Heeeeyyy…it’s that time of year again! I truly believe in goal setting. “My people parish for lack of a vision.” If you do not plan, do not be surprised you got nowhere! With that in mind, here are MY goals for 2018! Remind me to actually blog how far I got with these goals at the end of the year. Let’s do this. (more…)
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I know I have not posted in a while. Work has kept me super busy! However, A few updates. First, about my no-sugar diet that I started last year. Don’t worry, I’m still off sugar and NOT going back. After all, why go back to a bad habit like smoking, drinking, or sugar? It just does not make sense. But, people do it everyday. I call that addiction. Anyway, since my weight was not moving any lower, and I’m still about 30 lbs overweight, I decided to look at various types of fasting after watching a video (See below). I highly recommend y’all go check it out. The short version is that fasting, by far, is the fastest, easiest, and even safest way to lose weight. Nowadays, of course, if you say you are skipping meals or days of eating, people will often question you… and warn you of losing muscle mass, possibly passing out or even dying! Why do we believe this? Why do we think our crazy diets are better than common sense? Because no one makes money when you stop eating…so companies work hard to make sure that it is not considered a solid option for weight loss. Watch the video below for more information or look into the book, The Obesity Code.
As I mentioned, The last three or four months have been keeping me working non stop. In the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, it talks about how our life is full of seasons. Right now, I find myself in the season of working. Six to seven day workweeks have sapped my time, making it nigh impossible for any free writing. After such a prolonged period of work, I find myself occasionally wondering what I work for. Sometimes, in moments of depression, I may even ask about the purpose of life.
Yet, as trying as these times test me, other face strong tests. Nabeel Qureshi, a speaker for RZIM, recently lost a long battle with cancer. A younger man with a wife and child, Nabeel found himself to question the purpose of life, and even his faith, in light of such dire circumstances. It was during one of those times that he penned high thoughts about these things. Please take a few moments to read it. Click on the image below to see it in full resolution.
Reading it brought tears to my eyes. And with those tears, I refocused. Nabeel reminded me of the reason for living, and for dying. We exist to glorify the Lord who gave His life so that we may have life eternal. And while I work non-stop, I read this and remind myself that I work as onto the Lord.
Among other things, this reminded me the importance of finding ways to bring my thoughts back to God daily, even if I simply listen to a faith based podcast on the drive to work. It reminded me of finding ways, no matter how busy, to love others and speak life into their day, which cost little time. It reminded me the importance to thank God for each and every day given to me.
Do not let life, with all of its demands, force you to forget the reason for life, and the reason for the hope that we have. It is easy to do…whether we are busy with jobs, or walking through the darkest valleys of life.
As we close in on Halloween, I take a look at the remaining eight days and realize that I hardly have time to breathe. My full calendar looks like a losing game of Tetris. I really need more God in my day. No, seriously. Check out the video below. If you feel you do not have enough time in your day, it’s a great pick me up.
As I mentioned on earlier blog entries, the increased responsibilities of my job have also made it nigh impossible to do anything extra, such as solid writing, podcasting or videos. I hope to return to that sooner, rather than later.
With that said, I do manage to sneak a wee amount of time in for reading and gaming (though, not much). Normally, I abhor flying. However, recently I have looked forward to my time in the air as a way to disconnect a wee bit and dive into a bit of Vita play or listen to an audio book (or both!).
I actually read (the Kindle version of) Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf . The short length lends itself well to reading through in a single flight. Unlike many stories today, it features light hearted content, comedy and adventure, without a lot of sexual content. I found the characters interestingly delightful. And, according to my wife, they get even better in the future installments. I hope to write something like this one day.
I listened to the audio version of Ex-Heroes. While significantly longer than the prior book, I knocked it out as I traveled, did chores, and even while working. Have I mentioned that I love audio books? This title features the struggles of a ragtag band of superheros fighting to protect one of the last known groups of humanity against the hordes of zombies that have taken over most of America. The idea seems a bit cliche (I believe most of us are ‘zombied’ out), but Peter Clines does an excellent job setting the stage and making me care about what happens to the cast. Luckily for me, he wrote more books in the series, and I look forward to getting through them.
I also listened to The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I have heard numerous pastors reference the writings of this author, and after listening to this story, I can see why. This allegorical tales of an elder demon writing to his younger ‘tempter’ nephew not only entertains, but teaches or reminds us of numerous traps set up by the enemy to ensnare followers of the faith.
