Patience

Patience

Patience (mp3)

Patience. It can seem a waste of time, irresponsible, lazy, incompetent, out of touch, uncaring. We want to solve problems at their roots, nip them in the buds, and be preemptive to be preventative. Diligence is proactive. Is it different from patience?

Not everything requires us to make the first move. Dodging and blocking punches can lead to a quicker victory by exhausting the opponent.

Without patience, all bread would be flat. Frosting would melt off the cake. We’d never have butter, ice cream, or even cream for that matter.

With more patience, we might have a little less war.  · · · →

The Need We Didn’t Want

The Need We Didn’t Want

The Need We Didn’t Want (mp3)

If Heaven were a cuisine, it would be anything but junk food. It’s spicy. The lemonade is strong. The romaine lettuce is so bitter you can barely swallow it. And that’s what it means to be healthy. Praise God that God doesn’t give us sugar and chocolate every time we ask for it.

The little pockets of sobriety and sanity have kept the darkness at bay for centuries. Islam can’t attack America while Israel stands. Island nations prevent war in Southeast Asia. And truth-telling friends sure are inconvenient—though a lot less inconvenient than the alternatives.  · · · →

People Need a Grandpa

People Need a Grandpa

People Need a Grandpa (mp3)

Common enemies create temporary unity. The American public retains the power in America, regardless of how rich and powerful Washington and its cronies are. That powerful public, though divided by the near-identical bipolar DNA that news-infotainment and Churchianity hold in common, is being stirred to action.

People are pooling money. Tea Party rallies attract Democrats. Pundits comment on “third party” options—even if they dismiss the options, they comment nonetheless. But our infighting hasn’t stopped.

America’s third party won’t be consummated by rallies or funding, but by a grandpa who understands the family and knows the murky river’s fordable crossing.  · · · →

In Changing Tides Rise

In Changing Tides Rise

In Changing Tides Rise (mp3)

In changing times, it is easy to become afraid. Our natural tendency is toward self-defense and hiding. Sometimes, the best defense is offense—sometimes. That’s the thinking of the masses during times of change.

Fools are often their own worst enemies. Evil men are indeed foolish or they wouldn’t be evil. And evil is what people fear during times of change. From the viewpoint of understanding, change isn’t something to fear.

When the tide comes in, rise. Don’t fight, don’t resist, don’t quit, and don’t fear. Sometimes, an even better defense strategy is to just do nothing at all.  · · · →