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How’s Your Aim?

This past Sunday morning the Mrs. and I went to our neighborhood church. It’s a small country congregation who meet in a small white building complete with steeple. We arrived as the service was starting and were quickly noticed by one of our neighbors and invited to sit with them. As with most small churches guests are welcomed profusely and it seemed as if every person in the worship room wanted to shake our hands and to tell us how happy they are to see us. This is one of the reasons I love small churches.

Finally, we were able to sit down and the music minister asked everyone to stand. We sang a few hymns and then the pastor stepped up on the platform to preach. As he was walking up to the pulpit I noticed he was carrying a firearm in a holster on his hip. I began looking around and noticed the music minister, and two ushers also were packing heat! Four guns in a group of about 30 people in a room no bigger than 25 feet by 50 feet. Needless to say, I didn’t feel safer and whispered to my wife; “There are 4 people with guns in this room. If someone comes in and starts shooting there will be bullets coming from every direction. Get on the ground and stay as low as you can!” The pastor spoke on; “Guarding your thoughts” but I must admit my thoughts were on all the firepower in the room and what would happen if someone’s gun fell out their holster and start going off!

This isn’t an anti-gun post it is simply surreal that guns in church are now an acceptable casualty of our culture. It also begs the question; “What would Jesus say about guns in a place of peace?”

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Jesus, The Master; The Gospel according to Saint John, Chapter 14

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Tiny Bubbles…

rl_website_somethingreal03I’ve been thinking about bubbles lately. Sometimes I can be a bit of a bubble brain but this is different, I hope. Over the last few days I’ve reflected on the realities we all exist inside of, the world we live in and mistake for how things are, everywhere.

This world’s a bubble.” Augustine of Hippo

I once worked with someone who claimed “to be able to see the whole board.” He was convinced he could envision the whole of the place we worked, everyone’s responsibilities, different departments, personalities and everything that encompassed what we did, how we did it and why. Like a Grand-Master of chess he could see all the pieces and how they fit together. There was no doubt in his mind. The problem was many of those who worked with him didn’t see it that way and could produce plenteous evidence to the contrary.

It’s not uncommon to know someone who lives in a bubble, convinced the way they see the world is the way it is or at least, should be. It is uncommon to find someone who accepts we all live in a bubble, none are exempt, and endeavours to stretch the boundaries of their world, increase their bubble’s size.

We are, every one of us, conditioned with cultural and familial paradigms, raised certain ways, with particular values. As long as we’re not challenged to examine our views, hold them up to the light, see if they can withstand scrutiny, life as we know it, our bubble, stays small.


However, when someone tests the elasticity of our bubble things get more complicated. Often I, and other employees, would “poke” the bubble of the above mentioned staff member.  It never went well. As I wrote about in “POP Goes the Ego“, most times it wasn’t worth the splatter.

Sports Night is an underrated show and one of my favorites. The quote from Isaac Jaffe, Robert Guillaume, is a pearl of wisdom.

“It’s taken me a lot of years, but I’ve come around to this: If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.”

This runs counter to our society of yelling at and bullying others until they embrace our worldview or surrender to the refusal to allow for different viewpoints. People are labeled idiots, non believers, evil, if they fail whichever litmus test is deemed most important.

The size of our bubble is directly related to the amount of people we have in our lives who disagree with us, don’t see reality the way we do. Folks who will challenge long-held beliefs, assumptions and judgements.

To have our bubble stretched is frightening for most. Some worry it will pop with nothing to frame their existence. But those who dare to take the risk discover that many of the beliefs they hold dear are strengthened while the superfluous dogma gets discarded. If the beliefs and values we embrace are true they can withstand examination and we come out better for it on the other side.

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.” Oliver Wendell Holmes


Sadly, however, most assume they don’t live in a bubble. Life is the way they see it and if everyone would acquiesce the world would be righted.

To have the courage to allow others into our lives who think and live differently than us allows us to grow in wisdom and love.

Be careful what you hate it might be someone you love.”



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