God Works!

My son asked me the other day, “Dad, are there things at your age that you are trying to accomplish?” I thought, “at my age, really, have I become a dinosaur?” Then I rattled off a couple works and obligations that satisfied him.

After that it was Sunday. I studied a little scripture, listened to a few preachers preach it, and decided today to expand on my son’s good question.

I thought about the great commission, about retirement, and work in general. First let’s get retirement out of the way. To me retirement once meant I was going to stop busting my butt to save money and put food on the table. It now means that I can actually work at “other things” because I have more time. But let’s get one thing straight! Work in an of itself is not “the curse.” If you cannot retire “just tend the garden.” You will see what than means further on. You can still act like you are retired by doing things differently. God does “work.” God gave Adam the task of tending the garden, before the “curse.” He said, “…we should work it and keep it.” The “curse” simply makes work arduous. Weeds get in the way, crops fail, there are times when it does not rain. He did not say give up, He said “tend the garden and keep it.”

And girls, childbearing is not the “curse” either. Childbearing is not a bad thing, I am told it simply hurts like hell. “I will multiply your pain in childbearing,” He said to the woman. So work itself is not bad, weeds suck, but we were created in God’s image to work and bear fruit! Childbearing is not bad, it is painful; kids bring us joy!

God works, even today! If you think like most scientists and skeptics that God or the Great Something (“if he exists,” they say) just set everything in random motion, retired, and now sits on His golden Lazy Boy hoping for grandbabies to come visit Him your view of God is all wrong!

Even Christians can get living all wrong. They think since the “New Covenant” came along our chief path is to only preach the gospel. Some even say, “Only on Sundays so as not to offend.”  It is, however, true that telling others about the good news of Jesus is our primary function, make disciples dude! But we are not all supposed to quit our jobs and become preachers (some should). There is also a social, cultural, and legal element in being a christian.

As far as retirement is concerned. Remember, most of us worked all our lives and about now (if you are considering retirement too) we finally just stopped being an idiots, and now we want to quit?

This is what I told my son. I said God has blessed me in so many ways, I’ve worked well on saving and planning, I have learned much, and I know way more than I did when I was younger. My “job” in retirement is to help others, to pass on what I have learned. I want to pass on my knowledge and my passion. Of course I will take a little time out to experience joy; to travel, fish, and build things. God is more than a slave driver, He loves us as we love our children, you want to take a little vacation kids? Let’s do it! But when we get back it’s noses to the grindstone!

Speaking for most of my friends who have not retired they either don’t feel like they have enough money to retire or they have the “what the heck am I going to do” fobia. I heard a preacher once say, “Most men if they are honest, don’t want to go to heaven!” They think heaven is a place where men sit on clouds and play harps. They are right in thinking that heaven is no place for “real men” if heaven is that boring. But heaven is also not the big golf course in the sky where retired Christian’s rest and play silly games. No, it’s not! Remember again, God works! He made us in His image. So we will also work in heaven. Did you see that sunset the other day? Did you receive a blessing from God recently? Do you know that God wants us to subdue the earth? He said so in Genesis! Why did He say so? Could it be that what we should do, what we should “work” at, is to reflect the Glory of God. Let’s think about building things. When I built my house I wanted it to reflect the glory of the mountains behind it. Who made the mountains? A walnut tree is beautiful in its own setting, but when I build a piece of furniture, the bark is stripped off, the wood is cut and planed, sanded and polished to create something beautiful! God likes beautiful things, right! I subdued creation! What I’m saying is there is also a cultural angle to worshiping God. Do whatever you do well. Hard work honors him, building things that function well for society honors Him. At the same time building things that are beautiful honors him. So it is with building relationships and doing your best at whatever you work at. We have a choice, our works in retirement and life can honor us for a season or honor God for eternity.

Let me finish by writing about goodness. Food is good right! We work to plant it and we labor to get it out of the ground. Or like most of us we labor to pay for some underpaid third world illegal worker to dig it up ( that’s another story). So with work we subdue, chop, salt and grill to perfection those potato’s, carrots and onions. And they taste good! And much better grilled. Is it dinner time? Do you thank God for the millions of taste buds He gave you? How about your wife? He gave you a “helper,” do you thank God for her? Did her loving hands cook your meal? Can you afford to share that goodness with someone else?

You see there are lots of things we can “work” at in retirement. Some like to say retirement is doing what they want when they want to do it. Other say it is like changing jobs. I like to say it is like having more responsibility. We must figure out what we should work at; not just work when or how we want to do. It is like being more in tune with “nature,” of course I mean God, not mother earth, or gaia, the non existant mother of all life. The good, one, eternal God made us from the dust of the earth. We cannot be any more in touch with nature than that! The gospel has a broad and deep influence on individuals, societies, and cultures. Preach it and live it all of your days. Work at showing others how beautiful God is. And enjoy Him forever!

Drilling For Wine in National Parks

Jed, “there is wine in these mountains!”

