Don’t Hate on Haiti

My last post dealt with how you can help the people of Haiti.  Today I want to look at some ramifications of the disaster itself.  Fisrt let me say how awesome you all are.  I gave out a text # that allowed you to instantly donate $10 to the Red Cross.  According to the Huffington Post we have donated over $8 million dollars.  This is “real” people money.  People like you and me working our butts off to scrape by.  Not the Bill Gates and Oprah’s of the world who can afford to give twice that.  If after having read last weeks post you donated I would like to say thank you.

I am pissed off.  Yes, I said pissed off.  I try not to swear on this blog but sometimes there just isn’t another word for it.  I am pissed off at Christians that attempt to decide what was/is God’s judgement.  Who am I referring to?  Pat Robertson.  Please do not think he speaks for all Christ-Followers because I can assure you he does not speak for this one.  Was this the judgement of God on a nation of Satan worshipers?  Beats me.  I doubt it though.  Why do I doubt it?  In the Old Testament we read about two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah.  Cities of sin and evil.  It got so bad that God decided to destroy them because of the evil they contained.  But Abraham asked God if He would spare the cities if 50 righteous people could be found.  God agrees.  Abraham knows that 50 righteous people can’t be found there so he continues to haggle with God and gets God all the way down to 10 people.  If 10 righteous people can be found God will spare the city.  But 10 could not be found and the cities were destroyed.  What am I trying to say here?  I’m saying that God does not bring judgement lightly nor should we attribute disaster to Him lightly.

Here’s what I do know.  I do know that there is faith in Haiti.  There are Christ-Followers in Haiti.  The love of God was there before the disaster and is growing day by day after it.  Please take a moment and read the following news article on MSNBC, Many faiths unite in facing horror in Haiti.  Author Manuel Roig-Franzia does a great job of letting us know about the faith of a large portion of the Haitian people.

A few quotes from the article I really liked were,

Seekers stream into the parking lot of the ruined Sacre Coeur Catholic church, a 105-year-old brick gem that was turned into a grim, hollowed-out shell, its stunning stained-glass windows tossed to the ground in shards. There, the Catholics and the Protestants and others seek solace from Father Hans Alexander, a Haitian priest who took his decidedly un-Haitian first name from his German father. He doesn’t ask them about their religion; he asks them about their pain.

and,

This is not the will of the Lord,” Alexander tells the two women, sisters who lost their mother and one of their children, a 1 1/2 -year-old, in the quake. “Don’t put this blame on the back of anyone. Don’t put it on yourself.

also,

Alexander, 40, grew up in this church, first as a vicar and for the past seven months as its principal priest. He is himself pondering basic questions. He has spoken so many times of “original sin,” but the quake has led him to what he calls “a discovery,” reinforcing his belief that “God created us to be good.” The neighbors he sees helping one another — carting debris, digging for survivors, patching wounds both physical and psychological — confirmed it for him.

I like that a lot!  God created us to be good, to help each other, to love one another.  He created us to be good, but along the way we have forgotten that our original purpose was to take care of and help each other all while loving and worshiping God.  Sin destroyed that, but as Christ-Followers we have the Holy Spirit to mend that rift that was created and restore the ability and desire to love God and love each other.  We have no excuse.  Just as this Priest in Haiti is learning and seeing first hand, we can love, we can help, we can do great things.

So let’s not hate on Haiti.  Let’s not decide who is being punished by God and who isn’t.  That’s not our place.  Our place is to help, love and reach out.

And to Pat Robertson and all the other people out there that decide to proclaim what they believe to be God’s will or actions and ascribe disasters whether natural or man-made as proof of God’s judgement, be careful, because 1 Peter 4:17 says

The time has come for God to judge people. God’s people will be judged first.

When God’s judgement does come, we’re first in line for that judgement.

It’s all about Him,

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Do Something!

Action I am not going to do a normal post today.  Today I am doing an “Action Post”.  What’s an Action Post?  Thanks for asking.  It’s a post that let’s you know about a way you can help others.  If you have read this blog for any length of time you know I focus on love.  Loving God and loving others.  Why do I do this?  Because Jesus did it.  He loved God and loved others.  And since my goal is to reflect Him, I try to do the same.

