The Point
The Point

Never as they Seem

The known and the unknown… Are they?

One reason police investigations can take time is evasion and elusion. Villains deceive. That’s what they do. If every crime was as simple as it is made to seem then there would be no need for any police, courts, laws—in fact, if every first guess was right, we wouldn’t even need schools, books, or even language for that matter.

We wouldn’t even need protests, if all things were as they appear.

So, whomever you think the enemy is, just might be your friend. Whoever helps you fight him is probably your puppetmaster.

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Blessed Shortcuts

Problems are rarely as they may seem. The term “blessing in disguise” doesn’t do justice most of the time. The better the disguise, the bigger the blessing.

Shell-shocked wartime veterans never fully get past the hidden enemies of the past. Maybe it’s time history not repeat itself. Anyone can be new.

Memories of enemies are always bigger than enemies themselves. Headlines of “war” always sell better than headlines of “peace”. Those little “set-backs” we run into along the way are often times shortcuts to the very victories we seek. With everyone being in such a hurry, don’t hate the shortcuts.  · · · →

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Patience of Vision

Movers and shakers always have a list of things they wish they could get done today, but just can’t. A thousand other projects keep their plans in limbo.

It would seem that God might feel the same way, which is why many good things haven’t happened yet. But, God is not “slow” as some count slowness.

So, perhaps those plans we have for today really aren’t for today.

Everything has it’s place and time. The things that can be for today and tomorrow will be. If tomorrow is the only day a thing can happen, it will probably be best.  · · · →

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The Podcast

Test as You Roadmap

As I code, much of my work is replacing constants with variables. Some involves updates. Some involves laying in dependencies for new features I want. But, a lot of my work also involves going back and making my old programs more flexible than they were before. The things I originally thought wouldn’t change eventually need to. Code is more powerful and useful if it has more things that can change. It sort of reminded me of the expectations we develop from our own cultures, then everything we “know” doesn’t work once we travel, or have children.  · · · →

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Foresight Survival

All the little, petty reasons why people win or fail—whether business, administration, love, or war—aren’t the actual reasons. Those are the excuses. We actually win and lose according to the foresight of greater players: high-rollers in power, visionaries, good and bad angels, and the God of everyone’s molecules.

“Big picture painters” rarely target those who see them, even their enemies. Call it a “professional courtesy”, but people who see a thing before it makes smoke on the horizon, who recognize the lowering sea before the tsunami breaks the horizon… their prize is the same as their price: survival.

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Foresight Missed into Being

If this life is focused on a God-given test of our ability to love, then it is a teaching test that trains us through what we miss.

All the things we seek turn out to be the very things we failed to grab when opportunity presented itself. Visions are birthed in pain. Foresight is our anecdote to our past blindness.

This is true of everyone.

What makes us different is learning foresight earlier or later. The timing is a symphony of circumstance, people in our lives to lovingly make us miss out while explaining why, and our willingness to care.  · · · →

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