Presently most of us drink wine with a nice dinner. Others sip it at celebrations. And some guzzle it as if it were the center of their happiness. The proponents of wine drinking say it has numerous health benefits, at least that’s what they say after a seemingly endless day at work. Frankly, many of us just covet wine, and we buy oversized wine glasses to express our love for it!

But what if wine was a non-renewable national resource? What if it was recently discovered deep underground in some famous national park. Would it be worth recovering? I can hear the satirical responses, “Not it it tasted like Boonsfarm or Two Buck Chuck!” I get that! But what if it tasted better than a perfectly chilled bottle of Blanc 1947 St-Emilion right out of the ground? The whole idea makes way for a Hollywood drama. Greed and Envy could play the antagonists, while Self Righteousness and Fundraising the super hero’s. And what about the connoisseur’s and aficinado’s? What roles could they play?

My Favorite

I speculate to have fun, but also because the subject of drilling for oil in a National Park came up in a friend’s post. I explained my opinion this way.

“I’m not one bit concerned about exploring for oil in national parks if there is a national need. But I agree wholeheartedly that we should not export our oil, or for that matter any necessary natural resource unless there is a humanitarian reason for doing so. Having an abundance should result in less exploration and lower prices, not exploitation and greed. My opinion is one in the minority, and will not be liked by either political persuasion. Both parties, in my opinion, model the sin of thoughtlessness. And avarice typically appropriates, without permission, what belongs to another. Of self interest we are all guilty.
I have now added my “layer” to the story, thanks for letting me do so!”

Then the idea of underground wine popped into my head. – No, I’ve not been drinking! I wanted to see if my “opinion” held water in this senerio, and I think it has. I would allow drilling for wine, so long as it could be enjoyed by American citizens. Our national treasures are important, and so are our national resources. Self interest has its role in society, and both oil and wine their place within limits. God gives us limits too, within His limits are the best of things. And they usually are meant for our comfort and pleasure; oil and wine.

Bitter Pill Pelosi

I just listened to Pelosi’s news conference and I’m feeling a little green. It does not matter that you know what she said (The Media will tell you). We already know that everything she says about President Trump is filled with bitterness, hate, and lies.

Let’s start with grudges. A grudge is “a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury.” I know people who carry grudges, holding them never pays off, but what Nancy Pelosi has in her mind is more than a grudge. She has expressed intent to punish the President on the scale of a public hanging or burning at the stake. She said so in so many words today. Almost in the same breath, she said again today that she prays for the President. What Pelosi does not understand about prayer is that it impossible for her to prayers to be heard by God with such hate and evil intent in her words, actions, and soul. Prayers do not work folks when we conspire to do immoral, illegal, or harmful things againt others. David in the bible said, “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Psalm 66:18

In fact our prayers often backfire! Isn’t it obvious? Pelosi hates the brash Donald Trump, and it is implied that she hates me because I like him. I think the guy has learned some lessons and he is a pretty decent guy deep down.

It does take the humble view that “we too are sinners” to forgive others. I think she also hates me because I voted for him. One of her followers flipped me off for wearing my MAGA hat. It takes a lot of hate to hate a hat. This self righteous lady needs God’s love and forgiveness. I’m being kind by calling her a lady, but we can pray for her. God has his way of humbling people. All our leaders need our prayers!

It irked me today, and I turned green just after Pelosi called herself “dignified and gracious!” She also called her actions “justified” when she ripped up Trumps speech. I think Nancy Pelosi is visious and mean as hell! She has exposed herself, she is the party’s pole dancer; she will do anything to the win power, to overturn the election, to control our lives and to destroy our values. But this is more than a political battle, it is a spiritual battle.

We need to remember politics is her game, not ours. We need to be kind to others. We also need to be firm in our beliefs. We need to understand the Enemy’s (Satan’s) game plan. He lies, he divides, he wants your emotions, your fears, even your political loyalty because loyalty to a party usually requires God to be second or third. So what can we do? Vote of course! But we also need to put on “the whole armor of God.” Read about it in the bible, the last chapter in the book of Ephesians.

Our nation is at risk from evil leaders like Pelosi (It had not always been so). Today’s political leaders infect attitudes, morals, and Christian values. She, and leaders like her, are like disease causing organisms. They host the “Stone Cold Crazy” pathogen that divides good people and destroys relationships. She currently leads the elite, highly educated party of division. They support baby killing, open boarders, protecting criminals, racism, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, drug legalization, and freedom “from” religion. She lies when says her party is the party of “working folks.” It is in the rich, high tax, crime ridden, corporation infested, failing big cities where they farm the majority of their sheep. I think “regular folks” live elsewhere.

I live in Montana. I’m feeling better now!

It will take more than a kiss to change Nancy into a princess, so pray. God has done greater miracles, He saved me!

P.S. To my liberal friends and neighbors, I hold no ill will toward you, in fact I think you are wonderful. I believe this is not so much about you and me. It is a bigger “spiritual battle!” You have been kind to me and I understand you do not hold all the beliefs, qualities, and characteristics of Nancy Pelosi – nor I of Donald Trump; Thank God!