For example…. perfection. To resume my rhetorical questioning (albeit this time in the most positive light):
How often can we truly bask in the presence of greatness? I’m going to savor it as long as I can….images below selected from The Boston Globe:
Cooollllllll factor on steroids. I mean again…our PREZ?
Possibility. The future is ours to lose.
Today my friend Teresa accused me of becoming an Obama Girl. I plead guilty…. but of course, on a far less hoochie and far more enlightened level.
I love it Diane!!! See this is what I’m talking about, you took it and ran with it. With a passion I might add…
Classy speech too!
Woa, Diane! Restrain yourself…!
“Perfection”??? This is a man you’re talking about…JUST a man!
“Cool”…Is that something we look for in a president now or did I miss something and were we voting for America’s Next Top Model? 🙂
“Greatness”? Great what?? What has he done so far? I pray that he may be able to do something great for our country, but he won’t be the great one if he does, because it’ll be by God’s grace!
“No one from the east or the west can exalt a man. But it is God who judges; He brings one down, He exalts another.” Ps. 75:6-7
Rein it in, sister, and just pray for the guy :)!
of course you are right Tricia! Psst: tiny bit of over-the-topness constitute some of these posts…a little poetic/literary license. But thanks for the concern!! 😉
oh, that said – he’s held his own with quite a bit of dignity thus far – and I do think success is always a combination of our own collaboration with the Big Guy – a mysterious partnership not completely fathomable to us peeps down this way, but no doubt demonstrated consistently in Scripture.
over ‘n out….
I came across your blog and wanted to ask you a question…:
I am a pastor who lives on the coast in Alabama. I used to have a congregation of 300 members in a church that used stood for 80 years on a lot that now sits vacant — because Hurricane Katrina came and wiped everything away, including my house. Most of the members, including my family, lost everything. I would like to know if you think — perhaps — we didn’t collaborate enough with God. Maybe I didn’t have enough “cool” factor — is that why all that happenened? Maybe I didn’t embody the “perfection” factor. I am seeking your advice since you seem to have a handle on the God / Collaboration thing and maybe I’ve been doing something wrong all these years. Thanks for your help.
GOBAMA! I think the thing about Obama is far more than any “cool” factor or “perfection”. It is that he inspires me to be willing to take on the challenges of working together and sacrificing for the good of others in my country. He is a leader that I trust.
In response to the anonymous post I would offer these verses:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. [Philippians 4:11-13]
I appreciate your response, and we know better than anyone else that God is in control and that HE alone gives and takes and provides us with all our needs. The Lord’s word is clear that it is “Him” who brings us strength — and of course, the “Him” we are talking about is our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m afraid that many people are looking to Obama to replace the “Him”. My guess is that he — as most public officials do –will possibly let some people down. I’m glad you are excited about the election. Americans should be excited to have a voice and elect our officials. We just have to be SUPER careful not to put those individuals on pedestals. If you are a Christian, then it is your responsibility to believers and non-believers to make the point that there is and was only one perfect man. And Obama is not it. I’m sorry.
oh my gosh! You’ve been policed girl! I read your blog and had to laugh…because I know you, at least I think after 2 weeks on a bus, I know you…and I get it…. I was going to post something about how funny it is to read your post after trudging through a bunch of commentary about how people think Obama is the Messiah and blah blah blah…why does someone always want to rain on the parade. Duh! There’s one Messiah. God is in control. Even if McCain were voted in, God would still be in control. Even if war actually came to America’s soil, God would still be in control.
But in the mean time….isn’t it great to actually have fun…to be excited about our leader and not take everything so serious all the time. That way, when the floods of life do come along, we’re buoyed up by God, His saving grace, and His gifts of joy and laughter.
PS…this was not meant to be a pointing finger at any of the above comments…it was what I wanted to say before reading the comments….
I’d like to say, I understand and appreciate your humor.
I LOVE how you call him PREZ, with a Z since you are and always will be BIZ =)
Wow, it’s wild how anyone can come along and interpret your words and express their opinions.
I suppose that’s the whole point in this country, so blessed be.
Personally, I loved your assessments of our new “Prez” and I’m quite sure you know who the perfect He is.
If this mans stays in office for 4 years, it will be the longest period that he’s held on to a single job. He has absolutely no substance – he’s a ‘cult of personality’. And now he’s in a position to do a LOT of… damage.
There’s nothing wrong about having passion and enthusiasm about the president elect, our new leader. I remember when some people were upset about the 2000 election, the refrain back then was “we must support our leader.”
People who are now unenthusiastic about the results of our recent election, a landslide I might ad, might be best served to read the bible verse used at the time to justify supporting the Bush doctrine.
See: Romans 13:1-7
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
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