Posts Tagged ‘stupid’

Something to Think About: Louie & Bob

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

At our farm we have quite an assortment of wildlife; our favorites are the birds. We enjoy feeding them and keep the road to the Co-op hot, picking up 35 pound bags of seed. Our large flock of wild turkeys eats most of that. As proof positive that we are over the hill, we can sit for hours just watching our birds. When I was a kid, my Uncle Bill was a bird lover. He built bird houses and feeders and carefully placed them at strategic locations around his farm. Until the last couple of years, I thought that was a bit silly. What goes around comes around. If you are a bird, our place is pretty close to paradise — really good food, beautiful scenery and facilities. It is every bit as good as Uncle Bill’s farm, albeit on a much smaller scale.

I am particularly amazed at the hummingbirds. They flap their wings about 50 times a second and can fly sideways, backward and even upside down. God has greatly gifted them. A few weeks ago Louie and Bob were the first hummers to show up from their wintering down south. The males always arrive first. They enjoyed their time frolicking together, particularly at the feeder; if you saw one you were sure to see the other. Their relationship appeared to be built on mutual respect and love. They had each other’s backs. Louie would perch on one side with Bob taking his place on an opposite perch as they took their meals. There is an unending supply of carbohydrates from the sugar water in the feeder and nectar from native flowers. Their diets are well balanced with abundant protein provide by the ever increasing assortment of farm bugs. There is never a shortage of food or water. Life was good for Louie and Bob—-a perfect situation.
As I write, things have changed in paradise. Louie and Bob have become very territorial. They don’t speak or fly around together anymore. In fact they constantly fight and pick at each other. If Louie is feeding and Bob shows up all hell breaks loose. Their love has been replaced by contempt. What was once paradise seems to now be more like hell. Louie and Bob’s self-centeredness has screwed up a really good thing.
Something to think about
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Stupid People

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Pat Robertson is at it again. A woman on the news last night said he was “stupid” for saying it is OK for a man to divorce his wife if she has Alzheimer’s. I am not sure he is stupid, but he certainly is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Sometimes I think that he says stupid stuff just to get his name in the news. Like last year when he was peddling his line of Reverend Pat’s milk shakes, he claimed that after drinking a few of them he could bench press 1000 pounds!  I expect he might have a 1000 pound ego, but outside those 700 folks who watch his program, he is old news.

According to my dictionary, “stupid” means being regarded as showing a lack of intelligence, perception, or common sense…as in “a stupid mistake”. I have made many, many stupid mistakes. To those that know me this is not breaking news. Where shall I begin? I recall telling my mom, when she found a cigarette butt in my jeans, that I merely picked it up off the sidewalk. Problem with that one was,  it was way before we started being concerned with our environment! I had a flat tire once in front of a Ford dealership and drove out an hour later in a brand new Pinto — lemon yellow.  I don’t make this stuff up! Not sure what part of that one was the most stupid. I was really stupid to keep a horrible secret for 45 years and I was dumb as a box of rocks to try to medicate my pain, instead of facing the problem. Past those, and much more significant, the fact of the matter is, every single sin I’ve ever committed was because I was stupid or acting stupid. What could be more stupid than thinking I’m smarter than God? But if you think it through, that is what sin always is. I can’t think of anything dumber than thinking it is OK to do my deal when I know it is against God’s will. Actually, that is probably acting stupid, because I do know better.

But either way, the bottom line is I’m not so stupid that I don’t know I’m stupid. I can’t tell you how freeing a thought it is to make that admission!   In any event, it puts me in some tall company and I don’t mean Reverend Robertson. King David of the Bible admitted that he was stupid too.

Psalm 69:5 (LB) O God, you know so well how stupid I am, and you know all my sins.

Possibly the only thing worse than admitting you are stupid, is not knowing that you are. I’ve come to believe that it takes someone comfortable in their own skin to make that admission. Just saying.

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Stupid

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

 At the mall, I overheard a kid call another boy, “stupid”. The target of the name calling, calmly replied that the other one was a “s#*t”.  As I thought about that exchange, I realized that I am at least one of those.

According to my dictionary, “stupid” means being regarded as showing a lack of intelligence, perception, or common sense…as in “a stupid mistake”. I have made many, many stupid mistakes. To those that know me this is not breaking news. Where shall I begin? I recall telling my mom, when she found a cigarette butt in my jeans, that I merely picked it up off the sidewalk. Problem with that one was,  it was way before we started being concerned with our environment! I had a flat tire once in front of a Ford dealership and drove out an hour later in a brand new Pinto — lemon yellow.  I don’t make this stuff up! Not sure what part of that one was the most stupid. I was really stupid to keep a horrible secret for 45 years and I was dumb as a box of rocks to try to medicate my pain, instead of facing the problem. Past those, and much more significant, the fact of the matter is, every single sin I’ve ever committed was because I was stupid or acting stupid. What could be more stupid than thinking I’m smarter than God? But if you think it through, that is what sin always is. I can’t think of anything dumber than thinking it is OK to do my deal when I know it is against God’s will. Actually, that is probably acting stupid, because I do know better.

But either way, the bottom line is I’m not so stupid that I don’t know I’m stupid. I can’t tell you how freeing a thought it is to make that admission!   In any event, it puts me in some tall company and I don’t mean Mel Gibson. King David of the Bible admitted that he was stupid too. 

Psalm 69:5 (LB) O God, you know so well how stupid I am, and you know all my sins.

Possibly the only thing worse than admitting you are stupid, is not knowing that you are. I’ve come to believe that it takes someone comfortable in their own skin to make that admission. Just saying.

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