Each year I write a Thoughts at Large article. This is my third installment in the series, where I share all the thoughts currently circling my brain. Enjoy.

I remember when, if you wore blue jeans to school with holes in them, it was a sign you were poor, now people purposely pay more money to have ripped jeans as a fashion status thing. 1 Sam 16:7B KJ says, “for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart.” Tattoos anyone?

How many of us after vacationing, come back and need to rest up? Vacationing has become synonymous with going places and doing things. Too often that means a hectic, stressful time. Even more so than being at work.

Why isn’t bacon grease considered an essential oil?

When I do pre-marital counseling, I typically advise the men not to give up the remote control. Unless you’re at odds with her and you need a conciliatory gesture to make up.

Here’s my movie rant: I am sick and tired of watching victims fleeing from a villain and, predictably, falling down. And how can you be running away and they’re walking and they still catch up to you? It must be all the falling down? Or they get the jump on the villain and run away leaving the villain able to recover, and sometimes with their weapon...and in all honesty, almost all movies have some corporate bad guy behind the shenanigans: killing, maiming, kidnapping, etc. While I think there’s room for that kind of story, it is way overblown and, realistically, when was the last time you ever read a headline like the movie story lines? But it sells. How many variations of Frankenstein, Godzilla, King Kong, Dracula can you make?

The positive problem with capitalism is variety. With so many options in vehicles, clothing, restaurants, paint, toothpaste, vacations, TV, furniture: it becomes hard to make a decision with all that variety. So logically, Capitalism lends itself to indecision.

The number one reason people feel guilty about something is because they are!

Has anyone else observed that God put 2 year olds on Earth to keep leaders humble? It doesn’t matter if your position or title is President, General, Director, Pastor, Mayor, Governor, Supervisor or Sheriff, a 2 year old will defy you to your face, and do it with attitude!, Prov 22:6 KJ “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

As technology advances, concerns over privacy become more valid. Data collections are maintained on everything you do electronically. You can be tracked by the use of credit cards, online activity, banking and social media. Many are alarmed at hacking and data breaches. The tension between privacy and technology has and will continue to become more acute. But how come we aren’t as concerned that God sees, knows, and understands everything we do? Psalm 139:1-3 NIV, “You have searched me , Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” Perhaps we would be better if we factored that inescapable reality into our living standards?

One of the greatest modern inventions for healthy marriages has been the dual climate controls for vehicles.

There are distinct differences between men and women. Simply survey your social circle of couples and see how many women own more shoes/footwear than the men.

For all my adult life I have been sampling and trying to figure out which fast food franchise is the best and I have a confession to make: The research must continue.

Have you ever done an honest evaluation of how you spend your time? The difference between where you are at and what you want to be is what you do. Prov 14:23 NIV, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

Move forward in life with these two final thoughts: God knows you better than you know yourself, and He loves you more than anyone else.

Blessings.

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