Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Found Objects: House for President!

I don't quite remember where Heather found this website, but I had to post this picture on a blog with a recent obsession with found objects. For a recent gallery, check out:


It is a bit of presidential fun with a spoof on the Obama stickers. They take your pictures and create the image and words in a similar color scheme.

And Heather, being the thoughtful wife that she is, emailed me this hilarious photo. She is well aware of my ongoing obsession with House.

Gregory House, M.D., is a diagnostician faced with a mysterious medical dilemma every week. His philosophy "Everybody lies" and his dry, witty comments are very funny. Every week (or so it seems) on the list of medical problems is Lupus. But every week House says his one liner that has become a bit of comic relief..."It's not Lupus!"

So with all this in mind, my write-in vote for the last presidential election was Gregory House.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Found Objects: Thank You Card

This was in a book I picked up at the Give and Take. The Give and Take is a free version of the Goodwill Store. You can bring things in for others to use and you can browse and find treasures you can give new life to. I have a few thoughts about this card, youth culture, and gift giving, but I will hold them back. Here, I choose to let this sweet and innocent Found Object speak for itself.


Monday, January 05, 2009

Found Objects: Fortune


I rescued this little fortune one day while working at Trader Joe's. It was resting on the window sill and just waiting for me as I swept up the area around the registers. It didn't surprise me that there was a fortune lying around seeing that Trader Joe's is two doors down from a Chinese food restaurant. I just had to smile when I thought that this fortune was left in a grocery store and it taught the verb 'To Eat.'

"A day is a span of time no one is wealthy enough to waste" is an appropriate fortune for me. When I'm not a busy bee, I have to force myself to relax. But when I don't force myself to relax, and there is nothing on the agenda, I often have this purposeless feeling. That feeling that seeps into my thoughts often tells me I'm productive only when I'm doing something. When i'm working, reading, blogging, etc. I do just fine, but when I slow down and don't make the choice to relax I tend to get stressed out or sad because I feel like I am wasting time.

But I know that isn't true. I'm not purposeless. (As an added note, I believe we are here, where we are and when we are for a reason.) This struggle has helped me to grow. Dealing with this issue has forced me to see what the purpose of my life is. Living with a purpose, one in which I am confident, helps me to spend down time without feeling listless. Only in living with a purpose in my off-peak seasons have I found productivity in my busier times. When I focus outside of myself, and "look up" so to speak, am I able to find lasting contentment in my 24 hours.

Wealthy or poor, we all get 24 hours in a day. It is a great equalizer. All those thoughts from a divine appointment with a fortune cookie!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Books of 2008

I love learning and I love reading. So last year, Heather and I were throwing around some ideas of New Year's Resolutions. I thought a resolution centered around reading more was right up my alley. Then I settled on pushing myself to read a book per month in 2008. It seemed like great timing, with us going off to Seminary mid-year. It was hard to balance Bible reading with other reading but overall I am glad I challenged myself. I even included all the books I had to read (in their entirety) for classes. Here are the books of 2008!

Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, Donald Miller
Mission in the Old Testament, Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
The Neurotics Guide to God & Love, Dr. Lance Moore
A Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God: Spirituality for the Rest of Us, Larry Osborne
Revolution in World Missions, K.P. Yohannan
Man In White, Johnny Cash
No More Christian Nice Guy, Paul Coughlin
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code: A Quest for Answers, Josh McDowell
The Psychiatric Study of Jesus, Albert Schweitzer
A Grief Observed, C. S. Lewis
Evangelical Truth, Revised Edition, John Stott
Explaining Inerrancy, R.C. Sproul
Evangelical Theology, Karl Barth
Foundational Issues in Christian Education, Robert W. Pazmino
Is It A Lost Cause?, Marva J. Dawn
Journey To Jesus, Robert E. Webber
A Many Colored Kingdom, Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, S. Steve Kang, Gary A. Parrett