|I love the smell of sawdust and I loved|
watching my grandfather in his workshop.
I think of my grandfather a lot at this time of the year. With Veteran's Day, I remember his curious and interesting stories of life as a Navy "Seabee." With hunting season in full swing, I remember the many years growing up and making molasses taffy for him to take along for his hunting trips. As December approaches, and as I anticipate the joy-filled season of Christmas, a somber cloud looms as I recall that December 21 many years ago, the day my grandfather died. I miss my grandpa. I look forward to seeing him again one day.
The moral of the story? Do not mock my love of Menards. Also, cherish the memories you have with loved ones, but do not cling too tightly to those people. Our lives here truly are but a vapor. Like the grass that withers, we too will one day die. And yet, while this body dies, our soul does not. Whether we have been brought to repentance and faith in Christ, or whether we spend this earthly life at war with God, we will live forever. If you have been saved, do you long to see your Savior, or do you think to yourself, "I still want to see/do/experience ______ in this life"? This life is not forever, and it could end far more abruptly than you anticipate. Are you ready to meet Christ? Please, dear Christian, pry your fingers from this world, and pray that God might help you place your hope in and focus on the One who is, who was, and who is to come, the Lord Jesus Christ.
So...while I highly recommend you do some Christmas shopping at Menards, I don't recommend that you traipse off to the store without first enjoying your week in review (kind of):
- Tim Challies is revisiting his concerns with Jesus Calling.
- I do not understand why this is headline news.
- Let's be honest, true Christians are not in a tizzy over the Starbucks red cup fiasco. At least, I hope no true Christians are burning any energy on this non-controversy. Regardless, I appreciated the thoughts shared here by Nathan Busenitz.
- On a similar note, you must read this article from the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. There are so many good quotes in this piece that I don't know which to choose, but let's start with this: "I am rather relieved that stores are gradually weaning themselves off the use of Jesus as cheap advertising. Seeing Christ associated with this selfish rumpus has long been grotesque to me, and I’m rather happy to see it end. So if you are agitating to keep Christ in that expression of Christmas, please stop. You are hurting Christ."
- Speaking of controversy, I don't vote. But if I did, here's one reason why I would not vote for Ben Carson. I mean, really? Is he serious with that picture?
- So this week I came across something called "Bible art journaling" and, even without knowing much about it, just a peek at a few pictures made me nervous. I said something on Twitter and the next thing I knew, my friend Elizabeth Prata had posted this.
- Here is your weekly dose of adorable (thank you, Amy!).
- I don't even know what to do with this.
- I also don't know what to do with this.