“Don’t you see how impossible it is that anyone should ever take your place? Don’t you see that you have a place in the world – a place that is yours because God put you in it, just as truly as He put the mountains, the seas, the stars in their places? And don’t you see why you must feel that you have a right to your own life-place, and that you must hold it, no matter what others say, or do, or think, because of its great value to God and to the world?”
Harold Bell Wright – “The Calling Of Dan Matthews”
Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC wrote a book called In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. It’s an amazing book and definitely worth a read. Here is what he calls the “Lion Chasers Manifesto”:
Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Grab life by the mane. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Consider the lilies. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.
Chase the lion.
Awesome stuff. If you don’t have the book, I would definitely recommend you pick it up. Here are a couple places that you can get it online.
Best meteor description ever? You decide:
“My friend and I witnessed a tremendous bright light, in the western sky. For a second the object lit the Cedar Valley sky like it was day. Then a brilliant streak of light followed. It was like a slow moving lighting, similar to an enormous magnesium flare. This lasted for several seconds. My friend Bryan and I were talking about it for about six minutes, when we heard a deep explosion that could be heard inside the car. We opened the door and could still hear the low frequency thud pulsating. We could feel the vibrations of the ground. Which was the cause of great concern for the safety of people. It looked like it struck the desert out by Dugway, but I am sure it was much further away because speed travels at 761 miles per hour at sea level. We didn’t have an exact time. But somewhere between 76 miles and 150 miles away. Probably hit Nevada. I hope no one was hurt that would be terrible.”
Stan, Cedar Valley
I was reading In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day (by Mark Batterson) the other day when I came across this nugget of information (summary of info, not an exact quote):
The sun is 93 million miles from Earth. The light from the sun takes 8 minutes to reach Earth. The farthest known galaxies from Earth are 12.3 billion light years from Earth. The light from those galaxies will take 12.3 billion years to reach Earth.
This got me to thinking, which often times leads to some very strange and nonsensical musings. Here is what went through my head, into my hand, and onto an innocent, unassuming, oblivious piece of paper.
Does this mean that the world is constantly getting brighter? If it took 8 minutes for the sun’s light to get here and will take 12.3 billion years for the light from the most distant known galaxies to get here, what of all the stars and galaxies between the sun and the most distant galaxies? As time passes we are constantly receiving new light from stars that are farther and farther away. If that light is constantly being added to the light from the closer stars that are still giving off light it makes sense that they world as we see it would keep getting brighter. Of course some stars burn out and the light we receive from them will eventually be subtracted, but are stars burning out fast enough to compensate for all the new light? Or is it that our eyes are constantly adjusting to the brighter light? If our eyes are able to adjust to darkness then it certainly seems possible that they could adjust to brighter lights as well. I wonder – if we were to look back into history with our eyes adjusted to the amount of light we have now, would it seem like the world was much dimmer back then?
Does light equal heat? If so, would this begin to explain “global warming”? It would seem that as we receive more light, that light/heat would begin to make the world a little warmer.
What do you think? Am I on to something or is this utter nonsense? Probably the latter, but you never know. I like my friend Brent’s suggestion. He said that I should submit this to some scientists or a scientific journal and see how much money they would waste on trying to prove/disprove it. Sounds like a good idea to me. NASA spent $79 million to run some satellites into the moon to check for water and ice below the surface – maybe I could get them to waste some money on my crazy ideas too.