Don’t Be Like Joe

Back in college, I had a friend named Joe. He was funny and smart and deep. And he wore Hawaiian shirts with mismatched print sleep pants, so even better. But from time to time Joe would do something incredibly stupid.

One time, after he told me the story of how something he had done had gone all to shit, I asked him, “what did you think was going to happen when you did this thing that quite predictably lead to a bad outcome?” (Because I’m super sensitive like that.)

He responded, “see, that’s the difference between you and me. You would have I thought it out. I just got an idea, thought of all the reasons it would work and went with it.”

Don’t be like Joe. Be like Rebecca. Think things through.

Random Thoughts

Some days I can handle more stupid, some days I can handle less stupid.

We need to learn to respect each other’s limitations.

My brain is very, very tired right now.

Some days my random thoughts are more interesting than others.

This should make up for it:

I saw a mamma fox with three kits tonight. A little later and a few miles away I saw what may well be the dad.

Did you know that foxes can be domesticated?

We shouldn’t domesticate animals we aren’t willing or able to take super good care of.

We should take super good care of the animals we domesticate.

I’m considering becoming a vegetarian.

Is the prevalence of mental illness related to not having enough time to sit and think?

Do animals sit and think? Or maybe just observe closely?

My 4 year old just learned how to open child proof caps. I’m so proud.

Send help!

Your Daily Cud

Random thoughts to ponder during your lunch break . . .

There are many worse things than death.

“No Crapping in the Middle of the Living room!”

I have some argumentative children.  Quarrelsome, you could say.  Sometimes they will do something mind bogglingly absurd and then try to defend themselves by saying, “you never told me I couldn’t [paint the dog with gravy]/[microwave a stuffed animal]/[tell relatives how much I enjoy setting things on fire and seeing how long it takes for them to call you to express concern]/etc.”  To which my standard response is always, “I also never told you not to crap in the middle of the living room floor!  There are some things you shouldn’t have to tell people not to do!”  It’s crazy the things kids get in their heads to do sometimes.

Interestingly, God has faced these same sort of struggles with us, albeit with much more serious issues:

“They have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Baal – something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.”

Like particularly evil children, the Hebrews had managed to come up with a way to do something so ridiculous that it hadn’t even entered into the mind of God to tell them not to do it!  Now that takes some doing.

Looking through some of the old Levitical codes, you can almost imagine the exasperation that God must have experienced having to tell people, “no, you cannot have sex with animals. That’s gross.”

I can just imagine God trying to negotiate the pitfalls of handing a set of rules to Moses that the people could actually follow and that moved them as far away from barbarity and towards love as he could get them:

MOSES: So, who can people marry?

GOD: Well, you can’t marry a sibling or a parent, that’s for sure.

MOSES: How about your mother-in-law?

GOD: Your mother-in-law?  Why would anyone want to marry their mother-in-law?  No – you can’t marry your mother-in-law!

MOSES: OK, no mother-in-laws.

If we think that some of the old laws of the OT are bad, just think of what they were replacing!  No crapping in the living room, indeed!

I think about weird things


Illustration from The Upside Down World by my sister Cindy

At the very end of my book The Upside Down World – A Book of Wisdom in Progress, I have a section which I called “Quantum Christianity”.  It consists of several pages of fairly random notes about a variety of subjects ranging from quantum physics to abortion.  I don’t usually makes notes, but I do usually think about a variety of odd things.  I like thought experiments.  I like logic puzzles.  I like looking for odd connections between seemingly unrelated things.  My favorite item from this section of the book is this thought experiment: What if everything in existence -galaxies, quarks, people, cells in your body – experienced its lifespan as a hundred years long?

I don’t know why, but I do spend an unusual amount of time thinking about weird things.  My 16 year old keeps telling me that I need to get a hobby – other than thinking.  So, in the spirit of “Quantum Christianity”, here are some of the odd things that I’ve been thinking about lately:

1. Motion as a source of clean energy.  I have heard of using the motion of vehicles and foot traffic to create power, but I wonder if there might be a way to capture the deep motions of the earth in order to create power.  Perhaps technology from a super sensitive seismograph machine and material that amplifies motion together?

2. How the progression of technology – particularly new forms of communication – affect our understanding of God and spirituality.  Until a little over 100 years ago, no one had ever heard the voice of someone who wasn’t there  unless they were mystics or crazy.  But now its common place.  Does the experience of carrying on a relationship via telephone enhance our ability to have a real relationship with God?  What about internet relationships?  Some of them are very real and rely on typed words to be created.  Does this make us more open to interacting with the words of scripture in a more dynamic way – since we are more familiar with the potential problems associated with communicating via written words alone?

3. The similarity between regular dysfunctions and addictions.  Both can seem impervious to our attempts to change and both are forms of coping with a world that is too much for us.  Both require learning new, healthier ways to cope with the stresses of life.  Perhaps the reason that we hear so much about various shopping or sex or internet addictions is because the pathology of addiction is essentially the same for all forms of dysfunction.  We just don’t label it addiction unless it has physical rather than relational and emotional effects.

I would love to hear about any weird things other people find themselves thinking about!  More kindling to the fire. 😉

BTW, If you like the things I write here or found this story interesting or intriguing in any way, I hope you will consider purchasing a copy of my book, The Upside Down World.  It’s an ecclectic collection of essays, short stories, poetry, ideas, spiritual memoir and more.  In it are many of the things I have written that I personally go back to for inspiration and comfort when I need it.  The book can be purchased on Amazon.  I am also offering a buy-one-give-one deal on full price copies of the book ($12 plus $2 shipping) ordered directly from me.  For each copy of the book purchased directly from me, I will donate a copy to Transport for Christ or Freedom Works Prison Fellowship.  These are two local groups who have agreed to give copies of the book free of charge to people they minister to.  If you are interested in the buy-one-give-one offer, please email me at with “b1g1″ in the message.

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