Saturday, February 28, 2009

Forgive me

Please forgive me
If I act a little strange
For I know not what I do.
Feels like lightning running through my veins
Everytime I look at you
Everytime I look at you

It's true. Everytime. Every...single...time. And I don't understand it.

Please forgive me,

Friday, February 27, 2009

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. Clint Eastwood. John Wayne. THE DUKE! Even Roy Rogers. Where have all the cowboys gone? Where have the people who are going to do what they say, who have integrity and are going to fight for what they know is right? I must admit to you, I am not always this person. I strive to be. But I am no cowboy. I Wish! I have been "asked" to do a sermon on passion for a gathering of students. This sermon makes me think of cowboys. Whether or not you are a cowboy person or indians kind of person, you must admit...cowboys have passion...a lot of passion! I wonder where they have gone? Where have men in general gone? I heard an amazing quote by Mark Driscoll in his new book, "Porn-Again Christian-a frank discussion on pornography and masturbation". This is what he says. "My desire as a Christian pastor is to see churches raised up as communities of grace ruled by Jesus and led by his gloriously masculine men who work their jobs, eat their meat, drink their beer, romance their wives, study their Bible, and raise their kids in glory and joy (Jer. 29:4–7; Eccl. 9:7–10)." Amen! Now let us be frank. All guys struggle with lust in some aspect. You show me the guy that has never ever struggled with lust in one way or another, I show you a liar. But is it a good question to pose? Where have the good guys, "the cowboys" gone? They are among us. Taking in Scripture, doing what is right no matter what. Showing the world how to live and lead. My friend CRW is the perfect example. He is a cowboy. A cowboy I love. A cowboy I respect and look up to. They are all around, and people who ask this question, just need to look around them. Asking this question, I think is an excuse not to find one. Where have the good guys gone? Wake up. They are here. I am not proclaiming in arrogance to be one, but I know they are here because I am friends with them. Stop asking that question and do something about it if you are really that concerned. The cowboys are here, shooting and forcing evil to shake in its damned (this is not frivolous cursing, but stating what this evil is exactly...damned) boots. BANG BANG! It's not too much to ask for one, but it is too much to ask where they are. I love cowboys. Oh, and since you asked...I am right here.

Love Eachother, Be Cool. Don't prove me wrong...Be A Cowboy!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

How this will end

Hold your grandmother's bible to your breast
Gonna put it to the test
You wanted it to be blessed
And in your heart
You know it to be true
You know what you gotta do
They all depend on you

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

Friday, February 20, 2009

Of Greetings and Goodbyes

I'm a big fan of community and today i'm disgusted with what i'm forced to witness in many households across the United States. Memories are becoming a thing of the past within family settings. I'm talking about memories created by being with the ones you love in a atmosphere fashioned to bring about thanksgiving. Something as simple as sitting down and dining with friends and family has become a thing of the past. Sure people still eat together, but eating together and sharing a meal together are two completely different things. A meal brings about special moments, it reminds us of the quality of our lives together. A meal identifies relationships and creates true fellowship. Most important, a meal takes time. Time is something held in high regard in todays world. Time is important. A meal should be important. I love being able to take part in communion around the dinner table. If i know you and i have not had the chance to eat a meal with you please get in contact with me and i'll see what i can do. Can we please make the table a hospitable place again? Can we please use that hospitable place to create beautiful memories with one another?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

.a simple request.

Tonight was a good night. The context of this Tuesday comes during a week where I have no classes. Our basketball team won their 13th straight game, making them 16-11. This is good news because if they win 17, Bear has to grow out a mustache for an entire week. He looks like your creepy uncle when sporting a mustache. Enough said. One of my greatest friends got awarded a game ball in the beginning of the game for scoring 1000 points in his career. Seeing his face when he found out (coach kept it a secret from him) brought incredible amounts of joy to me. I then was able to watch American Idol with some good friends, giving what is our obvious expert opinion on singing to each other. Quote of the night from American Idol: "Boy you slayed it dude, WHAT?!" -Randy Jackson. Tonight was a good night. Maybe to you it doesn't seem like a very good night because it was simple. But the good thing about simplicity is that it is not complex. Do we ever sit back and think about the simple things? We have a society that knows complexity. People are obsessed with figuring the most complex, intricate notions, which explains all of the graduate school scholars that are sitting in coffee shops reading their books that I will never understand. That is awesome for them. Society needs them, desperately...especially to explain stuff to stupid people like me. For a while now I have been an advocate of simplicity in this society of complexity. I read this book titled "Cold Tangerines" by Shauna Niequist last year. The umbrella over all of her thoughts, words, and chapters in the book was to take refuge in the simple things in life. Loved the book. It inspired me to do just that. There are many days that I forget to do that. Today is not one of those days. My simple request is for you to have one of those days.

