A Question a Day From Rory #10


Well today brings us to the final post in answering Rory’s 10 Thought Provokers. You can click that underlined link to see all ten questions together.

I am not exactly sure what list of questions I will tackle next, probably Melanie’s questions over at Share Your World.

But for now I am focused on this one question coming from Rory.

Do you own your things or do your things own you?

I come from a family of collectors. Being a collector is different than being a hoarder but only by degree. So I would say I go through bouts of my things owning me. But when I was married I learned how to throw things…everything…away. We lived by a pretty strict rule that said. If you don’t use it you throw it. Today I am confortable giving most things away except for books. I never learned how to let go of books.



A Question A Day From Rory #9


Well here I am at last at question number nine which for some reason I have been thinking was the last question to be answered. I just realized that there are 10 questions! Arggh! Oh well! You can see all of Rory’s Questions By Clicking Here.

It has taken me so much longer to get to all of these questions than I originally thought it would, but as I said in an earlier question…”I am immortal so I guess there is no need to rush.” 🙂

Here is question # 9 and my answer.

Which is more real; perfection, happiness or beauty and why do you think the way you do?

I think all three of those things are real, but only two of them exist in this world. Happiness and beauty are a part of this world and they share an intrinsic quality with this world; They are things that fade. Just like the seasons, happiness and beauty come and go.

Perfection though is not something fixed to a cycle. It is one of the qualities of eternity and therefore while it is known to our hearts, just like eternity is (Ecclesiates 3:11), it cannot be experienced on this side of the vale.



A Question A Day From Rory #8


Today I am answering question #8 out of 9 from  A LIST OF THOUGHT PROVOKERS FROM A GUY CALLED A BLOKE.

You can click the link above to learn more about the asker of the questions, Rory, A guy called a bloke.

This question was actually the one that grabbed my attention and I have been dying to take a crack at it.

What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?

Ok I am going to take this from the standpoint of Christian thought.

First innocence is a condition of the heart while ignorance is a condition of the mind.

Innocence is a type of purity which involves the absence of evil or wickedness. We would say a truly innocent person has no wickedness in them while a reprobate person has no goodness in them. Innocence exists only in the person of God currently and is unknown in our current existence except in our experience with the Divine. It is unknown in humankind as all of us are born with a mixture of both good and evil inside of us. That mixture renders us by definition- not innocent.

Now ignorance is a simply the quality of not knowing something. You can be ignorant of anything. Being ignorant is not necessarily a commentary on your personhood. Although being ignorant puts a person at a disadvantage and sometimes casts the person holding the quality in a bad light.

In Christ’s second coming, Christ will restore innocence and do away with all ignorance.


A Question a Day From Rory #7

Well I am almost to the end of answering these 9 very thought provoking questions FROM A GUY CALLED A BLOKE!

These have been such great questions and fun to answer and they have certainly spawned some great conversations across the  blogosphere. So thank you Rory!

Here is question number 7.  When you have finished reading my response take a jaunt over to A GUY CALLED A BLOKE and see what else is there. Click the underlined link above to be teleported there in a jiffy!

What is your greatest fear and has it ever come true?

I suppose at the heart of things I have a lot of fears, mostly of not being enough in various ways for the people around me. Yes this particular fear has been made real on more than one occasion.

A Question a Day From Rory #6

So I have proven entirely incapable of answering a question a day in light of my scheduled activities and my unscheduled sickness. Nevertheless, I am determined to finish all 9 questions no matter how long it takes me.


Have you ever regretted something you did not say or do?

Who hasn’t? Life is full of regrets or full of amnesia. I am not sure which of those two conditions is worse.  I am grateful for my regrets because I like to think I have learned something from them and have become a better human being and child of God because of them. While I believe that all my failures are forgiven by Jesus (and hopefully by the people I have wronged). I also try to remember from whence I have come because I firmly believe that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Regrets, I guess, serve a purpose.



A Question a Day From Rory Pt. 5

So today is actually day 8 but I got way behind because of the craziness of my weekend schedule and because of coming down with one humdinger of a cold that put me in bed for a solid day and is threatening to do so again. I am giving it one more day and then I will be heading to the doctor’s office.

Today, with this post I am answering THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTION # 5 FROM A GUY CALLED A BLOKE.

Here is the question and my answer:

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?


In my mind this question presupposes two things which I think are both false.

  1. Life is short.

Life is not short. It is infinite. This body may be ephemeral in the scope of eternity, but this body is only iteration number one for J. Lillie.  One of my favorite sayings is “I have all the time in the world. I am immortal.”

2. Just because I don’t like it, it must be bad.

I don’t like lots of things I do that doesn’t mean that those things are not good things to do. I don’t particularly like exercise, but I see its value. I don’t particularly like taking time to keep track of my finances, but it is important that I do.

Learning To Sabbath Pt. 1

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Anyone who knows me knows I do not spend a whole lot of time resting. Driven is a word used by parishoners from time to time.

Sometimes I think I am too busy but mostly  I just consider myself as an aggressive pursuer of  the harvest.

I also think that most of the things I am doing are in line with what God desires of me.

That said, I was asked by my District Pastor to read a book recently. The title of that book is, The Rest of God, by Mark Buchanan. It has me thinking a lot about a Sabbath mentality and how that may be lacking in my life.

Here is one of the first thoughts I meditated on as I began to read.

“Without a healthy theology of labor, we’ll have an impoverished theology of rest. We’ll find that both are hectic, sporadic chaotic. We’ll find no joy in either.” Buchanan p.18

Let me ask you…How does a person’s mindset about work affect their mindset about rest?