a shadow of my former self

shadow-81So I started reading Plato…

There are only three reasons that anyone (that is not being instructed to do so by his or her college professor) would start reading Plato.

One is because it provides useful and meaningful answers for the intellectual, moral, and practical problems of contemporary life.

Two is because it provides tools to make fundamental decisions about how to think, how to act, and how to live one’s life.

Three is because they enjoy having to read the same paragraph 617 times just so that they can spend the next 2 hours trying to figure out what the heck the previous paragraph meant. Read more of this post

being a husband is not a “big deal”

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for her.   —Ephesians 5:25

I have mentioned this verse in a few different blogs, but I regret (‘regret’ is a whole other blog) that I misunderstood its meaning early in my relationship with my wife. I think that I missed opportunities to practice this with regularity because I always waited for some extraordinary situation to apply my “man powers” to, so that I could save the day in true “Super-Husband” fashion. After all, Christ DIED for the church; so I was prepared to do the same for my wife. As a result, I always kept my ears open for signs of a natural disaster, terrorist attacks, or global thermo nuclear war. I was ready for the worst, and I knew I would protect my wife, at any cost. I was looking to make a “big deal” out of my efforts, and I was WAITING for it. Read more of this post