Pondering The Mysteries of Life

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Austin Rules. Austin’s Traffic, not so much.

Today, I’ve been in Austin for 4 months.

Frankly, I did not expect things to go so well! I figured I’d be waiting until tax season and large income returns before I’d be trying to find a place of my own to live, fix my drivers’ license, and fix my car. Instead, I’ve been in my apartment six weeks now, my license is fixed (Hallelujah!!), and my car is next. Plus, I now have a permanent job, enough money to live peacefully on, and I made a really cool friend.

I can’t spend any time down in the dumps because just these very basic funny-card-quote-pictures-god-is-fairfacts make me break out in a huge smile. I just didn’t expect the Lord to be so quick to answer me. We really hadn’t gotten to the point I was begging/yelling at Him yet, which is kind of our thing. I don’t really know how to react to prayers answered so efficiently and so quickly.

But, my time in the country has taught me to “never look a gift horse in the mouth”. I have no clue what that actually means, but I figure the less time I spend expecting other shoes to drop, the better.

In that spirit, I will share some of the less meaningful stuff I’ve been pondering lately.

  1. Why on earth would anyone choose to be a workout trainer? Our HR I-dont-need-a-personal-trainer-so-much---ecardDept. is right next to the gym. All day long I see two girls in tights, and a dude in shorts over his own tights, exercising all day long.
    1. You exercise all day long, all week long.
    2. You listen to the same crappy upbeat motivational music all day long, all week long.
    3. You touch sweaty people, all day long, all week long.
    4. You can never eat unhealthy food in front of anyone without being judged.
    5. You literally have to figure out something to say to motivate people to keep doing something that doesn’t feel good and whose fantastic health insurance covers some plastic surgery procedures.
    6. You exercise for a living. Why?!!
  2. Today, there was a news story about two women getting assaulted onmaxresdefault separate occasions by a guy who rides his bicycle away from the scene. Austin Police Looking For Suspect Who Assaulted Two Women
    1. I have no idea why, but somehow the fact that he makes his getaway using a bicycle makes what he did to these ladies so much worse.
    2. Grown men riding bicycles weirds me out anyways. It seems so….childish. Like playing with toys or building forts out of your bed sheets.
  3. Moldy Breast Implants — Do I really need to elaborate? when-i-count-my-blessings-i-count-you-twice-funny-quotes

 

That’s enough for now. I don’t want to really freak you out.

~ Bird

 

 

Syrian Refugees & The Need To Feel Safe

12241370_917786894964986_5530503958634759206_nYou can’t throw a rock without hitting someone who’s got an opinion about whether or not our country should allow any of these displaced people to come stay here. Like everyone else, I too have an opinion about this. I say, let them come.

I work for a transportation company for a large city. I’m hyper-vigilant when it comes to applicants applying to bus drivers for Austin. Yesterday, I had a very productive conversation with a friend about this dilemma. I’m the consummate professional, and would never allow sex, race, gender, religion, or any other qualifier shade my decision whether to hire someone or not. That being said, I’m not retarded either. I wouldn’t want to be the person who recruited and hired a bunch of suicide bombers. After the Paris attacks, one couldn’t help be look a little more suspiciously at candidates.

Here’s the thing. Christians are admonished to care for the orphans and the widows. We were charged to spread the gospel to the world, and show the Lord through our mercy and 12227064_909614155782698_112954863961749105_ncompassion. Yes, the heathens have legitimate concerns, and they are allowed to feel that way. But the saved don’t have to find this a hard decision to make. We look to the Lord to take care of us. We don’t live in fear, and we certainly don’t get to turn our faces away from the people who need our help the most. What a perfect opportunity to show Syrian people what the Lord looks like, and all we are doing is wringing our hands in fear. Shame on us!!

More and more, the world has become smaller. No longer is it as easy to consider it an “us and them” kind of place. Germany took in 800,000 people, and probably will take more. Shame on us for quibbling over a measly 20,000!! I believe the Christians should be stomping their feet and raising their voices at how stingy and cowardly our leaders make us look. I, for one, have faith in our ability to screen refugees to make sure no terrorists slip through the ranks. And should they do so, I have faith that our law enforcement will keep a sharp lookout for any strange behaviors. And then, should even that fail, I believe nothing happens without the Lord seeing. Either we believe He keeps us safe, or we don’t.

Yeah. It is as simple as that.

We do not have to give in to fear.

~ Bird