Monday

Two Theories About Women!



There are two theories to arguing
with women. Neither one works.

5 comments:

Jill Carattini said...

The young David did a peculiar thing as he faced a formidable enemy. The
scene was undoubtedly tense: Israel stood poised on one mountain, the
Philistines on another; the valley of Elah was positioned between them.
His tormentor, Goliath, stood over nine feet tall, was fully clothed in
armor of bronze, and held in his arms an enormous spear. David was hardly
fit for the challenge. He was the smallest and the youngest of his
brothers. He was the one given the menial task of shepherding the family
sheep, and he had no armor or spear of his own.

On David's side stood King Saul who acted as any concerned person does
when someone he loves faces a battle in a valley where life isn't fair: he
offered strategic advice, took his own armor, dressed David in it, and sent
him off with a sword and a blessing. But David refused them. He took off
Saul's armor and left the sword behind. And with his shepherd's bag, five
stones and a sling, David defeated Goliath.

This familiar story, told in 1 Samuel 17, is one in which children
rightfully take delight. But I think it can also stir in our imaginations
a potent image of following Christ. As I read this account of David, I
wrestle with thoughts of identity. Would I have taken the armor off
though it wasn't my own? Would I have been myself, aware of my own
abilities, or would I have tried to make someone else's armor my
confidence? David is for me a helpful reminder that when our identity is
found in God, authenticity and obedience are natural responses to life:
David took off the breastplate of Saul because he knew the fortress of
God.

And thus, David went into the valley authentically, facing Goliath as no
one but himself, going forth not with confidence in his own being, nor
confidence in any armor, but with confidence in the character of God. He
walked forward in obedience to the one who walked beside him; he walked
forward with an identity shaped by the presence of the living God. David
knew as a young boy what he would proclaim throughout his life: "Now I
know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven
with the saving power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some
in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God" (Psalm 20:6-7).
The man who sought after God's own heart found God's assurance and
strength thrown in.

I would argue that abandoning ourselves to the person of God, we find
ourselves able to become the person God has created us to be. David's
bout with Goliath reminds us that identity no longer has to be an
uncomfortable search or a timid view of life behind a mask. It is instead
a bold display of a relationship with the one who knows us better than we
know ourselves.

Throughout David's life, God was revealed in valleys of death and shadows
as the God who is present. So it is for us today. In every trial and
temptation, Christ continues to reveal himself as one in whom we can take
rest. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew
11:28-29). In Christ we can know the freedom of transformation and the
strength that comes from leaving behind human masks and putting on the
identity of God.

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Professor Howdy said...

In the Middle Ages wearing spectacles signified knowledge
and learning. Painters of the time often included spectacles
when portraying famous persons even when depicting people
who lived before the known invention of spectacles. On
numerous paintings the religious teacher Sofronius Eusebius
Hieronymus (340 - 420 AD) is portrayed with a lion, a skull
and a pair of reading glasses. He is the patron saint of
spectacle makers.

***

It actually is true that eating carrots can help you see
better. Carrots contain Vitamin A, which feeds the chemicals
that the eye shafts and cones are made of. The shafts
capture black and white vision. The cones capture color
images.

***

Healthy eyes are so sensitive to light that a candle
burning in the dark can be detected a mile away. The human
eye can distinguish about 10 million different colors.
There currently is no machine that can achieve this
remarkable feat.

Professor Howdy said...

Roman tragedian Seneca is said to have read "all the books
in Rome" by peering through a glass globe of water. A
thousand years later, presbyopic monks used segments of
glass spheres that could be laid against reading material
to magnify the letters, basically a magnifying glass, called
a "reading stone." They based their invention on the
theories of the Arabic mathematician Alhazen (roughly 1000
AD). Yet, Greek philosopher Aristophanes (c. 448 BC-380 BC)
knew that glass could be used as a magnifying glass.
Nevertheless it was not until roughly 150 AD that Ptolemy
discovered the basic rules of light diffraction and wrote
extensively on the subject.

***

Venetian glass blowers, who had learned how to produce
glass for reading stones, later constructed lenses that
could be held in a frame in front of the eye instead of
directly on the reading material. It was intended for use
by one eye; the idea to frame two ground glasses using
wood or horn, making them into a single unit was born in
the 13th century.

***

In 1268 Roger Bacon made the first known scientific
commentary on lenses for vision correction. Salvino
D'Armate of Pisa and Alessandro Spina of Florence are often
credited with the invention of spectacles around 1284 but
there is no evidence to conclude this. The first mention of
actual glasses is found in a 1289 manuscript when a member
of the Popozo family wrote: "I am so debilitated by age
that without the glasses known as spectacles, I would no
longer be able to read or write." In 1306, a monk of Pisa
mentioned in a sermon: "It is not yet 20 years since the
art of making spectacles, one of the most useful arts on
earth, was discovered." But nobody mentioned the inventor.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs said...

Nothing rattles my father-in-law, especially when the St.
Louis Cardinals are on TV.

One day we were watching a game, when my mother-in-law
shrieked from the kitchen, "Jim, there's a horsefly in
here!"

Not taking his eyes off the screen, he barked back,"Give
it some cough syrup."

Professor Howdy said...

Blood is bright red in its oxygenated form and a dark red
in deoxygenated form. In simpler terms, it is bright red
when it leaves the lungs full of oxygen and dark red when
it returns to the lungs for a refill. Veins appear blue
because light penetrating the skin is absorbed and
reflected in high energy wavelengths back to the eye.
Higher energy wavelengths are blue.

***

Onions, like other plants, are made of cells. The cells
are divided into two sections separated by a membrane.
One side of the membrane contains an enzyme which helps
chemical processes occur in your body. The other side of
the membrane contains molecules that contain sulfur. When
you cut an onion, the contents on each side of the
membrane mix and cause a chemical reaction. This reaction
produces molecules such as ethylsufine which make your
eyes water.

***

Camels are called "ships of the desert" because of the way
they move, not because of their transport capabilities.
Camels sway from side to side because they move both legs
on one side at the same time, elevating that side. This is
called pacing, a ship-like motion which can make the rider
feel sick.

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