|Michael - August 22, 2010|
Greeeetings! We just returned today from a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with Michael. It was really nice because we saw some dolphins, dive-bombing pelicans and sea gulls along with jumping fish. I've seen dolphins in the ocean before, but it was later in the year when the ocean didn't have so many people in it. But this time Andrew and Michael were jumping over, getting smashed and tossed (Michael) and riding (Andrew) waves when we saw them. Then yesterday we saw the jumping fish which was pretty neat. At one point about twenty of them jumped at once! I was wondering if a shark spooked them.
One night we walked along the beach and saw the moon reflecting off the ocean. I love that! Michael would run ahead and draw Sponge Bob cartoon characters in the sand.
It's good to be home and unpacked. I can now catch up a bit on reading some of the posts I missed while gone.
|Michael enjoyed the Lazy River|
These are just a few quotes from Primal by Mark Batterson. I copied them a few weeks ago and had them saved in drafts.
"Lack of faith is not a failure of logic. It's a failure of imagination. Lack of faith is the inability or unwillingness to entertain thoughts of a God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine." (pg. 112)
I love how young children imagine! They imagine themselves able to grow up to be superheroes, dog catchers, firefighters and doctors all at the same time. Michael used to think the children of heaven were watching his life as if he were a character in a story or video game. He would sometimes tell them Bible stories at night. I wish sometimes I could hold onto some of my ability to imagine. Maybe God meant for us to be more imaginative than we are. Maybe logic is from the enemy. :)
What are some things you imagine or remember imagining when you were a child? Or what things do your children imagine that make you smile? Do you think some people's lack of faith is simply a lack of the ability to imagine Someone or some Thing is out there bigger than us? Do you think imagination too childish whereas logic is more "adultish"?
"Nonconformity invites criticism, but that is the only option if you're following in the footsteps of the quintessential nonconformist, Jesus." (pg. 114)
Do you tend to be a nonconformist or a rule-keeper? Do you agree that Jesus was a nonconformist? In what ways? Can you think of examples of how he kept rules and/or didn't? For the most part I think I keep rules pretty well, but in some aspects I think I'm more of a nonconformist than people would like me to be. If for instance they had the ideal Susanne in mind, they would change a few things about me. But I guess that's true for all of us.
"Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, 'Go.' So why do we operate with a red-light mentality? It seems like many of us are waiting for the green light we've already been given. As Christ followers we need to take a why not approach to life. It dares to dream. It's bent towards action. And it's not looking for excuses not to do something." (pg. 139)
I just liked this.