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Bryan Adams-best balladeer EVER

Who didn’t love Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood?  and the memorable Bryan Adams tune that brought the story to it’s rewardingly, swooning end??  Go on, sing it with me if you know it….Don’t telllllll me, it’s not worth tryin fooorrrr….. can’t telllllllll me it’s not worth dyin forrrrrrr….. You know it’s true, dun dun dun, everything I dooooooo, dun dun dun, I do it forrrrr yooooouuuuuu!

Such a good song.  and a good movie.  Mary Elizabeth Mastrionotonio, or whatever her name is, had THE best hair.  If I didn’t have this weird “affliction” candidly written about here and here, I’d totally watch it again right now.  and then I’d probably watch it again. and again.  and then again, ff’ing to the “good” scenes…you know, the ones filled with strong love and longing emotions…hmm..  where was I?  sorry…back to the song.

Everything I Do.  Everything.  I do it for you (GOD).  Is it all for God?  I want my answer to be wholehearted YES.  The Message, a paraphrase of the Bible, says in Romans 12:1:

Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

all that regular stuff I do…you mean, I can offer that to God? and he will consider that worship?  Cool.  Worship is often a confusing word…how do I worship?  what does that look like?  I like the simplicity of that verse.

One definition of worship is ardent devotion or the expression of such devotion.   So I can express my love and worship for God by simply considering Him when I do EVERYTHING.  I’m on it.

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feel sorry for me yet?

I’ve lost precious time to Mr. Flu.  Yes, constant sorrow.  I needed a little pick me up…

Shakespeare’s cool and smart and stuff

Yeah, I’m a literary snob.  Yeah, right. I read/watch Shakespeare…and love it.  I even understand some of it…I’d say about 2/3 to 3/4 of it.   Then I wax on poetically about the themes and symbolism.  (only in my head, thankfully!) Shakespeare may just be some dead white dude, but he knows his sh*t.   I pulled that outta 10 Things I Hate About You, a movie inspired by Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.   I’m only a little embarrassed to admit this is one of my favorite movies…and it has a kickin’ soundtrack.

So here comes the part where I wax poetic…not really.   I just like it.  and I’m fairly certain that watching Shakespeare will keep me from getting Alzheimers.  Yeah, you heard me right.    You see, cuz my brain is SO active, translating what they are saying into American English, and then WISHING I could say stuff like that.   It’s just beautiful.  and sarcastic, and witty, and surprisingly full of sexual innuendo. So, it keeps my brain in shape…it’s just a bonus.

“I will speak daggers to her, but use none.”  Now, I probably would have said, “I’m gonna give her a piece of my mind”.    Hamlet’s words are infinitely better. “To be, or not to be?”  Did you know that Hamlet is contemplating whether or not to commit suicide?!   “Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.”  Good gifts don’t mean as much when the giver isn’t nice.   Even Ophelia has good lines.

Alas, no matter how I try, I just can’t form thoughts in the Shakespearean way.     I should’ve been born in England in the 1500’s, I guess.  For now, I’ll go on speaking Oklahoman English with a bit of Hicklish thrown in and dream in Shakespearean English.

Resolved…now what?

One more time I need to say, “I can’t wait till this Twilight movie loses some of it’s momentum!”  Two people at church tonight told me I “had to see Twilight!”…”you’d love it!”   Why!?  Why me?  What makes you think I would LOVE it!?  Once I just responded with a quiet smile and a nod…the second time, I mumbled and jabbered nonsense about “can’t”, “I’m weird”, “not being religious…etc” (I should’ve just smiled and nodded)  I just DON”T know how else to respond!   Just smile and wave, boys, just smile and wave.

Do I just hold my breath until it’s popularity fades, and the hype is over?  Then I starting thinking, what about the next one…the next popular movie/tv show that EVERYONE sees and loves.  “oh, it’s so good!”  “it’s love, and sweet, and romantic, and happy ending, and blah, blah, blah”” and “you’ll LOVE it!”

So, here’s my question.  What happens when you take a stand like this? Especially in a world where movies are such a huge part of our culture.  Everywhere I turn…”Did you see this one?”  “We’re going to see that one, wanna come?”  “I’m going to stay home tonight and watch that one—again!”    When you decide to “give up” something completely “normal”….it’s harder than, say…giving up drinking.  If I were tempted by alcohol, I’d just stop hanging out at the bars, right?  It’s seems much harder to avoid this temptation.   But, like the alcoholic can’t just have ONE drink, I can’t just watch one movie and walk away.

I have a sweet little girl at church in the class I serve in that would like nothing more than to tell me about each movie that she’s seen that weekend…scene by scene.  I have to redirect her every week.  Seriously, God, do you know about this?! And you allow it?!  Cut me some slack.  Please?

I have resolved…and this one’s not going to be easy.  Luckily, I’m not in it alone.

WWJW?

