Archive for December, 2010

Year in review/looking ahead….
December 29, 2010

As we come to the conclusion of one year and the start of another, what better time to ponder what has taken place while looking forward to what can be expected.

I am one that refuses to dwell upon the past and instead will expectantly look for the opportunities yet to come.  In the midst of this, I try to live this life to the fullest…making an impact in whatever way that presents itself.  Too often I see (and am sure you do as well) people who are living in the past, trying to change what has already occurred and if not that (or even sometimes along with that – ouch) there are those that spend so much time dreaming about what’s to come they just wait for something to happen.  For someone who has big dreams I know plenty about the delay that can come with everything unfolding…but that doesn’t mean we should be incapacitated until it does manifest.

With the end of 2010 approaching it has been obvious (to me at least) that this past year has been full of shifting and shaking.  SHIFT was the word that really resonated not just for me but also for society in general (see previous blog post from 1/18/2010 titled Happy New Year!!!).  We saw an economic shift, a shift in the makeup of America politically, the earth underwent a major seismic shift…just to name a few (and those alone were quite significant).  I know my life (and the lives of those around me) also experienced this as well.  In retrospect though these were all not just hard but I believe a necessary part of getting society to where we need to be.

Which leads me to 2011.  For me the coming year can be summed up in a word and that word is LAUNCH.  Again this can be applied many ways…launch out in a new endeavor, launch an offensive, launch like a rocket, etc.  The objective is to find how it fits personally and then collectively.  I am convinced that the new year will bring many fresh and exciting things to those who are positioned properly. 

That means have the right foundation (Jesus) and being devoted to advancing His kingdom, not your own.  This could be that moment when you begin to seek Him and His perfect plan for you.  Now that is something to launch…;-) a quest to know the savior for ALL mankind!! 

Whatever this coming year brings, I intend to live in a manner worthy of the calling I have in Christ Jesus the Lord and hope you do as well.

Peace.

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Media crediblity and WikiLeaks…
December 6, 2010

With so much of the news today being focused on this WikiLeaks issue, it would be appropriate to discuss the role media has within society. 

The growth of the Internet and technology in general has created this great debate over what is now considered news/reporting/journalism.  With the ability to connect quickly and hide behind the computer (for the most part) the way we get our “news” and the variety of sources from where that “news” comes from has changed dramatically.  Combined with the polarization of society into the left/right and there are now targeted sources for “news” that are biased toward specific political persuasions. 

Whether it’s CNN or FOX, Huffington Post or Rush Limbaugh, the accuracy is totally based upon the receiver of this information.  This in itself show that the credibility of our “news” is so tainted, that to accept the information being given is foolishness.  Yet the vast majority of people in this nation are doing just that…and passionately fight to support it whether it is actually true or not.

Then we get something like this WikiLeaks and people are enraged because the truth is being brought forth.  I am in NO WAY condoning the manner in which this information was obtain, but I found it ironic that reliable, credible information is being released…yet the spotlight is turned on the ones who have done the necessary work in bringing this forth. 

Isn’t that what reporting is all about…I mean were Woodward and Bernstein vilified?  Running for their lives?  Maybe they were, but I seem to remember that the real problems that were revealed through their work were the ones being held accountable.

Nowadays the focus is more on putting out “news” that supports positions (an if you buck the system, watch out).  We as a people are facing many challenges these days, let’s not compromise our expectations for those that we look to for insight into current events/happenings. 

Let us uphold a true standard of righteousness!!