Archive for August, 2004

I Disagree

I don’t get into the Olympics, but I found this story to be a bit over the top. Europe claims that since EU countries collectively got 82 gold medals compared to 35 won by the U.S. and 32 won by China, that they won the Olympics. Well, if each of America’s 50 states had sent athletes, instead of only sending them from the U.S. as a whole, we would have trounced all competitors.

Come to think of it, we should be sending ambassadors to the United Nations from each state instead of just one. Of course, that idea isn’t quite as good as getting us out of the U.N. completely.

One Way to be Remembered

A Diamond is forever, and now you can be too.

Superman Jailed

This weekend, Superman was thrown in jail in St. Paul, MN. He clashed with police, so the threw him in the clink.

Fortunately, he didn’t hurt anyone. The Man of Steel could do a lot of damage.

Notable Quotable

  • “Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.”

    James Wilson Lectures on Laws, 1791

My Utmost

My joy . . . your joy
That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11

What was the joy that Jesus had? It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ. The joy of Jesus was the absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice of Himself to His Father, the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. “I delight to do Thy will.” Jesus prayed that our joy might go on fulfilling itself until it was the same joy as His. Have I allowed Jesus Christ to introduce His joy to me?

The full flood of my life is not in bodily health, not in external happenings, not in seeing God’s work succeed, but in the perfect understanding of God, and in the communion with Him that Jesus Himself had. The first thing that will hinder this joy is the captious irritation of thinking out circumstances. The cares of this world, said Jesus, will choke God’s word. Before we know where we are, we are caught up in the shows of things. All that God has done for us is the mere threshold; He wants to get us to the place where we will be His witnesses and proclaim Who Jesus is.

Be rightly related to God, find your joy there, and out of you will flow rivers of living water. Be a centre for Jesus Christ to pour living water through. Stop being self-conscious, stop being a sanctified prig, and live the life hid with Christ. The life that is rightly related to God is as natural as breathing wherever it goes. The lives that have been of most blessing to you are those who were unconscious of it.

Training for Wings

I had some fun this weekend at another flight lesson. My fiancée came with me to the flight school, intending to sit in the car and get some work done while I was flying. She came in with me, to use the bathroom, and I introduced her to my instructor. When I was done with the pre-flight and ready to go up, we headed to the plane. My instructor wondered where my fiancée was. I told him she was in the car, working. He figured she was coming with. Knowing that was okay with him, I went and got her. She put her work off for a while to enjoy some flying.

I worked on some ground reference maneuvers, such as turns around a point, S-Turns, and rectangular courses. It went well. I hadn’t done them in three years, but seemed to pick up on it pretty quickly.

I’m hoping to only have two or three more lessons doing things other than practice landings, and only a few doing landings. Conceivably, I could solo again before the end of September. Very exciting!!!

Great Quote

  • Republicans have to work twice as hard because Democrats vote twice as often.

    “Original Cyberpunk” Bruce Bethke

Notable Quotable

  • “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”

    Thomas Jefferson to Charles Hammond, 1821.

My Utmost

Am I convinced by Christ?
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not . . ., but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. – Luke 10:19

Jesus Christ says, in effect, Don’t rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me. The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you. You never can measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus Christ. Keep your relationship right with Him, then whatever circumstances you are in, and whoever you meet day by day, He is pouring rivers of living water through you, and it is of His mercy that He does not let you know it. When once you are rightly related to God by salvation and sanctification, remember that wherever you are, you are put there by God; and by the reaction of your life on the circumstances around you, you will fulfil God’s purpose, as long as you keep in the light as God is in the light.

The tendency to-day is to put the emphasis on service. Beware of the people who make usefulness their ground of appeal. If you make usefulness the test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure that ever lived. The lodestar of the saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. All that Our Lord heeds in a man’s life is the relationship of worth to His Father. Jesus is bringing many sons to glory.

Notable Quotable

  • “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.

    James Madison in The Federalist