Friday, October 22, 2010

Farewell

My days in this mason jar are over. I have been freed! Wanna know how? Go to my new blog- Life as a Free-Flying Lightning Bug. :) This is my last post here...it's been great, but on to bigger and better things!

The Unsure Cartoonist

I have a friend I have met here at UK that I sit by in my horrid Astronomy class. He is very laid back and easy going, and I have gotten along with him from the start.

Today, we had a nice discussion on religion. It started with discussing purgatory and Catholicism, a topic I said I knew nothing about, as I have been a Baptist my whole life. He said that he isn't religious at all, so we discussed this.

We talked about how it seems unlikely that things could be as perfect as they are by random, and how the American church, which runs on the view of "bigger is better," has skewed off of what Christ put forth for us to follow.

Materialism is not the focus of why we should follow our Lord and Saviour. The "Prosperity Gospel" is false. Instead, Jesus asks that we put aside ourselves and everything within our materialistic desires to focus on Him. After all, it is His stuff. He made it.

Anyways, my cartoon-drawing friend remains unsure about religion. I asked that if he had any questions that I would do my best to answer, or find someone else that can. Please pray that I have future opportunities with him. Thanks! :)


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Ultimate Challenge for the Missionary

The cultural Christianity of America is the Kingdom of God's worst enemy. Like a flu shot, it inoculates people to the real thing.

This quote, which I received through a friend via Twitter, has sent my wheels turning. Americans are sending a bazillion missionaries overseas currently. And that isn't wrong. Lord knows those people need the Gospel. Yet, they are not the most challenging people among the lost.

Not North Korea, where Christianity is a jail sentence.

Not Iran, where Christianity is a hostage situation.

Not Somalia, where Christianity is an immediate be-heading.

No, the most difficult target is, in fact, the United States.

The US is considered one of the highest populations of Christians in the world. Between our high land mass, high population, and high rate of people who profess to know Jesus, we may even be the largest grouping in the world.

Yet, this is misleading. The very manner of which the American way of life is based has lead to our loss of the Truth. America values capitalism, money, and the self: some of the biggest enemies of God.

The focus in America of "bigger" is a problem that has drastically changed us from where we are supposed to be. The focus on self: I want money, reputation, sex and pride, is wrong. This is the opposite of what Jesus set a our example.

Jesus had everything up in Heaven- literally. Then He came to Earth and became a poor carpenter that walked every where, got sick and dirty, and was surrounded by people who didn't believe Him.

So let's do our best to start a fire here in the States: if Jesus could become the focus of biggest and baddest country on the block, those foreign lands are going to
take notice.

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Gotta Quit Faking

There's a reason people dislike Christians. Several reasons, actually.

We're hypocrites. Of course we are- no one is perfect. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus- all hypocrites too. What's the
difference?

We're not extreme. Every other faith group gets fired up, excitable about their faith. Let's do that. I believe that if Christians went completely nuts for Jesus, we would see a radical explosion of faith here, on US soil. Let's do it!


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Clayburn Quote of the Day

"There's two kinds of people: heart breakers and life takers." -Zach Clayburn


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Friday, July 9, 2010

Why I Love Kentucky

While on vacation in Florida this past week, I fantasized about living along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful town of Ormond Beach (just north of Daytona Beach). The palms, sun, and surf are more than alluring. But, as I have journeyed north back to my home sate, I realize that I will likely never live anywhere else. Nor do I wish to.

I would miss Kentucky far too much to ever leave it. It runs deeper than missing my family and friends. It runs deeper than missing my beloved UK Wildcats. It's the very land that I would miss. It's home, and no where else could be.

I would miss hills, the rolling hills that encapsulate the central portion if the state, the "Bluegrass Region," where my home town of Lexington rises out of the endless countryside. I would miss the horse farms, with their white picket fences and perfectly cut grass and magnificent stallions and towering, almost impossibly lavish barns. I would miss fields of green tobacco, which are harvested to fill the vile cigarettes that support out states economy while killing it's citizens one pack at a time. I would miss the eastern Appalachian Mountains, looming massive over valleys, known as "hollers" in those parts.

I would miss some of the most varied weather in the continental US: lows below zero in the deepest parts of winter, with highs skyrocketing above one hundred with the arrival of the summer months. I would miss the maples, oaks, birch, and other deciduous trees that are found only in a temperate, mountainous place like Appalachia. I would miss the sights, both natural and man-made: the castle located just outside my beloved Fayette County, our gorgeous lakes and rivers, the Bluegrass Parkway, the canyons formed in the cliff sides of the aforementioned mountains by the aforementioned lakes and rivers.

I would miss the safety. Too far inland for hurricanes. Too mountainous for consistent tornadoes. Too temperate for insects to be too numerous. Too wet for a constant wildfire threat. Too dry for mudslides. A fault line- that has been inactive for hundreds of years. Most everything that plagues the rest of the country can be avoided for the most part in my glorious Kentucky.

These reasons, among more, are why I will never leave here. Kentucky is my home, and I would never have it another way.