Let me make a point, every one knows about the new Health Care Reform that President Obama and most of the rest of the Democrats are trying to pass through right?  I don’t care what side you fall on, agree or disagree, the fact is that it shouldn’t be an issue.  Why?  Because if those of us that call ourselves Christians or Christ0Followers were doing what we were supposed to, taking care of the poor and needy, the sick and oppressed, the widows and orphans there wouldn’t be a need for Government Health Care.  But what we have done is become greedy.  The New Testament Church was way different than us.  Do you know how they dealt with those in need? 

43-45Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. (Acts 2:43-45, The Message)

They sold their “stuff” and GAVE it to those in need.  I am as guilty as everyone else.  I love my “stuff”.  I want new “stuff”.  But “stuff” doesn’t make you happy or content.  It just makes you want more “stuff”. 

Here is the cure for that cycle of buy, buy, buy, want, want, want…..  Give “stuff” away.  Give away money, cars, furniture, whatever.  Give it away. 

Wednesday morning the U.S. awoke to see tragedy and suffering on a scale we haven’t seen since the tsunami’s hit the Asian and African coasts.  Now is our chance to help.  Below is a simple, easy way you can help.  Please take the time to consider it.injured-boy-next-to-RC-worker

HOW CAN I HELP!

The easiest way is to text the word “Haiti” to 90999.  This is a legit number.  It is  posted on the The White House Blog as well as on the Red Cross website.  If you are not a texter you can also make a donation by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). 

Another way to help is to call local churches and ask if they are doing anything.  I know a few in my local area is taking food to send over.

You can pray.  You can PRAY!  YOU CAN PRAY!

Now is the time to make a difference.  Now is the time to step up.  Let this be the beginning for us all.  Help those around you.  Help those in need.  Show them the love of God.

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It’s all about Him,

Shawn

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Light Bulbs and Toilet Paper

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist of creating out of void, but out of chaos.~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~ Thomas Alva Edison.

Necessity, who is the mother of invention.~  Plato

Want is the mistress of invention.~ Susanna Centlivre

Thank God for inventors.  Thank God for people willing to think outside the box, take  chances and put feet on their ideas.  Think about it.  Things we now take for granted at one time were cutting edge.  Light bulbs, cars, TiVo, cell phones, heck, even toilet paper was cutting edge back in the day (actually, corn cobs and Sears catalogs would be more “cutting edge” I guess, but you get my point).  I would have to say the greatest invention of my time would be the Snuggie Blanket.  It’s a blanket with sleeves, did you read that- WITH SLEEVES!  That’s pure genius.snuggie

Not really, that’s a joke, honest engine.  No seriously, I don’t have one, ask my wife.

Meanwhile, back on the farm~

Our ability to invent is only limited by our inability to dream.  (Hey, that’s good, maybe3106889979_cb6719b55d one day I’ll be quoted for that.)

The Bible also talks about inventing, did you know that?  I didn’t either so don’t feel bad, but I read about it the other day and like Mr. Edison’s light bulb, it lit up as I was reading it.

“Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:24 The Message

How inventive can we be?  We should be driven by two different factors, want and need.  We need to be inventive because the big Day is approaching.  The big Day is Jesus’ return.  While I am not trying to predict when He will be back it is a Biblical fact that He will.  So we NEED to be inventive about how we love and how we help others.  We should also want to be inventive.  Because of God’s great love for us we should have a WANT to share that love with others.

But above the need and want to show love and help others ourselves we are supposed to be encouraging that love and helpful attitudes in those around us.  That’s really what church is for.  It’s a place to get together and encourage each other.  We have moved away from that purpose and made it into what we have now.  We sing, we shake a hand or two and listen to someone talk for 30 minutes then we all make a mad dash for the door and then play NASCAR while trying to get out of the parking lot to go home.  But the original plan for church was a lot different.  It was all about getting together and spending time with each other and encouraging one another to show love and help others.

Let’s re-invent how we do things.  Let’s see if we can come up with new and better ways to love and help others and then let’s share what we learn with everyone else.  Following Christ is not supposed to be a Lone Ranger style of life, it’s supposed to be more like the Wonder Pets.  Never heard of the Wonder Pets?  You must not have kids.  If you have kids all I have to do is type, “What’s gonna work?” and you would instantly reply, “TEAMWORK!”

So let’s pretend we’re Wonder Pets and all say with one voice, “What’s gonna work?  TEAMWORK!”  Let’s get together and start inventing new ways to love and help.  Let’s do more with more instead of today’s “more with less” philosophy.

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TEAMWORK!

