I am a questioner by nature. When someone else espouses a position to be true and right, I immediately start an analysis. In Rick Warren's follow up book to the immenseley successful "Purpose Driven Life" called "Better Together" he called out the popular notion of "quality time" in favor of the much simpler concept of "quantity time." As a young father who was working two jobs, one of which included two hours of driving time each day, this called into question my quest to provide comfort for my family through my work.
I began to recall my own childhood as the son of a very busy father. Although my dad started college the same year I started kindergarten, what I remember most vividly about those days was not the long hours my dad was in class, but it was sharing the kitchen table with him completing our homework together. Each summer we spent "vacation" at the lovely resort destination of Hillsborough, NC at a campground, while my dad worked on graduate studies nearby at Duke. While he worked diligently at his studies, he made sure not to sacrifice time with his family. This compromise made a three-year graduate program take nine years to complete, but taught me a lesson in what truly matters.
So while I have been enduring the ordeal of a professional catastrophe the past four months, I can take much pleasure in the opportunities it gave me to spent much "quantity" time with my children. I was able to attend school parties, soccer games, swim meets, birthday parties, and other "normal" rites of 21st century childhood. Yet it also opened up avenues of creative activity that I would never have been able to even consider. What follows are some examples.
Alex, my 11-year old daughter, always presents her craziest ideas to me because I'm most likely to say yes. When she playfully asked if I could save her from her math teacher that day, I did just that by picking her up just after lunch and taking her along while I went to study at George Mason. I also played a significant role in planning her "Hunger Games" party she hosted for a group of friends, by crafting trails criss-crossing our 7 wooded acres.
Christian, my 9-year old son, and I spent a day at nearby Camp Red Arrow installing hinges on the access doors to the well pump. He is very service minded and has provided many ideas to occupy our time cleaning, fixing and other sweat inducing endeavors. It was a distinct pleasure to have been able to say yes.
Caleb, my youngest son, is as close to a time-warp picture of myself at age 7. He is a never ending supply of "Dad can we ________?" possibilities, and I have made it a life mantra to find a way to say yes as often as possible.
I have turned my family into hoarders. However, what we hold onto most tightly would never require us to rent a storage locker. We hoard experiences which we recount on trips in the car to our next adventure. Did I mention that we only have one television and no video game system. Objects serve us best when they represent authentic experiences. Without the time for those enriching experiences, our stuff simply points to opportunities lost.
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December 21, 2012 09:55 PM PST
Just as the gods used WWII to justify an influx of new technologies so will they use the impending pestilence which kills over half the world's population to justify historical medical advances, including the "cure of aging", initiating the "1000 years with Jesus on Earth".
We've seen this tactic used recently with AIDS, targetted at homosexuals and blacks in Africa.
Then, as promised, The End will come with fire::::Global tectonic subduction.
Anyone the gods role play telepathically or use for positioning in this Situation extensively have a legacy of hurting others. The more they hurt the more eggregious in history their legacy. Considering they tell me my auidence at any one time is nearly half a billion it is not inconceivable Adolph Hitler was reincarnated into the Situation.
Due to the expansive accumulated audience in this Situation these individuals have now qualified for a legacy of hurting billions of people, and as a result own a very exclusive legacy which will qualify them to be used for the pestilence event which kills half the world's population:::The monsters of tommarrow.
Don't forget the lessons the 'ole white preacher taught:::Dancing is a sin, spare the rod spoil the child.
The gods used the liberal tool to ridicule away so many taboos, paving the way for the decay of society and ultimately the End Times::::::
Black behavior was controlled by the KKK. Men's behavior was controlled by marriage for thousands of years.
When married by 15 men never gained the taste of promiscuity. Once the gods used the budding liberalism tool the men set the tone for the deteriorating enviornment centered around their gross disfavor.
Women's relinquishing control of pre-arranged marriage will be what costs mankind everything in The End. It's all their fault. Men are pigs, essentially just primally responsive disfavored beings who if given the freedom will abuse based on the impulses the god's push them into. Whereas under pre-arranged marriage this behavior was contained now the promiscuous fraternity house epitomizes the pinnicle of what a "real man" should be like. And sadly the women fall into line.
The gods behave monsterously in the course of managing Planet Earth, matching our decay, but they demand people be good if you are to have a chance to ascend as a child in a future life.
Not only is doing the right things important (praying, attoning for your sins, thinking the right way:::accepting humility, modesty, vulnerability), so is avoiding the wrong things important as well:::"Go and sin no more".
You NEED active parents who share wisdom to have a real chance to ascend into heaven in a future life, and you MUST be a good parent as well to have that opportunity.
As with so many things in this life "less is more". Sex is one of those things. They used the liberal age to promote casual "free" sex intentionally::Combined with "women's lib" and their initiation into the "trenches" of the workplace as well as other issues like alcohol consumption the people experienced a mass masculinization of the females.
The gods use sex as temptation. This is why the most disfavored among us are preoccupied with it. While some may feel being well-endowed is a sign of favor the truth is just the opposite. And often the result is misogyny, a belittling of the favored gender, and stagnation of the people as a whole.
Less is more. When young women experience passing thoughts which say you're doing something wrong instead of fighting or dismissing the thought you should heed the warning. Sadly in today's world too many experience prolonged periods of promiscuity in their lives, whereas if married by 15 like throughout human history this disfavor was avoided.
Don't forget:::It is children who ascend into heaven, and the absence of sexual activity is one reason. Their general innocence is another, which should help you see the destructive nature of adult life in today's society.
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