This is Pim. Love Eachother. Be Cool.

Do You Like American Music?

I would like to start off by commending my partner in crime for writing a wonderful post on Valentines Day. I enjoyed my V-day very much and the post just made it that much better. Lately i've been listening to so much music. I believe that music proves the existence of God. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Mr. Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut stated, "Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God". Some people believe that Christian/Worship music is the only true music that can be used to glorify our creator or to feel an emotional attachment to Him. I have a confession to make, I feel Gods presence in all music and often times worship through the composition created by nonbelievers. I appreciate the God given talent that these singer and song writers use to the best of their abilities. To be honest sometimes i get goose-bumps. Sometimes music is so beautiful it almost becomes impossible to deny the nature of God inside of it. Music also brings us together. Just today i found myself in a car with Pim listening to a Pim and Bear favorite and in that moment i think we both were able to appreciate the relationship building melodies that flowed from the car stereo. It was in that moment that i worshiped my creator. I love my life and i love music. I will end with one important statement. Sometimes we all need to listen to Damien Rice.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

She's Always Dressed In White...She's Like An Angel And She Burns My Eyes...

Ah, the long awaited Valentines Day. Bear was so courteous to let me write this blog on this special day yet again. This is probably because he has a beautiful girl, who I truly respect, and I could not be happier for them as they are together and well. While I, on the other hand, am one year later...single...drowning in a pool of my pathetic existence as a platonic lover to all I come in contact. (OK, that is a little dramatic, but it is the nature of this day). If you can remember from last year, you know that I hate this day, and as I explained last year it is not because I am single, but for more on that see the post "Snapple" from last year. As you probably expect, I am going to take about 300 or so words on this to explain my deep loathing for this holiday. I offer a curveball. You swung and miss. Didn't see it coming. I wish to commend this day. Although I stick to my notions that I had last year, I have found some light at the end of my proverbial Valentines Day hate tunnel. It came around last night when Bear was creating his scavenger hunt for his girl (who I am going to so lovingly call "polar bear" from now on). I was helping him with some odds and ends, and I realized...look how happy all of my friends are. My best friend is married, my other good friend is on his way, my other good friend is on his way still. I was just in a wedding with another good friend who is now on his internship...happy...married. Bear came out of his 23 year hibernation and is so happy. Love and relationship is all around me. Instead of being pissed off about it, I turn a new leaf. Call it a Valentine's Day resolution, if you will. I am happy for them, and I am happy that they had the opportunity to celebrate it with their significant others. I know this holiday is just a reminder to all us single people that life sucks, but come on...what do we really have to complain about? The economy? That's a copout. I know the girl is coming sometime. And for the girls, the guy is coming sometime. Don't lose faith. She/He will be dressed in white. Like an angel. Burning our eyes. Until then, we get to be happy for the people that we love around us, because their white dressed angel, burning their eyes was found. So here's to all the lovers! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! I hope it finds you pure, happy, and gracious for what you have!

This is Pim. Love Eachother. Be Cool. Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I always believed in futures

I apologize for the vast amount of time that has past since my last interaction with this blog. Activities seem to be increasing while time continues to decrease. Sometimes i wish i were Zack Morris and at certain points in the day i could call a timeout to gather my thoughts and reflect on things throughout the day. Lately i've been concentrating on the future. The Future seems to be looking brighter and brighter as it comes closer and closer. The weeks ensuing include trips to Indiana, Texas, and Massachusetts. These trips will be filled with new relationships as well as rekindled old ones. One trip includes an introduction to unknown parental territory that will certainly be exciting and interesting. In all of these future events i want to continue to strive to achieve my new years goal of good character. New situations offer new challenges and with new challenges comes growth and wisdom. I pray that in these new situations i can become selfless and enjoy fellowship with the people i surround myself with. In all things i hope and pray that Christ will be present and active. Things in life have been getting better and better recently and for that i thank my Creator everyday for allowing me to be where i am now. I think there might be something behind this character idea so I'm going to continue to work my hardest at shaping a character worth replicating. I hope these thoughts are in some way constructive and uplifting. Peace be with whomever reads this.