Friday, April 8, 2011

Quote of the day: Real faith

I love A.W. Tozer for many reasons, one of which is that he is very quotable.  I read this one last night in Root of the Righteous:

"Real faith only knows one way and gladly allows itself to be stripped of any second way or makeshift substitutes.  For true faith, it is either God or total collapse."  - A.W. Tozer

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sometime (live) by King's X

Songs get in stuck my head, on repeat and I can't get them out.  The only way to get them out is to hear them.  This is what has been repeating in my brain for the past few days.

Sometime, I want to give
Sometime, I want to take
Sometime, I want to run
Sometime, I want to stay.
Sometime, sometime, sometime, sometime.

Sometime, I want to love
Sometime, I want to hate
Sometime, I want to build
Sometime, I want to break
Sometime, sometime, sometime, sometime.

Sometime, I want to live
Sometime, I want to die
Sometime, I want to believe
Sometime, I want to get high and fly

Friday, April 1, 2011

accretion and life

I've has the word 'accretion' stuck in my mind for a few days.  Here's how Miriam-Webster defines it:

1: the process of growth or enlargement by a gradual buildup: as  
a : increase by external addition or accumulation (as by adhesion of external parts or particles)  
b : the increase of land by the action of natural forces
2: a product of accretion; especially : an extraneous addition <accretions of grime>
I love the word because it describes life so well.  Life is a process of buildup and accumulation, both intentional and unintentional.  I don't mean accumulation  in a material sense as in possessions or wealth but rather in the sense that our lives are a buildup of experiences, ideas, interactions with people, etc.  The things that we 'accrete' make us who we are.  
As we grow older and wiser we (hopefully) recognize the things that have shaped us - some beneficial, some not.  Some accretions need to be scraped off and shaken off; some accretions need to be protected and nurtured.  
Accretion - a great word.