Contentment

11 Feb

This blog post is actually for one of my assignments this week. I’m taking a Theology class at Liberty University as a requisite class while pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science: Cyber Security. This week, we are studying Humanity and Human Sinfulness. We were given the assignment to discuss how a Biblical worldview affects or should affect our desires and to give an example of a conflict that we have between what we know we should do, and what we desire. So, I’m working ahead (classic over-achiever) and thought I’d get my assignments out of the way this week. After re-reading what I wrote, I thought it would make a good blog post. So – after about 3 years of not writing, here it is. I hope this speaks to at least one person.

My Conflict Between What I Know and What I Desire

I have been categorized as an over-achiever. It is, who I am. For example, I currently work full-time as a software developer, run a non-profit organization, lead a technical user group, organize and put on a technical conference and consult with companies on my field of expertise. On top of that, I am pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science: Cyber Security, I’m teaching myself Spanish and Danish and I’m starting a real-estate investment company. Plus, I’m a husband to my wife of 30 years and a father to four daughters who are all in college. My life is full. It’s been like this my whole life. I am never content. There has to be more; I have to be more. Therein lies the conflict.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” (New Living Translation)

As I strive to live my life with a Biblical worldview, I am conflicted with what I know (contentment) and what I desire (more of everything). It is a very hard lesson to be content. I am learning to be more content and to let life happen. I do find ways to fill the hours of my days, but now it isn’t directly out of a need to accumulate more. For me, the key to being content is being grateful. The more grateful I am, the easier it is to be content.

I enjoy reading The Message as it seems more conversational and sometimes, conveys the meaning of a concept more plainly. On this topic, it says,

“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” (The Message, Matthew 6:25-26)

That is a lesson worth living.

Random Thoughts of a Cluttered Mind (I’m Back!)

6 May

fragmentedmindI just realized that it has been way too long since I posted anything on my blog.  Is it because I don’t have anything to say?  Those of you who know me, know that I always have an opinion about something.  Let’s just say “Life got in the way”.  This is not meant to be serious commentary on anything in particular.  These are thoughts that take residence in my mind. Some are funny, some are stupid and some might just get you thinking.

So – without further ado, I bring you Random Thoughts From My Cluttered Mind!

  1. Because I lived in Stover, Missouri, I’ve been called a redneck.  I don’t mind that label.  But, if you’re a redneck and live in Nebraska, chances are you live in one of these cities. http://www.roadsnacks.net/these-are-the-10-most-redneck-cities-in-nebraska/ . Funny that Papillion and Ralston are pretty high on the list!
  2. Since everything now is based on how a person feels and we are constantly redefining what is normal, do we now consider all heterosexual men, lesbians trapped inside of a mans body?
  3. Democratic socialism is choosing to elect the people who will take away your freedom to choose.
  4. Why is Trumps hair orange?
  5. It is increasingly apparent that those who call themselves inclusive are the most exclusive people on the planet.
  6. How can you support legal abortions and be against the death penalty?
  7. How can you be pro-life and support the death penalty?
  8. DIE are the first three letters in the word diet. Maybe that’s why it is so hard. Our bodies are programmed to do everything they can to stay alive.
  9. If Hillary Clinton becomes President, will pant-suits make a comeback?
  10. Why do I keep forgetting things I want to remember?  Last night, I had a thought that was profound.  I told myself to write it down and then forgot to.  I wanted to include it in this post, but I forgot what it was.  Stay tuned,  these things have a way of bubbling back up.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I am going to set a goal of writing at least one per week.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find answers to life’s most difficult questions.

iPhone Saves The Day

1 Feb

Every once in a while, you come across a cool story that you wish everyone could learn about.  This is one such story.  It is so cool, I’m going to cross-post this on both of my blogs.

What would you do if you were caught in an earthquake, injured and sure you were going to die?  View this video below to hear what one man did.  If you can’t see the video, or want to read the story, you can read it here.

Here’s a thought.  What would you write to your wife/kids/loved-ones if you found yourself in a similar situation?  Leave a comment – let’s see how interesting this becomes!