October 6th, 2007

I Believe

thoughts about accomplishing things

Something occurred to me last night as I was scanning 50183842793489 pages for my theology paper and reading 23458198573465 pages for class...

During the seven years I took off between undergrad and seminary, I was at home much of the time. I was certainly not idle--I was often writing quite prolifically. But I was often rather inactive physically. I am now extremely active and learning to manage my health along with this. As I was reading my chapters about Paul last night, I realized that he was both active and prolific as a writer. And he didn't live an extremely long life. Unlike some of our retired missionaries who are still making trips to their countries when they are well into their 80s, he perhaps lived into his 60s. If I look at other figures in church history, this is not an uncommon pattern. Thomas Aquinas wrote his 4,000-page Summa Theologica and lived only to the age of 54. That was not his only accomplishment.

So... Given the fact that I have no idea how long I will live, I cannot afford to be idle, even though I must take occasional days of rest for the benefit of my health. What could I accomplish in a short amount of time if I truly devoted myself? I never realized that I could write so much in so little time... When I compiled all of my notes, journals, and papers from my first semester and did a word count, it came to 196,000 words. That gives a bit of new meaning to this event coming up that is commonly known as NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month), in which people drive themselves to write 50,000 words in one month. kl1964 and I discussed it once and wondered how anyone could write that much in one month. It apparently can be done. ... If you do the math, 50,000 words in a month comes out to roughly 200 words every day--and of course they must be 200 words that contribute to the development of the overall line of thinking of whatever is being written. What if I treated my whole life that way: as something that I expected to flow?

I may surpass the 196,000 words this semester between my weekly 650-word papers for theology class and my five or six 10 to 15-page papers for various classes... We shall see. I have truly missed my reflective writing time. I have been saying that I have not had time for it. I must make time... It is all part of the process of making my life flow. Otherwise my life simply speeds away, and at the end I will regret that it has gone by and I do not remember it.

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I Believe

more thoughts on short but well-lived life

Another short life... I looked up Stanley Grenz on Google--he is the author of a huge theology text we used in one of my courses last year as well as numerous other books. He died in 2005 at age 55. I am experiencing a bit of a wake-up call about how I will be spending my time from now on. If I want to accomplish so much in my life, what am I willing to sacrifice in order to ensure that it is done? If I love what I do, then do I really need all this "play time?" I really don't... I am beginning to understand why Jesus said, "My food is to do the work of my Father." He had a life purpose that truly energized him. He never ended his days feeling wiped out, even if he needed a bit of rest.

I want to be like Jesus.

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news you can use

Now for some tidbits based on the morning's news...

There are a few reasons I can think of not to play ball, especially in certain areas. Among them, you may be prone to swallowing bugs. I might be talking nonsense, except I read it here first.

If you still have your appendix, you will be healthy. Apparently, someone thinks he knows why. Read about it here.

Being wrongly jailed for over a month is only worth $100,000?

Apparently it is prudent to be mindful of clothing when flying... There have now been two instances in which people have been asked to change clothes on flights.

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    animals settling themselves for naps

Voice Post: Playing with the Animals

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“In this particular voice post, 3kitties announces that she has completed a vast majority of the books for her research, and she has her lesson all ready for tomorrow for Sunday school. Meanwhile though, she and her room mate are playing with their dogs and the cats, and the idea is the animals get to play and then, they have them practice coming to their owners when they're called, and well, they're just on the floor, laughing and giggling and having a good time!”

Transcribed by: celrock