Strengthening Your Righteousness Muscle

Strengthening Your Righteousness Muscle

Jeremiah 12:1-4

Righteous are you, O Lord,
    when I complain to you;
    yet I would plead my case before you.
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
    Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
You plant them, and they take root;
    they grow and produce fruit;
you are near in their mouth
    and far from their heart.
But you, O Lord, know me;
    you see me, and test my heart toward you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
    and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
How long will the land mourn
    and the grass of every field wither?
For the evil of those who dwell in it
    the beasts and the birds are swept away,
    because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”

The English Standard Version of the Bible gives verses one through four the title: “Jeremiah’s Complaint”.  Some of the commentaries I have read about these verses state that this is not Jeremiah quarreling with God, or attempting to quarrel with God, but it is a plea.  I would say a plea for justice. Continue reading

Strengthening Your Righteousness Muscle

Strengthening Your Righteousness Muscle

Jeremiah 12:1-4

Righteous are you, O Lord,
    when I complain to you;
    yet I would plead my case before you.
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
    Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
You plant them, and they take root;
    they grow and produce fruit;
you are near in their mouth
    and far from their heart.
But you, O Lord, know me;
    you see me, and test my heart toward you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
    and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
How long will the land mourn
    and the grass of every field wither?
For the evil of those who dwell in it
    the beasts and the birds are swept away,
    because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”

The English Standard Version of the Bible gives verses one through four the title: “Jeremiah’s Complaint”.  Some of the commentaries I have read about these verses state that this is not Jeremiah quarreling with God, or attempting to quarrel with God, but it is a plea.  I would say a plea for justice. Continue reading

Why I Write, Again

Why I Write, Again

It has been two years since I started this blog.  Those two years have seen many changes.

My wife and I sold a vast majority of our possessions, including the house we lived in for twenty five years and moved our lives nine hundred miles to the south.

I still work for the same company that I have worked for the last twenty seven years but now I work from my home.  I wake up, go to the bathroom, make a cup of coffee, sit down at my computer and I am at the office.

And best of all I am in a band. Continue reading

Maintaining My Habits

Maintaining My Habits

This may be a short post today but at least I am writing.  I am maintaining my habit.

As I was driving to work I thought about how many weeks it has been since I’ve written some poetry.

I have been keeping myself in the habit of writing these posts on a daily basis after I had stepped away from doing it for a few weeks. I have my daily drum practice habit and I have developed a song writing habit. Continue reading

They Can’t All Be Gems

They Can’t All Be Gems

“They can’t all be gems.”

That is what I wrote on a post-it note to myself as an idea for a post.

The point I was trying to make was just keep writing every day.  They won’t all be witty or interesting or inspiring and they may not be about much of anything, just keep writing.

It’s about keeping the habit of writing, even if you don’t have any particular subject or anything you find interesting.

Just write, it’s about writing for writing’s sake. Continue reading

Filling The Punch Bowl

Filling The Punch Bowl

I wrote this piece in the spring of 2015.

The week before last I was out of town for four days.  I was busy for a number of days leading up to that trip.   I had several tasks that I had to get done prior to leaving town so I missed a lot of days of writing.  I miss the habit when I’m not doing it.

I was concerned because not only were my other commitments drawing me away from my daily writing habit but the ideas seemed to be drying up as well.

I was getting worried that after a year of writing every day during the work week, I may have run out of ideas.  I really didn’t think that was the case but the thought simmered in the back of my mind. Continue reading

How to Improve at Anything

How to Improve at Anything

Practice habits. Habits and practice, two things that I find to be very important in life and achieving goals.

Back in the mid 1990’s I studied “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.  I embraced a number of the concept from that book.

One was you don’t have to do anything, you choose to do things.

You say I have to go to work today.

No what you are saying is I choose to go to work today because if I don’t I may get fired and then no longer be able to afford my house, my car, etc..  What you are doing is placing a higher priority on those things than spending the day just goofing off.

Another concept was placing time between stimulus and response. Continue reading