Points of Ponderation…..Episode 3.17

A semi-regular attempt to address some of life’s minutiae that might otherwise be overlooked…..

 

 

 

 

 

Head-ScratcherRecently I ran across an article about a film called Kuso. Perhaps…contrary to some well publicized opinions…mixed martial arts really IS artistic in comparison.

 

 


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Good information.

 

 

 

I won’t pretend to be a legal scholar, but all indications point to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee…The scalesHonorable Neil Gorsuch…being a conservative jurist and a Constitutional originalist, and for me that’s the whole ball of wax. It is THE #1 reason I voted for Donald Trump. I decided that I could handle whatever shortcomings he may have and deal with any disagreements I might have with his decisions as long as, by the end of whatever term he serves (four years?? eight years??) The Court is leaning in the right direction. It looks like he’s off to a good start.

 

 

 

Well…it’s pretty spot on, right??

 

 

 

kroger-logoKudos to Kroger, who recently launched their ClickList grocery service. It’s like shopping on Amazon, only for fruit, cereal, & meat instead of books. You fill the virtual shopping cart at your own leisure wherever you happen to be surfing The Net, schedule a pickup time, call a number when you arrive at the store, and then someone brings your stuff out and puts it in your vehicle. You pay the person with your credit/debit card and boom…you’re on your way home without ever having to get out of your automobile. It’s not quite home delivery but it is close enough. As most citizens of The Manoverse know, I have used a wheelchair since childhood due to a birth defect called spina bifida. I’m not exactly old yet, but I’m not 20 years old anymore either, so getting in & out of my vehicle multiple times in a day is more challenging than it used to be. ClickList is a blessing for me, and I can see it being useful for elderly folks or young parents who would rather not take their small children shopping. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also recognize clicklistthe valuable benefits to those with a healthy disdain for screaming babies, stupid people, & humanity in general. I am told that WalMart is also offering a similar service, though it hasn’t become available in my locale just yet. The thought of never having to go inside WalMart ever again fills my entire being with delight.

 

 

 


Enough said…..

 

 

 

american-flag-1I find it fascinating that the same people who shout from the rooftops that “times change” and that we “need to be on the right side of history” when justifying arguments for certain social issues are the same folks who want to hearken back to the good ol’ days of Plymouth Rock & Ellis Island when trying to make the case for illegal immigration. You can’t have it both ways.

Pondering The Good News: An Introduction

jumpI am usually not one to leap before looking, to venture out on a limb before pondering the consequences. However, after publicly stating my intention, way way way back at the beginning of 2012, to dive into The Bible book by book here at The Manofesto, I began to wonder what exactly I had gotten myself into.

 

I consider myself to be a pretty decent writer, but with no shortage of Bible studies, concordances, & A Bible studyanalyses of The Good Book out there…especially in The Information Age…what do I bring to the table that’s any better or different?? There is no way that I can even be in the same league as the God-inspired authors who wrote The Bible…men like Moses, Paul, & Peter. How do I approach the task??

 

procrastinateLike a true procrastinator I have spent several years pondering this idea. Have I come to any solid conclusions?? To be honest…no. But I know three things. I know that I learn best by doing. I know that this project will be beneficial…certainly to me, and hopefully to others. And I know that sometimes one just has to jump in with both feet and get started.

 

I have stated many times here & in speaking to people personally that, while I am a Christian, I am not a very mad-man-pulling-hair-outgood one. I fall victim to temptation more often than I care to admit. I don’t think I exhibit the Fruits of the Spirit consistently. I am far too cynical. I become frustrated too quickly & anger too easily. I am frequently distracted by meaningless trivialities. I make poor use of my time. Too often I allow fear, anxiety, & general neuroses to rule my life. I haven’t been “all in” on Jesus. Oh sure He’s a swell dude that did & said a lot of cool things…but do I sincerely trust Him?? On an intellectual level…yes. But down deep in my bones I know I’m not where I need to be.

 

bowlThis internal confrontation with my own shortcomings is nothing new and I have alluded to it before. However, events in the past few years have introduced a sense of urgency. My brother The Owl & I have often commiserated about mutual frustrations & disappointments. He & I have always thought of ourselves as inhabitants of The Island of Misfit Toys. It’s not that we are smarter than everyone else or the only two people to recognize the dark path our world has been traveling down, but we do tend to feel marginalized on many levels. We have observed things occurring in America that aren’t completely surprising, but that doesn’t make them any easier to comprehend or accept.

 

What has become clear is that there is only one answer. Again…intellectually I have always known this, but I have not fully embraced it on a solitudespiritual level. As pop culture, the news media, elected leaders, & commerce go full throttle down a road built on political correctness, sin, & misguided good intentions the wickedness becomes harder & harder to ignore. It has become pervasive in almost every facet of daily life. Ideally one would move to the wilderness like Thoreau and disengage from the chaos & madness, but unfortunately that isn’t a practical solution (or is it??).

 

bible11350One may not be able to completely separate from the aggravation & disillusionment, but we can choose that on which we focus. It is obvious to me that the only path is Jesus Christ. It is time to “put away childish things” and stop being lukewarm lest He vomit me out of His mouth. Most of that involves areas of my personal life that citizens of The Manoverse need not be concerned with and surely have no interest in, but it does mean that I want to follow thru on what I originally talked about doing a few years ago.

 

I will warn you ahead of time that we’ll be skipping around a lot. It is unlikely that I will start with Genesis and end bible3with Revelation. What can I say…I’m a non-linear, outside-the-box, avant-garde kinda cat. As usual I make no promises involving timetables or structure. I enjoy learning, but more importantly The Lord is gently persuading me that this is the next step in my growth process. It’s time to stop dipping my toe in the water and dive in. He won’t allow me to drown. It is time to block out the hatred, discord, & destruction. It is time to stop becoming frustrated with the darkness and find joy in the light. #JesusWins