Archive for March, 2011

Desire, Reason and Will

March 31, 2011

As human beings it is natural for us to desire things.  Perhaps we desire a degree, a better job, a spouse, children,  a nice home or car; perhaps we want to have more friends, or to be closer to God,  and so on.  The list of things that we might desire could be a long list.

Reason can be employed to achieve the fulfillment of those desires.  Sometimes, when we apply reason, we realize that certain desires should be discarded as unworthy or unreasonable.  Other times, it may be difficult to craft a plan by which we may successfully attain our desires.  Other times, we will be able to conceive a plan that should work.

Once we have a plan, we still must have the will power to see that plan through to its conclusion.  Sometimes the plan must be modified and adopted to changing circumstances.  Sometimes we lack the necessary skill or resources to follow through.

Sometimes we don’t even try.

Sometimes we quit.

Yet, sometimes….. we succeed.

Discretionary Time

March 29, 2011

How do we use our time?

We all have certain things that we have to do.  We sleep, we eat, most of us work, we have daily hygiene, (I hope!) we purchase things that we need, and we have various household chores.  These are things that need to be done.

What time is left is what we could call down-time, or discretionary time.  In that time we have our devotions, go to church, get together with friends,  spend time on the computer, exercise, read, enjoy hobbies,  watch television, and other recreational pursuits.

What I wonder about is: does television take more of our time than it should?  Have you ever calculated how much of your time is spent watching television compared to reading?  Or how much time you spend watching television compared to how much time you spend in prayer, Bible reading,  and church services?

We set up budgets for our money because we know that if we do not handle our money well we will have serious problems.

We only have so much time.  We should be as careful in our use of time as we are our use of money.  I believe that we will have better lives if we do.

Time Out

March 28, 2011

The other day I found myself sitting on the stairway that goes upstairs.  I was putting on my shoes, but I stopped for a moment of reflection.  That stairway is where we would send our boys when they needed a time out.

The boys really hated time outs.  It was an effective punishment for years.  It regularly, effectively, diffused situations that were becoming tense.

There are times in my life when I could use a time out.

It is not that I am misbehaving, rather it is times that are becoming tense.   There are moments when I could use a few minutes on the step, cooling off, and doing nothing but a little reflection.

Do you need a time out?

The Reality of the Unreal

March 24, 2011

Some people think that only the material realm exists.  They judge everything by the evaluation of sensory perception.  Anything that does not register on the senses, at least to some degree, is unreal.

I believe in the reality of the unreal.  There is more to existence than that which meets the eye, or ear, or nose, or taste, or touch.

I believe in God.

God exists outside of the material realm.  God cannot be located using sensory perception, but He is very real, just not in the material sense.

At times throughout history God has revealed Himself in a way that could be perceived by the senses, but those apparitions were only temporary, performed for our sakes, so that we could gain clarity to our faith.

You see, it is by faith that we perceive God.  We recognize in our hearts the reality of the “unreal”.  The peculiar thing is that with an acceptance of the reality of God, the natural world around us makes more sense.

Libyan No-Fly Zone

March 22, 2011

The United Nations has decided to impose a no-fly zone in Libya.  American forces have launched attacks in Libya, destroying much of the ability of Libya to control the skies of their own country.  The reason given is to protect civilian life.

Libya was in the process of quashing an armed rebellion.  This was not simply massive, peaceful protests such as has occurred  throughout the Arab world, it was an armed rebellion with the rebels taking control of significant portions of the country.

So, in effect, we are supporting a rebellion.

I appreciate that we are there at the direction of the United Nations, with broad support from Arab countries.

That does not make it right.

Libya should have been left alone.  Our involvement is costly and unnecessary.  I do not believe that it was a good use of our resources.