Thursday, January 29, 2009

Did Adam Have A Bellybutton?

This question has been debated over for centuries and it’s a question nobody’s really going to know the answer to—ever (unless Adam decides to let us in on his little secret in heavenJ).

Lately I’ve been asking myself some deep questions. Questions about pride and love, wealth and poverty, where Jesus would hang if He came to America today? Questions concerning the church and how divided it has become—or over issues (I think) rank right up there with whether or not Adam has a bellybutton. I read a statement by a pastor the other day. He said Jesus isn’t coming for a harem He’s coming for a bride. I thought that was interesting. I think there is beauty in difference in style in traditional and non-traditional. But when are we ever going to get to the place of truly loving one another despite our differences.

I don’t claim to be perfect at this; I fail at loving people all the time. My own selfishness gets in the way of the bigger issue at hand. Loving God. Loving people. It’s not an easy fix… it maybe a simple fix… but it’s not an easy fix.

When Jesus was preaching in the temple (ticking the Sadducees and the Pharisees off to no end) a dude who knew the law inside-out-and-backwards tried tripping Jesus up by asking Him which commandment in the Law pulled rank on all the others (they thought they’d have ground for arresting Jesus on this one!).

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments… and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.”

What would our world, our communities, our personal lives look like if we actually did this?

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I feel like there is going to be a lot of change in 2009. Some big things, some small things, personal things and things worldwide. America changed yesterday. We made history upon inaugurating our first Black President. What a jump from 50 years ago!

Change can be daunting. I know I like change when “I” want something or “I” think something needs to be differnt. Yet, how do I feel when I’m on the other end… when somebody else thinks change needs to happen and I like things the way they are. Deep down I know change is good. It keeps me on my toes. It helps me be alert and extremely aware of my surroundings. Change prevents me from getting stuck in a rut (that I may or may not want to get out of).

We're only 3 weeks into 2009 and I find myself in the midst of change. Syrus wrote “A rolling stone can gather no moss.” Despite the excitement, conflict, insecurities, and anticipation I feel for this year I know I becoming the person I am supposed to be. I am striving not to become stagnant. If I keep moving, keep growing, keep searching, I will find hidden treasures in the rough. My heart desires so much more than this world can offer but "this world" is where I am right now. This is where I will choose to persue what is put before me.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Time Well Spent

These past couple weeks have been busy to say the least! I've had the privilege of spending quality time with family and friends whom I don't get to see as often as I wish I could. It's been a great end to an old year and a fabulous start to the new year.

Christmas Dinner at Grandma and Grandpa's

Boxing Day in Vancouver

Happy New Year!!

Larrabee State Park