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Green (Jacket) With Envy April 10, 2012

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Reading the comments section in a news story is probably the most revealing and yes, depressing thing about the current state of affairs in this country.

Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters Golf tournament on Sunday. The YouTube video of his acceptance speech showed a humble, unpretentious young man who wears his emotions on his sleeve. He began his speech by giving thanks to Jesus, his Lord and Savior and went on to thanking the fans, his fellow players and tournament staff and volunteers. His reference to Jesus was brief but sincere; it choked him up a bit.

Bubba Watson
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It was depressing seeing how many chose to attack him for his religiosity in the comments to the video.  I find it so unfortunate that people today have to belittle people of faith and somehow mark them as insincere or fake in their beliefs.

I believe people who mock believers are just, deep down, full of fear. They refuse to let the thought of a higher power into their thinking and are therefore resigned to an existence no greater than the physical world around them. They have no way of finding relief for the burdens they face in this carnate existence. Their only solutions are man-made and those can never really solve their problems.

So, instead of being happy for someone who is successful and chooses to thank the Lord for that blessing, the fearful mock and cast derision. People like Bubba Watson and Tim Tebow and the millions of others who have found peace in the grace of God’s love, will certainly do what Jesus would want them to do; forgive them and pray for them.

So I too will try not to think and speak ill of these poor souls who will one day discover there really is another path to take.

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What Will They Say April 21, 2011

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I went to a funeral last night. It was for someone I did not know personally. The funeral home was packed with family and friends. It was an open casket, only the second I had ever been to.

The deceased’s boss was one of the eulogizers. He spoke without notes, straight from the heart with a surety and confidence that in itself was comforting. He used adjectives like, honorable, hard-working, loyal, trustworthy, “his word was his bond”.  He painted a picture of a God-loving man whose family came first and the rest of the world was a close second. Those same adjectives were repeated over and over with each speaker.

A fine husband, father and grandfather has passed over and is now on that part of the journey that we all will take one day.

I wonder what words will be spoken about me when I pass.

Faith September 2, 2010

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is a very smart man so I am surprised at his latest pronouncement that God didn’t create the Universe. I have a cousin who’s very smart. He’s got that scientist type of mind (he’s a doc) that filters everything through the logical, ‘what can I see, taste or feel’, process in order to make sense of something.

In their world if it can’t be proven, measured, duplicated and the outcome repeated by others, it can’t be true.

I remember one lively Christmas discussion; cousins, aunts and uncles clustered around the dinner table debating religion on the eve of the birth of the baby Jesus.

Most of the family fell into the traditional ‘believe in God’ camp and all the attendant Christian dogma that goes with it. Except for dear cousin scientist (who was in college at the time) who pronounced his philosophy of the Laws and the Particles.  As a precocious 14-year old, excited not to be seated at the children’s table this year, I was fascinated by the spirited debate among the adults over the seemingly blasphemous ideas spouted forth by my older cousin. He stated there was no God, just the laws of physics that directed everything else in nature. I remember the conversation got elevated and voices were raised (undoubtedly in direct proportion to the amount of wine consumed) as each camp tried to establish a high ground.  I don’t remember how the debate ended but to this day we fondly recall the ‘Laws and the Particles’ Christmas.

Dr. Hawking is entitled to his beliefs and so is my cousin. I just happen to think that the laws of physics are the physical manifestations that resulted when God created matter.

Scientists will always seek the reason for why something is. In their world there must be a finite beginning, a process and sometimes a finite end. That’s all well and good when your dealing in the physical world. To explain God we need a little thing called Faith. With Faith, I know the answer will be revealed to me one day when I am prepared to understand it.

If believing in The Laws and the Particles makes you sleep easy each night, by all means sleep easy. God Bless you Dr. Hawking and Dr. Walker. I look forward to the day when we all find out who’s theory was right.

Washington, DC October 13, 2009

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America the beautiful

I just returned from another escort job to Washington, DC. This trip was a group of senior citizens from Westerville, OH. This was the first time I had been back to Washington since Obama became President. The trip was the usual fare, monument walks, museum tours, Ford’s Theater, Kennedy Center, Arlington, Mount Vernon…practically the same as the high school tours…just a little slower. My group was a lovely bunch—31 seniors whose voracious appetite at the buffet line rivaled any eighth grade group I’ve escorted.

Washington monument

Washington monument

Every time I visit DC my patriotic juices are stirred to the core as I see, up close, the very symbols that represent what our country is all about. And that’s what so disturbs me about those who see and visit the same things and end up interpreting them 180 degrees from me. If you’ve read any of my blog you’ll know I am very conservative. I believe in a strict interpretation of the Constitution, a Federalists approach to state’s rights and a near Libertarian view of how much intrusion the Federal government should have in our lives.

Lincoln memorial

Lincoln memorial

Koreanmonument

Korean monument

I lost count of the number of Obama bumper stickers I saw on cars in and around the Capital. Most had Virginia or Maryland licenses so they were locals. They live and work in the cradle of our country’s government. A city filled with monument after monument honoring the genius founders of our country and still more monuments honoring the sacrifices of ordinary men and women who, believing in the wisdom of our founder’s words, served their country and paid the ultimate price. With the exception of the newest presidential monument, the FDR memorial, every other major monument in Washington is for a President who represented the beliefs I hold so dear.

Korean memorial

Korean memorial

So why do so many people embrace liberalism? Why do they choose a philosophy that is virtually the opposite of what our nation was founded on?  I had a nice eight-hour bus ride back to Ohio to ponder that question.

Being a liberal is like being a child. Liberals don’t like rules. When someone else succeeds they whine, “it’s not fair”. They stomp their feet demanding the same results even when they’re not deserved. Liberals will take the easy path every time. They see the success in others and never consider the sacrifice and hard work it took to achieve. They assume success was somehow stolen or bequeathed from some unfair birthright. To a large degree, I think this stems from the fact that a majority of liberals don’t have a strong belief in God and therefore reject the notion that everyone’s natural gifts; intelligence, athleticism and beauty, are bestowed upon us from the Creator.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Liberals need to read the words of our founding fathers again. Those geniuses realized everything we have is endowed to us by our Creator. In creating the Constitution, the founders were not creating equality for all but rather were creating laws ensuring everyone’s right and ability to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as they see fit. Sadly, many Americans have either not read/been taught or choose to misinterpret those wise words from the framers of our great nation.

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Pearl Harbor Day December 8, 2008

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Sixty seven years ago yesterday there was a whole lotta fear in the world. The despair Japan must have felt in regards to their position in the world had to have been enormous.   The country’s leaders must have feared greatly for the future of their country; why else attack the much bigger and wealthier United States. 

And with that attack they spread that fear to America.  Now our country was fearing the unknown from a surprise attack and possible invasion.

America faced that fear by mobilizing and rallying behind the flag.  In doing so we won the war and created the start to the most profitable time in our history.

Now, nearly seventy years later, fear has once again crept into our lives.  The war on terror,  the financial debacle and recent political upheaval have made for some fearful times. 

For me, facing a fear directly has been the hardest yet most successful way of beating it.  Each of us have to figure out our own way of doing it.  I use the belief in God and the basic tenets of Christianity.  “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. 

I also believe in prayer and I believe the positive energy generated by prayer can effect change. 

So today I will pray and send loving energy into the Universe.  I will also endeavor to treat everyone the way I would wish to be treated.

Be well.

Self Worth October 24, 2008

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A well-known preacher started off his seminar by holdingup a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this. He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE and WHOSE WE ARE. You are special- Don’t EVER forget it.”

…i stole this from http://finchleymusic.wordpress.com/