Resting On Baron’s Couch

 

It seems to happen to each of us some weeks, some months, and some lifetimes!! The pressure builds as a new task is added to our already overflowing plate(s). Our resistance becomes desensitized in the escalation of another demand from life. Who is this ruthless taskmaster we have allowed into our lives? How would the Author of Time respond to seemingly helpless children racing this time baron? If one knows God, what is Him helping and mercy in this issue? The kingpin question above all else is: how much energy drink is this gonna take today??!!!

Summer can be the busiest time of the year. My take is from now (just before Thanksgiving) to the New Year is all encompassing for most people in the busy sense. Busy people could call it the Rose Bowl (the granddaddy of them all) or the Super Bowl of Racing (Daytona). Our entire culture has adapted to this race. Coffee shops everywhere, energy drinks in every store, and the seeking of energy in small bottles, powders, and even from health food sources!!! Whew, it takes lots of energy!! Even our futuristic movies have it woven in with crazy busy flying vehicles, bustling around the overcrowded city. In honesty I can confess this: I am only writing this because I am too tired to do other things!!

Do we all remember the original ‘lie’ about computers? I heard a thousand times…”computers will free up our time for other things”!! Let us all do a hearty ‘silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”. What have computers/technology actually done? Tapped into our addictive nature and cravings for more! I am not wasting entire days playing Xbox, but plenty are! It is even worse these days, it is in the palm of our hands 24/7 (except perhaps the aforementioned Xbox). Speaking to believers of God here: this is just ‘one’ example of ‘one’ idol that captivates our busy lives!!! I am not one to forego technology either…Bible apps, music apps, satellite radio app, Whatsapp, We Chat, You Tube and all the rest! Use it, but watch the consumption best I can as He leads. There are times I only want to focus on football or music and He grabs my attention with His voice clearly. Point made: sidetracked from the sidetrack.

Can we all see how the enemy (the time baron here) of God twists something good for mans help into a clock race? In this modern era, I have seen many get distracted from true relationship with the Lord due to imbalance of work schedule, selfish pursuits, or lack of discipline. Around all of that are news junkies (recovering one myself!), doodlers, do nothings, do everythings, and just do somethings!! I may have still missed some folks in there LOL. The main point is the design: all draws us away from the depth of relationship He wants us to walk in with Him. The enemy of God doesn’t care HOW he kills, steals, or destroys my friends!

A prime example from everyday life is this. Would the inventors of baseball, football, soccer, and basketball really embrace the games as they are today? Would George Washington, Senor Jefferson, and ol’ Abe love this country in its present state? How would the conversation be amongst Edison, Ford, and Einstein? To quote many a news anchor…’and finally tonight…’ what WILL the conversation with the Father be like about this world and how it affected us?

If She Could Turn Back Time

It has been almost 11 months since I have blogged here! Like our friend Cher belts out “if I could turn back time…”! It is true, many of my musical quips are locked and loaded in the 80’s. I have missed reading and writing da Blog with you all. I must mention how apropos the Waiting on the Lord post from Mitch Teemely was. We are generally impatient in waiting for His good timing! A lot truly went down in the last calendar year. Two jobs ended (sorry to admit it, but grateful I am free from both!), a close friendship ended, and miscellaneous complications thereof! That is the true Reader’s Digest of the last year. The 2nd job was an all-consuming one, my boss was pretty good overall (just one of those meat grinder type of jobs that runs you over). Close to landing the next spot, so I thought I would throw down some words.

Lest someone hear complaint in the words, I am full of liberty and freedom. I didn’t say it was easy to get free, but….! I see opportunity like never before in the liberty of God. What is your time and freedom worth? Life has a balance in it, and here in our American freedom I find imbalance! Here is a song that the lyrics describe my processing. The whole song paints a little different picture, but these lyrics speak to the heart of it! The Ongoing Concept ‘places you go’.

