Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Bucket List so far

To be honest, I've never seen the movie The Bucket List (I know how it ends and I'm not someone who can usually see a movie for the first time after finding out what happens). Basically, watching The Buried Life on MTV made me think about my life long before I heard about the One Month to Live Challenge.

The show always asked the question "What do you want to do before you die?" And then an idea popped into my mind. Then 2. Then 5. At last check, I think I have around 80 or so things on my Bucket List. On the bright side, as I take care of items, I always find something else to try.

Something I would like to do mirrors The Buried Life. Every time they arrived somewhere to do something for themselves, the four guys sought someone out and helped them take care of one of their bucket list items as well. That's something I'd like to start implementing as well.

Anywho, here's what I've done so far...

1. Visit the Lorraine in Memphis (where MLK was assassinated)

2. Visit Central High in Little Rock (i.e. retrace the steps of the Little Rock 9)

3. Visit Bill Clinton's hometown

4. Visit the Clinton Presidential Library

5. Try a beignet

6. See Earth, Wind and Fire in person (best concert ever BTW)

7. Visit China Grove (listen to the Doobie Brothers song or be a band nerd like I was...)

8. See A Prairie Home Companion in person

9. See Straight No Chaser live

10. See Paula Deen in person (P.S. recent developments haven't changed my admiration for her. She's still awesome!)

11. Run a 10K (and live...)

12. Visit Southfork Ranch (huge Dallas fan)

Can't wait for my next adventure!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Words of Wisdom

"Every man is our brother, and every man’s burden is our own. Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted. Where injustice reins, all are unequal." -Whitney Young

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So many questions...

I'm almost done with reading Exodus now, but I find myself here with so many questions. It's not like when I was a kid and had several general questions because most of them have become statements at this point. Paying more attention now, I find myself with a lot of specific questions about what I'm reading. What are some of my (way too many) questions?

  • Did Adam really die at 930 years old (Genesis 5) As in 930 years with 365 days each?
  • In Genesis 6 and 7, why were children, animals and reptiles left out of the ark and destroyed in the flood as well?
  • Genesis 22:8, Isaac asks where is the lamb to sacrifice and Abraham answers "God will provide the lamb." Is this an allusion to Jesus?
  • When Esau marries two Hittites (Genesis 26), was he the first bigamist and was this the first person to marry outside of the bloodline?
  • Is Laban's tricking Jacob into marrying Leah instead of Rachel a sort of karma for Jacob tricking Isaac and taking Esau's blessing for himself?
  • Are Perez and Zerah (Judah and Tamar's twins) the first illegitimate children?
  • After the famine hits, why do the Egyptians have to pay for the grain that they harvested during the good seven years?
I won't bore you guys with anymore, but I do have a lot. I might find the answers one day, but my biggest concern involves children. My two closest cousins are 8 and 11. These are very important ages to me because when I was 8, I began to question what I was learning and I walked away from the church at 11. The more questions I had about what I was learning, the more it felt like I was just running into a wall.

I'm naturally curious, but it felt like curiosity and Christianity didn't mesh. I was sinning by asking questions instead of taking things at face value. Just accepting someone's words without looking into it or thinking through it can be very dangerous. With my cousins growing up and in school, it's only a matter of time before peer pressure really becomes an issue. If "everyone's doing this" and "this is normal, not that" are believed at face value without any second thought or question, their teen years are going to be tough on everyone.

I want them to ask questions, whether it be about their faith or another issue. More importantly, I want to be able to answer their questions because I think if they're old enough to ask the question, they're old enough for a real answer. If I ever have kids, I want the same rules to apply. I want them to feel safe enough to ask me what's on their mind. I just want to be able to answer them in a way that they comprehend what's going on.

How do I do this? How do I allow them to feel safe enough to ask the questions they feel are important and answer them in a correct fashion when I still have so many questions myself?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Currently Reading...

The Bible. My mom found me this version for my birthday last year and I must say, it's been very helpful. It's in a format that I can understand and there's extra tidbits and information on almost every page that gives practical examples about what I'm reading.

Textbook for class...it's actually interesting. Probably another reason why I should've taken this class before Student Teaching instead of after :~/ (cart in front of the horse situation for sure)


My best friend's ex told me about this book and after a couple of years, I was finally able to find it. It's quite fascinating so far. Hoping to finish it by the end of this week, but we'll see.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Imani

Today's the last day of Kwanzaa. Kind of kismet that today's principle falls on a Sunday, the day a lot of people of faith go to their particular houses of worship. Had a nice Karamuesque feast with my mom and friends. All the food turned out well (no complaints and it was edible=all good) and we had a good time talking and watching some football. But alas, it's time for things to go back to normal. A good holiday season. Not just good, my best yet for a myriad of reasons.

Anywho.

Imani (Faith):
"To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle." --http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/NguzoSaba.shtml

Application: This one is actually pretty easy. Learning how to trust others is pretty paramount to making this principle work. I have a hard time with that and actually letting people in. I have to trust that everything happens for a reason and even though I can't explain the why, everything will turn out the way it should in the end.