As a Christ follower, is it OK to participate in activities that are morally wrong, or at least morally questionable?   The easy answer to this question, is “of course not”.   Then, my next question is…is it OK to watch someone else participate in activities that are morally questionable or just downright wrong?  Even if they are only pretending or acting out situations? Please don’t make me make a list, and I hope you’re not just picturing sexual stuff in your mind. (for more reasons than one!)  This could go for anything from sexual sin, to gossip, lying, violence…that’s my short list–I’ll let you define for yourself what is “morally questionable or wrong”.

I really hate to pull out the old “WWJD”, but maybe that’s our best measuring stick.  High standard?  Sure.  Too high?  I don’t think so.  As Christ followers, we are not called to compromise, but to have the attitude of Christ–staying pure, considering our lives nothing apart from God.

You might have guessed already that I’m referring to TV and movies–a recurring theme here on this blog, I’m afraid.  Please understand, I’m not condemning anyone else for their own decisions, but only questioning and processing where I stand on this issue.

The word of God has lots to say about this.  2 Corinthians 7:1 says it like this:

Because we have these promises (that God is with us and for us), let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness out of reverence for God”.   (emphasis mine)

I don’t know about you, but that word everything hollers at me from the page.  It screams commitment, sacrifice, and purity, and it forces me to redefine what is acceptable for me to lay eyes on or put in my mind.  No doubt, what goes in affects the way I think and act.  Garbage in, garbage out.  How much do I care about protecting my spirit and reserving it completely for God?  It means everything to me.

I could read scripture and just lightly brush by some of the more “difficult” commands…but…that just wouldn’t be fair.  I think I would be missing out on some huge pieces of what God has in store for ME.  This is the obedience he has called ME to…not you, necessarily, but ME, definitely.

Twilight~Twemptation

Ok, let me just say that I never thought I’d be writing a post about this book/movie.  Never.  I’ve avoided it.  Haven’t read the book, haven’t seen the movie.  Won’t. Can’t.  You have no idea.

Let me also say that this time last year, I would not have hesitated to become “involved’ with Twilight.  Actually, that’s not true. I would have hesitated, but then I would have done it anyway.  I can’t even explain to you how much I want to read or watch it.  I say “become involved” because that’s what I do…I don’t just watch.  I think some of you know what I mean by that…if you don’t, I don’t care to explain. sorry.

Today I was preparing a post for this blog about a song I love and watching a vid on a video sharing site. I saw in “related videos” a clip of this movie put to this very song I was enjoying.  My desire to click the play button was intense.   Curious to see the touching emotional love scenes b/t the 2 handsome people.  Curious to see if I would connect emotionally…knowing I probably would.  Thankfully, God’s word came to my mind  “each of you is tempted when you are dragged away by your own desire.  and desire gives birth to sin”  from James 1.

Now I am NOT saying that this movie is sin.  It may not be a problem for you.  I’m not judging.  Really, I’m not!  But, as I have said more than once on this very blog, this genre is a problem for me.  I know it makes me weird and possibly makes me look all fanatically religious and righteous when I avoid it.  That’s fine, I guess.  Obviously I don’t care what anyone else thinks about me….since I even mentioned it, right? Whatever.

All this to say that I’ll be really glad when the Twilight wave has passed.   The temptation is rough and until now I’ve been enduring it quietly.  Until now. You have no idea.

and yes, I just found the tool bar to change font color…and I’ve had this blog for a year…slow learner, I am…jeesh.

Satan’s not stoopid

Satan is not stupid…he’s evil, but not dumb.  When he tempts us (not if, but when) he knows where we’re weak.  I don’t believe he can read our thoughts, but he can certainly watch our actions.  He sees our weaknesses and does not hesitate to exploit them.

Beth Moore says it like this:

Satan never wastes a fiery dart by aiming at a spot covered by armor.  The bull’s-eye is located dead center in our inconsistency.  That’s where the enemy plans to bring us down.

Victory over sin and temptation in this world is NEVER accidental or coincidental.  It comes from careful strategic planning and CONSISTENCY!  Therefore, I must RESOLVE to avoid areas I know I’m weak.  I’ll give 2 examples–I have others–but I’m not writing a book today.

  • Avoiding movies and TV shows that focus on relationships (which is pretty much all of them) is a must for me.  I’m not going to dive into the reasons why, b/c I already have done that here and even as far back as here.   Except LOST (I make that one exception for better or for worse).–I know, I know, that flies in the face of “consistency”.
  • Also, I avoid catalogs and sales fliers and all other marketing attempts to make me think I need or want something.  Avoiding TV also helps me avoid commercials–bonus!   And I despise shopping, so that keeps me out of the dangerous mall.  But, I–like the rest of Western Culture–enjoy stuff that makes me comfortable, pretty, convenienced, etc., and I can very easily get “tricked” into thinking that I need that really cool trickling fountain for my bedroom that’s currently 40% off!  oh, yeah, I get sucked in easy.

A break in resolve in the tough areas of your life, will give Satan a foothold.  So consistency is necessary to protect yourself from those fiery darts.