Places you have been make you who you are
(You can make a difference now)
Places you will go make you who you will become

Places you have been make you who you are
(make you who you are, make you who you are)
Places you will go make you who you will become
(who you will become, who you will become)

I find myself continually grateful for what I go through (whether hard or easy) as it shapes my future and gives me experience to share with others when they face similar situations. It is important for all who tell the story of their own lives also. A few more lines from the song:

Get up off the ground
You can make a difference now
Get up off the ground

Another phrase that pays in my world today is “get free”! I am looking forward to the coming months of diving back into all the expressive overflows. Blessings to all readers and writers, I have missed you!

Unopened GIFTS Part 1

 

There ‘she’ is, like the crazy ex, all dressed up for the show staring back at you. Highly adorned for the celebration of the year! Glistening and lit up! Who is this highly decorated? She ain’t a she, or really even a who…but a what. What? Ok, my ‘coy’ pond is empty here. The description I am making is of your Christmas tree the day after Christmas (I know, a long journey for that right?). This particular December 26th is no ordinary picture of ‘the day after’ though. Sitting on ‘her’ skirt below are beautifully wrapped gifts that create wonder in your mind how they sit there unopened…all the wonder to wonder! Why are these gifts displayed there when all the festivities of life are already over? Was someone in the family sick (highly likely this year!!) or just unable to have Christmas? Any kid might say ‘who leaves gifts there AFTER Christmas!!??’

Would you ever leave a gift unopened around the tree all the way until after the New Year (or February for you procrastinators)? Wouldn’t you kind of at least be tempted to stow that beaut in the closet so you didn’t have to look at it? I am 200 words in and full of questions, ain’t I? All the talk of presents under the tree sent me to 8 year old thinking, which is 90% questions as you know! A parallel analogy can be made of life in general. Have you ever observed someone who seemed to leave their obvious gift unopened (their life potential)? For my thinking, that is seen regularly in sports…ask many a first round drafted athlete who had a short career!! Let’s consider this analogy like a Christmas coloring page of Santa…if you like Senor Saint Nic in a green suit, they are your crayons my friend.

Before the final buttress, consider this final observation. How would you truly feel if it were time to open gifts and they hand you one. You sit there with it in your lap the whole evening but never get to open it. One thing sure, if this is the 8 year old, forget it! That child would be like a Mexican jumping bean! A myriad of emotions would flow through you as you sit there anticipating what could possibly be inside. All the potential of possibilities lying there dormant to be undiscovered. How truly awful that would be! In my life I can think of only a few things sadder than a person sitting through life either unable to open their gift, or not allowed to.

These are the sort of threads I enjoy because it applies to everyone. It is both everyday life and spiritual life. Everyone can find something in this concept. Approaching 50 in a year and a half, there have been many times I felt like my gifts were unrealized, unwanted, or underappreciated. In my personal life that is both career/personal and spiritual. The funny thing about learning is we don’t usually know when we are ignorant (we don’t know what we don’t know!). All that said, let’s begin ‘crayoning  the Santa’.

Depressuralizational Bearings

 

How do we de-pressure life? A wildly large topic to just leap off the bridge into the icy waters with I know, but it is one I have been chewing on for some time. It’s a Wednesday night after Survivor and my wife and I will catch the show called Seal (or Seal team?) before we fade out. It brings me to the point early on here, both shows revolve around pressure in and of themselves. Survivor is the ultimate social pressure game and being special ops military is as we know ‘life altering pressure’. It is plain to me that we all have gifted to us a different level of capabilities in handling pressure naturally. I don’t know about most of you, but this guy already knows if he took his wife on Amazing Race our episode ends with us driving off the cliff after making a tragic wrong turn Thelma and Louise style!!!

If you’ve ever read a single thing I’ve shared, you can probably guess what the other side of the coin is: supernatural! What then is the complex make up of supernatural pressure? I shared in one of the R.W.B. Pearls once about our pressures related to the function of a water heater. The water flows in, it is heated in a tank built for pressurization, and flows on to source out hot water. The main thing you will notice on a standard water heater is the Pressure Relief Valve (I think some call it a T&P also). The pressure from within builds up and basically needs an outlet so the tank doesn’t explode or whatever it would do in failure. The pressure hits a point where it pushes the valve open, but only when that pressure is released.