It’s all about Him,

Shawn


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The Esau Syndrome

chocolate_strawberrySin, ah, sweet sin.  How do I enjoy thee?  A lot!  That’s how I enjoy thee.  I enjoy the instant gratification that sin affords me.  The adrenaline spike of walking on the wild side.  The knowledge that I am in control and no one tells me what to do.  The arrogance of basically giving God the middle finger every once in a while makes me feel tough. 

But sin comes with a price.  Instant gratification is great but guilt stays for a long time.  That adrenaline spike is cool but when you come down off it you feel weak and shaky.  Being in control is great until I make a wrong turn and end up in the bad section of town hoping and praying I get through it safely.  Flipping God off sounds tough but how tough am I when I come crawling back to Him when life kicks me in the, um, gut, yeah, let’s say “gut” there.

It’s funny, sin promises all these amazing things;  happiness, be your own boss, gratification, you’ll be cool etc…  The problem is that it rarely delivers and the times that it does it just makes you want more.  You’re never satisfied.  There is never contentment or peace, only the need for more.  Look around, the only truly content people are people who have figured out that more is not better.  That instant gratification is WAY over-rated. 

Think about it.  Most of our grandparents saved for most of their stuff.  There was very little credit back then.  Did they have the latest and greatest?  Not usually, but they also didn’t have all the stress of making that next payment or having to work two jobs just to pay the interest only payments.

How about the availability of porn on the internet.  I don’t remember hearing about porn addictions before the internet.  I’m sure there were some, they had Playboy and stuff, but it was pricy and harder to get.  Now, just search Google for anything, any word and I guarantee you will see naked people. 

I’m not trying to sound like some Christian wacko crusading against everything under the sun but at the same time we need to realize that every compromise we make has consequences.  Every sin we allow to take root in our life will grow.  Sin is never happy with limited space.  Sin is like a weed and gardeners will tell you that weeds always choke out the good plants. 

It’s called the Esau Syndrome-

  14-17Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. (Hebrews 12:14-17, The Message)

jakob_esau_linsengericht Who was Esau?  You can read the full story HERE.  Short version- Esau is the older brother and therefore the one who will inherit everything from their father.  But one day Esau is hungry and Jacob offers him food for his birthright.  Esau, only thinking about the short-term, agrees and gives away his inheritance for some Campbell’s Chunky soup.    Yeah, he was an idiot.

But hold on, don’t we do that?  We give away integrity for some office supplies.  We offer up our morals for a peek at a dancing girl (or guy).  We sacrifice our reputation to be cool.  We betray the sacrifice Jesus made for us to have a little “fun”.  The Esau Syndrome.

Jesus offers peace, contentment, joy and love.  Sin offers discontent, war, anger and lust.  Why do we keep selling our birthright for cheap soup?

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It’s all about Him,

Shawn

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Abandoned

Welcome to 2010.  I hope your New Years celebration was fun and safe.  I rang in the New Year while kissing the most beautiful woman in the world, my lovely Bride of 6 years.  I love you Babe and look forward to another 365 days of fun and love!

444924_90961729 With that being said, a friend of mine and reader of this here blog emailed me and asked if I would write something for her.  She is going through a rough time.  She recently experienced the death of a friendship.  I’ve been there.  I’ve experienced that hurt.  I’ve worked through that pain.  Sometimes I’ve even been the cause of it.  Words are exchanged, meanings are misinterpreted, emotions are trampled.  You feel like a shell.  Like an old abandoned house with the door off the hinges and the windows broken.

This feeling is temporary of coarse, but it sure doesn’t feel that way.  It can feel like the end of the world.

I wish I could pull a Bible verse out of my brain that makes it all better.  I wish I could look at your emotional boo-boo and like I do with my little girl, “kiss it and make it all better”, but I can’t.  I despise “bumper sticker” theology.  It annoys me when I am going through an emotional beat-down and I go to someone and they quote an over-used Bible verse at me like- “Well Brother Shawn, the Bible says that all things work together for good, you just have to hang on.”  I want to scream, “I KNOW THAT!  I’VE GONE TO CHURCH BEFORE!”  ARGGGHH!  Just put your hand on my shoulder and say, “Life sure does suck sometimes but it will get better.”  I don’t like Christian platitudes so I won’t give them to you, unless I’m tired, then I might whip some pearl of wisdom I read on a church sign out and lay it on you.  Here’s my current Worst Church Sign Ever” winner- “Need a lifeguard?  Ours walks on water.” Someone drown me now!

