by T Maples
Who knew being famous was so hazardous to your health. Consider the following examples:
Marvin Gaye: Singer, 45, Shot to death
Marilyn Monroe: Actress, 36, Drug overdose
Elvis Presley: Rock musician, 42, Heart attack/drug addiction
John Belushi: Comedian, 33, Drug overdose
Kurt Cobain: Rock musician, 27, Suicide
John Lennon: Rock musician, 40, Shot to death
Sid Vicious: Rock musician, 21, Drug overdose
Ernest Hemingway: Writer, 61, Suicide
Karen Carpenter: Singer, 32, Heart attack/ anorexia
Notorious B.I.G.: Rapper, 22, Drive by shooting
So is fame costly? Do you think these folks found what they were looking for? I in no way want to make light of their tragic deaths, because there go I but for the grace of God. However, I do think there’s a pattern here that we can learn from. It just seems like they were looking for life in things that would never give it. It’s as if they knew deep down they were created for joy & satisfaction, they just sought it out in the wrong places. Just like us before Christ, they were lost. I guess they figured they had plenty of time and their life was their own, but in the end they got taken out. They didn’t know that very night their souls were required of them(Luke 12:20). They didn’t know they were being hunted and that they would be devoured by the roaring lion (1Peter 5:8). I read stuff like this and I greive for Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton. It saddens me to see them gobbled up by the media and their own lust for attention. They’re looking for life.
I relate to their quest for joy and satisfaction. I sought joy & satisfaction and so did you. It’s not bad, you were made to have it. But where we err’d is where we sought it. They sought it in fame and fortune and it destroyed them. I sought it in the port to port party lifestyle of a sailor(not all are like this). Their hearts were restless and so was mine because as Augustine said “You made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless until it finds its place of rest in You.” (Augustine, The Confessions)
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” -Matthew 10:39
Filed under: Books, Leadership, Manly men of history, Roles and Relationships
by T Maples
I’ve just finished reading a biography “Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey: The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard. It’s a step by step account of the former president’s rigorous expedition through the Amazon Rain Forest. I will say I have a new respect for the man. He was a rough and tough sun of a gun, however he didn’t grow up that way. Millard paints him as a sickly, asthamatic, weak little boy. He didn’t let that define his life though. He fought to discipline his body and when it came time he raised his kids in the same fashion.
“So determined was Rooselvelt that his children grow up to be strong, fearless adults that he had said that he would ‘rather one of them should die than have them grow up weaklings.’ To ensure that none of them would ever be the kind of of weakling he himself had been before he had resolved to ‘make’ his body, Roosevelt had put his children through frequent and, for some of them, terrifying tests of physical endurance and courage. Most of these tests took place during what came to be known in the Roosevelt household as scrambles, long point-to-point walks led by Roosevelt himself. The only rule during these walks was that the participants could go through, over, or under an obstacle, but never around it…’If a haystack was in the way we either climbed over it or burrowed through it. If we came to a pond we swam across.’ Roosevelt used these scrambles, as well as other, seperate excursions, to attack his children’s wilderness fears, which he referred to as buck fever– ‘a state of intense nervous excitement which may be entirely divorced from timidity.’ (Pg. 202)
Roosevelt made a discipline out of killing fear and cultivating courage, he put his kids in situations that they had to face their fears. In fact he proactively attacked fear, he didn’t give it the chance to get a foothold in his life. Are you aware of “buck fear” in your life? Let’s attack it, let’s put it on its heals and keep driving it back. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear…”
by Mike Plewniak
I’m currently reading a book with this title by Larry Michael. It’s got some really great points and is interesting to watch as the author applies Spurgeon’s leadership principles to the modern church. I think the highlight of the book so far are the quotes by Spurgeon himself, so I decided to post a few for your benefit. Enjoy.
“We are ministers. The word has a very respectable sound. To be a minister is the aspiration of many a youth. Perhaps, if the word were otherwise rendered, their ambition might cool. Ministers are servants; they are not guests, but waiters; not landlords, but labourers.”
“Labour to be alive in all your duties”
“Kill yourselves with work, and then pray yourselves alive again.”
