am. They just keep up reaching up and up and up.
  • Trees do what they're supposed to ... in season, out of season. 
  • So beautiful. I think the root word of beauty is TREE. (Sorry, I know that's a dumb thing to say. What?! I'm in love, man.)
  • They have roots, and they will sink them as deeply as they're allowed. I wish I could even be comfortable with that.
So I put them all over my walls. 

I plan my vacations around them. When I was littler, I climbed them. And yes, sometimes I hung upside down from them by my skorts.

Hope to be like a tree when I grow up:
Blessed is the man
   who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
   nor sits in the seat of
 scoffers;2but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
   and on his
 law he meditates day and night.
 3He is like a tree
   planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
   and its leaf does not wither.
 In all that he does, he prospers. 

(Psalm 1:1-3, ESV)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Laryngitis Weekend

Soo I haven't really been able to talk at all since about lunchtime on Friday. Usually they say that people who use their voices a lot (singers, teachers, etc.) might experience occasional bouts with laryngitis. I lease apartments, which means that yes, I do talk a lot. However, that doesn't really add up if you ask me. Still not as much vocal strain as a teacher or a singer. So I have laryngitis, and I can't communicate much and it keeps getting worse. It's been a time for being quiet. Saturday I worked from the back office all day and didn't talk to anyone. Sunday I slept all day until late afternoon, and then watched movies and TV. I am off today, but worried about tomorrow when I go back to work. Hoping my voice magically reappears.

Some features of the weekend...



Finally got to see this movie. Interesting concept, for sure. Non-traditional protagonists teach us a fast-paced lesson about the consequences of our choices, the synchronicity of human brokenness, and the interconnectivity of our seemingly disconnected actions. The movie surprised me, as I made it through about 2/3 with an increasing sense of hopelessness, but ended up with a feeling of lightheartedness, and positivity. A happy ending, if a little divided from reality, strictly speaking. I recommend it.

Then there was another movie lacking the traditional protagonist. Also lacking trad. Matt Damon:



This movie made me giggle. And think a lot about what it looks like to think one way about yourself when something else entirely is going on. Self-awareness is next to godliness. And mental health should be as important as the physical. Another I'd recommend.

Also found out that Priscilla Ahn writes her own Blog on Blogspot. She has lots of delicious pictures of her recent trip to Korea, tiny souvenirs and such, and she also shows off lots of videos. Her favorite musicians, herself covering Beatles songs, and the like. Definitely worth a gander.

Also, I downloaded Google Chrome, bookmarked The Voice Project, and Joined Red. Inbetween there has been a lot of texting and drinking of teas. Hope you had a nice weekend as well.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tuesday Night

Please check out The Voice Project (http://voiceproject.org)

"Our Mothers and Fathers

We are children in total poverty
Where do we go from here?

Where are our mothers and fathers?
The LRA cut them to pieces.

I pleaded with them
Tried to avoid them,
But still I was abducted.

Even our chickens, taken by the LRA
Even our goats, taken by the LRA
We are left with poverty

We don't have much to eat,
they tell me it is because I am an orphan "

Our Mothers and Fathers from The Voice Project on Vimeo.

Friday, March 5, 2010

No Speed Limits

This morning I was driving on a highway with no traffic and a speed limit of 70 MPH. Some people still drive below the speed limit, either because they are distracted by their radio, telephone, life issues, allergies, general lostness, or because their vehicle just doesn't go fast enough. I thought how silly it is that when we are all in such a hurry, we still don't drive as fast as we're allowed to. I, for one, will not be held up. I'll get around you so I can push and exceed the legal limits of speed.

Then I thought how much access we have to our Heavenly Father through Jesus His Son, and how He is moving inside us all of the time. There is so much freedom, so much access, so much closeness to an all-powerful God who gives me purpose for my life and lavishes love on me. Still, I confess that I spend most of my time below the radar limit, not maximizing the full potential my spirit has been given. What is it that holds me back? What is my distraction? What am I looking down at instead of keeping my eyes on the road? What life threatening behaviors (such as texting while driving) do I casually engage in, thinking they will not harm me?

The only difference with this analogy is that spiritually, we are encouraged to lose our lives before we can claim them. Risky business is recommended, but still with a system. And everybody to the limit of what their vehicle can accomplish!