Monday Morning Musings for 08.22.16

  1. "Behold, I tell you a mystery: we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed..." 1 Corinthians 15:51. Mystery. The older I get, it is a word with which I am more comfortable. While God has revealed an enormous amount through Christ and His Word, there are some things that are and will forever be unknown. They are mysteries. This concurs with Genesis 1 when God told Adam and Eve they could not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In our limited humanity, we are not capable of knowing such things. For that reason, heaven is all the grander. Think of how incredible it will be when nothing is mysterious, when all things are known. In heaven, there is only light. Nothing is hidden or veiled. All will be seen and understood without asking. "Now we see but as a poor reflection in a mirror; then, we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:12 We can live in the mysteries when we trust in the One who is all-knowing, who knows us fully, and who will one day make all things known. 
  2. MEN AND WOMEN: As I contended with some of the aforementioned mysteries last week, I found myself a bit weary. Leigh had had a similarly challenging week, but the good news for us was that our Saturday looked pretty good. Friday evening, we talked about our need for some rest and reflection in light of the stress. I asked, "What's your plan?" LEIGH: "I'm cleaning out the hall closet." DAVID: "I'm going to read Losing Susan, a book about a priest who cares for his wife as she's dying of a brain tumor, hoping for some emotional catharsis."
  3. PARENTS OF BOYS: If you parent boys and plan on having them become men, or if you have some boys that are struggling to become men, you need to read Samuel D. James' blog First Things – and his entry America's Lost Boys. For the first time, more than half of males 18-30 still live at home with parents. Why? The entertaining influence of video games and the parents who allow it. Instead of moving out into the world, working, and growing, they "lead an isolated, entertainment-absorbed existence, with only the most childlike social ties playing a meaningful role." Perhaps they work part-time, but they live in a world of fantasy, including internet pornography. Games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto create the illusion of success or adventure while connecting with others via headset. And love? They get that from the utterly false and unnatural world of porn, learning that sex is something it is not. The result? These boys/men are not getting started in life until their early 30's while being stunted in their maturity and relational capacity.
  4. CHEATING FAIL: An academic staff person at Georgia Southern did ten extra-credit assignments for two football players. Neither passed the class.
  5. The Camraderie Foundation (Marnie McCree Waldrop) is doing amazing work providing mental health counseling and support services to returning vets and their families. This is absolutely vital as the suicide rate continues to rise in this demographic. If you don't know about what they do, get on their website – and support them! On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, they will be planting flags in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for every vet in our region. 
  6. I got more comments on my blog last week regarding the simple gift of "holding hands" than on any other point I made. Sometimes I forget the most simple things often have the greatest power. In church, in the hospital, in the store, at a restaurant, on the sofa - hold the hand of someone you love.
  7. OLYMPIC MOMENTS: Usain Bolt is unreal. US Women's Basketball has elevated their sport to an entirely new level. And the purest moment of all: New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin and USA's Abbey D'Agostino collide, fall, and then through their injuries, help each other up and to the finish.
  8. COUNTRY MUSIC TRUTH: Chris Stapleton "Found the bottom of a bottle always dry."
  9. Look out FPCO: the one and only tornado that is Case Thorp returns to work today after his summer sabbatical. I have told the staff to lock down their office products and their calendars.