Thoughts on Baltimore (and other issues)

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the riots in Baltimore. You’ve heard about how people have taken to the streets to destroy, loot, and hurt. You’ve probably read the stories about the 15 officers (last I saw) who were hurt by the rioters. But what do we do about it? We can sit here, behind the comfort of our homes, our keyboards, our tv screens, and criticize, call them criminals, and tell them they should have done it another way.

And we wouldn’t be wrong.

But it’s not their fault.

If you are looking for someone to blame, look in the mirror. Continue reading

Dear Mr. President

Well, this morning before I went into work, I wrote an email to our President Barack Obama. I wanted to be respectful, but also address some concerns I had with his administration and what direction it was headed in. I’m not posting this to open this up for a big political debate, so if you are looking for that, go somewhere else, but I wanted you all to know what I wrote, and maybe if more people write messages, he will begin to realize what it is the people actually want. (I included my email address and phone number in the original that I took out, and I had the URLs in the message, but for cleanliness on here, I hyperlinked them) Continue reading

Love vs. Judgement

I read this great post the other day and it really moved something in my spirit. Made me feel both happy and ashamed to be a Christian. This woman called out the best in us, and pointed out the worst. Showed us what Christ said, and showed us where we fall short of that calling… I would really encourage you to take some time and head over to her page and read it…

Why These Are My Issues

The Problem With Education

Can someone PLEASE explain to me the logic behind cutting the education budget? How does making the younger generations dumber actually solve any of our nations problems? Stupidity doesn’t create jobs. Ignorance doesn’t increase civil rights. Continue reading

A Ripple of Hope

“Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

I love this quote.

I love the term he uses here, “ripple” not just that but “tiny ripple”. But that tiny ripple builds into this HUGE wave. We don’t have to do something big to change the world. We just need to the right thing, no matter how small. I heard someone on a TV show put it this way:

“One raindrop raises the sea.”

So next time you see someone you should stand up for, or an ideal to hold up, or have an opportunity to do the right thing, do it. No matter how small. Because that action could be the thing that turns the ripples into a wave.

There Was A Dream That Was Rome…

“Marcus Aurelius had a dream that was Rome, Proximo. That is not it. That is not it!” ~ Maximus Decimus Meridius

My second favorite movie of all time is Gladiator (my favorite is Braveheart). And while it is a story of the little guy overcoming all odds and all that, to me it is also a story of dreams, and how one mans dream can become the driving force for another. Of how a dream can spur a man to accomplish great things.

Maximus never had a dream for Rome to be a republic. All he wanted was to go home. So what was it about Marcus Aurelius’ dream that made him so passionate about it?  You could argue that it had to do with his family being killed, but I don’t think so. Because while he did want revenge for that, it was not all about his revenge. It was because this dream was a calling into something greater than himself.

We all have these dreams in our lives. And many of us look at where were are realize that this is not it. And so we spur on, in an attempt to live out our dreams. We get called into this grand story, this bigger thing.

But first, we must know our dream.

Senator Gracchus is to be reinstated.  There was a dream that was Rome. It shall be realized.

It took me a bit to realize this, but Maximus’ role in the dream for Rome to be a republic wasn’t to make it happen, but to make it possible for others to make Rome a republic again.

Gracchus: So, after Rome’s all yours, you just give it back to the people. Tell me why.

Maximus: Because that was a dying man’s last wish. I will kill Commodus. The fate of Rome, I leave to you.

This has been the hardest thing for me to learn. Sometimes these big dreams we have, these things we want to see happen, are not ours to make happen. Instead our role is to make it possible for others to make it happen. This can be difficult at first, but know that without you, it would never possible for the dream to come to life. Without Maximus, Gracchus could have never made Rome a republic again.

What about you? What is the dream you are fighting for? What is your role in it? Will you make it happen? or will you make it possible for others to make it happen?

A Note from my friend Chelsea

“Basically, I’ve heard many predictions of Barack Obama’s inevitable assassination, or at least an attempt, as I’m sure many of you have also. Personally, I don’t agree with many of the things Obama says or believes, but I do think he has many good qualities and doesn’t deserve, like every other innocent human being, to be murdered. I will publicly announce now to whomever cares to read this that I will not be voting for Barack Obama come November. I am not posting this note as an avid Obama fan, or to promote his victory after the election. In all honesty, however, I would not be surprised in the least if he becomes president, and I think all McCain voters should prepare themselves for that.

Alll that said, because I disagree with the murder of any person and because I agree that the insane people of this country will not rest until they see some damage done to Barack and his success, I offer what little help I can. This Friday the 15th is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church; for those of you who are not familiar with the Roman Catholic calendar, it basically means it’s a feast day and we celebrate by going to church and having a special service in honor of the event or person(s). In this case, it is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some of you may disagree with me, but I am going to pray a Rosary on this day for the intercession of Barack Obama’s safety, so that his life may be spared in the event of an assassination attempt (which I also think is pretty much inevitable). I am suggesting all people of prayer do the same, whether you want to see Obama become president or not. Which ever way you pray, and to whomever you pray, think of Obama on Friday and just offer up some prayers for his sake.

I believe no matter what happens this election, no matter who wins, God’s Will will be done, I trust Him. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still do something to end what could be one more tragedy. As I previously mentioned, I am not posting this note to gain more votes for Obama. Rather, I’m posting this note in hopes that others will be moved to join me in efforts to potentially save another life in this culture of death.

Some of you might think this is stupid, that this is an unnecessary measure. I see it differently. As a humbling act that God will appreciate, no matter what the future holds.

Thanks for reading, and God Bless to all of you!

In Peace and Love,
Chelsea”

I personally am a Obama fan, but I wanted to post this cuz I think it is so cool to see someone wiht convictions and beliefs like that, and who is willing to put aside differences, and pray for someone she doesn’t support…