Slowing Down to Smell the Forsythia

7 August, 2012 § 2 Comments

Leaf lamina. The leaf architecture probably ar...

Leaf lamina. The leaf architecture probably arose multiple times in the plant lineage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the pace of my life slows down I cherish my evenings like never before, knowing that they will not always be there to lend time to the pursuit of my hobbies.  Luckily, as is not the case for many people, my current hobby fits in well with my profession. I’m studying plants and herbs and trees and bushes. For now I’m just trying to get a handle on their classifications and recognizing them in the world all mixed in together instead of prettily potted on my window. Even as my life slows down, my wife’s is speeding up. This week is her midterms for pharmacology and the rest of her classes. Pharmacology is the one that worries her though, lots of math and classifications. There are at least three names for every drug and you have to know the appropriate time to use each one as well as what it does. It’s kind of what it’s like  trying to remember the names for all of the bushes and trees and vines. Only my knowledge is tested in the real world and not on paper and in my opinion, if it is considered at all, it makes all the difference.


The Self Worth Excuse | C&E

8 June, 2012 § Leave a comment

English: bud

God doesn’t need me to take care of the environment–plane and simple. He holds the world in the palm of His hand and has entrusted you and I to rule and subdue the earth, but to borrow a line, “with great power comes great responsibility”. God’s attributes are magnified by infinity, thus He is all powerful, everywhere present, all knowing, all sufficient etc. He doesn’t need anything or anybody. He wants you to find your self worth in the fact that He created you and loves you with His entire being. Repeatedly in scripture God tells his children, obedience is better than sacrifice, if you love me you will do what I tell you, etc. God is seeking obedience to His commandments out of love for Him, notout of a vain desire for self actualization.

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7 June, 2012 § Leave a comment

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I am a God fearing Christian who believes that some day soon Jesus Christ the Messiah is going to come back and judge the earth in righteousness. The world will be destroyed in fire and brimstone and a new Heaven and a new Earth will be formed. I also believe that as a human being I bear the responsibility along with the rest of mankind to tend God’s other creations as we have been commanded to in Genesis 1:26

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (NIV)

Ruling over the other creations involves doing everything in our power to make sure that they are in an environment in which they can thrive and continue to glorify God.  I believe that a wholesome balance of  earnest expectation and responsibility are in order for the life of the professing Christian. On one hand, we must sincerely expect Jesus to return at any moment, and on the other we must be found in active obedience to His Word.

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-Daniel L. Bacon

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