Friday, September 29, 2006

Land of the free (to be lame)

Why is it that those representing ME are so concerned that Congress is filled with others like THEM?!?

Monday, September 25, 2006

More-on leadership

Leadership too often is simply defined as either the action of saying, or the person who has the power to say, "No." Too often it is the prevention of new that is called "leadership."

Or it is the use of "no" by an all-wise, benevolent to prevent a small harm at the cost of a broader good - like when I tell my kids no out-of-hand because what they are asking for is not the ideal request, meanwhile squashing their creativity, enjoyment of life, and sense of self-ability. PLUS teaching them to not self-generate new ideas while training them out of learning to think.

As if leadership = control = leadership

Sunday, September 24, 2006

My medical career

I have observed the following three usually-truisms from my time in the medical profession (which consists of a Bachelor's degree in medical stuff and at least 3 seasons of faithfully watching "E.R." on Thursday nights).

1) The creativity of the human body is amazing. Beyond-reason amazing. Most of what we know about the brain (or genes or the impact one system has on another) is, candidly, about 10% deep. We have fields like "neurosurgery" but we're not sure what we're doing. Most of what we "know" is what not to touch. It's just way too complex. And beautiful.

2) Sin is an evil that is incapable of being understood. Almost equal to the beautiful complexity of the human body is the power and totality of the sin's rampages. My personal sin can cause personal human decay, social toxicity, and multiplied reverberations of mal-intent towards others. In their book "Vital Friends," the Gallup Poll folks describe that a bad work environment can all but destroy a marriage and/or family. One boss (or employee) will cause those affected grief, who will in turn become carriers to the disease as it spreads out.

3) Those in the profession are NOT better at the profession when compared to non-professionals. Example, respiratory therapist who smokes 1.5 packs per day. Internships and Rotations that ask people to make snap, vital decisions but forces them to work 18 hour shifts.

Is this not just like the Church?

Saturday, September 16, 2006


"I think therefore I am."

"But what if you're wrong?"

"Who's going to tell him?"

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Fear = Faith

"Fear the LORD," psalmist.

I often get the sense as I read the Bible that I am to replace something lesser with God or something of His. "Don't trust in riches, trust in GOD's supply," for example.

So what exactly is it that I fear that I need to replace with the fear of Jesus?

I fear hunger, deep hunger. I fear being deemed bad by others. I fear being caught for what I should have been busted for. I fear others acting in a way that I wasn't expecting or wanting.

I fear what others think about me and I fear what that I will loose control of my world.

So I trust in myself to take care of it: I act a certain way and I control what I can. I, I, I.

Is it possible that "Fear God" is a call to trust? "O fear the LORD, you His saints. For to those who fear Him, there is no want." (Psalm 34:9) Not every time necessarily, but often when I read "fear" it seems to carry a huge component of entrusting my life into God's hand, making my life His responsibility. HE is the one I should trust with what others think about me, with my food, with my discipline, with others' actions. Perhaps fear = faith.