May 2004


I’m going to Vegas. Time to start over. Nothing much more to say. Be back next week.

“In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy…

 Cause when you worry
Your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy now…”

Those are the simple, yet extremely wise, words of one Bobby McFerrin …Words I should really take to heart. I have found that I am at my unhappiest when I’m worrying about silly things. There will always be adversity and hardship in our lives that we are unable to control, but like Bobby says, worrying about it only makes it worse.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:34

If you really think about it, worrying actually indicates a lack of faith on our part …and I won’t deny that this is true. If we truly have faith in God and His plan for each of us, there is really no excuse for worrying. He will take care of whatever is troubling us in whatever way He sees fit …we just need to have faith and ask for His help.

Take it from me… Don’t think *too* much. It’ll just bring you down.

“Things always work out you know it’s fine,
But somehow they get complex in our minds.
I promise if we’d all serve humbly
Life would be all right,
I know you’ll see.

At It’s Finest by Watashi Wa

I’m tired of thinking. I’m tired of worrying. I’m tired of playing ‘games.’ I’m tired of caring. I’m tired of wondering. I’m tired of this. I’m tired of that. I’m tired of being oblivious. I’m tired of knowing too much. I’m tired of running my mouth. I’m tired of keeping my mouth shut. I’m tired of here. I’m tired of fear. I’m tired of quitting. I’m tired of persevering. I’m tired of feeling alone. I’m tired of feeling smothered. I’m tired of me. I’m just plain tired. *sigh*

Yeah, I know…not very encouraging. Nobody’s perfect. I am so ready for Vegas. I need a break.

Ezekiel 33:1-6
“The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.'”

We are all watchmen. We are all called to keep vigil and protect the ones we care so dearly about from the danger they do not see. It is our duty to warn and express our concerns before they are overtaken. If we do not fulfill our duty, their sins become our own.

‘Sounding the trumpet’ and warning the ones we love of the peril they do not anticipate can difficult and frightening. But what if they choose not to heed to our warnings? Are we just supposed to give up and watch them be captured? I wish I knew the answer.

I have sounded the trumpet… But what now?