Leight Hearted Babble

When I’m gone…
March 24, 2010, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I want to be known as a good guy.

I want to be thought of as trustworthy and faithful.

I hope that people think of me as smart, caring, compassionate, articulate, courageous, faithful, and generous.

But, most of all, when I’m gone, I want people to say, “That guy loved Jesus.”

Sadly, I’m not there…



Did he just say that?!
March 20, 2010, 1:50 pm
Filed under: politics

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

“There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something…When the deal goes down, all this talk about rules… we make ’em up as we go along.”

– Rep. Alcee Hastings (D- FL)

The above statement was made today in a meeting of the Rules Committee of the House of Representatives.

The Rules Committee is charged with setting the rules for debate on the House floor. These are the people who determine how debate will go down and for how long. They also decide the voting procedures. They are meeting today to set the rules for debate preceding tomorrows Health Care vote.

Representative Hastings words reveal the attitude of the Democrats concerning this legislation. They are willing to shred the constitution in their efforts to get this disaster of a bill passed.

UPDATE: Yep, He said it!

There’s a first time for everything.
March 19, 2010, 2:14 pm
Filed under: politics

Until just a few moments ago I had never called a Congressman.

I guess I never really felt the need. But, the closer President Obama’s HealthCare Reform comes to being law, the more I feel the need to at least voice my opposition.

I’m an optimist and can usually find some positive in whatever comes my way. So, even though I’m strongly opposed to this reform, I don’t think it’ll be the death of America if it passes. However, if you respect the rule of law and the Constitution you have to be a little concerned about how it’s coming about.

I am.

That’s why I just called Ohio Congressman Charlie Wilson’s office. I don’t live in Ohio, but, all of Alabama’s Representatives have pledged to vote No and Rep. Wilson is one of the remaining undecided votes. His decision will affect me so I wanted to let him know how I felt.

You should too.

(I was tempted to give out names and phone numbers but, if you don’t care enough to look them up, you shouldn’t be calling anyway.)

What will tomorrow bring?
March 17, 2010, 10:24 pm
Filed under: devotional thoughts, faith

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

– James 4:13-15 (ESV)

What if tomorrow is the worst day of your life?

Better yet, what if tomorrow is the last day of your life?

This is a question that I ask my students sometimes. It’s a question that we need to ask ourselves every now and then because we all like to pretend that we know what tomorrow is gonna bring when, in reality, we’re not promised our next breath. And, even if the next breath comes it may not be pleasant.

I came home this evening to learn that a dear friend had passed away unexpectedly. He was only in his late 40’s and seemed relatively healthy. He left behind a wife and son who’s in college.

It’s times like these that I remember that I’m not in control and I’m not really sure what tomorrow will bring. I make my plans and prepare for life, but when it comes down to it, I can’t say with any level of certainty what’s around the corner.

So what do you do with that? How do we live life knowing that tomorrow could be the worst day of our lives?

All we can do is acknowledge that we are ignorant and weak, but God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and good. Let us trust in Christ who told his disciples in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

As we plan our days, let us do so with a humble heart knowing that God alone controls the length of our days. Let us also look to the future with the peace that comes from knowing that Christ has overcome the world.

Life, while uncertain, is not hopeless!

Spurgeon on…
March 13, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: devotional thoughts, faith, Spurgeon

…the weakness of the church and God’s ability to sustain the victory:

“You need not fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the nations: Chrysostoms may come forth from our Ragged Schools, and Augustines from the thickest darkness of London’s poverty. The Lord knows where to find His servants. He hath in ambush a multitude of mighty men, and at His word they shall start up to the battle; ‘for the battle is the Lord’s,’ and He shall get to Himself the victory. Let us abide faithful to Christ, and He, in the right time, will raise up for us a defense, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the season of peril to His church.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I have to admit there are times that I shake my head in discouragement when I consider the state of the American church. And I confess that I am, at times, part of the problem.

This word from Spurgeon, and the truth behind it, gives me comfort and encouragement.

Video killed the radio star…
March 12, 2010, 11:18 am
Filed under: devotional thoughts, random thoughts, scripture

…and Google killed the Yellow Pages!

It’s the time of year when whoever delivers the phone books is delivering the phone books. This leads me to ask the question, “when’s the last time I used a phone book?”

With Google so easily accessible from my computer or Blackberry, it’s been several years since I actually thumbed through the phone book to find a phone number or address. (Random thought: I wonder if my alphabetizing skills have been hurt by this fact.)

I wondered if phone books were good for anything anymore. So, I decided to Google it and I found out you can use an old phone book for lots of things. You can stack them to make a footstool or exercise step. You can tear out the pages to use as a table cover during messy crafts.  If you’re OCD, you can make a cool pen/pencil/marker organizer. Or, my personal favorite, you can carve the face of your favorite celebrity in them.

The thought that the phone book is obsolete and will soon be useless led me to rejoice in this truth…

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

(Isaiah 40:8 ESV)

Think on that for a moment and rejoice with me.

Children and excessive stuff
March 11, 2010, 8:24 pm
Filed under: children, family, random thoughts

Have you ever noticed just how much stuff your kids have. Sometimes Crystal and I stand back and marvel at all the stuff that Fin has accumulated in his less than two years of existence. This is, no doubt, due to the fact that we have been blessed to be able to provide him with more than he needs and feel the pressure to do so. He also has multiple grand parents and great-grand parents that enjoy buying for him.

That’s not a bad thing. However, the fact that he has already accumulated so much stuff, with no signs of slowing down, does pose a few problems. Those problems, and some practical advice as to how to address them, are laid out in a great blog post that I read recently. You can read the full post here and leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Do you see a problem with children accumulating lots of stuff? Do you have any other tips as to how to manage this issue?