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Month: March, 2008

Being Unproductive

18 March, 2008 (10:02am) | Blog | 6 comments

I originally started this blog back in March of 07, so I have been blogging for about a year now. This will be my fifteenth post. I don’t know about you, but that seems pretty pitiful to me. That’s 1.25 posts per month. There are some blogs that I read that post that much per day. Lately, I have been making a conscious effort to find things to write about, but it seems like the more I think about it, the harder it is to come up with something. It seems like back when I started this blog, I was coming up with stuff left and right. Then I actually looked at how often I was posting. I only posted one per month for the first couple months.  I succeeded at posting two per month for July and August and then I stopped. No posts for a whole month, and then only two more in October. From there I dropped all forms of creative writing for a grand total of three months. After that was when I decided to actually put effort into blogging, but things were feeling like they were slowing down. I could have sworn that I was having longer pauses between posts than ever before. Then I looked at my archives and, lo and behold.. this will be the first month ever that I have posted three posts! Party time!

Why does it seem so hard to do the things we are committed to doing?

Anyway, that was my really long winded tale of woe and deception, but I see a parallel..

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:5-8

Why should I make every effort to do these things? To “escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (v. 4) and keep from being unproductive in my faith. It says nothing about these things becoming easy. But if we persevere, we will not be unproductive.

So regardless of how unmotivated I am to exercise my brain and meditate on the Lord, I am now making a commitment to persevere. Starting will faith, and ending with love.

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14 March, 2008 (9:52am) | Blog | 2 comments

Read this post. I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought to myself “I don’t really want to do good, but I am anyway.. does that mean I’m being a hypocrite?  Shouldn’t I want to serve God?  I should probably just sin because I feel like I’m faking this goodness anyway…”

“Hate what is evil; cling to what is good”
–Romans 12:9

It doesn’t say “Love what is good” or “Have a desire to do what is good”.

God commands us to cling to what is good.

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“Actual” Movies

7 March, 2008 (11:52am) | Blog | 1 comment

In the early days of cinema, there was a branch of film that appealed mostly to children through the humor, playfulness, and innocence of animation. Pioneered by Walt Disney, this kind of art has been widely loved and adored by all ages, parents and children alike, for many generations. In spite of the fact that we generally enjoy animation, most people generally looked upon those movies as “cartoons” (rather than “actual” movies) that were geared for kids. Not adults.

Pixar has been the leader in educating the stubborn adult public that a cartoon can be just as enjoyable and full of meaning as a “real” movie. Sometimes even more so. But still, even Pixar films are for kids. The change is that they are also for adults.

This mindset has been in place so long that when an animated film comes out we automatically think “Oh, yay! A fun family film! Honey, get the kids, it’s movie time!” Slowly, though, we are more and more going to see animated (mostly Pixar) films without bringing the kids, and accepting that we can have a good time and get just as much food for thought out of The Incredibles as we can The Godfather. (Don’t judge me for comparing those. They’re both good, and you know it.)

With the rising acceptance of animated features as “actual movies” instead of “kids movies” more and more filmmakers are willing to add more adult themes to their “cartoons” than, say, 25 years ago. This cannot be more evident than in the recent Oscar nominee Persepolis — a film geared specifically towards not-kids.

Persepolis is an animated film about dictatorship, revolution, communism, and capitalism. And coming of age. Does that strike you as an odd subject for a cartoon? Here’s a hint: It’s not a cartoon. It’s a movie.

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