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Recently my husband and I were discussing my frustration with some trends in social media. After he worked diligently and persuasively in attempting to explain this trend to me, he finally gave up when I still was not convinced.  He made a couple of wise-cracks about my clinging to things of the past with nostalgia and we had a good laugh.  Since then, I have been thinking about other things that I simply don’t understand.  Not because I am stupid, but because they just don’t make sense to me  So here is my current list of  stuff that I just don’t get…

1. Twitter hashtags:  Especially when these are linked between a Facebook and Twitter account.  It seems to me that people type their comment and then put hashtags that seem to state the obvious.  Why is the little # necessary?  Why not simply type the words? #whydotheyhavetocramalltheirwordstogethemakingusreadtheirohsowittycommentveryslowlyjusttotrytofigureoutwherethespacesshouldbe

2. Mustaches: As a general rule, most men do not look good with only a mustache.  I think a goatee or a nicely trimmed beard along with the mustache is fine, but unless you are Sam Elliott, Clark Gable,  or Tom Selleck, a mustache all by itself tends to look kind of creepy.  I also don’t get the obvious absence of a mustache when a man has other facial hair.  This is what I call the “Amish” look that seems to be trendy among certain groups right now.  And then there are all of the mustache products.  Mustaches on baby pacifiers.  Mustaches on drinking straws.  Mustaches on t-shirts.  I simply shake my head and wonder why.

3.Saggy pants: I know this one receives quite a bit of attention, but seriously people, PULL UP YOUR PANTS!!! I don’t want to see your underwear.  I don’t want my child to see your underwear.  No one else does either.  How can you expect anyone to respect you when they are looking at your Fruit of the Looms, your belt is around your knees, and your waddle like a penguin?

4. Picture Poses: over the past year or so, I have noticed a developing movement in which (usually) young ladies pose for a picture with each other with their inner arms wrapped around each other’s waists and they each have their outside hand on their hip.  While this pose certainly is good for the arms and the whole 3/4 slimming view of the body, when they press their bellies together they look like conjoined twins!  I laugh out loud every time I see young women post pictures of themselves in this pose on FB.  One of these days, when they are middle-aged like me, they will wonder why someone didn’t tell them how silly they looked.  Well, I just did.

The other pose that leaves me scratching my head in bewilderment is when high fashion models slump their shoulders forward while wearing a gown that costs more than our combined household income.  Countless young women in my generation where constantly reminded by our mothers to stand up straight and not slump.  Now these ladies come along and earn big bucks for slouching.  I don’t get it.  Are they weak from a lack of food?  Is the weight of the dress too much for their toothpick figures to handle?

This list is certainly not exhaustive. There are plenty of other things that I observe with wonder.  Why do people purposely spell their children’s names wrong, dooming the kid to a life of correcting people?  Why do some parents spend tons of money on the perfect outfit for their children to wear to church, but then hand them the iphone or PSP and let the kids play all through church?  Shouldn’t they worry more about their children receiving the message and learning how to worship than how they look?  Well, you get the idea.  I think that what I have realized is that I am probably much more old-fashioned than I once believed.  Many others look at me and my family and just don’t get some of the things we do. But I’m ok with that.

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I haven’t written on this blog in way too long.  Not that I haven’t had anything to write about.  Perhaps because I had too much to say.  So now begins my re-emergence into the blogosphere.  I wrote the following recently as a guest-writer for our church enews and thought I’d share.

As our study of the Gospel of Mark continues this week, we will explore the call of the disciples.  Jesus said “Follow me” and Peter, Andrew, James, and John immediately left their nets and followed Jesus into the unknown.  When I read that passage, I ask myself how often I am willing to be obedient, without questioning God.  My typical response is to pray and ask God to show me where He wants me to go, what He wants me to do when I get there, and with whom I will be taking these steps.  I want control.  But I know that Jesus wants all of me.  Not when I receive the answers to the questions I ask.  He desires my obedience now. 

Isn’t this the same message that we tell our children?  When I ask Michael Charles to do a task, I don’t want him to question or delay.  I want him to place his trust, respect, and love in my decisions and be obedient, resting in the knowledge that I would never lead him astray.  I become frustrated with my son when he does not immediately comply with my requests because I feel like he is questioning my authority as his parent.  Is this how God feels when I disobey?  When I barter and question and ask for signs?  Does my Holy Father feel that I am not trusting in His sovereign plan for my life?  He promises that His plans are “for good, and not for harm” (Jer 29:11), but do I take Him at His Word?  What better example can I give my son than to demonstrate for him a life of obedience to God? 

Peter, Andrew, James, John and the other disciples were taken on a journey that I’m sure they never anticipated.  They were often without shelter or food. They were often in danger or fear for their lives.  They were separated from their loved ones.  And yet they had the privilege to be chosen as members of Jesus’ inner circle and to walk in the footsteps of their Savior every day.  My prayer for us all is that we would be obedient to God’s call on our lives.  That we would willingly go where he sends us.  That we would model trust and awe and respect of our Lord for our children and the world around us. 

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