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bump in the Road


We all hit setbacks. Difficulty at work or school. Breakups. Etc. Something I try to do-but hardly accomplish-is to stay calm, and learn from said setback. The Bible says "don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." So take everything in stride, and chill. It'll be ok.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Ya know, dads are pretty cool. That's all I got to say about that! :)


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Great Verse

Proverbs 20: 1
"Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler, and whoever staggers because of them is not wise."

So true, it's crazy. Hard to believe this is thousands of years old.


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Jesus Thought From My Old Bible

Proverbs 6: 16-19
"Six things the Lord hates; in fact, seven are detestable to Him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers."

Do you see any of the things on God's "hate list" in your own life? If so, what can you do to correct the situation and remove those things from your life?


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jesus Thought

Have you ever stopped to think about what life would be like without God? What if we didn't have His protection from evil or His plan for our lives? What if we didn't have Heaven to look forward to when we die?
-Ps. 124: 1-5


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nurse Judy's Thought of the Day

I went to the doctor, and the nurse gives out little papers with a thought of the day. Today it said: "Use your difficulties as a tonic- let them embolden you." So true. :)


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vacation Bible School

I love VBS. I've been doing recreation for the past six years, and I thoroughly enjoy my time with the kids. Kids are so much fun, and if you haven't ever hung out with little kids for a consitent amount of time (teaching VBS, coaching, etc) then you are missing out. :)


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Clayburn Quotes of the Day

"As the old saying goes, 'perception is reality.'....." -Zach Clayburn

"South American prisons, man...they're as bad as Mexico..." -Zach Clayburn


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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Work Hard? Ok...

The truth is, most of us probably hate our jobs. I know that I do, more often than not. But just think: you weren't forced to work there. They are not holding you against your will. So, I have recently had an ephiany. I've decided to try at my job. Jesus did His job on Earth, and could have slacked off just as easy as we can. So, if He's willing to try at His career (saving the world), so am I.

It's gunna be hard because, to be honest, work sucks. Otherwise, we would want to work, and payment would not be necessary. I have to try to remember to stay focused on my job, ignore irritating things, and more than anything, pray.


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Friday, June 11, 2010

People I Admire: John


For the next few days, I will be sharing the story of some people that I admire, and that make me act right. Every one of us has those people that we know that are, well, just plain tough. They usually have some sort of disability or obstacle, be it physical or mental. Today, I'm going to tell you about one of the most enjoyable people in my life: Danny DeVito look-a-like, John Spencer.

John works at Kroger with me, as a greeter and cashier. When I first met him, he drove me nuts, to be honest. I had hardly ever met a man that talked as much- yes, even more than me. But as time has gone on, I not only have become able to tolerate him, I truly admire, respect, and love him.

First, John has a myriad of health issues. He suffers from strokes, blackouts, diabetes, and multi-personality blood pressure (it shoots up and down ALOT), and none of these are what is killing him. Currently, his kidneys are failing. While he has been doing dialysis and is on a transplant list, it still is, ever so slowly, finishing him off. The best part is, though, that it's only finishing him physically.

John is one of the most happy-go-lucky people I've ever been able to meet, and its a shame that more people cannot be like him. Despite his poor health, he maintains an "Oh-well-its-all-gunna-be-fine" attitude.

His life has not been exactly the easiest, mind you. As a young man, he was shipped off to Vietnam with the rest of the men his age here in the US. After coming back from Nam, he went shipped to Maine, where he experienced some of the worst weather the Americas can dish out- he once told me about one day when the wind chill was near seventy below, while the actual temperature hovered around a cozy forty below. It was in Maine that he discovered a physical anomaly about himself: his normal body temperature is a sweltering 99.9 degrees. Bear in mind that most of us are near 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. A low-grade fever for most of us is around 100- so John walks around at our fever temperature. This has proved beneficial throughout his life, as he rarely wears a coat, regardless of the weather.

After the Army, John was a special education teacher- I don't need to tell you about the difficulties that career field presents. He has a wife and several kids-most of which he has fairly poor relations with, from what I can tell. Yet, you won't catch John down in the dumps. In his opinion, everything will happen- so why be worked up? Life is too short to be upset all the time, and John knows this all too well.

I have talked to John about pretty much everything. He has been a great encouragement to me for the past few years, congratulating me on my various accomplishments and giving his two cents where he can.

He has shown great interest in my education, and told me to shoot for a career not for money but, instead, the joy of the job. He said that he has known too many people who have spent their lives miserable because all they were shooting for was money. This is advice I have taken to heart, as I refuse to spend my life slaving in a sad, sorry workplace just because it pays awesome. If you enjoy something well enough, you'll make money at it- your desire to pursue the career will be far greater. So why not have fun making money?

Every time I talk to John, my day brightens. I remember how rough John's life has been, and continues to be, and it spurns me toward a more appreciative understanding of this life. I will always remember John and his positivity, and I hope to reflect this aspect of his personality for the rest of my life.

It's All Part of My Plan

Hey readers, I have a new idea. I'm starting a new mission. And I'm challenging anyone-if anyone reads this-to do the same. Let's start doing one nice thing for someone a day. Just one. I challenge you.

