I Built A Contraption

I enjoy bird watching on my back deck… to me it’s a form of meditation. It’s quite, peaceful and relaxing. That all changes when the bird feeders are empty though. The birds let me know. Loudly! Persistently! I’m pretty sure they think of it as their duty to let me know.

Last weekend I bought a new feeder. I set it up and filled it with seed. That will keep those birds satisfied until next weekend I figured. No dice… By Monday afternoon the squirrels had it empty. …

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost

God’s People Leave Legacies

What will future generations say about you?

Did you stand, in spite of the pain, to break a long standing generational curse?

Or did you run because the pain got to be too much?

No one will blame you for running. Most people do. I hope you at least pray for future generations. That things don’t get worse.

Having the strength to stand is unusual. I want to be remembered as the one who decided to stand. The one who broke the chains of the past.

What’s your choice?

-Michael @R2W

Keep It Simple

I would love to live here.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms…”

– Henry David Thoreau

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Place Your Life Before God

Place Your Life Before God

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. – Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)