August 30, 2006

Time with Josh

Since Josh (Chandler, my friend who was severly injured in a car accident on June 2nd - chandlerupdate.blogspot.com) was moved to Charlotte for rehabilitation, I had not had the opportunity to see him, primarily since Charlotte is 3.5 hours from Rocky Mount. On the way back to school (figure it out), I passed right through Charlotte. Since I had no reason to be at school early, I had plenty of time to stop by the rehab. hospital and spend some time with Josh.

As I drove through downtown Charlotte, I began to think about all that Josh had gone through. Sometimes, I am still tempted to ask questions regarding why Josh had gone through all of this. I'm sure part is sin and part is my finite being. However, I cannot view this "accident" through the lens of chance or "bad luck." God is SOVEREIGN. He performs all things after the counsel of His own will. (This would be God's sovereign will -- It cannot be thwarted, and not you and I can do nothing to change it.)

My faith has grown and matured over the last 3 months, as I have read Scripture, meditating on the greatness and independence of God. I don't think my faith has given me a greater boldness of attitude, like a greater positive spin on life. Rather, it seems like God is growing my faith into more of a quiet confidence, recognizing that God is always in control, and that I can fully trust in Him. He is MY God! I am His child!!!

It has been difficult to see Josh suffer. It has been nice to see him improve though. Back to my visit.... I was able to talk with him, face to face, for the first time since May, when we through a mutual friend a bachelor party. (He still remembers the idiotic rated-PG movie we watched that night!!!) Through all Josh has been through, he has not lost his "one-line" humor. I am so thankful that I have a friendship with Josh. It has caused me to grow closer to God.

"Great is the LORD...His greatness is unsearchable."

August 11, 2006

Just Shut Up!!!

While working for a local Lawn Maintenance business, where I drove one of the trucks, I became a sports radio junkie....ESPNRadio. I have to say that my favorite was Mike and Mike in the morning. They have a feature that always made me laugh, sometimes uncontrollably, although I tried to subdue it for the sake of others. I don't know the frequency, but maybe once a week, they would award the phrase "Just Shut Up!" to the week's biggest idiot in the world of sports.

It's a great idea. Hey, if you want to stick your neck out and make an arrogant or idiotic comment, you deserve to have your head smacked with a log of the hardwood variety. I thought about what if we had a "Just Shut Up!" award inside of Christendom. OK, we'd call it, "Please Be Quiet." I realize that Just shut up is not very loving. But face it, there are people who need to be reprimanded publically for their obtrusive and ignorant comments.

I mean, basically, this goes on "unofficially." People make their "all-important" post or contribution as if it were inspired, only to have the next commenter give them the "online backslap." While I am being somewhat facetious about the "Just Shut Up!" (maybe), I do think a positive aspect of blogging is that people cannot get away with saying whatever they want to. There are people to keep them in check and call them on idiotic statements.

No application or "for instances" will be made on this post, although my mind bulges with examples.