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Thoughts on the Meaning of Life…..by Todd Helmkamp

Archive for December, 2007

“Bear Each Other’s Burdens”

Posted by Vogeler on December 31, 2007

A really thought-provoking and humbling post on the Stand To Reason blog.  Read it here.

The part that hit me the most was when Steve wrote, “It’s not by off-loading the burdens and feeling significant because I’ve done something important. It’s sharing them without taking them over, without calling their successful resolution ours. Many times, it’s sharing them for long periods of time.”

Wow.  Imagine that.  What would it be like if we actually shared each other’s burdens?  For a glimpse of some Christ-followers who are doing exactly that, check out the story of Healing on the Streets in Inverness, Scotland.

How are you bearing someone else’s burden?

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Now playing: Chris Rice – Chris Rice – Deep Enough To Dream
via FoxyTunes

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Ruminations

Posted by Vogeler on December 31, 2007

Rumination.  Kind of a gross word, when you think about it.  In this instance, I am using it in the sense of calm, lengthy consideration.  However, another definition of the word is cows chewing their cud.  Yuck.

Anyway….

There are several songs that have been rattling around in my head this past week, what with Christmas and all.  Here are some snippets (another odd word):

“This baby cries, and for the first time, the world hears the voice of God weep.  Mary sings a lullaby, as the Hope of the Nations gently falls asleep.”  Natalie Grant, One Child

“Mary, did you know?  The blind will see, the deaf will hear, and the dead will live again. The lame will leap, the dumb will speak the praises of the lamb!”  Mary Did You Know

“So I’ll stand, with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the One Who gave it all.” Hillsong United, The Stand

“The first time that You opened Your eyes, did You realize that You would be my Savior” Relient K, I Celebrate  the Day

” I look beyond the empty cross, forgetting what my life has cost, and wipe away the crimson stains and dull the nails that still remain.  More and more I need you now, I owe You more each passing hour.  The battle between grace and pride I gave up not so long ago. So steal my heart and take the pain, and wash the feet and cleanse my pride.  Take the selfish, take the weak, and all the things I cannot hide.  Take the beauty, take my tears, the sin-soaked heart and make it yours, take my world all apart.”  Jars of Clay, Take My World Apart

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Now playing: Jars of Clay – Worlds Apart
via FoxyTunes

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Thoughts on Marriage

Posted by Vogeler on December 28, 2007

Having been married for over a year-and-a-half, I have discovered that at times I begin to take the blessing of my wife and her love for me for granted.  Sad, but true.

Then there are other times, like this, when the thought of her love for me washes over me in a rushing wave of emotion, leaving me breathless, teary-eyed, and humbled by the depth of her love.

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Now playing: Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning – Cadoc’s Blessing
via FoxyTunes

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Two New Experiences

Posted by Vogeler on December 21, 2007

1. Being very sad when I leave for work in the morning because Max the dog is staring at me with puppy-dog eyes.

2. Spending 3 hours at the vet and spending $200 on a dog because he has worms, a double ear infection, and diarrhea. Hopefully this has taken care of it. Poor guy.

The joys of pet ownership, huh?  Oh well, he’s worth it.  🙂

Merry Christmas, Max.

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Sorrow

Posted by Vogeler on December 15, 2007

I was just listening to some of my coworkers describe their “adventures” last night. One young lady in particular was saying, “I was already intoxicated when I got there. When I woke up this morning, I thought my car was at the bar, I couldn’t find my keys…” and finished off with lots of appreciative laughter from the people around.

People, I have been there. I know the hell of waking up and seeing your car in the parking lot and not knowing how it got there. The hell of flunking out of college because you can’t control your drinking. The hell of losing most of your true friends because you’re always hanging out with your new “friends” at the bar. The hell of knowing that you’ve done terrible things while drunk, but now you can’t remember. The hell of having huge gaps in your memory, large periods of time that are gone forever. The hell of knowing that by driving drunk, you not only put your own life in danger, but the life of everyone around you, even perfect strangers.

Folks, please, drink responsibly this holiday season. If you have too much to drink, don’t drive. In fact, don’t have too much to drink. It’s not worth it.

Thinking about my coworkers, I felt such sorrow for them, because I knew all too well the road they were on. A road that leads only to destruction. They think they’re having fun now, but they don’t realize that the consequences will be grave.  My heart aches for them.  I’ve talked to them (gently) about this before, but it doesn’t do any good.

I wonder how often God looks down upon us with sorrow?

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The Newest Addition to Our Family…

Posted by Vogeler on December 15, 2007

No, we haven’t had the baby yet, he’s coming in February.  This is our other “baby”.  He’s an 8 month old field spaniel named Max.

He’s fitting in surprisingly well.  He already acts like he owns the place.

Anyway, here are some pics of him.  🙂

Max

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Ten Years Later….

Posted by Vogeler on December 9, 2007

In August of 1997, I began my undergraduate studies at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

In May of 2000, during my junior year, I flunked all of my classes (because I was drunk all of the time) and was kicked out.

In August of 2005, I was re-admitted to Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne Indiana, taking one class a semester.

In August of 2006, I began taking a full course load of five classes a semester.

Today, Sunday December 09, 2007, at 4:32 pm, I finished my last paper for my undergraduate career. I have no in-class finals. All of my assignments are in.

As of a week from Monday, on Monday December 17, 2007, I will have completed my Bachelor’s Degree, and finished college.

Ten years later.

Now, on to Graduate School!!

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A Retraction

Posted by Vogeler on December 4, 2007

In case you didn’t read my blog about the Prius not being environmentally sound, go read it now.  After doing some more research, I have discovered that the article I was citing was based upon poor, twisted, and biased research.  So I am issuing a retraction of that post.

I ask that my readers forgive my poor scholarship for posting something after investigating only one side of the argument.  I know better than to do that.  Here is a link to the retraction on the actual post.

Anyway, thanks to those who pointed out my mistake.

Merry Christmas!

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Yet Another Interesting Article

Posted by Vogeler on December 3, 2007

So, in the spirit of me not posting original content and actually having to do any actual work on my blog (har!) here is another article that I thought was fascinating, about how Hollywood often portrays Christianity negatively in movies.

Note, however, that though I agree with the article for the most part, several of the movies mentioned are some of my favorites (although I will not see Beowulf  because of the nudity and sexual content of the film; that’s just trash to make a perfectly good story more palatable to unlettered Philistines).

Anyway, you can read the article here.

Tell me what you think.

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Hmm.

Posted by Vogeler on December 3, 2007

Apparently, I am making people angry.

My subscriber count has been dropping considerably over the past month. Whether that’s because of a problem with Feedburner, I actually am offending people, I’m boring, or what, I have no idea.

But it’s weird.

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