I love a good list about, well, anything. So here’s one for you today… it’s a list of things that might surprise you. I know they throw me for a loop if I think too long about them. Do you have anything to add? Comment below!
5 things that might blow your mind…
Only 11 years ago Michael Jackson, Prince, and Whitney Houston were all still alive
15 years ago there was no such thing as an iPhone
Will we ever think of Facebook the way we now think of MySpace
[After however many years, I was able to sign in to my old MySpace account and my head hurts from trying to figure out what MySpace is now]
President Trump is the 45th president of the United States. The 50th president may not have even been born yet
I recently wrote about playing disc golf at Seven Oaks Park in Nashville. It was with Joe and Steve. Joe is from Nashville. Steve is from South Africa. He says things like Niss-in (instead of the car brand, Nissan), and moon bag… which here in America is called a fanny pack, and yes I was wearing one while we played. Turns out in South Africa, fanny means something totally different. Let’s just say it’s not something you’d bring up in front of your mom. Or pastor. Here’s a glimpse into my amazing form:
So this week at work I got reacquainted with the Faith Hill video “Like We Never Loved At All.” She and husband Tim McGraw play the singing duo Jackie and Isaac. Hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since the video was released… yeah, it was 2005! That was before Twitter, before hashtags, before iPhones and iPads, heck it was before everything on TV went hi-def. Anywho, watching it again I noticed Tim signs his name as “Issac” though clearly his character’s name is “Isaac.” Weird, right? Well, Issac, as it turns out, is simply an English variation of Isaac, however why Tim’s character uses the variation we may never know. Maybe it was a subtle jab at Jackie, since they obviously had broken up before the performace they’re preparing for in the video. Perhaps his insistence on spelling it with 2 s’s instead of 2 a’s began to eat at her over the course of their relationship. Then she noticed he also chewed his food slowly, like a cow and that bothered her. Not to mention his peculiar affection for hats. He’s got a flat one. A cowboy one. A baseball one.
“Just what exactly is he covering up, up there?” she wondered. So they broke up. Reuniting for this performance, it took all her strength not to slap Issac right in the face. To slap his silly hat right off his silly head. But still, deep down, she loved him. That’s why (spoiler alert) she doesn’t say “yes” when Moses proposes to her. Hey, if Isaac can change his name, then I can call the old guy Moses. I have rights, too. Check out the video, it really is a good one.
It just takes some time,
Little girl, you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine.
Everything, everything will be alright, alright.
“The Middle” -Jimmy Eat World
During a discussion a few days ago this question arose, “What is faith?” The answers varied but most included the themes of trust, belief, and God. It’s true, when the word “faith” is spoken, it’s most often in the context of spiritual behavior. But in it’s simplest form, the word means confidence or trust in a person or thing. You have faith in the chair you sit in at work. You have faith when someone calls you that your phone will ring. Those are examples rooted in proven results. You believe your phone will ring because that’s what it’s done in the past when someone called. That’s a learned faith. There’s a second kind, blind faith. I like to think of blind faith this way: trust without experimentation. Without any testing or experiences to rely on, you still choose to believe.
During the conversation, the word “unnatural” kept coming to my mind. People that accomplish big things do so by having faith in the work they put in, faith in the operating system, faith in their ability, faith in something. But to have faith in anything is counter-intuitive. It’s not natural because we, as humans, typically don’t trust first. We experiment first. We stick our toes in to weigh if the experience will hurt us or help us. We want the best for ourselves, and having faith in something else means giving up our own comfort, or more accurately, giving up the control over our own comfort. Faith is self-denying, or else it’s not faith. And to deny yourself is not natural.
As a child, you have faith your parents will feed you because why? They’ve fed you before. In religion, whether you’re raised to believe in God, that there is no God, or anywhere in between, it could be said that all belief systems have this in common: faith is trusting something you can’t prove. When a person is asked to prove God is real, they could very easily turn the question around and ask you to prove He’s not. I’m sure both sides of that argument could produce strong evidence on why God is or isn’t real and it takes faith to believe either side. I believe God created the earth, the universe, and everything in it. I can’t prove it. But it’s easier for me to believe that than to believe little tiny particles crashed together millions of years ago and now as a result mankind (products of that crash) created something as mysteriously wonderful and technically advanced as the Motorola Drrrroooooiiiiiid. Let’s face it, Droid phones are phenoms like we’ve never seen. iPhones don’t even have a physical keyboard or free built-in navigation. I’m just saying.
People claim the earth is millions of years old. I have no doubt that carbon dating and various tests are probably accurate. But could it be true that God created the earth to look like it was millions of years old? Afterall, He created Adam as an adult male. Any test you did on him would tell you he’s an adult who’d been alive for decades, yet it may have been only days since God created him.
Those with faith in what the Bible says believe that while they are sinners, they are saved from Hell. Martin Luther expressed this quite well in his phrase: Simul justus et peccator. At the same time just and sinner. The faith that they are forgiven and justified even though they are sinners. To turn around and live that as if you’re life depended on it, that’s faith. And that’s really what faith is all about. Putting action behind what you believe.
Afterall, what good is faith in anything if it doesn’t change everything you are about? An unnatural choice to trust first.
Have you ever stared into a starry sky?
Lying on your back you’re asking, “Why?”
“What’s the purpose?” I wonder, “Who am I?”
If you’ve ever stared into a starry sky.
“Have You Ever” -Brandi Carlile
Lastly, a quick sidenote: if you’re looking for pictures to use as a visual aid for the word “sleep” or “sleeping,” don’t do an image search for “big fluffy pillows.” You will not find fluffy pillows there.
It used to be that if you had an Apple product, you were in a select group on the outskirts of mainstream. With a firy passion, you bucked the idea of following the leader. You colored outside the lines. An Excel spreadsheet was for your dad and his friends. It’s no doubt that Apple’s introduced revolutionary products into the world, things like the iPod and the iPhone that are the benchmark of mobile connectivity. But just as Land Rover is produced for the masses and no longer for the fringes of offroad enthusiasts (don’t even get me started on that!), having an iPhone is like having a Facebook page. You have one, your teachers have one, your dad and his friends have one. No longer are you on the fringes. You are mainstream. And now you are not cool.
This is not a punch in the face, but yes Steve Jobs, you’ve just been Droided.