Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Roller Coaster Slipped Off the Tracks - Again

Dear Fellow Folders,

My intent was to write one, maybe two posts a week, about the 100-Fold life. But I forgot something: When you live the 100-Fold life, or Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, occasionally the coaster slips off the tracks! Writing during those times can be difficult, but it did provide ample time to study my Bible, read a few Christian related books, and oddly enough, little time to pray! I simply found myself carried by the prayers of friends and family. I did pray a lot of "Help!" But that is as deep as I went.

Unfortunately, during all of this I contracted some kind of virus or infection, and the doctor can't give me the medicine until the tests results come back, otherwise, he claims, it could make it worse. Oy.

I have many topics brewing in the wings. Ones that I hope will be of help to my seven followers.  I've also had a few epiphanies, a couple of frustrations (I know, I should be too mature in Christ to be frustrated), and some clarifications that I will share, in no particular order, and possibly not that spiritual.

  1. I've read 100's of Christian related books (if not more), and I've noticed in the more recently published books that there is a trend to ensure that the writer receive full accolades for their "idea." I'm reading a book on prophecy, and I'm half-way through, and the guy has pointed out no less than 10 times, that he was the first in the country to have this particular type of awakening. Why? I don't think you can copyright the gift of prophecy, and just because you add a different spin on it, does that make it an original topic, a "first?" And further, aren't we supposed to give God the glory?
  2. That brings me to my next frustration: God is the originator of the arts. Why don't our song writers, book authors, etc...have more fresh original stuff that the world wants to copy - rather than the other way around?
  3. I am not a theologian. I'm just a Christian who has lived enough life for three people, and throughout the trials, I have determined not to quit. I don't even know if there is a place for my blog, because my life is a square peg surrounded by a world of round holes. And, as much as I want cute, sweet, blog material to encourage others how to have the great Christian American dream, that's not my call. Nor can I tell you what the significance of certain ancient cities represent in the Old Testament. My hope is that this blog offers comfort to those in trouble with the comfort that I have received from God (2 Corinthians 1:4). Maybe there's already a blog out there doing this, and doing it better.
  4. Another book I have read recently offered this gem: If you pretend you're not offended and hurt by something another person does to you, purposefully or not, that that is a form of pride. And you can't forgive them unless you confess that they really hurt you! That hit home for me, after all, as a 100-Fold Christian I have been through too much to allow the little slights to imbed themselves into my heart. Wrong. I will confess this to you: Two men that I work with don't like helping a certain type of customer, and they've asked me to take over for them. As a team player, I said, "Sure." Another co-worker complained to our boss that I spend too much time working with those customers! It's so small, but it's like the Chinese water torture - I'm dripped on daily, until finally, something as small as this, hurts and offends me. I can't go running to my boss, because I'm still trying for that promotion, and the enemy uses that knowledge to pick at me. I confess that I've been prideful about offenses, and I have ample opportunity to forgive.
  5. I wish I could truly love the unloveable. It's one of the topics I'm studying and praying about. 
  6. Every Christian puts their own spin on what they believe Christianity is, so that means there are 224,457,000 doctrines in the United States. And that doesn't include those who consider themselves "spiritual," but not Christians. No wonder kids are so confused about what to believe. 
Have to get ready for work. I just wanted to check in to let you know I have not abandoned this blog, and God willing, I'll be back posting something useful on a regular basis. 


  1. I guess I can speak for myself, but I had/have no doubt this blog will both continue and thrive.

    1. I have very little stomach for reading Christian non-fiction - I'm sure that's to my detriment. For some reason, I find them very grating. It would be cool if you could maybe do a review of titles that you feel are worth reading.

    2. Good question. Wish I had a good answer!

    3. Please, no "cute and sweet"!

    4. I hope you develop this idea into a full post...

    5. This one is still way beyond me... maybe someday...

    6. I've wrestled with this truth for a few years now... it's kind of deflating/depressing to me. I try to look at it positively, this idea that we all seem to have our own version of God...

    Thanks for checking in. I'll keep you in my prayers, re: the virus thing.

    1. Dave,
      I never thought of doing Christian book reviews! You're right about there being slim pickin's:
      I'm forcing my self to finish both the prophecy book and a non-fiction because I paid for them.

      To be honest, I've actually combed my memory trying to remember "uplifting" Christian experiences to write about - I'll have to start putting them on paper so I don't get labeled the Debbie Downer of Blogspot :)

      As always, prayers are greatly appreciated.