Wasting our lives and glorifying God

Wasting our lives and glorifying God
Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say - God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Friday, December 17, 2010

Petty (or maybe not so petty) things not welcomed back in 2011

So, maybe I'm in a slightly negative mood today.  Blame it on the overcast weather or the overfull week catching up with me or the fact that I'm a member of that weaker sex.  Who knows.  All I know is that I'm in a bit of a funk.  As un-conducive this frame of mind is to spreading Christmas cheer, it's the perfect frame of mind to compose a list of things that are not welcomed back in the new year.  Here they are in no particular order:

1. Whitman and Brown campaign commercials.  As terrible as it will be at have to listen to Jerry Brown give State of the State speeches or to hear him in press conferences, what a relief to not see any more of his or Whitman's commercials.  The only sound more annoying is the Governator's political speeches or this:

2. Trips to the ER.  Spent the better part of the week at Urgent Care, the orthopedic doctor and the hand specialist.  Belgee has a broken pinky with a laceration thanks to a slamming bedroom door.  I could have written a doctrinal thesis in the time I've spent waiting for doctors, x-rays, cast techs, etc.  Instead I watched Chikin Run through twice, Toy Story 2, Go Diego Go and hours of PBS kids.

3. Nasty emails.  Seriously, if you couldn't or wouldn't say it to my face, don't think that saying it through email will soften the blow any.

4. Along with number 3 is nasty blog comments.  "We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility." --Judith Martin

5. Defriending me via FB because you don't like my theology, family members, family member's blog, or politics.  Can't we disagree without being disagreeable?  I don't think I've ever defriended anyone. If I friended you on FB it is because I actually consider you a friend in real life.  And if you just kick me off, it does hurt.

6. Wine with screw tops.  They tried to convince me at Whole Foods that it was a superior way of bottling.  But drinking wine (and eating food for that matter) is as much about the aesthetic as it is the taste.  I tried it a few times, because the wine was organic so "try to keep an open mind" and all that.  But it gave me no pleasure to twist off the cap.

7. The violation of my constitutional rights--be it in enormous unread health-care bills that are shoved down the throat of the American people or TSA molestation of people who do not pose any possible risk to safety.  I'm very tempted to require my children to memorize the Constitution and Bill of Rights, just in case no one else remembers them by the time they are grown.

8. Theological reflection papers.  Aside from the theological reflection I post from time-to-time on this blog, I (and I think I speak for Gana here) shall be happy to never have to proofread another assigned theological reflection paper.  Gana graduated in June.  He's officially a "theologian" which means my title of editor and proofreader is done....unless one of my children decides to go to seminary before they have a spouse who can take that role.

9. Bad food.  I was well on my way to becoming an organic foodie years ago.  But, this movie pushed me over the edge (along with Gana, who finally "saw the light".)

10. Uncomfortable chonies.  I know I have a primarily female readership, if you are a man, you may excuse yourself now.  All ladies left reading this, go here and get the Vanishing Edge panties.  You will never want to wear any other underwear ever again.

So, what's on your list of things you are not inviting back in 2011?  Leave me a comment.  If you post it on your blog, leave me the link.  I will choose a random winner from all comments and links after January 1 and send you a wine cork that I will personally autograph for you.


Mrs. and Mama K said...

twilight...is that done yet?!

changing diapers for two kids. :)

arthritis...seriously...i'm done. on that note, ANY health issues like hernia, calcium deposits, etc.

Gombojav Tribe said...

Oh yes! Good one, Heather! Twilight and Harry Potter hysteria is not invited back for 2011. Add to that Avatar! I'm so done with ya!

May 2011 be a year of divine health for you and your family, Heather!!!!

Sara said...

oh daja! i know those funks! hope the next week of christmas goodness pulls you through it...
and i had to add, as someone with i am guessing very different political views than you, i totally totally feel the same...can we just be friends? please? lets un-invite nasty politics too. i am tired of it. having an opinion (and gasp, actually acting on it) is great and all but respect is such a lost thing in politics, even how we handle political discussions.
ok. that is it from me about that. :)
drinking wine right now (with a cork) to recover from a bad evening myself.

Gombojav Tribe said...

Oh yes. Let's uninvite nasty politics in general, not just their campaign commercials!

Enjoy your wine. I think I'll enjoy a little myself tonight!

Happy Elf Mom said...

I hate the unfriending thing as well. I have to wonder if people realize that facebook friending is just like friends in real life, and when you "unfriend" someone, you are declaring that you no longer want to be their friend or speak to them. What's really bad is when there is a family fight and you no longer have uncles, children no longer have grandparents, etc.

In some ways I am very grateful because facebook has shown me how shallow and petty ALMOST EVERYONE really is. The people who aren't sometimes surprise you! Silver lining. :)

Gombojav Tribe said...

No kidding. Some family reunions are going to be really awkward after all the Facebook unfriending. I have been unfriended by relatives and I just think, "Really?!"

Happy Elf Mom said...

Well, you have family reunions? THAT must be "fun." :) Maybe I am the blessed one here... I never see anyone unless someone dies. My parents have never seen Woodjie and Rose and they are 4 and almost 3. BUT... they travel plenty of other places.

It hurts a lot.

I do wonder what on earth you are going to be able to say to the people who unfriended you when you meet next. Just not mention it? Talk about the bean dip? What?

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful topic, Daja. I responded to your question. Thank you for posting this.


Merriest of Christmases to you and yours & a wonderful, emergency room-free New Year ahead! :-)

Blessings~ Andrea

Karen Joy said...

(So, I'm behind on reading, obviously!)

I'm so with you on screwtop wines! I don't even like the fake cork kind, but at least that's more tolerable. I don't care how nice the wine is supposed to be, if it has a screwtop, it feels to Thunderbird/wino to me. If I'm contemplating a wine, and realize it has a screwtop, I will immediately shelve it.

#3, 4, & 5 made my heart hurt. I can't imagine anyone unfriending you. :( Sure, you have beliefs and opinions, but I've never seen you be anything but gracious, and I am sincerely sorry you've been dealt with in a less-than-gracious manner. :(

Gombojav Tribe said...

Thanks, Karen, for not making me feel like a snob for rejecting the screw top wine! Glad I'm in good company!

Yes, numbers 3-5 were definitely downers! Especially as I am actually a sensitive person and do get my feelings hurt. I think people think because I'm opinionated and political, etc. that I must have thick skin. I really don't.


I'm thinking about your conference. It would be awesome to hug you in person! But, until then.......


Alexandra Dominique Strauss said...

Daja! I would never have thought you to be a sensitive person. Your just so fun and have your own opinions... I hope I have never hurt your feelings Daja. You're such a role model to me. :)

I'm done with disrespectful politics as well. I hope I never cross that line.. in my personal life or in office. Funny politics is still ok though, lol.

I'm glad that if I'm unfriended, I usually don't notice. Its kind of jarring... you want to send someone a message or post on their wall, and all of a sudden you have to add them again. It just feels weird.

<3 you Daja!

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