Some thoughts on politics

August 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

Below is a comment I posted on Facebook that got a lot of response. I think about politics quite a bit and it has been disturbing to see the state of things as of late. More disturbing is that we do not think about this in a Christ-like way that the lack of civility really comes from the people and not the politicians. So here is my mini-reflection for what it is worth:

 

 

A couple things stuck me today. For all the conversation about how negative both presidential campaigns are being, if you read Facebook you see negativity and hatred (both sides) that makes the presidential campaign mild. No wonder politicians are so negative; do you think it might be perhaps because the people they lead are the same? Then we have the economy. Its easy to blame a particular party, branch of government or president, but isn’t it ironic that after years of living outside of our means as a people, piling on debt, giving less, spending more and expecting things we have not earned that our government would follow suit? Perhaps some self-reflection might yield an understanding that if we are the problem, that we too should be the solution?

Routine, Habit and Change

August 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

This time of year always has me yearning for and thinking about routine. As the summer comes to an end and the school year starts I am always more than ready for a regular schedule and routine. As much as I love summer, its about two weeks too long for me. I am someone who like adventure, diversity and change. I get bored if things stay the same and so I always enjoy a great conversation, something new in my day and a new opportunity. This fall I am teaching my first ever solo undergraduate course. It should be a great new adventure.

Even though I do love adventure, I am truly a creature of habit. It takes a long time to form a habit and a short time to lose it, and I have been more of a victim of losing habit as of late than forming habits. It’s a challenge I need to take on this school year. I also love routine. As much diversity as I have in life and in my schedule, I find great joy, strength and peace in routine. While the change of pace that comes in summer is nice, I love having a regular schedule and a regular routine that also allows for change, diversity in more. I recognize that my love for routine and habit is mostly personality, but it is also a spiritual issue today. If I get outside of habit and routine, I find that I lose my focus on God with greater ease. One of the goals of any disciple should be discipline, and so discipline comes more readily in habit, routine, and schedule (at least for me). Ironically as much as I crave habit and routine, it takes me a week to get used to it. I lost some of my ferocious discipline that is normally a characteristic of my life this spring and summer and I am optimistically looking forward to getting it back!