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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Worth- while

The last couple of days, the news has either been more depressing or my reserve of emotion for handling it is not up to par after three nights of OT, etc. Every news story tonight made me want to go grab my big beating stick a little more- the rising price of gas, brought on mainly because of speculators who have a vested self-interest in driving up the prices,; empty headed enviro-terrorists (who count our beloved POTUS among them) who keep us tied to foreign oil instead of drilling the reserves we have right here; Sirhan Sirhan's lawyer, who is "disappointed" that his client was denied parole yet again, despite his opinion that " he met every one of the criteria for suitability to be released" (except, perhaps for the fact that he's a murdering whackjob.); having to put up with Westboro "baptist church's" free speech win at the Supreme court because if we don't allow them their malignancy, the ACLU will have grounds to silence legitimate Christians from every public intercourse, and AARRRRRRGGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!

So when I got home tonight, I checked the e-mail and got my daily letter from Chuck Swindoll. Appropriate to the topic, it included this:

Yesterday we read Jesus's parable of the king who forgave his servant---who then refused to forgive a fellow-servant. (You may want to read it again from Matthew 18:23-35.) From this parable, we learned that to refuse to forgive is hypocritical.
But there's a second lesson: to refuse to forgive inflicts inner torment upon us. Remember how the story ends? It is exceedingly significant. "And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him" (Matthew 18:34).
"Well," you say, "that was just a parable. We can't press every point and say each little detail applies to us." Granted, but in this case, it's not a little detail. It's the punch line, the climax of the whole story. How can I say that? Because verse 35 is not part of the parable. It is a statement Jesus makes after the story ends. It is His penetrating application of the whole parable on forgiving others:
"My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart." (Matthew 18:35)

So I shouldn't rant about them, the AWOL dems in Indiana and Wisconsin, the brain-unused armed robber of NE Ft. Wayne, or any of the million other things I want to take the big beating stick to, at least not to the point of wishing them harm. (yeah, I realize that ain't the whole story, but bear with me.) So how does one get back into a frame of mind that allows forgiveness to those the mind tells you desperately need a beating instead? Well, starting off, get home safely. Follow with a brisk man-and-dog trip to Scrappy's Landing and environs. Get a hot meal. Interrupt Jeopardy by tickle-attacking Laurie until Scrappy joins in (NEVER on MY side, mind you). Get a hot shower. Crack open a Pepsi, and commit yourself to the attempt to forgive the unlovable. At least in print. And save yourself one news item to laugh at. To wit:

WASHINGTON --Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has lost legitimacy to lead and he must leave, President Obama said Thursday as the Pentagon confirmed the Libyan "mad dog" was using air power to strike rebel forces who refuse to settle for less than his ouster.
"Let me just be very unambiguous about this: Col. Qaddafi needs to step down from power and leave. That is good for his country that is good for his people that is the right thing to do," the president said during remarks to reporters alongside Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

But Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may throw a wrinkle in U.S. and international ambitions offering to negotiate a way to salvage Qaddafi's regime through mediation between the Libyan dictator and the rebel National Libyan Council.

Venezuela's Information Minister Andres Izzara told Reuters that Libya had accepted a proposal "to work for a negotiated end to the conflict accompanied by an international commission." Izzara said Venezuela will discuss "formulas for peace in Libya" with Arab allies.
Rebel forces say no way.
"No one has told us a thing about it and we are not interested anyway. We will never negotiate with him," rebel spokesman Abdul Hafif Goga told The Guardian.
(Courtesy FoxNews.)

Does anyone else see this as a contest between Laurel and Hardy (Obama and li'l buddy Calderon) and Bevis and Butt-head (Qaddaffyduck and Hugo Fudd)? Chavez helping Qaddaffyduck out would be like, say, Castro teaching Stalin the fine arts of public oppression. Obama and Li'l Buddy stepping in to settle things would be like... well, like Obama and Li'l Buddy stepping in to settle things.

All right, I feel better for one more evening.


  1. kind of like a wwjd week for all of us the ot the gas prices the petty criminals, praise jesus for weekends and nascar lol

  2. A very frustrating time for sure.

  3. CWM:
    Other than the Swindoll email...sounds pretty much like a "typical day" for

    I admit to having a "forgiveness" problem...mainly because I never forget (except when it comes to where I left my glasses - thank God for wives!)
    So my solution is to forgive...every day, even if it's the same person or thing, over and over.

    For I know that sooner or later, I'm gonna forget to forget, and remember and then not want to forgive.
    I know...a vicous circle, but it does keep the memory gig vibrant.

    Stay safe up there.