Camera Comparisons. Them: “Why did you decide to buy that camera?” Me: “Because I liked it” Them: “But there is a better one.” Me: “I know, but I like this one.”
The aggressive DirecTV people who ambush you at Best Buy. It’s enough to make you quit shopping there. Sam’s Club is now allowing this shenanigans, thus why I’m canceling my membership.
The needless sharing of photos on Facebook. If people wanted to find their long lost relative, there are plenty of more expeditious methods than flooding my news feed with your poorly written sign. On a side note. You shouldn’t have to get a million likes so that your children will clean up after themselves. You are the parent, make them do it, or put them up for adoption because you are failing them.
When you unsubscribe from an email list and they send you one more email letting you know that you’ve unsubscribed.
When people pull out from a side street causing you to lock up your brakes and there are no cars behind you.
Every store I shop at now has a nemesis ready for me. One that seems to follow me to every isle, is looking for the same item, or just knows to block my view. They are impossible to move around and they back up whenever they want to. Am I the only person who still uses their peripheral vision?
Drivers are increasingly disregarding human life… at the cross walk! Several times this week I’ve had to stop mid stride and duck for cover because someone didn’t notice I was walking. However, if a gaggle of geese are making their way across the road traffic ceases to a halt.
People who walk in the exit and walk out the entrance. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is to me for some reason.
I haven’t clipped a coupon in months, today I had to wait five minutes on a CSM because the register apparently needed a synchronous key turn from two managers for the coupon to be validated. I could feel the hatred shooting from the eyes of the other shoppers behind me.
Definition of Optimism: “An inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome”
If anyone has known me for more than an hour you know that I’m not the most optimistic person. I’ve never been a half full or half empty kinda guy, but am now more of a “this cup is not adequate to do justice to the contents”.
In the past, I didn’t get too excited about much. Nothing could live up to the elaborate expectation that I had built up in my mind. I became disappointed rather quickly. This started a terrible trend of thinking up the worst case scenario. Rarely did the worst case happen, so I was felt rather pleased with the outcome. Living life at those bi-polar extremes will never maintain sanity. You have to settle somewhere in the middle.
However, the real key to true lasting optimism is respecting, submitting and trusting (when you don’t understand) to the highest authority who has written His law on the hearts of us all. You thought it was your parents and were fooled by some educators, mentors, managers and other authority figures. Looking back and seeing all the betrayal, rejection, lost jobs, wanting something and being taught patience, and some good stuff too, I can see that it was all pieced together perfectly. It never seems that way at the time, because even Jesus told his disciples that they will be killed for his namesake, but they will never be harmed (Luke 21:18). Seems like a contradiction, but remember Jesus said that men can kill the body, but only one can throw you into hell (Luke 12:4-5).
Learning that God chose me before the foundations of the world (Romans 8:25-39) and will never let anyone snatch me out of his hand (John 10:29) while sanctifying and preserving me until glorification is the ultimate reason to be optimistic. It comes back to the cup being inadequate, because it’s what’s in the cup that matters. I thank God for His unmerited favor and that He constantly fills up my cracked leaky cup with a fresh and perfectly brewed batch of grace everyday.
With all the gruesome details about the Gosnell trial it makes me wonder: What is the difference?
—-Read the rest at your own risk—-
Kermit Gosnell snipped the spinal cords of babies necks after they were born alive from a failed abortion attempt. Abortionists use tools to rip off limbs and crush the babies skull while they are inside the mothers womb. So what’s the difference? Both are alive, but just in a different location.
An aborted baby was found trying to swim it’s way out of a toilet before it’s neck was snipped, killing the child while the mother was still in the room. Abby Johnson left the abortion industry after she witnessed an ultrasound abortion in which a child was fighting off an instrument that was intended to devour his or her life. So what’s the difference?
There is no difference!
Facebook has been really pushy lately about asking me where I’m from and where I grew up. Well that is a very interesting question.
Where am I from? Other than my mothers womb I really don’t know how to answer the question. I’m not sure where I was conceived because I don’t want to ask my parents questions like that. If you hold to a pro-life point of view that’s essentially where I’m from. I was born in a hospital in Charleston WV, so that is where I took my first breath outside of the womb. I guess there would be the next logical place. I was brought home to Rand WV lived there for awhile until we moved to Nitro WV. Then we moved to Newport News VA, Hampton VA, back to Nitro WV then finally to Mobile AL.
Another good question is: Where did you grow up? After I graduated college I moved to Charlotte, NC and met my wife. We soon packed our bags and moved to Memphis TN. If you consider growing up the place where you matured, became a true man of God, learned what it meant to be a husband and father then Memphis was the place I grew up. I learned how to be dependent on God and my wife as my true means of sanity and stability. Both of our children were born there and I understood that I’m not the most important person anymore.
At this point we are trying to grow some roots in the Charleston SC area. Still a lot of growing to do, and hopefully not rotting and withering.
When one door closes, another one opens. Some say a window, but don’t go through the window. Someone might think you are breaking and entering and you will go to jail. Just open the door that closes, then you will get to your intended destination.