"Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper

The Question

The other day I was struck by how fond I have become with existentialist literature. That might be one of the most pretentious sentences I’ve ever written, but so be it. I recently finished reading The Trial by Franz Kafka (amazon.ca), a fascinating book, and it deals with many existentialist themes. Kafka loved to write absurdist fiction (the cousin of existentialism)—evidenced by the fact that people now refer to absurd situations as “Kafkaesque”.Continue Reading

Grass, Greeks, and Gearshifts

Yesterday was a pretty average, boring day. I was talking to Angelie on MSN and she said that both she and Dave wanted to do something. So I called up Jeff and asked if he wanted to do something as well. He was up for it, so I told him that I’d talk to Angelie again and figure out what to do. I was expecting her to come back onto MSN, since she had gone to supper by that time. When half an hour went by and she hadn’t come online yet, I decided to call her. No answer. I called back a few more times, and after another half an hour, Jeff called me up and asked, “So I’m assuming that nothing really is going on?” He was correct in his assumption. We’ll likely do something today or tomorrow, though I’m not quite sure. I have to work this afternoon from 5:30-9:15, so I’m not sure if I really want to do anything today. Tomorrow night there’s an engagement party at Jake and Luke’s house, so I’ll likely show up to that. That’ll be doing something at least.

Today I had to cut the grass. That’s never a pleasant experience, but whatever. I woke up at 8:45 AM sharp in order to be up before it got really hot. I don’t want to wake up at like 6 AM or anything, but I don’t want to wait until the afternoon when the sun is out and deep-frying everything. So…Continue Reading

Swimming and Giant Green Monkeys

Last night was definitely strange. I headed out to youth and we had our usual devotional time and then prayer. Then afterwards, we sat around figuring out what to do. Kristy had been saying to me on MSN before that she wanted to go go-karting afterwards, but she never mentioned it. Eventually people decided to go to Kristin’s house to go swimming. People got into my car as well as others, and we got to their house, didn’t think anyone was home, went to Wendy’s, and then came back. I was completely lost while driving. It was horrible. Now that I’m out of the car, I can think, “How did I not know how to get there? It’s simple.” But when I was actually driving, I was completely lost. Oh well. We got there eventually.

I basically sat on the patio chairs while everyone else was swimming. I didn’t want to swim, and I didn’t want to go back to my house to get my swimming shorts either. I entertained myself by laughing at everyone in the pool as they complained about the chlorine, and bouncing my head off the back of the chairs. They were made out of material, so if you slouched down, you could bounce your head. It was fun. Anyways, I wasn’t by myself on the side too long anyways, since Angelie wasn’t feeling too well and got out. After everyone got out of the pool except for Zeth and Kristy, who were having a great…Continue Reading

Job Hunting and a Few Thoughts

Today has been another day of preparing more resumes to be sent out. I’m still hoping against all hope that Bluenotes will call me back so I can just finish up this whole arduous process of trying to find a job. I’ve been praying that God would help me in this, and I’m really hoping that Bluenotes is the place He wants me to work. Why? Well, because that means I don’t have to send out another 10 or 12 resumes and go through the whole process again. I just want to get a job and be finished with this whole thing.

As I had that mindset last night, I picked up the book that I’ve been reading for the past little while, Spiritual Warfare, and kept reading where I last left off. It was talking about wilderness experiences, where God tests us to produce proven character. One line that the author said really stood out to me, though. It was this: “There is not a moment in time when God is not working in you.” It really hit me like a brick to the head. Too often we can look back on our really hard times or something and tell that God was working in us then, but the truth is that He is always working in us. It’s not just when we’re going through a hard time where we need more patience or strength or something. He’s always pouring in more and more of these qualities and working…Continue Reading

Living Victoriously

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I can’t decide what to write about today. Not much happened other than the usual Sunday morning service, so I’m currently trying to figure out a good topic to talk about instead. It’s definitely a toss-up, so perhaps I’ll deal with one and leave the other for a rainy day.

I suppose I probably shouldn’t say this, but I didn’t concentrate on the sermon all that much this morning in church. It’s probably not a good thing, but in my defence, I was still thinking about God. I think it’s all good. After all, I’ve kept the main points of the sermon tucked away in the back of my mind for if they’re ever needed. But what I got to thinking about today stemmed off of the sermon. The thought was this: Christ is everything I need.

It sounds simple, doesn’t it? It doesn’t really seem all that profound or revolutionary. I mean, that phrase or some variant of it is scattered throughout the Bible. But it just hit me in a new way. Usually, Christians say it but don’t really think about what they’re actually saying. Christ is everything I need. I’m not sure that I can emphasize this enough. Everything, everything, everything, everything, everything, everything, everything we need is found in Christ. Each and every single thing. Everything. Go back and reread the previous three sentences for as long as necessary until the truth of this sinks in.

You see, we as Christians are horrible at living double…Continue Reading

Hitching a Ride to McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Here we are. It’s yet another day, and I’m sure you were all waiting impatiently for me to update. I imagine that you were likely sitting in front of the computer with my blog on the screen, clicking Refresh over and over and over, just hoping that one of the times you clicked, something new would arrive. And now it has. Prepare for the blog of a lifetime. Or something like that. Try saying that in a deep movie voice-over voice, like on the trailers for movies. It has a better effect.

I suppose since people (who will not be named) were making fun of me last night and saying that I’d have something to blog about tomorrow, I might as well just give in and do just that. Besides, I was going to anyways. Last night was crazy. I went to go see a movie with a bunch of people: Angelie, Jordan, Josh, Kristin, Lauren, Melissa, Steph, and Zeth. We went to go see Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a movie I had been wanting to see – although I wasn’t the one to suggest it. I figured most people wouldn’t like it, so I wasn’t going to drag anyone along to see it with me. But, as it turns out, they decided to go see it. Well, Angelie, Jordan, and Lauren went to see Amityville Horror, since they’re weird that way, but whatever.

I must say that I thought the movie was great. Everyone else thought it sucked,…Continue Reading

Thievery!

I’m not sure what to write about yet again. I’m mentally reviewing the day in my mind to look for highlights. Well, let me give you a general run-down of the day, and when I do that, I’ll decide how much to expand on each point.

To start off, I went to bed at 10:00 PM last night. I woke up this morning, and still felt just as tired as when I went to sleep. I faintly remember waking up somewhere around 2:30 AM, but I’m not sure if that was this morning or some other morning recently. Anyway, the morning was fairly uneventful. I got to school and had a regular ol’ Law class. Next up was swimming in Phys. Ed. class, where I once again sat up on the balcony and read Tom Clancy’s Op-Center. I’m almost done the book already; I must confess that it’s not his best work, but it’s still pretty intriguing nonetheless. I prefer his books about the Cold War and Russia, though, rather than North and South Korea. Or there’s always his Net Force series, where it’s in the future, and they have to deal with cyber-terrorists on the virtual reality internet as well as in real life.

Anyways, after swimming, we came back to the school and had lunch, during which Meagan played random hymns on the piano and Zac and I sang them in our deep, bassy voices. Well, I had a deep, bassy voice anyway; his was more of a…Continue Reading