Friday, June 24, 2011
My mind reaches for something, only to grasp in its hands this morning's breeze.
I'm looking through memories and futures, unsatisfied.
Finally I see, longing to be filled, a plastic cup.
Cute poem, but Romans 8:8 convicted me to look at Ephesians 2:1-10.
By Grace Through Faith
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
(Ephesians 2:1-10 ESV)
Monday, June 13, 2011
Brain washing is generally frowned upon. I think we forget sometimes that we are influenced heavily by the world around us, through the media especially, and of course by the people we meet face to face on a daily basis. The influence of another person is sometimes unintentional, and other times intentional. Dictators and power abusers have used this as a method to dominate, control, and manipulate the people (unfortunate people) that they "take care of."
I like this term "brain washing" because I see several meanings within it. I picture a brain being violently shaken in a bowl of water, it's an unsettling image. Or in a washing machine, also unsettling. Adding detergent now... (I use classic Son brand)
Although brain washing has been misused as a tool to manipulate, it can be a valuable tool for an individual. So be careful what you watch, what you hear. And whatever you find and keep in your brain, make sure it's something worth keeping.
This blog post itself is an attempt to brainwash you!
Why use stale water? Let your brain get a nice rinse in a gushing river, or feel the refreshment of precipitation.
Here's a link to a song by Odd Thomas - Bad Brains