(First portion of this blog written around 3:00PM…)
Well, my wife is driving and I’m not connected to the Internet, so I’m trying to take advantage of a recommendation I read once on Web Worker Daily and cleaning out my Inbox. It’s one element of implementing the David Allen stuff that I have not been able to do, yet.
In doing so, I keep coming across things that I had set aside for a variety of reasons, planning to get back to, but never actually revisiting at all — often the way of things in the wayward Inbox!
Some of the items I had flagged for good reason, but some of them I flagged merely because they had a nice thought or idea that I didn’t want to lose but didn’t have anything place to put them. E-mails with good quotes seem to have frequently fallen into this latter category. Here’s some I had put aside…
Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes (from my Simpleology subscription e-mails):
- “Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
- “Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”
- “No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.”
- “Doing well is the result of doing good.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero quotes (same source, different time):
- “We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.”
- “Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and
to despise wounds and pain.”
- “In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body.”
In other news: The trip has gone fine so far. A LOT of rain! I would say that it rained during 75%-or-so of our trip, the dry time being the very beginning.
[Later, back at the ranch…]
Well, we’re off the road and at our hotel for the evening somewhere east of Nashville. Sure enough, the rain continued the entire way here — even through our extensive leg-stretching, dinner-consuming, children-exercising break walking around the Opryland Mills Mall.
I was curious to know if Georgia experienced any of this rain, given the public prayers for rain offered yesterday by the governor of Georgia, Sunny Perdue. So I jumped online here at the hotel (unlike a Hilton I stayed at once, this hotel — like almost all others in the solar system — offers free wireless Internet) and Googled “governor pray for rain.”
The result of this quick search was a blog entry by a Fox News reporter, Lauren Green, who mentions the situation, as well as a Fox special on miracles coming up (predictably) during the Christmas season. The title sounds completely annoying: Miracles: Fact, Fiction or Faith. However alliterate, it’s annoying because it makes faith sound like it is a third alternative — something magically between fact and fiction. But the show, itself, might be worthwhile. We’ll have to see.
But I did find her comments about God’s will, law, and love interesting. Here’s the paragraph:
Dr. Keith Boyd of Trinity Baptist Church in New York City, says prayer is a way to converse with God, but that not all prayers are answered the way we want or expect. The person must ask God what’s on his or her heart, but that the bottom line is that God’s will, must be done. Now how do you know what God’s will is? We don’t. But we know God’s law and God’s love. And God’s law is not just a set of arbitrary rules and regulations, but a description of who God is, His very character. So aligning yourself with God’s law can at least put you in the same ballpark of understanding his will. But it still doesn’t assure us of getting what we asked for. After all, God is not a genie. He is not a fairy godmother, sent to give us everything we asked for.
Did you catch that? Let’s say it again, it was so good! (Emphases mine.)
Now how do you know what God’s will is? We don’t. But we know God’s law and God’s love. And God’s law is not just a set of arbitrary rules and regulations, but a description of who God is, His very character. So aligning yourself with God’s law can at least put you in the same ballpark of understanding his will.
Hmmmm… “God’s law… is a description of who God is, His very character.” I’ve heard that somewhere before…
I like the comment about God’s not being a genie to be called on to make our wishes come true, as well, and have been working on a sermon about that very idea.
I don’t know if those thoughts were Dr. Boyd’s or Ms. Green’s, but they’re good thoughts! Give her some credit and click on the link to read the whole blog here: “Georgia is Living on a Prayer for Rain.”
That’s all for now — I’ve got to help get some kids ready for bed (although I must admit that the missus has already done most of the work) (as usual).