"There have never in history been so many opportunities to do so many things that aren't worth doing."
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do"
A friend stopped by to chat
for which I was thankful
without thinking hard enough
I looked at my computer screen
trying to multitask.
He, feeling he was stealing my time
(a worthless commodity if not spent on people)
apologized for keeping me from my
what more is it than
Forgive me Christ for
to check my screen
to spend Your time
on something less than
a member of your body.
I hadn't thought about it being closed to Easter in a while. I haven't mused on the last few weeks of Christ's life in a long time. Why should it come to my memory? What would bring me to think about it? I might read about it in devotions (that too-small time I cut out for study/meditiation/not-enough-prayer each morning), but not likely since I'm not in the Gospels. Another disciple might bring it to my attention if they happened to be watching the calendar.
As it was, there were two ladies at the coffee shop with something on their forheads. Didn't see what it was. Then a business man walked by, said "hello" to the ladies and then said "Must be Ash Wednesday" and wandered of.
Mr. Business took notice of Christ's last days based on the smudge of smoke-grime on the forheads of these ladies. Did he think about Christ? Did they? I don't know, but it's made me stop to think about why I hadn't been.
What do I do to keep Christ before me? Do I ponder his life based on the day of the year? It would be better than my stumbling along as I am now, thinking about things at random, not pursuing a diligent, disciplined thirst-answer-search, just wandering.
I'm all for freedom, and I would like each person on this earth to have the opportunity to be Truly Free.
However, a thought occured to me this morning, what if other nations decided to enforce "freedom" on the world? Wouldn't we call it Gihad? Wouldn't we be scared? Wouldn't we protect ourselves?
The US of A seems to be headed for a less nationalistic form of the British Commonwealth. The BC days did have their advantages. Things did improve in many countries, but was it really freedom? Gandhi didn't think so. He didn't hate the British. He considered them friends. He wanted their cooperation for helping India free to live or die on their own. To be free.
If America wants to give people the opportunity to help people have freedom, they need to come up with an economic plan for themselves and other allied contries that would promote:
Mr. President, welcome back, but please be careful.
New year; Resolutions.
Water to clean, heal, feed
or destroy my hope.
"I will work harder" is actually a quote by Boxer from Animal Farm.
Censorship's can be rather touchy. Many of the regular readers here have seen oodles upon oodles of cut plays. All of which, if compared to the original, are lacking in some way.
I've heard arguments for both sides, but the best written argument to date comes in the form of a novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Fahrenheit 451 is a must read for anyone who lives in America or similar western culture. Others may want to read it just to understand western society.
The main thrust of the book is censorship. The hero is a Fireman--a term redefined in the novel. The agenda is keeping people happy. I won't go further with details because you're going to read the book (if you haven't already).
My thoughts on censorship are much changed. It's not so much a matter of filtering content for our audience, but deep-teaching and constantly open forums for any and all topics of discussions.
Christians don't need to edit other peoples thoughts, they need to write down their own. Every author believes something. To make Twain, Bradbury, or Shakespeare more "palatable" is more dangerous for us than to leave them about untouched.