But here's the catch: you can't tell any one. This is to be completely anonymous. Don't tell ANYONE. I once heard that character is what you are when no one's watching- so prove who you are. I'm going to tackle this mission, and I hope you do too.

This is the last time I will write directly about this concept. From now on, it will only be referred to as Operation ARK(Act of Random Kindess)angel. Anyone else accepting the mission, good luck. :)

Clayburn Quote of the Day

Bryan: "Hey Zach, wanna take these back to produce for me?"
Zach: "No, but since they're payin me for it, I will."




Sometimes, the man leaves me speechless. :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Get Him to the Greek

I went and saw the newest comedy from the people that made Superbad and Knocked Up- Get Him to the Greek. It stars British comedian Russell Brand and the big guy from Superbad (Jonah Hill). It was, in one word: hilarious. If I may have three words, however, I would say: hilarious yet raunchy. As expected from the people behind Superbad, it had loads of language and sex-oriented stuff. It was so bad, at times, that it took away from the movie. However, it WAS a funny movie. Brand and Hill were both spectacular, and Sean Combs (Muscian, producer, super-man) was a surprisingly fresh addition.

All in all, I give the movie 3.5 stars: go see it in the dollar movies, and then don't get too worried about ever seeing it again.

So- I got a blogger app!

This app's pretty cool- wish it didn't automatically post in black font!


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Guess Who's Back

Ok, so I haven't been blogging since, IDK, like Christmas? So.... I'm back. I missed rambling and telling work stories. So... hang on. Bryan is back to typing. :)

A Few of My Favourite Quotes

"No one likes a quitter." -R.J. Robinson

"It's almost like I practiced it." -Andrew and Matt Peel

"I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you." -Maverick, Top Gun

"I have the need-the need for speed!" -Goose, Top Gun

"That's my boat." -Forrest Gump

"Bad practice makes bad perfect." -Juanita Whitaker, 5th grade teacher

"I'm like a dog chasing a car- I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it." -Joker, The Dark Knight

"Some men aren't looking for anything logical. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn." -Alfred, The Dark Knight

"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Valley Forge? Isn't that a theme park?" -Sarah Owsley

"Franklin Roosevelt? Is he a scientist?" -Tori Reed

"It's just a bunch of stratus clouds." -Adam Burus

"They're killin Virginia Tech, and they haven't had the shooting yet." -Miles Potter, as he was watching VT get destroyed in football....

"Justice will be served." -Michael Watts

"Catholic? Ugh, gross." -Miles Potter

Luke Skywalker: "I can't believe it."
Yoda: "That is why you do not succeed."

"Do or do not. There is no try." -Yoda

"You look like you got bit by a venomous rat!" -Sam Cox

"I'm magnesium- I'll flash you!" -Brandon Williams/Rachel Head

"Michael Waltrip is the worst NASCAR driver...ever." -Clint Bowyer

Casey Mears spotter, just before Casey drive high and wrecked : "Clear high."
Casey Mears: "I was not clear."

"Never tell me the odds." -Han Solo

"When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you a Kroger job, you make nothing." -Zach Alfred

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix

"Every accident is an accident." -Jessica Judy

"Everywhere you go, there you are." -Harold Young

"Oklahoma is like a skinny, white homeless dude, and Florida is like a giant black guy from prison." -Justin Shields

"We need to be working on math." -Sally Arbogast

"We are going to leave the real world, and go into the imaginary world- this can only happen in the imaginary world." -Sally Arbogast

"This is one that you can easily do with your calculator." -Sally Arbogast

"Don't worry, it can only give you cancer." -Jeannene Harris, as someone was holding a beaker

"Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional." -Mike James

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken." -The late, great Colonel Sanders

"The field mouse is fast, but the owl sees at night." -Chip, Talladega Nights

"I'll take your word for what a car can do, but I'm not taking anybody's word for what I can do, because nobody knows." -Cole Trickle, Days of Thunder

Claudius: "Where's Polonius?"
Hamlet: "In heaven; send thither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek him i' the other place yourself."

"She has spent half of her life on some sort of fantasy journey." -Miles Potter

"Being different is only good if being different is better." -Harold Young

"Failure is the chance to begin again more intelligently." -Henry Ford

"Did somebody just order a pizza? Cause you just got P'Zoned!" -Desha Colliver

"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." -Rafiki, The Lion King

"Don't run from things; you'll die tired." -Anonymous Marine

"The Great Gatsby- isn't that in Charlie Brown?" -Todd Hart

"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." -Wiston Churchill

"My priest ruined Facebook for me." -Nick Lalonde

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass- it's about learning to dance in the rain." -Anonymous

"Todd, I'm getting dumber by this conversation." -Lucy Bruenderman

Bryan Watts: "I think Michael Jackson may have undergone the most change of anyone, physically, ever."
Grant Roberts: "Yeah, other than people that have been severely burned."

"That horse pulled some moves that were simply inhuman." -Mike Holdren

"Love is the antidote for anger." -Harold Young

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious." -Brenden Gill

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." -Winston Churchill

"Luck is when being prepared meets up with opportunity." -Kroger Customer