Thoughts on the Meaning of Life… Todd Helmkamp

Archive for January, 2008

How to Fall in Love

Posted by Vogeler on January 16, 2008

As I was praying this morning on the way to work (some of my best prayer times come while I’m driving to work), I asked Jesus how to come to love Him more than anything else. As I prayed this, I felt Holy Spirit speak to me (no, not audibly. Don’t be silly).

He brought to my mind my wife, Bethany. Before we dated, I had a major crush on her for several years (as she did on me, but I didn’t stalk her like she did me!!). I would daydream about what it would be like to be with her. I built up in mind this image of who I thought she was. It was great! But it was simply infatuation.

When we started dating, I began to come to know her as she truly is, not as I built her up in my mind. What a difference that was!! (A good difference, I assure you!). By spending every available minute with her (and thinking of her every other minute!!), and coming to see the person she was, I was able to love her with a depth and devotion that was impossible when she was an image in my mind.

The point of all this is to say that it is impossible to have a deep, abiding, devoted relational love with someone you do not know. If you want to have that kind of relationship with Jesus Christ, it is similar to a marriage (SIMILAR, not exact!): it takes time and work. You MUST spend time with Him, in prayer and studying His Word. You must obey Him in the things He has already revealed to you.  The more time you spend, and as you obey His commands, the more you will come to know Him, and the more you will come to love Him. As you love Him more, His ways and His will become more and more part of you.

So, I ask you, are you infatuated with who you want Jesus to be, or are you in love with a Savior that you know?


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My Overweight, Out-Of-Shape Self

Posted by Vogeler on January 7, 2008


I used to be in great shape.  Then, I slipped to being in pretty good shape.  When I got married, I was sliding down the slope to average shape.  Having been married for a year-and-a-half, with a wife who cooks excellent meals, packs my lunch for me, and buys groceries every week, I am now definitely in less-than-average shape.

Ergo,  my boss, friend, and business partner Brett and I are going to convert half of my garage (I have a garage!  Hooray!) into a workout area.  So far, we have my training bag and some carpet.

We plan on getting a hanging bag, some weights, and some other stuff.

So, if you’re in north-east Indiana and want to work out, call me.

Also, if you have workout equipment you aren’t using anymore and that you want to donate to poor (ok, not really, but student loan payments suck), out-of-shape people, let me know, cause we’ll probably take it.  🙂

Now playing: Jeremy Camp – Restored
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Posted by Vogeler on January 2, 2008

I read a lot of blogs.  One of my favorites is by a pastor named Perry Noble from South Carolina.

One of his posts is titled “Buttpaste is the Solution to Church Growth” and in it he asserts that there are many angry Christians, and they should be given buttpaste with which to soothe themselves (buttpaste is used to soothe a baby’s diaper rash).

Check out the post here.

Although the article is hilarious, I was a good bit humbled by the fact that many of the categories he mentioned fit me pretty well.  Apparently, I need spiritual buttpaste.

How about you?

Now playing: Vitamin String Quartet – November Rain
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A Rash Tongue

Posted by Vogeler on January 2, 2008

“Three things not easy to check: the stream of a cataract, an arrow from a bow, and a rash tongue.”

Or in my case, a rash keyboard….


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The Power of Touch

Posted by Vogeler on January 2, 2008

I receive a daily email from the Institute for Creation Research.   This is a devotional email, usually topical in nature.  Today’s devotional was titled, “Jesus Touched Them.”  The author makes the point that Jesus could and did heal from a distance or with just a word (as with the centurion’s servant), but often physically touched those who were sick or disabled.  In that culture, those who were sick, especially with certain types of skin diseases, were considered spiritually, socially, and physically unclean, so for Jesus to touch them as He healed them puts His love and compassion for them in a whole new light!!

I often think about the power of touch.  Gorillas often groom each other.  Nothing means more to me than when my wife curls up beside me as she drifts off to sleep (of course, that could be because I’m warm!).  I wonder how much we lose as we slowly drift away from each other?

Don’t get me wrong; I am not a touchy-feely person.  If I don’t know you very well, don’t even think about touching me.  But I think we use touch as a way to affirm “You are part of my group.  You are special to me, and I feel a sense of closeness with you.”

In that light, Jesus touching the “untouchable” is even more profound.

Now playing: Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning – Byzantium (Golden City)
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