“I hope it will never get to be your notion that only a certain class of preachers can be soul-winners. Every preacher should labour to be the means of saving his hearers. The truest reward of our life-work is to bring dead souls to life.”
And let me finish with this encouragement from the Prince of Preachers:
“Be diligent in action. Put all your irons into the fire. Use every faculty for Jesus. Be wide-awake to watch opportunities, and quick to seize upon them.”
Filed under: News
AT LEAST HE DOES THE DISHES!
The obvious: Guys are inclined to lazy, self-centered, undisciplined, slobiness. Most guys learn to be comfortable in a train wreak of unorganized, unneeded crap! Apparently there’s a name for it now… “extended adolescences.” The stronger, more un-PC term for it would be sinfully lazy foolishness. I suffer from this disease, and it really stinks…literally! This problem is an epidemic scale in our present culture. Guys just don’t want to grow up and there bedroom reflects this lazy ambition. Heres a quote from Diana West in The Death of the Grown-up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization
“More adults, ages eighteen to forty-nine, watch the Cartoon Network than watch CNN. Readers as old as twenty-five are buying “young adult” fiction written expressly for teens. The average video gamester was eighteen in 1990; now he’s going on thirty.”
I think that you would rather here from Al Mohler on this than me! So check out his article from his blog. Arrested Development and the Civilization Crisis. And MEN we need a lot more than just a fix for our laziness. We need a savior for our God hating self-centered laziness so check out this sermon from John Piper Going Hard After a Holy God. Men, God is the only one worthy of our ambitions. Don’t waste your life with ambitions to laziness, but an ambition for the MOST HIGH will not fail you!
by Mike Plewniak
“You want to be a follower of Jesus Christ? Okay. What are you doing today, that cumulatively doing day after day after day, year after year after year, will make you the kind of person who will persevere in this christian life, who will embark on and fulfill…a long obedience in the same direction? That’s what we should be seeking.” — Randy Alcorn
Watch this whole clip by Alcorn below.
Filed under: Humor
*****WARNING FOR WOMEN*****
THIS POST IS INTENDED FOR GUYS ONLY. I am serious. Ladies, please scroll past this article and any comments and enjoy the other articles.
*****WARNING FOR WOMEN*****
Men, something has been on my mind for years, and I am finally willing and eager to bring it up for discussion.
What’s the deal with guys’ fascination with poop? Some guys may deny it, but most men think that poop is hilarious (and it is!). Most women cringe and gag if you merely allude to poop. Guys can spend hours joking about the size of their bowel movements and telling stories about uncontrollable explosive diarrhea. So, men, share your thoughts.
Why is poop so interesting to us? Why is it so uninteresting to women? Do you have any amazing poop stories we need to hear? Is it wrong to find poop so hilarious?
Filed under: Evangelism
I’m a sales rep. for a company here in town selling Caterpillar equipment. I’ve been reflecting lately on what a horrible salesman I am. But I’ve also been aware of how God is blessing my work. As I was contrasting these two seemingly conflicting truths I realized how much like evangelism my work is. I go business to business getting my teeth kicked in, with “no”, “no thanks”, “we don’t need what you got” etc. But I keep going none the less, I go to the next door and strive to be diligent and faithful(most the time). I strive to put to death the worries that people don’t like me or my own inward thoughts of how uneffective I am.
This is so much like evangelism because no matter how hard I try I cannot make people buy from me. No matter how much they like me, or how high or low my pricing, regardless of how much sense my product makes to them they still go a different direction.
It’s like evangelism because irregardless of these seemingly frustrating truths God still chooses to bless my work. I get calls on a daily basis from people I’ve never met, nor called on wanting what I got. The word I spread gets around and my card gets passed around between businesses and people talk. It’s like evangelism because in a way I can’t control my fruitfulness. I can only be diligent and faithful to get out there and call on people some receive me warmly, some say “get an appointment” some may look at me with a “who the heck are you” but some are thankful I stopped by and are appreciative for the solutions while eagerly writing down my information. I never know who’s going to respond what way. It’s not my technique, I’m not a good salesman, I don’t have a pitch, and I’m not suave. I can’t make them need what I have. God has to show them their need. I’ve just got to be faithful with a desire to serve the people I’m calling on.