men marrying men? that's crazy liz lemon!

I had been trying to decide whether or not I wanted to post about this topic and I had decided not to. Until I was reading my local paper today. The following is a quote taken from today's edition of my local paper. The author is a lawyer and a member of a local Episcopal church. The general theme of the article dealt with Franklin Graham's statement earlier this week. Leading up this quote, the author has discussed his interpretation of Jesus' teachings.
"I am uncertain as to how Jesus might view gay marriage; but what conclusion do I draw from all this circumstantial evidence? What do I think Jesus would have done, if two of the disciples, say John and Thomas, had come to Him, told Him that they were gay and asked for for his blessing on their relationship? The conclusion I draw is that He would have blessed them and would have walked them through the difficult days that would undoubtedly lie ahead."
Am I alone in thinking that my Jesus would lovingly show them the sin in their lives? And then tell them to go and sin no more?


Would you take a picture? Cause I won't remember

Well friends, November is here. And life just keeps on rolling along.

I've been thinking about something over the past few months. And it has some relevance to today. Today was the NYC Marathon. One of my co-workers was to run the race until she broke her foot two weeks ago. She is seriously bummed.

But I have an internet friend who was running today. She may have fears that I am a little odd. I've never met this person, but I tell encourage them and I tell them that I'm praying for them. And I kinda expect her to think I'm a bit odd.

I am odd. I am different. I am peculiar. Tell your friends. I pray for friends I haven't seen in years. I hold doors for women. And men. I look for opportunities to encourage strangers. And I take pictures of my food.

And people often look at me like I'm strange. I have no doubt that they think it. I just want to be different. To be counter-cultural if you will. There's a lot of crap in this world and a lot of people wading through said crap.

I seek to make people's lives better. I may not have any lasting impact, but if I can give somebody hope, even for just a fleeting moment, it's worth it. And if that means sending email to strangers, or engaging my wal-mart cashier in some friendly banter, I'm going to do it. Because I know the best is yet to come.


Something to think about

I was reading today about how some artifacts from a survivor of the Titanic were sold at auction recently.  One of the artifacts was a letter from one of the survivors, John Snyder, to his father.  In discussing his evaucation he stated:

"Only a very few people were on deck at that time and they thought it was much safer to stay on the big boat than to try the life boat."

What's been resounding with me is that last half of the sentence:  they thought it was much safer to stay on the big boat than to try the life boat.  How many times in life are we strong enough to head for the life boats?  The big boat is so comfortable.  If we jump in that little boat, we'll have to row and we don't know if/when anyone will find us!

John and his wife took the opportunity to jump and were one of 705 passengers to survive.  Out of 2238 total passengers.

Something to think about..


two days, two posts, and an apple

I was reading this morning about Steve Jobs. If you saw my tweet today, you have an idea where this is going.

According to what I read in Businessweek, Steve was not a very nice man. Brilliant, but not nice. He did not treat people well. He was laser-focused on whatever product was on the drawing board, and seemingly did little to nurture those people around him.

Now, what I've read may all be patently false, but I think there's a lesson in it. You can be the most brilliant man on the planet, but if don't have love? Clang, clang.

Perhaps it's the perspective that I'm coming from. Love changes people lives. Love has the power to make an impact more powerful than any piece of technology. You may disagree, but perhaps you just don't know love like I do.

On a side note, I'm not real pleased with the thought flow of this particular post, but I think it gets my point across. And I want to go to bed.



Where a young man's thoughts turn to blog cancellation..

Hey Kids!

Made a visit to the big city today. It was a spur of the moment sort of thing. Good times were had. I took some pictures, of which I've included a handful below.

Still thinking about what to do with this blog. I wish I could figure out how to do a podcast. While I figure that out, take a gander at the sights of NYC...