Staublog 01/26/04 Stupidly Self-Centered After All These Years

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“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former…Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one…A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.” Albert Einstein (foto right).

As Dan Wooding Reports, I am in “transition” having left radio in December. Charting the course to a new future WHILE writing my next book WITHOUT any income makes for an interesting and volatile mix. It also means I am pre-occupied with the stuff on my mind and about MY future. That’s why when our Pastor talked yesterday about being a servant and loving your neighbor as yourself, I decided I needed to get focused on other people.

Since I am by nature self-centered, serving other people is not my strongest suit and between yesterday and today I probably set some sort of record in the “blowing it department.” It seems since I made a decision to serve, God decided to open lots of opportunities, mostly with my own family. What a pain! Between my three daughters and my wife (and even our White West Highland Terrier) EVERYBODY had little requests that turned into major headaches. There were technical glitches to address in the computer system. There were unannounced visitors, last minute changes in transportation schedules. Virtually nothing went according to plan and everything required me to be flexible.

I went to bed last night praying-‘God if the gospel doesn’t work in MY life why would I believe it works in anybody’s life?’ I think the reply was ‘good prayer, now go to sleep there’s more to do in the morning.’ And there was. And so far I haven’t done much better than I did yesterday.

When Paul Simon sang “Still crazy after all these years,” I liked the sentiment, but I was young and probably couldn’t understand how little progress I would make over the years. Would it have been as amusing if the title had been “still self-centered after all these years?”

When I was young I thought of life as a book with a great opener, messy middle and then a strong, dramatic, heroic finish for our central character (me). Now I realize I will need God’s grace ALL the way to the finish line. Fortunately there is a prayer that fits the occasion maybe you can pray it too.

“So far today God, I’ve done all right;
I haven’t gossiped, haven’t lost my temper,
Haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty
Selfish, or over-indulgent.
I’m very thankful for that.

But in a few minutes God,
I’m going to get out of this bed,
And from then on,
I’m probably going to need
A lot more help. Amen”

Here are a few of today’s interesting stories.
2004 Golden Globe Winners
Democrats Keep the Faiths
Christian Nudists Resort
Hiking Magazine “Fatal” Typo
Christian Anti-Abortion Terrorism
Remembering Carl Henry
Rabbinic Porn Prayer
Tyranny of the Copyright
Pope Commends Break-Dancers

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