Q: What is better than one head?
A: Why, TWO HEADS of course!
It’s not yet three months since I started following, but I would not want to do without visiting Two Heads Are Better Than One… a blog ran by a brother ( justturnright ) and sister ( godsbooklover ) team! JTR writes conservative political commentary and GBL writes with a Biblical view on life, (but sometimes they shake things up a bit and meet in the middle!), both write beautifully well with passion and truth! Here are a couple of my favorite posts they have written lately, one by each of them. Enjoy… and if you like this sampling, do go and check ’em out! 😀
…the image of a grumpy, squarish old man pushing all his worldly possessions out his front door so that he is light enough (literally) to go on the adventure he is meant to have.
If you haven’t seen Pixar’s UP, that image won’t ring a bell, but I hope it still rings true: a person with a lifetime of stuff suddenly realizes that it is weighing him down. He jettisons ALL of it, so that he can pursue–again literally–an important relationship, and maybe even save a life or two.
I’d seen this film two or three times already, but got to watch bits of it daily last week as I introduced it to my granddaughter. Like most movies she sees for the first time, she then asks for it every day for a while, and I get to know it very, very well. (This makes it important to only present her with quality movies–and Pixar films generally stand up to many repeated watchings.)
I didn’t expect to be suddenly choked up during that scene on the fifth or sixth viewing, and to have to hunt for a Kleenex. But it suddenly struck me as such a graphic image, such a powerful metaphor. How easily we get tied to our possessions, the detritus of a lifetime.
How much of what I hold onto, I wondered, thinking of it as blessing… is actually a burden?
And then I thought: What would it take to walk away from some or all of it, in order to be more effectively present to my family? In order to better serve the Lord?
Certain ideas simply won’t leave you alone. You keep on coming back to them…or they come back to you. I wrote a piece on my other blog, Winnowing, over five years ago, called “Ballast or Dead Weight?” I reblogged it here, abridged and with illustrations, last July. I quoted from it again in April when writing about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and radical discipleship.
It’s a truism that our possessions often own us, to the extent that caring for them becomes our life’s work. Can you or I imagine pushing everything out the front door and leaving it behind? (Sometimes, YES, I CAN!) Can you think of something specific right now which is more hindrance than help to you? Can you leave it behind?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Happy Warrior“, correct?
But as our country continues to endure a seemingly endless deluge of scandal mania pouring forth from the White House, I’ll admit that I can become somewhat despondent regarding our chances for turning this around. Far too often, I become too focused on the ‘warrior‘ part, …and allow the ‘happy‘ to fall by the wayside.
When that happens, I desperately need to force myself to focus on what’s TRULY essential in my life: my family, friends, faith, health, career, home and the bountiful blessings which God has granted me.
It’s the old “Take Time To Smell The Roses” theory, and let’s be honest: we all forget it from time to time. Nowadays, it is far too easy to become wrapped up in the more worrisome aspects of our lives.
That’s not to say I’m suggesting we all just close our eyes, mindlessly ignore our surroundings and retreat from the world. Rather, that we need (and when I say “we”, I’m really saying “I”) to cling ever tighter to our blessings: cherishing them and appreciating them all the more, in spite of the very real dangers which surround us.
Bill Whittle offers up a similar message in his most recent ‘Afterburner’ segment (below), asking us to be Happy Warriors. Is it our duty, as Bill suggests? Are we letting down those who have sacrificed everything in order for us to have a chance to be happy?
Yeah, ..it is, and we are. Or at the very least, I sure am.
So today, I promise to be of good cheer. I vow to embrace the challenges set before me, with my arms wrapped tight around my blessings of family, fortune (such as it is), and faith.
Being Happy Warriors doesn’t make us any less determined to be victorious in this battle for the soul of our nation. On the contrary: it reminds us of why we WILL be victorious.
And in so many ways, how we already are.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.