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Back to the Rat Race?

Back to the rat race. We all have these moments. We get back from vacations, special events, time away, or even just an afternoon off. We return to the normal pace of life. And in that single moment, the joy, the excitement, the upswing of time away is replaced with a downswing of ho-hums and sighs.

Back to the rat race.

I did an in-depth research into this phrase (okay, it was a simple Bing search). Though the idiom originated in America, the actual beginnings are a mystery. A MIT professor connects it to the wheel, a hamster type wheel, where you run, run, exercise, spend great amount of energy, but you get nowhere.

Another idiomologist (is that a real thing?), connected it a circular maze, where the rat (and us) go through twists, turns, and a set of trials in a preset path on a maze built to test, exhaust, and ultimately get us nowhere. On this image, some say this is what a city might look like from above … rats scurrying around all over town but getting to no real destination … just running around, exhausting ourselves, and doing the same thing tomorrow.

So I am back … but do I have to look at it as a rat race? Do you feel you’re in a rat race? Going nowhere?

Maybe you need to take some advice given years ago …

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith …

Some thought from this …

Realize you are not alone and there are others cheering you on … even if they are not right beside you.

Get rid of baggage or weights that get in the way. Maybe you need to simplify a little. I have a few hoarders in my circle of friends and family, both hoarders of physical items and emotional items. Sometimes you just gotta cut it lose.

Get rid of sin and things we know we are not supposed to be doing. Bad habits … flush em. Unhealthy thoughts … 86 the way of thinking. I think it’s more then they cling to us, we often cling to them. Get rid of it.

Stay with it. Run with endurance. It’s tough, yes … but know running His way is worth it.

Keep your eyes on Him. Stop telling God how tough and big your circumstances are, and start telling your circumstances how tough and big your God is.

Just a few words from a fellow racer. But I am not a rat, I am a loved child of God. So are you. Run like it.

Modern Politics: Food Fight …

The 2020 election is already in full swing. Twenty plus candidates have already thrown their name in the ring for the Democratic Party. In in the past two nights, they debated in two shifts (10 each night). Being in the California timezone, the debates were late here on the east coast. So, I went to bed and waited for the media to give their reports.

It went pretty much the way I expected … very little surprises and lots of “let’s get rid of the guy I office now.”

I don’t want to get political here, I will leave that for others to tweet, post, rant, praise, or share on other social media platforms. But I do want to share one quote that stuck with me.

During the first big melee on night two, bantering and bickering was the norm … all about age differences, policy differences, priority differences, and more. Shouting ensued … but it was all brought to order when Kamala Harris gave what I think was the one liner of the night …

“America does not want to witness a food fight. They want to know how we’re going to put food on their table.”

It got the debate back on track. But it made me think.

  • I think we do want to witness a food fight. We are warped and we think we are more important and our ways are more important than others. This is way too sad. What will it take for us to be more selfless and wanting the best in others? What will it take for Washington to be public servants again?
  • People do want to know they are going to be okay, that there will be food on the table. Unfortunately, too many look to Washington to get this done. There is a personal responsibility that we need to take ourselves. Work is important and part of the world in which God created. We should help others, help those in need, care for those who can’t care for themselves. But don’t look to others to do what we should be doing ourselves.
  • There are more important things than food. Man shall not live by bread alone. But it’s hard to talk about bread of life when they need bread to survive.

I know it will be an interesting race for 2020.

Me? I put my trust in our Lord who has it all in His hands.

Lessons from Agent Carter

She shakes her head in disbelief. She rolls her eyes at my jokes. Sometimes I read her mind (yes, I can do that after 30+ years) and I glean her thinking, “why did I ever say ‘I do’?” Does she really get me? But she thinks I’m gorgeous, she wants to kissss me, she wants to huuugg me (read in your best Sandra Bullock impression from Miss Congeniality). She tolerates me the best she can and I think we are a pretty great couple.

But there is one area we do not have in common, TV and movie genres. She can only tolerate Stargate and the new Star Trek Discovery only so much. And her romcoms put me into a catatonic state. But there is a series we both enjoy and we’re binging on Hulu right now (yes, I dropped Netflix and went Hulu for a while). We both enjoy Agent Carter. I mean, Marvel universe, secret agents, action, gadgets, etc for me … female lead, fantastic dress/attire for her to imagine wearing, and some forlorn romance thrown in. What’s not to love?

But Agent Carter rarely gets credit for her saving the city, no, saving the world. She is belittled by the male roles (it is the 40s after all and women were too often regulated to secondary and assistant roles in society). But does she get rattled? Does she demand the attention and praise? No.

In a recent episode, her colleague was praised by their superiors for something she did. A friend was going to speak up for her, but she stopped him. He wanted her to get the praise she deserved. And while very noble and considerate, she said it was not needed. She was okay with herself with a job well done. She did not need to be praised, she found satisfaction in just doing her best and knowing she did her best.

That philosophy is easier desired than practiced. But even better then self satisfaction, for that often depends on our own fickleness and frailty, is knowing we are doing our best for Him, our Lord. (Colossians 3.23) We are to keep that in mind in everything we do … everything we do. So play sports your best, but for Him (think Tebow), do your work the best for Him (think S Truett Cathy and Chick-fil-A), do your best in school, work, and home. But do it for Him.

Here are a few encouraging ways to glorify God at work … (from an article seen here)

– be just and honest with all people

– depends on God for sufficiency

– grow in your skills, strive for excellence

– exemplify love and humility

– encourage others in their roles

– speak words of grace

Can you think of others? Share with us.

And pray for Lisa, she has to put up with me all the time. And she does a great job at it.

Also note, serendipitously, my wife wrote a similar article on tastes … and she talked about our differences. I did not remember this until after this entry was composed. You might enjoy it, click here to read