I found one point particularly interestingly, simply because I have long railed against traditions and the status quo. In one of the chapters, the elder demon mentions that current day wedding/marriage ceremonies and whatnot are an invention of man. In the Bible, the picture painted is that God’s design for marriage initiates when an unmarried man and woman come together as one (if one of them is already married to someone else, that would be adultery), not when they get married ‘in a church.’ I have long suspected this myself, but rarely speak of it, as our culture just takes that step so much for granted. To hear one of the most well known Christian authors challenge traditions, where they do not line up with God’s Word, really encourages me.
On the gaming side, I put a few hours into the recently released Dragon Quest Builders. As a casual fan of Minecraft, I have found the gameplay in DQB to actually improve on the Minecraft formula. Not only does it provide direction in the form of quests (I found the original Minecraft to be a bit too ‘open ended’ for my tastes), but I love some of the improvements, such as the ability to clear whole swaths of blocks at once with a charged hammer attack. I also love the improved visuals and Dragon Quest soundtrack. The third person camera angle and clunky combat system keep this title from perfection, but do not majorly detract from the fun of creativity and building. This little delight makes flights go by quick!
When I finally do get some time at home, I continue to play Starcraft II, Diablo II and World of Warcraft: Legion. I do not get enough time to get very far in any of them (my highest level character in WoW is 104), but if you enjoy these titles, look me up! My handle is JCServant#1617. I would love to adventure with you.
Oh…I almost forgot! Onto the song I promised! When you feel too busy, you don’t need more time… you need more life in your day! WoooOOOo!!!
My apologies for not chatting on here (or most social media). Work has been taking everything from me, and then some. I’ve had to cancel just about all of my regularly scheduled social life stuff, as I’ve been working late nights, and six plus days/week.
With that said, sometimes I do have an hour or so before bed. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, Legion. As you have undoubtedly heard through reviews, they’ve really tightened up a lot of things here, and put the emphasis back on story and working with other players. And, as they always do, they implement some of the best ideas from other games and people. So far, I’m having fun. Of course, I don’t have a lot of time, so while most of my friends have hit the max level of 110, I’m still below 100. Go figure.
Outside of that, I have not had hardly free time to do anything fun, creative, or even make headwind into my college work. Also, I have not really had a chance to study much theology.
Recently, I find myself thinking about John Piper’s sermon series that hit hard against the idea of retirement. He preached that we should not really work hard towards retirement. If you work with the thought of living your golden years fishing, golfing, and enjoying life, then you seek the wrong thing in life. You should live to glorify God. Therefore, you should not really think about wanting to enjoy life. We should work to glorify God, not work to enjoy an earthly, fleshly retirement.
I understand that line of thinking. Really, I do. However, I do not believe that just because someone works hard for retirement, that it means they put earthly possessions and pleasures above God.
Work, especially in a career, takes a lot of time and energy that many people do not have as they age and deal with illnesses. Others, like myself, dream of having the time and availability to not only enjoy some of the earthly blessings God has given us, but, more importantly, spend time studying His Word, doing more work that glorifies Him, and sharing myself more with those who need help, in Jesus name.
It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of his message. He preaches convincingly, and stabs directly at the center of American consumerism which dominates our culture. However, by painting with broad strokes, we may end up missing the true point of living the Christian life. Whether work consumes our days, or we enjoy God’s blessing of a peaceful retirement, we should seek to glorify God in everything we do.
Until we are called to His side, feel free to add me as a friend on battlenet, where I’m JCServant#1617 . Help me take down this big, bad, ugly guy who is *clearly* evil!
For the HORDE!!!
As I sit here writing out this blog entry, Wrestlemania 32 is only a few hours away. Having looked forward to this event for nearly a month, I have taken all necessary steps to prepare for the “Superbowl of Wrestling.” The fridge holds my stock of beer, I fluffed the pillows on the couch, and I doubled up on the supply of snackies to insure I do not run out. As with most things I have passion for, I have shared my excitement with my friends. As you might imagine, if you poll a dozen people randomly, you might find two who share an interest in professional wrestling. Most, of course, do not care for it.
Today, the above video popped into my Facebook timestream, with responses such as “So true!” and “He absolutely NAILS life!” replies. They are hardly the only ones. The original video has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube, with 46,000 likes and less than 700 dislikes. However, I disagree with those who applaud this one minute slice. Below is my (lengthy/edited) response. (more…)