Here’s what I will tell you, Jesus understands.  He felt this pain.  He felt rejected.  One of His closest friends not only left Him but betrayed Him.  He literally got “sold out” by His buddy.  We all know who I am talking about, good old Judas.  Not only did Judas sell Him out but he betrayed Him with a show of love, betrayed by a kiss (like a hug now-a-days).  Read it HERE and HERE.

But that wasn’t the only one who rejected Jesus.  Peter also un-friended Jesus on his facebook page (yes that was a stupid cultural reference to bring the denial of Jesus by Peter into the 2000’s and yes I know it was horrible and yes I know Jesus never had a facebook page).  Read about it HERE1038456_20628481

Oh yeah, all the rest of Jesus’ “BFF’s” (yeah, yeah, I know) also disappeared faster than roaches when you turn on the lights.  Read it HERE.

But perhaps the worst rejection, the most horrible pain was when the dump truck of life backed up and unloaded on Him the mountain of sin that severed His relationship with God the Father, even if only temporarily.

The avalanche of sin and the feeling of utter abandonment by His Father caused Jesus to cry out in desperation at the depth of His pain, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

“Why have you abandoned me Dad?”  “Where are you?”  Where are my friends, my family?”  “Why am I all alone?”  “Will the pain ever end?”  “Why have I been abandoned, cast to the side like used toilet paper?”  (My interpretation of Matthew 27:45-46)

I don’t have a pithy quote or an uplifting Bible verse to make it all right as rain, but I can offer you a Savior that knows where you are, that has felt the pain you feel, that has been abandoned and alone just like you.  I can hold out to you the hope that despite how you feel, you are not alone.  I can council you to place your hand in the hand of Jesus and know that there is at least one that has been where you are and loves you like no other.

This world is full of hurt and pain and abandonment but it is also full of joy and healing and love.  And the only One that can give you that joy, healing and love is the same one that suffered all those things for you and died to make you new again.  Cry out to Jesus, Run to Him.

He’s been there, done that and got the t-shirt (and the scars on His hands and feet as well as His back and face)

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It’s all about Him,

Shawn

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A New Year a New Resolution

1245824_48965530 Hello 2010, glad to meet you.  Are you about ready to kick this thing off?  2009 is so…well, 2008!  Out with the old, in with the new.  Baby New Year needs a bottle and a diaper change.  Let’s party like it’s 1999!  OK, OK, enough. 

 

Everyone gets excited for the new year.  A chance to change, a chance to break bad habits and start new ones.  It’s a fresh start.  But the one thing that will be on almost every ones mind is the New Years Resolution.  OH YEAH!  Time to promise to do something that most of us will never do.  Time to lie to ourselves and our loved ones.  From my in-depth (Google) research, here are the top ten New Year’s Resolutions-

1. More time with friends & family632972_90120450 983478_51654394

2. Get Fit

3. Lose weight

4. Quite smoking

5. Enjoy life more2170816235_4294710cbf1081067_69231286

6. Quit drinking

7. Get Out of Debt1184809_79081312

8. Learn Something New

9. Help Others

10. Get Organized

All great ideas.  Each one would make a better you.  The problem is that they aren’t specific enough.  Instead of “More time with family and friends” how about, I will clear Tuesday and Thursday nights and half a day on Saturday and Sunday to spend time with my family and friends.  Or, I will quit smoking by January 30th.  I will be in the gym and actually do something three days a week.  “Enjoy life more”?  Sorry, I got nothing for this one, it’s to vague.  Instead of “learn something new”, how about- I will sign up for a class on pottery or underwater basket weaving (inside military joke).  For “help others”, I will volunteer once a month at a homeless shelter.  I think you get the idea.  We have to be specific.  We have to make resolutions on purpose.  Don’t be wishy-washy.  Be firm and set a date.

That was on the house, but not what I want to write about today.  What I want to talk about is your Spiritual New Year’s Resolution or SNYR for short.  There is such a thing you know.  It’s the same as a regular resolution only, you know, spiritual.  Pretty simple huh?  So what do you want to accomplish spiritually next year?  And don’t say, “Grow Spiritually”.  That’s as lame as “Enjoy life more”.  We need to be specific.  We need to be precise.  One thing I think we all need to resolve to do is read/study the Bible more.  I know I do.  I have been slipping in that area lately.  While I was away from my wife and kids with the military for 6 months I had all the time in the world to read, pray and study.  Then my family moved up to live with me and all that time seemed to disappear faster than Kanye West’s career after he interrupted Country music’s darling, Taylor Swift.  VIDEO HERE!  I have been trying recently to wake up earlier, 4:30 am, to read and pray.  I’m doing pretty good.  It’s important to me that I spend time with God and in His Word.  I think Paul really gives us the outline and reason for this specific New Years Resolution in Hebrews.  Have a look.

