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The High Cost of Self Love.

I don’t get upset at non-Christians for acting like non-Christians.  Why would they act any differently?  They aren’t Christians.

Getting upset at a non-Christian for living a life afflicted by sin is like getting angry with a teen-ager for not being able to perform brain surgery.  Even if a non-Christian wanted to live a “moral-life” based on “Christian principles” it wouldn’t be possible for them to do it consistently without the power of God’s Holy Spirit in their lives.

That said,

I was checking my Fantasy Football score on Sunday when I noticed that the top Yahoo Video was a four minute blurb from relationship blogger Niecy Nash on the right time for a lady to “become intimate” with a man. (click the above pic to watch)

Of course I was interested in hearing someone with a different perspective give advice to her girlfriends about how to address the age old problem of when they should “Give up the good stuff”, and when they should wait.

…Because I’m in the business of offering people a different solution to these kinds of “problems”.

After being understandably dismissive about “waitin’ ’till you’re married” (the woman suggesting that option admitted to not waiting herself) Niecy got the girls to open up about the difference between “casual hook-ups” and long term relationships.  Apparently, the main difference was how willing you are to shorten a relationship by being casual about the sex.

While this type of thinking is to be expected from the microwave/self -centered culture we’ve created for ourselves, it didn’t bother me in the way that something else did.


Robbing The Ducks

There’s a championship football game on tonight…


Unless you are a hardcore Oregon Duck fan it’s entirely possible to not know that the inaugural PAC-12 conference championship game is tonight.

That’s right, on a night typically reserved for high school playoff games nationwide, the Oregon Ducks will compete for a conference championship.

You are probably wondering why this isn’t stirring up as much public interest as say, mattress sales or snow tire installations- both of which apparently mean a lot to Northwesterners.

This is because the 10-2 Duck’s opponent in this contest are the 6-6 UCLA Bruins.

A Duck victory, and by victory I mean beat down, is highly likely since the Bruins have most recently:

-Lost by 50,
-Failed to score a single point,
-Fired their head coach,
-Forgotten how to spell UCLA.

Putting UCLA on the field tonight is an insult to Oregon, and it robs the Ducks of a spotlight that they rightfully deserve.

So why is this football game happening again?


Grab Your Bags, It’s On.


We are entering the busiest stretch of the entire year; the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas where an epic amount of activity will be attempted by over-stressed humans on behalf of… someone else.

Thanksgiving is over.

The Christmas season is starting to feel real now isn’t it?  Pretty soon you’ll be traveling to visit family. Those of you with long distances to travel will of course be flying.  I recently flew Southwest Airlines for the first time because I heard that bags fly free.

What is it about flying Southwest Airlines that turns people into complete animals?

I’m pretty sure that it’s that open seating policy.  Having just flown, I would suggest to you that that’s not a policy- it’s a guarantee.  A guarantee that you are going to get pushed and shoved all of the way down an aisle as you look for a seat.

It all starts with the anxiety laden line-up by those odd metal poles. Everybody there is waiting for their chance to break from the gate like greyhounds after a mechanical rabbit.

Sometimes you can get into a really bad situation while boarding a Southwest flight.  This happens when they board from the front AND the back door of the plane at the same time.  Now the people sprinting onto the tarmac have a choice between two flights of stairs that they’ll run up.

I wasn’t aware that I would needed to stretch before the boarding process began.

Once you choose a door and get inside the plane you are now running at full speed towards a wall of people while the guy behind you is yelling and shoving you to move faster. It’s like a scene from Braveheart, but nobody told you to bring a broadsword instead of a boarding pass.

I guess I should expect this from an airline whose slogan is “Grab your bag, it’s on!”

The prize that everyone is racing for is an aisle seat.  The aisle seat is that coveted spot on the plane where you get some extra space, on one side of you, to get away from the sweaty, filthy, disgusting animal that just shoved you down the aisle, and will now plop down next to you.  You know, the guy who, even though bags fly free, decided to check nothing.

The ironic twist is that you fought and pushed and struggled to get comfortable space to put your arm and leg into, only to have them both ripped of by a flight attendant traveling 60 mph down the aisle with a beverage cart.

It could be worse; you could be that poor sap who has to sit in the middle seat because his wife chose a window seat!  That guy had his whole pick of seats all over the plane, but now he gets to sit right next to a person in what could have been “his” aisle seat. (more…)

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