Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Don't expect to find a Superman exactly like this on sale anywhere. I'm not one to collect & preserve my action figures for resale value--I take artistic liberty & make modifications as I see appropriate. Doesn't he look cool?

Perhaps I need some different characters in my collection. Which one is Bruce?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Space-Time Continuum

It seems to come up a lot in writing that every action affects the future. In Star Trek they have wormholes that take you to a parallel universe that is mostly like ours, but one different choice made somewhere along the way dramatically changed the outcome. In DC Comics they similarly have alternate universes that you can access through a "Boom Tube" or other means, & when the universes overlap there is a "crisis." On Back to the Future whenever something Marty or Doc does leads to someone from that time period doing something differently, when they come back to the future there's evidence of that change; sometimes dramatically as in the case of George McFly's success & confidence, & other times minimal, like the "Twin Pine Mall" being the "Lone Pine Mall" or "Clayton Ravine" being "Eastwood Ravine." The same thing happens on Heroes with everybody bouncing around through the space-time continuum willy-nilly.
Ironically, with all this emphasis on actions having consequences, many people live in total disregard for the consequences of their own actions, but that's not the point I'm trying to make today.
I won't say that time travel is impossible, for nothing is impossible with God, but I don't think it's anything we can figure out how to do as humans. It's true that actions have consequences, & our choices don't always please God. However, if we fear we'll mess up God's plan by making wrong choices, that's kind of arrogant on our part! God knows what choices we'll make, & even though it is never His will that we make wrong choices, He can use even our wrong choices to carry out His good plan! We are not powerful enough to mess up what God is going to do.

"And do not forget the things I have done throughout history. For I am God--I alone! I am God, and there is no one else like me. Only I can tell you what is going to happen even before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish." Isaiah 46:9-10 (NLT)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New Place

When I started this blog my wife & I lived in Columbus, Ohio, & I was a legal assistant. Earlier this month we moved to Clarion, Pennsylvania. It's a smaller borough than Columbus, but it has a different kind of charm. We upgraded a little bit from a 1-bedroom apartment to a 2-bedroom with a garage, & I must say it's nice having an office! I'll start working part-time at the library in town next week, & this fall I'll begin studies at Clarion University for my Master's in Library Science.
It'll be nice for me having a job in the community so I can meet people, & one of the neatest things is the church we've decided to go to - Zion Baptist Church. It's a church with a larger congregation than the one we went to in Columbus, but there are a lot of avenues to meet people & build Christian relationships. As always, we'll have to wait & see what the future holds, but it's exciting to see what God is doing!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What would you do...?

An old friend of mine asked a question on facebook, & it got me thinking... [Well, she's not old - she's actually a little younger than me - but she was my friend back in the day. Actually, she was more my wife's friend before we got married than my friend, but I knew her, & it was actually not all that long ago... What about her? I lost my train of thought...]
Oh, yeah, she asked a question! This was the question: "If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do?" I think a lot of people ask themselves or others this question, & most people would answer something like "go skydiving" or "go bungee-jumping", & then someone else would say something more spiritual/noble like "do more to help others", & make everyone else feel bad. I suppose this is a good question to think about to see what you value in life, but it more specifically addresses what you have always "wanted to do".
I think for the Christian it's different, though. Having almost died once myself, I want what I do in life to be valuable. Here's the other thing: If there's something you dream of doing, & you know Jesus as your Savior, & you die before that dream is fulfilled, don't worry about it! You're coming back! This life isn't "it" & for any good thing you want to do now, you'll be able to do it so much better on the New Earth in Eternity!
Sure, it's great to do neat things now, especially when it glorifies God & helps others know Him, but if you're a believer in Christ alone for salvation from your sin, you're never going to miss out on anything!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

By request

Someone approached me last week about whether or not I had posted on this site for awhile, & I guess it has been several months. I guess stuff has been happening, but not the kind of stuff you write about, knowwhatImean? I post on the kryptonsite forum about Smallville from time to time, & I posted something good today on my other blog if you want to read that. I'll probably write some more before too long...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Difference Words Make

I was just reading a little bit of my sister Emily's blog, & I recognized that she is a better writer that I am! I guess "better writer" is always a matter of opinion ("like you can even know that..."), & God gives us each different personalities & ways we do things so we can glorify Him in different ways. In any case, read Emily's stuff (see the link to the left); the way she writes really impacts you. Being "all grown up" we've gone our separate ways (although Michael, Lisa, & Emily are all at the same place...), my little sister has grown up so much! My other little sister is a mommy now - I feel so old!
Sorry for the digression... Emily words things in such a poetic fassion (hey, that almost rhymes!), & I don't so much. I love writing, but I tend to be more concerned with the information presented & using correct grammar than I am about what it sounds like. Some people try harder to make it sound good, & for others it just comes naturally. I can recognize artful wording, though, even if it's not really my style - although I do have a thing for alliterations from time to time.
Another anecdote: I was listening to someone express how helpful it can be to keep journals, & I've kept journals in the past & it meant a lot to me at those times, but it doesn't happen continuously. I like blogging because I can journal my thoughts, & share them with whomever wants to take the time to read them.