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October, 2010

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The only gift we can’t give.

Posted: October 29th, 2010 | Category: christian, Common Sense | Comments

Through the “gift” of life our consciousness is born and from that moment our lives become an accepted “given”.  Centuries ago, French philosopher, Rene Descartes wrote; “I think, therefore, I am”. My only problem with Monsieur Descartes’ revelation of human life lies in its seemingly independent stature or the oneness of it, but in fairness he spoke of a conscious existence, not creation.  Most of us take our lives for granted.  History shows this to have been the case for many countless generations.

So then, who or what has given this most precious “gift”?  Parents loudly proclaim both the effort and the result while assuming stewardship.  However, lacking the essential ingredients they were “gifted”, how could they create life?  The biology of birth is even more simple than some creation of a short order cook, who takes the standard ingredients of the kitchen, spends a few minutes measuring, mixing and preparing them and then serves them up.  The ingredients are the key to the culinary creation, without them there is nothing.  Those ingredients, their exact proportions, mysterious origins, their unique and special attributes are the work of nature. The presentation after creation is an altogether different challenge, where parents indeed play leading roles.

Aside from life, is there any other situation where, when given the most incredible gift imaginable, we would not be grateful?  If this single gift afforded us our greatest challenges and joy while holding a promise of fulfillment beyond our wildest dreams, who then could easily ignore their generous benefactor?  If that benefactor were to politely ask, “please believe in me and love me as I love you,” what kind of person turns their back, perhaps visiting only on holidays?

In the metaphor of the short order cook, does not the referenced cook give considerably more attention to the product being created than the act of standing over the stove? How often is this the case when two people begin a family?  Life is so much more than a biological creation.  Life is the greatest miracle in the universe.  People are without question, the most complex creations on earth.  Not because of our biology alone, where we are no more complex than any other life form.  Our complexity results from physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual ingredients.  The gift of life should be held precious (Rev 22:17) and the true giver celebrated in the highest esteem (Gen 2:7).  It’s only common sense and courtesy to be responsibly grateful, acknowledging the giver, while never turning your freely gifted back on such a generous, selfless Being.  Our Creator was there at our start, has always been watchful and most importantly for us, in love, He will still be there at our ends and new beginnings. From our hearts God, thank you for the gift of life.

JC Calkins, with COMMON SENSE 4 UNCOMMON PEOPLE

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An Eternal Peacemaker

Posted: October 27th, 2010 | Category: christian | Comments (3)

My only true enemy is myself. Certainly there are some, even many whom I see as a threat for not making any effort to reform themselves but those people aren’t my personal enemies.  As often as I’m dismayed by “their” apparently unjustified actions and/or when I discover through “their” perceived majority an overwhelming sadness drifting over me, I need only look inward, for surely others see in me, similar shortfalls. I’ve learned that biblically all forgivable sin is weighted the same.  Human laws suggest… read more

Why we are, who we are.

Posted: October 24th, 2010 | Category: christian | Comments

There is no question that we are all unique, with individual strengths and weaknesses.  DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid may be the fundamental building block for our genetic composition but that is merely the stock for who we become.  We are each a unique stew evolving from a genetic base, seasoned with relational, experiential and classroom spices, which are further blended by an un-ending allotment of choices and then generously topped off with mistakes, failures and achievements. To complicate this recipe… read more

Life is my favorite game.

Posted: October 19th, 2010 | Category: christian | Comments

©2010 to 4NR, 4 Natural Reflections, LLC AUTUMN is clearly my favorite season, despite the impending threats of;  winter, food and energy costs, BCS inequities, global warming consequences, Wall St. hunkering, holiday commercialism and impossible airline travel options (on skimpy, cramped seats). Why then … well because of the essence of wood smoke, the glow of a fireplace, nature’s majestic colors, frost retarded grass growth, pancake breakfasts, falling leaves,  crisp air, football and hot cocoa.  You see everything is a… read more

Guilt, The Uninvited Guest

Posted: October 13th, 2010 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Guilt is a marquee, game-day message from your tough little voice (the Holy Spirit) who has kicked off a mentally, yet brutally physical assault on the human spirit.  These two are arch rivals facing off, one on one, game after game, year after year.  The rivalry is not to destroy the human spirit with this assault but in fact to strengthen and perfect it.  The stronger the opponent, the better our tough teammate must and will play, if winning is… read more

Lonely Is A Choice

Posted: October 12th, 2010 | Category: christian | Comments

Being lonely isn’t the same as being alone, so when God specifically said “it isn’t good for man to be alone,” it should start us thinking.  People can fundamentally exist while being alone but we can’t sanely endure indefinitely, procreate or share, all essential components of a productive on-going life. We gain essential nourishment by eating, but without digestion (time and science) food doesn’t nourish the body.  By assimilating food into the body, growth or refurbishment is enabled, temporarily abating… read more

Abolish Partisan Politicians

Posted: October 5th, 2010 | Category: Political | Comments

Worldly things change but we remain essentially the same from one generation to the next.  It’s our nature (most of us anyway) to find comfort and security in the familiar.  I’ve heard more than a few times, the startling utterance, “Oh my God, I’ve become my father (or mother)”.  We desire to be unique yet remain mainstream, we seek adventure yet we settle for security, we want to be in control yet need to be comforted.  In this thinking we’ve compromised… read more

Who Lives On Wall Street?

Posted: October 3rd, 2010 | Category: christian, Political | Comments

It’s easy to hate or love, hard to hide from and still the Grand Central Station of greed, selfishness and explosively inflated egos. It’s also a PG-13 rated film which glamorizes wealth while highlighting the; greed, revenge, cheating, lying, coercion, influence, power and extravagance used to attain it. Does that make the film bad, no of course not, the movie simply plays into the moral decay of our society. If this film is viewed objectively, it can be a powerful… read more