Random Thoughts from a Bired Train

(for those not dumb enough to decipher my idiotic subject line, take the first letter of the last word and switch it with the first letter of the word that comes before it)

Scattershooting while waiting for two tablets of Acetaminophen to kick in…

  • Had my next Perspectives class tonight. Had to leave at the break because of the aforementioned tired brain (and sore back). For four of the past six days now my head has hurt to some degree. I don’t know if it’s stress, weather, or the result of Game 6 of the World Series, but my skull seems to have had enough. So I need to come up with a few new ways to detox a tired brain. A hammock and a beach might work…
  • After much research, I’ve come to the scientific conclusion that every object has built within it an innate desire to visit the floor. Science journal article to follow…
  • Tonight’s Perspectives speaker was Jamie Hipp, the missions pastor at The Village Church here in Flower Mound. His task was to talk about God’s “meta narrative” or “big story” as seen in the Bible. From Genesis 1 onward, God has been on a mission of worship and redemption. Jamie did a good job and reminded me about how important stories are in the transmission of truth. Not just fictional stories, mind you, but all stories. Like so many others, I’ve really latched onto the concept of stories lately and how they connect with the human experience.
  • Recently I’ve been reminded of how fun it is to connect with people over a meal, like lunch. Three times in five days I broke bread with someone and just had a ball listening to them and bantering back. There’s just something about food that puts a soul at ease. Maybe that’s why so many images of Jesus and His disciples in the Gospels revolved around food. Maybe that’s why the early church emphasized the sharing of meals. We can talk all business in offices and over the phone but but a burger and a beer between us (preferably two of each so there isn’t any tussle) and everyone can take a deep breath.
  • “She has a name, you know.” That phrase of admonition was once uttered to my pastor, Steve, by his mentor, Ron Ritchie, after Steve once failed to remember the name of his server at a restaurant. Ron makes it a point to catch the names of attendants and servers and repeat them back so that a personal connection is made. His thought process is awesome — Everyone has a name. Everyone has value. Lately I’ve been trying to live out this teaching in my own life, self-convicted of my nonchalance towards people to wait on me in restaurants or cut my hair or whatever. So I’ve been trying to learn people’s names and act in kindness and, gasp, humor, towards them. I have a LONG way to go before I’m good at it but this past week I had some fun bantering with people and — hopefully — adding a smile to their day. I would think that most minimum-wage workers probably aren’t working their dream jobs, so keeping personal morale high is probably difficult. So if I can make someone’s drab day just a wee bit brighter, I want seize on the opportunity. At least I’ll try.
  • “Be fruitful and fill (or subdue) the earth.” This phrase was repeated to two different audiences. Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28 and Noah (and family) in Genesis 8&9. In tonight’s Perspectives class, the Genesis 1 verse was used and it got me thinking. It seems the divine command to have kids and send them out has become a poster phrase for many evangelical families. After all, it emphasizes procreation. And what can be more holy than having kids, right? I have, believe it or not, even heard singles taught to get married (regardless of love) so they can have kids and be in obedience to God. Well… I’m chalking this verse up on my imaginary chalkboard of misused and abused Bible verses (sadly, a growing list). Why did God tell this to Adam and Eve? Could it be that there were no other people on the planet? Why did God tell this to Noah and company? Ummm… no other people? Is there a point to be made about subduing the earth as part of being good stewards of God’s Creation? Most certainly. But by now the earth has been filled — in many places to overflowing. The command (if it applied outside of those to whom it was given) has been fulfilled. It no longer applies. Should people have kids? Absolutely. If they desire and are able. But they are not obligated. At least not according to the Genesis understanding of the command.

Well, the medicine has kicked in. But writing has tired me out. So… goodnight!

— John