Quotes of today

Thursday, April 05, 2007

[Pastor Keith Preston] Oh Kathy, you're far from being retarded.

later today. and on a separate occasion.

[Kathy] I have never craved a Starbucks like I have today.
[Gonz] Yeah, I don't know - me too! I guess I must want to be cool or something.

Another sleepless night. This time, however, it's not because of hives. I think that I am TOO tired. Go figure. Went to bed at 10:30 dead tired. Woke up at 2:30? And I'm not one that can just wait until I can sleep again. So... I've been on the internet for the last hour and a half. Some people will be receiving some email replies from me at 3:30am. Found some facebook peeps from my elementary school, Dallington. I hope that they remember me. Although that is definitely a big hope. This would be going back more than 16 years that I have talked to these people AT ALL. Or even have seen them. Well, we'll see if these people have as good a memory as I. :-)

Easter is almost here! thank You Jesus.

Opinion, opinion, opinion

Monday, April 02, 2007

Hey, i love opinions - but sometimes, opinions start stacking up and start amounting to arrogance.
as matt once said, "sometimes people tell you so you know, and other times they tell you so you know that they know." unfortunately.

sometimes people feel bummed about themselves and their lack of intelligence so they start reading/listening a whole bunch of stuff, usually uncritiqued, and start spewing information. information doesn't equal knowledge. you've got knowledge when you've actually processed something. don't swallow everything you consume.

it's dangerous to take something in unchecked, whether it's opinion an unchecked source or even from a trusted individual. think it through. it's important to think where does a certain opinion take us? thoughts are steps that take us down roads that we might not expect; and even more significantly, form in us a character that look more, or less, like Christ.

further, it's also tempting to just consume some information just so i have something to say, look better in someone else's eyes, or even just make myself feel better 'cause i then don't feel as ignorant. i think that i look way more ignorant if i just spit out something that i had read once, didn't really think it through, 'cause the other person who actually knows something about the subject will find it quite transparent.

on another tangent, it got me thinking about humility and what does that actually look like.

________ and i had a great, although short, conversation about this - where he's taking in a lot of material about spiritual things, but he felt as disconnected from God as he has ever been. hey, been there. four full years of downing lots of writings from thomas aquinas, martin luther, soren kirkegaard, and contemporaries such as gordon fee, a.w. tozer, etc. and what? i watched people in college, first years nonetheless, suddenly see all the flaws in church, figure they can pinpoint what the pastor is doing wrong, and start to think that they have all the answers. i started towards this tendency, and my father warned me, and asked me "you've got one year of bible college behind you, what do you think you know...?" i was stunned - i suddenly wasn't so sure.

now, i know it seems like i am anti-knowledge, anti-learning. well, that would be unbiblical. it says in proverbs, "For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding..." (2:6). we are to pursue it with all of our hearts (1-3). uncle john says, "there is no useless information." definitely. the more we know, the more we can be aware - but what i argue is concerning to what end? why we do pursue to know what we know? to benefit simply ourselves? or...? Interestingly enough, paul says "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up" (1 Corinthians 8:1). elsewhere he also says, "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing" (2 Cor. 13:2). so there is this balance we must strike - knowledge with love. just knowledge and we're arrogant ("puffed up"), and just love? ignorant.

knowledge, once it's produced from information, is great when served with love and humility. love removes the Self from the equation thus moves the slider away from arrogance.

a super-wonderful example of humilty served with knowledge is Dr. Kulathungam. one of the most brilliant men that exists on earth today, claims consistently that he knows nothing. Mr. Philosopher of Philosophy definitely knows something, but to him, the more he has learned the more he has realized that there is much more to learn. and that makes him refreshing to be around.

as my mom would say, "who cares if you have straight A's if nobody likes you?"
amen mom.