Drunkeness is Arrogance

In 1968 I was attending Harding High School. I had a very fast car, a 1964 Ford Galaxy 500XL with a 427 engine, headers, Hurst 4-speed, and a gigantic honking 4-barrel carburetor sucking a gallon of 25 cent gasoline every seven miles. It was awesome! Everyone wanted to ride in my car. I was far from the most popular guy in school. I was a jock; I had earned the highly prized O-Club letterman’s jacket, I was a C-student, and I had my car…”the car”! Those days were filled with me trying to get a date, trying to move up in the social cliques, and drinking heavily. Drinking heavily…listen my friends…drinking heavily is now and was back then a major disaster! Still today I hear guys say, hey, let’s go out and get drunk. Friends, I’ve been there and done that…let me tell you the truth, there is nothing worse! You lose control, make a fool of yourself, break physical things and you break personal relationships. But, most of all, you hurt the ones that love you. To get drunk is an extremely selfish act. One night can ruin your whole life; it just isn’t worth it. How many parents have to bury a child from such reckless behavior? How many drunk drivers do we have to have killing our loved ones before we all wake up? Changing the societal laws is not going to work; the only thing that will work is the changing of one’s heart. This is why I wrote the book, “A Different Kind of Tree”; you must get your roots better nourishment if your tree is going to bear good fruit.

It took me awhile to learn this truth about alcohol; oh, how the lessons are so extremely costly! I hurt people, not physically, but the ones who loved me. That I survived is a miracle. As I look back, it is all just so stupid!

Selfishness is blinding. Hurting people when you are so into yourself is simply a non-issue; you don’t see it and you don’t think about it. You are blind to the impact you have on those that care for you. The hurt you thrust upon others doesn’t exist, at least to you that is. Your actions are ugly and arrogant! Selfishness leads you to believe that you are the only person that matters, the only person with “that” particular problem (fill in the blank with the name of any problem), and furthermore, you think nobody in the world knows what you are going through. You think you are “one of a kind”. Your actions are a kind of a reverse arrogance; everyone in the world is doing great but you. You lash out against those who love you because you are selfish! Your roots are in rocky ground, as mine were back in those early days. I have changed for the better by changing my nourishment! No, I am not talking about the food you take through your mouth, but the food of the heart, the food of the soul. This is what you need to change for the better.

Young people – death is real, it is not a video game!

Dear Lord please comfort those hurt and suffering loss in Colorado this day! 14 innocent have been killed and many hurt while attending the new Batman movie! The youthful killer, decked out in body-armor like in some violent movie, acted for 20 minutes dropping tear gas and shooting the innocent, like he was racking up points in some bloody video game. To blend in, it started during a shooting scene in the movie. At first attendees thought it was part of the show…they expected the violence…but certainly not all real…and this was VERY REAL! Life and death is real; this is not some electronic game…push a few buttons and it is over! Memories of these events are NEVER over! Murdered people have families that love them and have dreams for thier lives. What are we becoming as a society? The ugly insane coarseness of our language! The sloppy way of dressing! The destruction of the body through piercings, tatoos, huffing, and drugs! Violent music! Violent video games! The ugly actions of  6 to 30 year olds upon their peers! The bullying! It is all related together! With the break down of the family, our morals, our integrity, our honesty, we have created generations crusted-over with a shell of deadness! …all the while, our society continues its work to remove God at break-neck speed! Oh, and it will break us alright…is that what you want? Pray and work to change our direction for the sake of the children…and my grandchildren!

Celebrate Uncertainty? You're Crazy!

Today’s culture celebrates uncertainty; it’s true. If you are firm in your belief, you are condemned to be short-sighted or closed-minded, a person NOT open to new ideas. You are not an intellect…why should we even listen to you?

Syncretism is killing our culture, our families, our churches, our souls! We are a world of lost souls wandering aimlessly through the desert of life, always searching, and passing right over life-giving water by eyes that don’t see! We need to bring Jesus Christ back into our lives, our work, our families, our relationships, our government, and yes, even back into our churches! It is unsustainable for everyone to wander about aimlessly searching for “their own way, their own meaning in lfe, what their idea of truth”. It is the turf of Satan! The breeding ground for invention. The more you divert and invent, the farther you will be away from Jesus! Get back to Bible study; it is your only foundation. It is ONLY by Jesus Christ who is our way, our truth, and our life, that we can be saved! It is ONLY Jesus that sustains us, for He is the Bread of Life and brings us “life-giving water”. I beg you, turn away from the crowds on that wide road to destruction and set your eyes upon Jesus and look upon His wonderful face; only here will you find peace, meaning, love and truth! Amen! 

Celebrate Uncertainty? You’re Crazy!

Today’s culture celebrates uncertainty; it’s true. If you are firm in your belief, you are condemned to be short-sighted or closed-minded, a person NOT open to new ideas. You are not an intellect…why should we even listen to you?

Syncretism is killing our culture, our families, our churches, our souls! We are a world of lost souls wandering aimlessly through the desert of life, always searching, and passing right over life-giving water by eyes that don’t see! We need to bring Jesus Christ back into our lives, our work, our families, our relationships, our government, and yes, even back into our churches! It is unsustainable for everyone to wander about aimlessly searching for “their own way, their own meaning in lfe, what their idea of truth”. It is the turf of Satan! The breeding ground for invention. The more you divert and invent, the farther you will be away from Jesus! Get back to Bible study; it is your only foundation. It is ONLY by Jesus Christ who is our way, our truth, and our life, that we can be saved! It is ONLY Jesus that sustains us, for He is the Bread of Life and brings us “life-giving water”. I beg you, turn away from the crowds on that wide road to destruction and set your eyes upon Jesus and look upon His wonderful face; only here will you find peace, meaning, love and truth! Amen! 

The Relationship between Creator and Creation

It is a God given wish of all humans to create, yes, I mean each and every one of us. Why? Because it is a reflection of you; we all wish to leave a mark, part of you ends inside that creation.

There is an inner spirit in each of us, yes each of us, created by God and in His image and character. Besides the Holy Spirit, this other inner spirit is the creative “juice” that will move to do creative things. I like to call it “juice” because it (whatever “it” is) this creative essence in each of us, “flows”. You can feel it when it is moving and you know when it dries up. Haven’t you heard an artist say things like, “I don’t have it anymore” or “nothing was coming to me”? Every artist has a dry period; a period when the “juice” is not flowing. The juice hasn’t dried up forever, gone and never to be experienced again. No, the juice is still within you; it has only ceased to flow at that given time. It is best to just get up and do something else for a time. When the juice is flowing, you can do amazing things. Michelangelo’s statue of David can be carved out of a rough block of marble. Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, called “Fallingwater” in Bear Run, Pennsylvania can be designed. Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century painting of the “Mona Lisa” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” can all be created out of nothing, ex nihilo baby!

Every time you read a novel, a poem, a sonnet, a play, any literary work, you have revealed something of whom the writer is and about their life. You can see that Michelangelo understands human anatomy when you view his drawings, such as the portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling called the “Creation of Man”. Most architects display “their style” to the point that a person can view a set of buildings and place the architect’s name beside each one. In the created object, there is indeed part of the creator.

When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”

A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.

Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. You don’t create and then destroy a masterpiece. Oh, you may experiment, realize it isn’t working, and then start over, drawing on your newly acquired knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. But you don’t destroy your final masterpiece; you work to save it.  God is reaching out to you now; salvation can be yours.

[For more discussion on Creating, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]