Thursday, May 5, 2016

Life as Pizza...

I'm not sure if this is original or not, probably not totally, like Kirby Ferguson says in his TED talk from several years back,"everything's a remix" ... but I think a lot about life ... and a lot about pizza ... so see if you like this analogy:

Life as Pizza

God is like:

(1) The Bread and Crust - the Founder of the universe, who is the foundation off which the rest of the pizza is built.

(2) The Sauce - The Spirit who runs through the whole thing unseen, but gives that flavor that only really makes a pizza a pizza.

(3) And The Cheese - i.e. Christ, who is the fullest revelation of God [the surface] who came into history so we could put a 'face' to God - and holds the rest of the parts together in a coherent form and framework ... that coherent form ... being like a cheese pizza of course!

NOW - humanity - WE - are the toppings.

Toppings in the sense that we ARE individual and unique (having our own shapes and flavors) as God adds us, and maintaining those individual properties - BUT - no less we ARE part of the PIZZA as a whole.

So we BOTH are our own individual toppings AND are a part of the pizza of life/of God as a whole.

No analogy is perfect of course ... but I like this one, and its sentiments ring with a quote from Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath:

"A fella aint got a soul  of his own ... just a piece of a big soul ... the One Big Soul that belongs to everybody." [Tom Joad Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck ]

....Also....I just like and think about pizza a lot.

God be with and bless as always,

Monday, April 11, 2016

Dirty windows...

Now I know this is not an original idea ... I don't remember where I got it from - I'm thinking a Max Lucado devotional I had for a long time (of course I'm sure he got it from somewhere too) ... it's old time Christian imagery, but I am going to add a thought or two to it:

So the general idea is we ALL - are windows to like - a giant house or building or whatever.

And God - the Sun - shines through ALL of us.

The Sun is always shining on or through ALL of us, regardless of if we want it, or are aware of it or not.

BUT - all of our windows get dirty from time to time. SOME get REALLY dirty.  Especially if we never clean them.

 Some windows get so dirty it blocks out the Sun ... some windows are so dirty ... it doesn't seem like the Sun is shining at all ... but it is.

The Sun hasn't changed - we just dirty up our windows.

God leaves it up to us to keep our windows clean, or have Him help us clean them, but He's going to keep on shining onto and into us no matter HOW dirty our windows get.

The Light shines into and on ALL of us ... it's just a matter of how much of the Light we want to let through ... but He won't stop shining on you ... even if you want Him too ... and no matter how dirty your windows are :)

God be with and bless,

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Psalms for the depressed and despaired

As someone who has struggled with and seen much depression in my own life (and the lives of those I love) nothing quite describes the feeling of desolation and despair like Psalm 38, 39, and 40.

They start off low (Psalm 38-39) but honest - and then - there's the glimmer of hope at the end of Psalm 40.

For anyone who suffers from depression - or rather - forget that - anyone who just feels so down that it hurts to breath for WHATEVER reason ... just at the end of your rope for whatever reason ... you know how hard it can be to find the words to describe that feeling of "down and out".

 For me these 3 Psalms do it better than anything. And if you do feel like that - hang in there - even on the darkest roads, your headlights will light the way if you just stay in them, and are led by the light you do have (however little or much it feels like that may be)...hang on to the light...which is if nothing else, that you are loved because you exist at all.

You are a thought and act of God regardless of how you think or feel. And being made in His image, as we all are, makes you inherently and infinitely valuable forever. See yourself through God's eyes. The eyes of Love. The eyes of the Love of the world. The eyes of Love for you. Hang in there. With love. Kozy.

"But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me.  You are my Help and my Deliverer; you are my God, do not delay." [Psalm 40:17]

Friday, April 8, 2016

A quote for her, from REDEEMING LOVE

If she doesn't know who she is by now...maybe one day she will. And whether or not she is ever conscious of it in this life - she will know in time to come. In the meantime, my prayer for her from the novel REDEEMING LOVE, by Francine Rivers:

"Lord,  forgive me.  You said go to her, and I let my pride stand in my way.  You said she needed me, and I didn't believe.  You said love her, and I thought it would be easy.  Help me.  Open my heart and mind so that I will love her as you have loved me."

Favorite Quotes from VIVA ZAPATA

A couple excerpts from VIVA ZAPATA - written by John Steinbeck with Marlon Brandon and Anthony Quinn:

"This land is yours, but you must protect it.  If necessary, with your lives.  It won't be yours long if you don't protect it.  And your children, with their lives.  Don't discount your enemies, they will be back.  And if your house is burned, build it again.  If your corn is destroyed - replant.  If they drive you off the valley, live in the sides of the mountain ... but live.  You've always looked for leaders.  Strong men without faults.  There aren't any.  They're only men - like yourselves.  They change, they desert, they die.  There are no leaders but yourselves.  A strong people is the only lasting strength!"
[Marlon Brandon VIVA ZAPATA]

"That's how things really change - slowly through people.  They don't need me anymore.  A strong man makes a weak people.  Strong people, don't need a strong man." [Marlon Brando VIVA ZAPATA]

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Favorite Monologue from "Mary and Max"

What a great little film ... check it out if you get the chance - here is my favorite monologue excerpt and a trailer below.

“The reason I forgive you is because you  are not perfect, you are imperfect – and so am I.  All humans are imperfect.  When I was young, I wanted to be anybody but myself. Dr. Hazlehoff said if I lived on a desert island, I would have to get used to my own company.  Just me, and the coconuts.  He said I would have to accept myself – my warts and all – and that we don’t get to choose our warts, they are a part of us; and we have to live with them.  We can however, choose our friends, and I am glad I have chosen you.  Dr. Bernard Hazlehoff also said that everyone’s lives are like a very long sidewalk.  Some are well paved. Others – like mine – have cracks, banana skins, and cigarette butts.  Your sidewalk is like mine - but - probably not as many cracks. Hopefully, one day, our sidewalks will meet and we can share a can of condensed milk. You are my best friend, you are my only friend. Your American pen pal – Max J. Horowitz.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

More Quotes

Been awhile since I posted some quotes ... these I found while cleaning out some of my stuff - some writings from years ago ... hope they help anyone who needs it, like it helped me when I needed it ... all my love ... Kozy:

"Lord, receive me ... with all my lawlessness and do not condemn me. Let me pass by Thy judgement. Do not condemn me for I have condemned myself!!!  Do not condemn thee for I love Thee oh Lord.  I am a wretch. But I love Thee.  If Thou sendest me to hell, I shall love Thee there, and from there cry out that I love Thee forever and ever.  But let me love to the end." [-Dmitri Karamazov from THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by Fydor Dostoevsky]

"You asked is there a Being in the whole world who would have the right to forgive, and could forgive, but there is a Being. And He can forgive everything - all and for all - because He gave His innocent blood for all and everything." [I don't remember exactly where this quote came from, but I think it is Alyosha Karamazov in BROTHERS KARAMAZOV again by Dostoevsky]

"You're where you are because of the way you think, and the way you've responded to the way you think, and the relationships you've built around you, and the desires and goals that you have in your life.  If you want life at it's best, it's a road you travel following Jesus Christ - Savior, Lord, Master, and God." [I believe this is a Charles Stanley excerpt]

God be with one and all, and Godspeed until the end and beyond,
Love again, and always,