I find myself wondering why. Probably because I paid for the stuff and I'm danged well gonna get my money out of it. But really, is physical and emotional anguish worth the few paltry dollars spent on coffee beans? I don't know. Perhaps I should invest in a new thermos, one that will keep stuff hotter for longer than one hour. Then I would have all day to enjoy the rich tasting aroma that makes coffee a favorable drink. Until then, I'll stick with my failed thermos.*
For any wordsmiths out there, yesterday's puzzle (from my daily puzzle calendar**) was quite challenging. I'll repeat it here below.
None of the answers below contain an A, E, I, N, T, or S - six of the most commonly used letters in English. Answers 1 to 5 are nine letters long; answer 6 is eleven letters and is the longest common word that lacks any of the six letters mentioned above.
2. Never-failing, as a method
3. Machinery that runs as a timepiece
4. Study of Earth's water
5. Nonsense; hogwash
6. Green pigment in photosynthesis
Good luck. I was particularly happy with #4 since I took a lot of classes in this during my college years, and my job is heavily involved in it. This calendar has been pretty fun and occasionally challenging.
So Sunday is the Super Bowl. This is the first year I've actually ever sat down and watched football intentionally, and I have to say, I'm looking forward to the game. Granted the team I was rooting for (Colts!) didn't make it, but still, I'll be interested to just watch and experience the Big Game. Service has been moved for the Youth to someone's house and I've been asked to help lead a little worship service at the start of the festivities. A year ago I would've said no, no way, find somebody else, heck no, no, No. But I simply said sure, no problem this year.
I'm astonished at how far I've come. And lest anyone think I'm boasting, it's all for the glory of Jesus Christ, that God will be exalted and worshiped. Without His help I would be nothing. I see my guitar playing and my singing as gifts that God has blessed me with, and while I think I play and sing merely mediocre, I now no longer care. I do it not to be heard or seen, but that the Spirit can move and lift up the name of Jesus and that the Youth will grow in their faith and will have no fears when serving God. After all, a follower of Christ living in fear is only defeated by themselves.
I used to say no because I was scared and timid. Stepping up was uncomfortable and God had other people that could do the work. But the more I read the Bible (especially Matthew), the more I realized that Jesus called us to be uncomfortable, to be in awkward situations. It takes faith to step out into awkwardness, an attitude of the heart that says God, I trust in You that You know what You're doing. And in that faithfulness, whether we see any fruit of our labors or not, His will is working. It is this that has led me to stepping out and stepping up. Too many "Christians" are sitting comfortably in their traditions, in their pews, in their hearts, that they've grown lazy and stagnant in their faith. As the adage says, "If you're not moving forward, you're going backwards." That's very true with God. He hates lukewarm; He spews it from His mouth.
This same sentiment extends well outside the doors of Christianity. If you're going to commit to something, commit, don't just sign up and stay uninvolved. Who wants a benchwarmer on their team? Or an occasional paladin? No one. I suppose it's our fallen human nature that wants to stay complacent and lazy, but this must be bypassed in order to live a life worth living. It's easy to come home and plop down in front of the tv or pick up a book. Get involved in your own world. Ignore the rest. That selfish attitude is simple. Everybody's good at that. But that's not living life.
It takes work, uncomfortableness, awkwardness, and effort to truly live. How does a family grow if you give it no time? Or how does a community grow, or any other relationship? Relationships are a fundamental part of a functioning, meaningful, committed life, be it with friends, family, church members, or strangers on the street. And the only way to grow relationships is by getting up and stepping out. It's like in KOTOR 2: "Apathy is death."
.......I don't know what happened. I was going one way and I ended up with a rant. Sorry. So, uh, happy Thursday? I've got a new flash fic piece for tomorrow that I'm really proud of. Hope you read it and enjoy it. After I read it to Keisha she said "you are one twisted person." That's the kind of response I like.
*The thermos used to work, but due to my negligence (i.e., it not being dishwasher safe), I ruined the rubber seal, so the thermos seeps out heat. Something something thermodynamics...
**This comes from THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR 2011. Not sure who came up with the riddle or I'd give them credit. The box the calendar came in says by Mark Danna and Fraser Simpson, so I'll give them credit.