Gary Smalley, a gifted family counselor and founder of the Smalley Relationship Center, conceived a simple personality test using four animals as examples; the lion is used in his demonstration as one who tends to have inherent leadership potential, but is also fraught with some significant relational challenges. I’m thinking the Apostle Paul was, perhaps, one of these:
Bob is pretty fascinated with the superhero phenom in our culture. At the time of this writing, we just returned last night from a date (yes, couples should still date after 36 years…) to the local theatre where we saw Captain America-Civil War. No spoiler alert in case you’re one of the handful who hasn’t seen it, but as the title implies, it’s the flick in the interminable series where the supers duke it out against each other.
I guess they haven’t read that part about “a house divided against itself…”
Anyway, as a society we congregate over these fantasies for several reasons, some more ominous than others. In fact, a good blogging buddy of mine, Oneta at Sweet Aroma, left me this comment:
“And while we build supermen in the sky, on earth we live so far below what God has available for us.”
Water. Simple H2O. We drink it, fish in it, splash each other with it in the summertime. Then in the winter, we shovel it, make snowmen out of it, and sometimes shovel it some more. And most significantly, at least here in the US of A, we tend to take it for granted, (our brethren in California notwithstanding.)
When the girls were in school, we were flying over St. Louis on a family vaca. It was just after an unusually disastrous downpour in the Midwest, and the aerial view of the city was amazing, sad, but amazing. St. Louis was basically under water. While up in the air, I was perusing a newspaper. Someone had taken sequential photos from the same deluge, again from an aerial viewpoint, of a beautiful big farmhouse next to a dam. The photographer caught it all: the dam breaking, the water rushing unrestrained toward the now-unprotected home, Continue reading “Hand me the hose”