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The Weekly Round-Up 1/21/12

January 21, 2012 2 comments

It’s that time again.  Time for the weekly round-up of what happened on the blog.

Traffic was up compared to the previous week.  I’m not sure what is driving it, but I’ll take it.

Church Search #8 was the most viewed post of the week.  It was also the last as I begin a new series of posts that discuss our first year of assimilation into our new church.

Thoughts On Martin Luther King Day drove a lot of views.  I discussed a couple of book, Guns of the South, which I’ve read and Bloodlines, which I want to read.

(Possibly The Last) 140 Words (More or Less) On Lists discusses how we make lists of what will please God.  I also threw out the possibility of this being the last Twitterific Thursday 14o Word post.  It ended up being the most viewed 140 Word post in a while.  I decided that I won’t retire it completely.  What I may do is make it a semi-regular post that is not really tied to any particular day.

Throw The Baby Out was my favorite post of the week.  I discussed how we have the tendency to discount any good someone does because of the bad they do.

Whatever?!? took a phrase used by a character on Full House and asked if I  take a whatever approach to people or do I treat them as God’s treasures?

Yesterday’s post, Waiting, was written because yesterday I spent much of my day waiting while Jan had surgery.  God wants us to wait on Him and gives us plenty of other opportunities to practice.

Whatever!?!

January 15, 2012 3 comments

You might not have been cool like me.  You might have stayed home and watched Full House from 1987 through 1995 while it was on TV.  Me?  I was out having fun on Friday nights.

Those who stayed home on Friday night have told me that there was a character named D.J. who had a friend named Kimmy who had a boyfriend named Duane.  Those same people told me that whenever Duane was asked a question, he would answer, “Whatever!?!”  They say that Duane just had a nonchalant, not caring attitude toward almost everything.  If I had watched the show instead being out having fun, I might be able to testify to it.

Depending on what group you belong to or who you listen to, today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  And you are asking, “What does that have to do with Full House, Duane and Whatever!?!

I’m afraid that many of us, like Duane,  take a Whatever approach to life.  We take the same attitude.  We just don’t care.  We don’t care about things.  We especially don’t care about people.  We, as a society, don’t seem to care about life.  Sometimes we, the Church, do the same thing.

Sure, we care about being pro-life and hate abortion.  We all want to help kids.  But do we care about life elsewhere? Do we care about life inside the church?

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Why I Quit Being A Hater.  In it I said that I was going to quit being a “hater”.  I was going to let my love for Christ flow through and quit being negative.  Like I told my friend, David, this week, this is easier to say and write than to put into practice.

So, what does Sanctity of Human Life mean to me?  Sure, like I said above,  it means that I hate the thought of abortion.  However, it means much more to me.  It means that I want to promote a culture of life.  It means that I want to uplift others.

How do I put that into practice?

If you’re a regular reader you know that I am looking for a new church.  Perhaps we are about to zero in on that.  We are about to meet a lot of new people.  If we join this church, we are going to be gaining new brothers and sisters in our lives.  How will I live with them?

Will I live with them in unity?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Will I let no unwholesome word proceed from my mouth and only speak good words that will edify my new brothers and sisters?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Will I consider how to stimulate everyone to love and good deeds?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Will I be an encourager?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Will I speak the truth in love, with the attitude of building them up instead of tearing them down?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Obviously, you know what I want to do.  My prayer is that I follow through on this.

How about you?  Do you take a Whatever approach when it comes to others?  Or do you look for opportunities to build them up?