Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Why I Loved Noah and You Should Too!


Where I am coming from...

Let me start this post by letting you know where I am coming from.  I believe to story of Noah to be true hook line and sinker.  I believe that Noah built the ark, and I believe God flooded the earth and destroyed everything not in the ark.

Why you should love it!

Put all of the bad theology aside--more on that later--and just go to watch it.  It is a beautifully constructed movie with wonderful CGI scenes.  Beyond the visual appearance I love this movie because it made me think.  I was constantly examining what I knew to be true and what I believed about the issue. This would be a great movie to bring people to to witness to.  Take them out for dessert later and discuss the differences between the Bible and the movie.

What about the mixed up theology?

I am not going to touch this as there are tons of articles on it.

My thoughts from the movie...

The following are my questions and thoughts from the movie, take from it what you will.
  • The only thing that separates Noah's family from the "Men" is that they do not eat meat. This leads me to think that the director/writer is a vegetarian.  He is an active animal rights activist.
  • The "rock people" are fallen angels.  Wouldn't that make them demons?
  • It broke my heart to see the characters begging God to hear from him.  It makes me realize that I take the availability of the Holy Spirit that came through Christ's death for granted.  The people of the OT hear audibly form God time to time, but they do not have the assurance that I have.
  • Methuselah was really old.  I have heard that he probably did die in the flood, but I cannot back this up.
  • God created the earth for Humans to enjoy.  He did not create the earth just for animals with us as care takers.
  • There is no such thing as magic snakeskin. 
  • I have no idea what those magic rocks are for...
  • I am not sure if they would have had that capability for metal works.
  • So many more thoughts but not enough time to type them.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lessons From My Dog

We got a puppy in October.  Little did we know that this 4 pound bundle of snuggles and licks would teach us a lot about life and love.

Reagan--Which means "Little King" in Gaelic has become our baby.  He truly is the little king of our house and gets away with too much!  We didn't plan on getting a dog until this summer, but I was an online college student stuck at home by myself 5 days a week. He has truly adapted to this life style and even as I am typing this he is sleeping next to me on our bed.

Lesson 1: Shake it Off.

This is a lesson I wish I could take in whole-heartily. I love Reagan to death, but he is the biggest klutz in the world.  I remember when we were teaching him how to use the stairs he got all of the way down to the bottom and fell the last few steps.  He got up looked at the stairs and came running to me for a treat because he thought he had done so well. This is an attitude that all humans should adopt. Instead of acting like Reagan did and thinking "I failed, but I did so well."  We think "I failed, I did terrible." We ignore the other ten steps that we successfully were able to climb down before taking a spill on the last two.  We need to adopt the healthier attitude on our failures and instead of obsessing on what went wrong we need to evaluate and then celebrate what we did right.

Lesson 2: Other Dogs are Not Going to Always Like You.

It is so humorous to watch Reagan "make friends."  I have been observing his social behaviours for one of my classes for school and he has a three strikes and I move on policy.  He will first approach another dog, if not accepted on face value he will try and play, if that does not work he resorts to sniffing in area us humans find strange.  If this doesn't work he just goes and finds another dog to play with. I think on all of the times I tried to force a friendship.  A lesson to learn here is it is okay if not everyone is your friend.  I think of a post on Facebook I saw the other day that said "I'd rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies," most of us would prefer 4 really good friends over 100 people we just know.

Lesson 3: Toys are Fun, But Family is Better

Reagan and his "Daddy"

One thing I love about our dog is that when ever we come into the room he immediately drops whatever toy he is playing with and comes over for a cuddle. In an electronic age it is too often that I see people in a restaurant on their phone playing candy crush and texting instead of engaging in one another.  If this happens in a restaurant where we are supposed to be on our best behaviour, what happens at home?  Put down the phone and embrace the "Better."

More Lessons to be learned

There are many more lessons to be learned form our dog and I will continue to share them from time to time.  Today I think these three might be the most important.  Have a great day.

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Plague of Photoshop

So you have all seen the videos on facebook and youtube on how they manipulate photos of women. To see one follow this link here.  So what I thought is you have to be a pro to do stuff like that.  Little did I know that it was so easy.  One day I was curious to the process and I went on youtube to find out how long it would take to photoshop someone like that.  I was shocked. I could make someone lose 10+ lbs and gain 3 cup sizes in under 3 mins. So I set my timer and went at it.  This was my first attempt:
Before                                       After
What madness is this that I can do this in 3 mins on Photoshop?! This is literally my first try! Imagine what someone can do if they have been doing this for years! On average the cover photos you see on stands spend over 50 hours in Photoshop.

How to Stop the Plague

So first of all you need to realize that everything you see is false.  In the above picture I took a naturally beautiful young woman and turned her into a "monster"--you know the women we see in ads and secretly all hate because we will never look like them, even though you have never met her.

Second step after realizing everything is false is to learn to see why.  If you look in the area around her rear you will see that the posts are a little warped.  A pro will know how to cover these but it is a start.  This is also why magazine ads are all plain coloured backgrounds--it doesn't matter if they warp.

Third is to stop playing the comparison game. We all do it. We all walk by other women and go "wow her arms are skinnier than mine, but at least I don't have that problem area on my stomach."  We are all beautiful in our own way.  As far as weight goes the best look on you is healthy.

The Best Look is Healthy

This is scary.  What is healthy?  I wish I could say "Healthy is 127 lbs, or 157 lbs." The truth of the matter is that is depends on almost everything except your weight.  Throw those nasty numbers out the window.  It all depends on what activities you are doing and your body type.  This is something you need to talk to a well qualified nutritionist about.

All said and done this is the photo I like the best:

My Beautiful Sister with no Photoshop!