Our life is similar to that water heater. We are just good ol’ cold water flowin’ chill like the underside of the pillow. We would love to say in this cool state without putting so much hot pressure on us to keep up with all the pressures of life. There are a myriad of pressures: our problems, others problems, our work, our dreams, our attempts to help others, and hello…relationships in general!! The good news is I have found something that has helped me no matter the pressure. There are times I am just wide awake at 2 or 3 in the morning. I can feel when there is pressure going on and what I need to do. I have learned that Jesus wants to take these pressures from me because He has a pressure-less tank! I am able to tell Him my problems, issues, and He gives me peace. Who doesn’t want peace?

This isn’t by any means an easy process! Words cannot describe all I feel at times. There are days I just have to wrestle it out a lot…but if I don’t learn to do that, the pressure just increases. We can all think of someone we know that shows signs of the pressure affecting their lives significantly. If you’ve ever met someone who has faced some serious battles in their lives, how they dealt with (or didn’t) the pressure shaped their path going forward. It all comes to a tipping point: what is your foundation of life set upon? For me personally, I can only see Jesus helping me…I simply can’t see anything else. There are days it takes some time to sort things out, but in that process I learn trust and it leads to peace. I do believe anyone can have the same peace. It doesn’t make thing perfect and off the chain, but it will de-pressurize a lot of the weight you carry.

I do invite you to share what helps you. It’s ok if it’s a little different or you don’t understand Jesus at all (many do not). I know there have been a lot of poor reps for Jesus out there, but I also know Truth is not relative! Thinkin’ this is one of those multi parters my friends. I realized in starting this one it could have went a million directions.

 

2017 Waxing Poetic

It isn’t very often I free form, pretending I am writing in a journal that no one will see including myself rereading it, but a year ends and waxing poetic calls to me. I am not always quick to ponder the past year, but today I find myself looking back at ol’ ’17 as if to say ‘it’s time for you to go dang it!’

I do see that with more age comes better perspective. Most people may not respond after this years events as I would. Knowing I had to leave a group of friends and getting laid off within weeks of each other. I am surprised how much freer I am after both events. Yes, it took some healing time and willingness for true perspective, but now it is taken care of instead of an open wound. It feels now like I am grateful for it all in spite of it’s harshness, but glad it is finished too! I had to stomp my boots on the rose colored glasses I wore in regards to the old friends and be honest about my old job that it wasn’t near my heart’s desire regardless. I have long believed that God does not bring me to anything that He cannot carry me through.

In 2017 I come away with two big things about God and His nature. 1.) Sometimes I must allow Him to do hard things that are creating my good! 2.) He is truly always good regardless of my perspective at the time. So I realize that losing something that I thought was great for me is Him doing good. I don’t know about you, but I would rather hurt temporarily to avoid a continual cycle of dysfunction!!! I look forward to another year of learning about the relationship between God and myself.

R.W.B. Pearls 12-3-17 (#1)

 

I used to work maintenance at a retirement facility. Each year I cruised through 58 condos and 6 houses to flush the water heaters as part of routine maintenance. At the bottom of a water heater is the boiler drain, to flush the water out routinely (to clean the inside out basically). At the top, usually on the right hand side is a pressure relief valve. It is called a T&P in case you want the heck to know.

The water heater is designed with this so as pressure builds up in the heating of the water, it can from time to time release the air pressure. When that part is not working it may allow it to spit water all around. It is a safety feature essentially. He has plumbed us with a pressure relief valve too. It is the language of the Spirit, speaking in tongue/prayer language. So that our words don’t get in the way and we can speak as He speaks. This is by no means the only use for tongues, just one I share here. The pressures of life can push us to a point we need to release that spiritual pressure, and for me I have learned the essential need to do that. This last round for me showed me the importance of His guidance in releasing that pressure in my prayer language