11-14I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.   1-3So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on "salvation by self-help" and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!  Hebrews 5:12-6:3  The Message

How long have you been a Christ-Follower?  A year, 10 years, 20?  If you are less than a year old spiritually then you get a pass from me on Paul’s admonition, everyone else should have felt bad when they read the first verse, “By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves.”  Unless you are a teacher, then you get a pass as well.  However, I am a teacher and I didn’t learn as much new stuff about God last year as I should have.  I think most of us would stay the same.  Some of us are stuck on the basics.  We are still drinking milk like a baby and not eating spiritual steak (or spiritual tofu for all my vegetarian readers).  We are fingerpainting instead of creating works of art.  2896508876_9eba05e4a2

A friend of mine is an artist.  She is a fantastic painter.  But she doesn’t only limit herself to one medium, she makes art out of all kinds of stuff.  She also has a young daughter named Lo.  She loves art as well.  Lo started out making messes more than art but with her Mom’s careful and patient (and fun) instruction she is learning how to create art not just messes.  Allow me to give a little “Link Love” to Aimée.  Her art website- Mazer:Design and her blog- Lo Mama Adventures.  Stop by and say “Hi”.  mwm05404

Just like little miss Lo we started out “making messes” but with the tutoring of mature  Christ-Followers and the Holy Spirit we should have began making “works of art” out of our lives.  We do this by going deeper.  Re-read the last part of our passage, “But there’s so much more!  Let’s get on with it!”  The time to start is now. 

 

 

Let’s make the New Year’s Resolution to spend “X” amount of time with God every day.  There’s so much more!  Let’s get on with it!


FYI-  This will be my last post of the year.  The fam and I are heading to Mom and Dad’s house for some home cooking, home grown fun and home-made chocolate chip cookies! 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good rest of the year!

 

It’s all about Him,

Shawn


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Still Searching

971769_35234818 Well, it’s the end of the year and it is time for the 1st Annual “Searching For Stuff” Blog.  What is the “Searching For Stuff” blog?  Well, it’s the post where I go through the search engine words that brought people to my blog.  It’s also when I look back and see how many people visited and the amount of comments, along with my own special sense of humor. 

 

NOTE- If you’re looking for spiritual uplifting or some deep Christ-filled entry then today is NOT your day.  I got nothing for you.  Just some stupid facts and mindless fun.  Hope you enjoy it anyway.

I am always fascinated by what people type into their Google, Bing and Yahoo search boxes (although according to what i have read, most of the yahoo in Yahoo has said toodle-loo).  It amazes me that I write a Christian blog and the top ten word searches that have brought random people across the world to my little blog mostly have nothing to do with Jesus.  Here they are in order- 1088940_96230265

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Basically, what this tells me is that I need to write about glass cleaner, diapers and beer (dos equis is a beer).  Three of the top ten refer to dos equis.  Maybe people are spilling their beer while changing a diaper and cleaning it up with Windex.

My busiest day of the year was April 11th.  There were 289 page views.  The most read post that day was The Ultimate Example of Obedience! with 280 looks.  The best month was October with 2,092 people taking a peek.  Total people for the year that visited this blog?  14,566!  Last year- 7,366.  Almost doubled!  At this rate I will be the most popular blog in the world in 47 years!

Actually, that’s pretty cool.  Maybe it will double again next year.  WARNING!  Incoming Shameless Plug.  Please feel free to share the link to my blog on your facebook, myspace, twitter or linkedin pages.

I have made 121 posts and you have made 177 comments.  That makes my goal of 2 posts per week.  Maybe next year the comments will be doubled as well.  I love to read your thoughts and opinions.

Two other bloggers have linked or written about my blog.  Allow me to return the favor- “Emotional Abuse and Your Faith” as well as “footsteps of life”.  “footsteps of life” writer Emily is a good friend of mine, she is also and excellent writer and person.

987790_61075186 Well, I guess that about sums it up.  This has been a great year.  I think I am getting better.  I hope you are enjoying and learning as much as I am.  Feel free to share this blog with your friends, if you have any.  If you don’t, share it with your enemies.  None of those either?  Then just share it with random people at Wal-mart. 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

It’s all about Him,

Shawn

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