Thoughts on obedience…

So I’ve been reading on this book called UnderCover by John Bevere. So far the book is about submission and obedience to God. Not just the idea of being obedient when you don’t want to be. This is about having a heart for blind faith and obeying God like your life depends on it. (Because it does.)

Mr. Bevere writes in a way that really gives you a visual approach for application. He helps by painting pictures of Bibilical situations that layout his points. He doesn’t seem to pull stuff out of the air…he sticks to the truth. After all, the truth is all God knows…because He is truth. (Thank you Brother Bynum for your inspiring blog.)

The first few chapters were a little slow to develop due to building the importance of obedience and how we, as humans, have gotten to the point of distance from Him that we are at. (Since I thought it was slow, that means that I will have to go back and re-read because I probably missed something important)

I just stepped into chapter six and this book is already taking me for a loop. So far we have covered Cain and why his offering was not accepted. We’ve looked into King Saul and when he messed up with the battle with the Amalekites. The detail and the small choices that were made to come to such disaster…even with good intentions. It’s amazing.

I’ll delve more into it and do brief updates on it as I read and re-read.

If you get a chance, check this book out!!

Gnomes, Beards, and the Fantastic Four

The past couple of weeks I have had this infatuation with gnomes. I try to bring up the topic at least once each day. Why? Well, why not? It’s random, that’s pretty much all of the reason I need to bring up something random.

So I was meeting with some guys last night at the new BAM in the part of town I live in. After there were comments about the overgrowth of my beard, me spilling about 12.5 ounces of my Decaf Coffee with a shot of Amaretto flavoring, and cleaning up said spill, there was mention of gnomes. Now one person mentioned that I bring up gnomes because I look like one. Ouch! I retorted with a resounding “We’ll, I could look like Santa Claus.” and realized that all I lack is a white beard and a red suit (since I have gained a few pounds back). I regressed after that. Well, until one guys says something about wanting to get a 12-string guitar. The conversation reverted to gnome-en-clature. you have the Travelling Gnome, garden gnomes, and we collectively brainstormed that we should get a fodder bag and hang it from the headstock of the guitar. When (not if) one of the strings goes out of tune, the Tuning Gnome would just reach up and adjust the correct tuner. GREAT IDEA, AYE???!!!!! I wish I could get a picture of that one!!! HA!!!

So today, with spending a few minutes looking at pictures of gnomes on my lunch break, trying to find the best ones to put on the blog, I realized that I DO, in fact, look like a giant gnome. My beard seems to be getting somewhat gnarly and rough-looking. I’ve been growing it because Lovely and Little Bear love it. That and there is a certain pride that comes with the ability to grow a full beard like mine. Most guys just slobber on themselves and mutter with a gasp, “Your beard is so full! My facial hair just grows in plugs or splotchs.” (my own brother included!) So do I continue growing the chin-beast or do I succumb to the pressures of those that look less like a giant garden gnome and more like the baby-faced suit geeks?

I SAY…………

Oh, the Fantastic Four? Never seen it. No real reason why I put it in the title other than the fact that its random. See how it works???