Exploring Abandoned Buildings

I love to explore abandoned buildings, much to the dismay of my mother.

There is something about walking through them and wondering what stories they might be able to tell.  I also wonder about what happened after they fell into disrepair.

In this building, I found a large circle made out of rocks.  What was the purpose for this?  Was it a group of Wiccans?  Was it a bunch of teenagers trying to rebel against their religious upbringing by experiencing with the occult?

The building knows all these answers, but it will never tell.

 

Do we really know anyone?

Do you ever wonder about your coworkers, friends, or neighbors?  Who are they really?  Are they what they portray to the world or is there something sinister inside of them?  What deep dark secrets are they hiding?  What traumas or tragedies have they survived?

What about the countless strangers we bump into as we go about our day?  Who are they?  Are they ex-cons, thieves, liars, or murders?  Are they family oriented and community volunteers?  Are they somewhere in the middle?

I wonder about these things.  Do you?

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Books, Books, and More Books Please

I can never get enough books.  When I walk into a bookstore or a library, I feel a sense of wonder and awe.  I am surrounded by so many stories, so much information, and so many things that I can learn.  Where do I begin?  How can I pick just one or two books?

 

The book salesman should be honored, because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.  (Confucius)

Finishing a book is like leaving a good friend.  (William Feather)

Don’t judge a book by its thickness either.  (Craig Bruce)

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.  (Murakami)

Great books help you understand and they help you feel understood.  (John Green)

There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.  (Joseph Brodsky)

Once you learn to read you will be forever free.  (Frederick Douglas)

 

Something About Spring

Today is the first day of spring.  There is something about the start of spiring that makes me smile.

  • The harsh cold winter days are ending and warm sunshine fills the void.
  •  Rain washes over the land and creates a renewal of life.
  • Plants and trees stretch out to the sun, their beautiful blooms are popping everywhere, and the bright colors radiate to create a sense of peace in our hearts.
  • Spring is a time for renewal of hope.
  • Spring brings back a sense of wonder for us all to enjoy.

There is something about spring and I hope it makes you smile today.

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Act Now – Immediate Obedience (Matthew 4:12-25)

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After leaving the wilderness, Jesus began preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  (ESV)

Jesus walked by Simon Peter and Andrew, while they were fishing, and said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (ESV)

The brothers immediately put down their nets and followed Jesus.

Later, Jesus saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John mending nets in a boat with their father.  Jesus called out to them and told the brothers to follow him.  James and John immediately left the boat and followed Jesus.

Jesus continued traveling in Galilee, teaching in synagogues, and healing the sick.

I wonder how Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John felt when they left everything behind to follow Jesus.  Were they afraid?  Were they excited to be chosen to serve with Jesus?