Are clones evidence of unity?

Scientists have been working for many years to create clones – sheep, monkeys, birds, etc. When they announced that they had cloned a sheep & named her Dolly, it was considered an amazing scientific achievement.
In my thinking, the whole idea of clones is nothing less than creepy & anti-creation. It only takes a second to look around & see that God digs diversity. Everywhere, all the time there’s creative expression happening & I think that’s crazy cool. What gets me even more excited is when I think about how much God enjoys not only such creative diversity but even more how God has hardwired into creation synergy, unity & teamwork. In Jesus’ last meal with His followers, He prayed no less than 4times that His followers would walk in unity – not clones but unity:
*teamwork,
*complementary rather than competing strengths,
*mutual building up,
*improvement through diversity more than division 🙂

masterpiece

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There’s been some interesting news lately about Pablo Picasso & one of his famous paintings, Blue Room.  In this painting, Picasso painted a woman, but art experts have found another painting behind the surface painting.  The image behind the woman is a portrait of a bearded man & experts are trying to figure out who the man was, along with many other mysterious & important details.  It appears that Picasso used his canvass for more than one painting (not an uncommon practice with artists).

Perhaps this is also true with the greatest Artist of all, our Creator.  Perhaps God has not only made the external masterpiece that we can all see on the outside of each other & maybe there’s also an internal masterpiece inside of us that God has also created.  Let’s be careful that we don’t get stuck in looking at the outside of people, but let’s allow God to show us the masterpiece inside someone & not merely the external painting 🙂

hot topic: world cup!!!

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Yea baby!!!!  The US won their match against Ghana – congrats to the US team 🙂

One of the things that I love about soccer / football / futbol is how it is accessible to everyone.  Wherever I go around the world, I see evidence of this sport in some fashion or shape (wobbly goals from tree branches, balls made from tape and cut up tires, lines in the sand for field markers, etc).  I also love that almost anyone can play it, regardless of age, experience, gender, financial status, educational experience, etc. – I even recently put my name on a list to possibly play in some recreational league (no call yet).

In my thinking, Jesus is a little bit like soccer / football / futbol:

  • He plays well with others,
  • He is universally appealing,
  • He has the power to unify people to noble living &
  • He is relevant to all of us, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, educational background, financial status, experience, etc.

Happy World Cup & don’t forget the international coffee ,)

dying my hair

Here’s the honest truth:  my hair is about 80% white.  I inherited the premature grey gene from my dad & discovered this with my first white hair when I was about 14 years old.  So lurking beneath the massively effective efforts of my amazing hair stylist are these grey roots that always seem to win over time.  I could be resentful of my genetic makeup, disappointed that the grey eventually always wins or pretend that I’m a different person wearing trendy sunglasses & sporting a skunk streak ,)

Here’s my takeaways on hair dye:

  • accept with joy how God has made you – fearfully & wonderfully made
  • Proverbs says that grey hair is a sign of wisdom – sounds like a good plan
  • better grey than nay (my dad was bald)

happy Monday to you! 🙂

hot topic: Father’s Day

This weekend in America, we celebrate Father’s Day.  It’s a day when we honor our fathers & express our appreciation for their sacrifices & input in our lives.  Not everyone, however, grew up with warm fuzzies for their dads & there are many people who don’t like their dads & many who don’t even know who their dads are or were.  So sometimes, we’re conflicted with the premise of honoring our dads & acknowleding the reality of who they are or are not.  Holidays like Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc when we’re around our family, can be a little tricky.  So perhaps these ideas can be helpful:

  • honoring our parents is important based on the Ten Commandments;  even if you have parents who are dishonorable, choosing to honor them is the high road & ultimately a more healthy decision than dishonor (an internal decision versus an external achievement)
  • all humans are flawed, full stop
  • remember that ultimately God is your Heavenly Father & that you’re fearfully & wonderfully made in the image of your Heavenly Father
  • Help:  holidays that have tricky family navigation challenges for us will often cause us to pray and ask God for help – which is always good;  doing life without God’s Help isn’t good 🙂

happy Father’s Day!

Unchanging

I’ve been thinking about how my kids are growing & changing – it didn’t help that my daughter announced this morning that she’s eligible to start driving next year :/
Change is an interesting topic & we are not always so keen for change, unless it’s in the improvement sphere. The reality in which we live everyday, however, is change. Nothing stops changing except God. So maybe if we would like to see things not change for awhile, maybe we could translate this desire to mean that ultimately what we really want is more of God 🙂

speak out!!

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When I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, I spread a rumor about my teacher that she was drunk.  She was behaving strangely & given my limited experience in life, I tried to explain her unusual behavior, not considering that my explanation was slanderous & inappropriate.  The next day, I was summoned to the principal’s office where I was severly reprimanded & returned to class with great embarrassment.  My take away lesson was to speak less & think more – not a bad lesson in general.

however

Sometimes we are too quiet.  Sometimes we need to speak out & be an advocate for ourselves, for those who are less fortunate & to oppose disgraceful & belittling  situations, events & circumstances.  The Bible has many examples of situations where people spoke out on behalf of the downtrodden, disenfranchised & belittled.  This is a very significant reason that I’m so passionate about our work with nightcare – the shelter & safety we give to the babies of sex workers while they work.  I’m speaking out on behalf of these babies, who have no power or ability to articulate their needs, hurts and concerns.