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Today's Thought - The Archives - September 05

September 1, 2005

I don't want to live like this | 2 Corinthians 4:18b

I listened.  I placed my arm around him.  I wept with him.  The pain and discontent were incredible.  This man’s heart was being torn apart.  Here he was in his second marriage, trying to juggle the needs of his children that were no longer with him, and the demands of his new wife. [more]

 

September 2, 2005 

Risky stock portfolios | Colossians 2:19b

Anyone dabbling in stocks and options will know that risk is part of the game.  But at certain times in the world’s financial history extreme volatility is normal. [more]

 

September 3, 2005

Dog vomit and leopard spots | 2 Corinthians 5:17

Does anything really change in human nature?  The other day I was out tending to my lawn and I came across this furrow on the grass on the roadside of my letterbox.  I wondered...  [more]

 

September 4, 2005

Words last a lifetime | Proverbs 15:1,4

I was twelve years old and wanting to learn, but discovering very quickly that being practical was not something I excelled in!  One day my father... [more]
 

September 5, 2005

Shut the toothpaste lid | Ephesians 3:17,18

Today I want to open a can of worms…and ‘shut the toothpaste lid’ for many of you. Recently my wife and I had dinner with great friends of ours, and like many evenings... [more]

 

September 6, 2005

Handball | Romans 7:25

“Handball, it’s a handball”, the kids all screamed. You may have heard that on a back street, in a park or on a sports oval.  Today as I performed my responsibility as ‘teacher was on playground duty’, the shrieks came from competitive and passionate kids playing a game they loved - soccer!  [more] 

 

September 7, 2005

They're gone | Colossians 2:14b,15a

It was one of those mental moments…when you don’t know what really happened, and it catches you off guard. My wife and I had some shares...  [more]

 

September 8, 2005

Volume increase | Isaiah 3:5

Normally you think of volume as something affecting your ears, but let me experiment today with an audio paradigm shift. When was the last time you got a splinter?  [more]

 

September 9, 2005

Itch relief | Matthew 11:28,30

It has probably happened to you too!  The other day I was at a meeting when I became aware of an itch that was growing in intensity.  From a very small beginning,  [more]

 

September 10, 2005

Wanting that woman | Psalms 56:9

In the year leading up to my marriage to my wife we chose to spend out time apart and establish our careers.  This meant living a thousand kilometres apart, meaning plenty of phone calls, plane flights and all-night drives to see the one I loved. [more]

 

September 11, 2005

Dirt in your beer | Hebrews 12:2

Driving to work the other morning I saw a really interesting saying.  It got my attention! “If you haven’t got dirt in your beer…you’re not at a real race.”  [more]

 

September 12, 2005

Mercedes carpark | John 12:25

Ever stood by and watched a simple experience unfold in profound slow motion? Last Sunday saw a group of friends travel to a mountain hideaway.  Despite being in the depths of winter, the sun provided enough warmth to be really enjoyable. As the group stood contemplating...  [more]

 

September 13, 2005

Rear end insertion | Ephesians 5:18b

Growing up on a farm, my brother and I were never short on ways to have fun.  I remember in springtime the march flies would arrive.  These very large flies would buzz around, land on your skin, and inflict a piercing sting.  Luckily it didn’t last long,  [more]

 

September 14, 2005

That meaningful touch | Psalms 34:10

For some of you a crying child is more than a daily occurrence.  Why not take a moment to listen to the cries one more time. Next time you see a child, maybe yours, crying, watch carefully.  The tears are usually genuine, particularly if there has been a head bump or knee graze.  [more]

 

September 15, 2005

I touched a scar | Isaiah 53:5

This morning I woke up and unthinkingly touched a scar on my left arm.  The skin to scar connection immediately brought to mind the circumstances surrounding that happening – a dog bite during my teenage years! [more]

 

September 16, 2005

Fear of cancer | John 16:33

What a privilege it was!  A few days ago I talked with a beautiful person, someone that just oozed life’s experience.  She had a depth to her that is missing in many people, because they haven’t had to travel the same journey.  [more]

 

September 17, 2005

Where's the off switch?  | Psalms 37:11

Christmas Day is a classic occasion for ‘off’ switches.  Your child or grandchild gets a toy.  You kindly help them fit the batteries.  Not long after they are having so much fun playing with this new device - and then the next present arrives!  [more]

 

September 18, 2005

Heart strokes  | Psalms 94:14

The sound of a crying infant can be a most irritating noise for many people, but for a mother it’s a completely different story.  She longs to go and touch the child - to provide warm affection! [more]

 

September 19, 2005

Kicking back  | Hebrews 10:23

Ever seen a rhinoceros beetle on its back?  It’s useless.  All it can do is keep circling around, struggling and kicking.  It is totally vulnerable to anything that comes along.  All it is searching for is something that its claws can get into so it can flip over, and become mobile again. [more]

 

September 20, 2005

In gear | 1 John 5:3,4

It’s a horrible sound, grating on every part of you!  Listen to it right now.  You have a learner driver, going for their first drive in a manual car.  They are nervous, but the instructor is being incredibly patient. [more]

 

September 21, 2005

Giant garbage disposal unit | 1 John 1:9

As my wife and I searched for our last home we visited several homes with kitchen waste disposal units – ‘insinkerators’. They make the disposal of the food waste incredibly efficient and environmentally friendly.  [more]

 

September 22, 2005

Gravity turn-off  | James 1:21

The other day, in class, a teacher and her students had a discussion about something incredibly profound - experimenting with the idea of being able to ‘turn off’ gravity, and the impact that would have on our lives.  [more]

 

September 23, 2005

Orange dryness | John 4:14

Arriving home from grocery shopping my wife placed several large oranges in our fruit bowl.  My mouth immediately started watering, and my mind began delving into the niceties of the flavour, texture and juice.  [more]

 

September 24, 2005

Computer cable disaster  | I Chronicles 4:10

Every time I have a need to get down on the floor and start fiddling with the cables at the back of my computer, I get ‘freaked’.  There seem to be so many cords, all tangled together, but still my computer operates well - the sound, vision, keyboard, mouse, printer and internet - all function as expected.  [more]

 

September 25, 2005

Sweeping leaves  | Psalms 34:8

Yesterday was a reminder of something I have known for years, but never thought that much about. But unfortunately it sometimes makes me really angry.  [more]

 

September 26, 2005

A caterpillar in a butterfly world | Matthew 3:17

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be in a place where there were lots of gorgeous butterflies?  In various sizes, with a kaleidoscope of colours? I come from a region that features the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, a beautiful and exquisite creature. Currently its survival is threatened by the impact of its natural habitat being cleared.   [more]

 

September 27, 2005

No, you take him! | Matthew 19:16

There is always one kid in the class. It may have been you!  Let me explain… The two captains, chosen to pick teams for an exciting afternoon game, are debating a really important topic.  The teams have been picked,  [more]

 

September 28, 2005

Burrowing down | Jeremiah 17:7

It’s a natural response!  When an animal is under attack, self-protection and survival are its immediate priority. This morning I watched a beetle use its elaborate survival technique.  Having picked up this prickly customer from my bathroom floor, it immediately started making weird noises and squirming profusely.  [more]

 

September 29, 2005

Sponge let down | John 4:10

Some people really love them, but I have to admit I find sponge cakes a waste of time!  They are often well decorated, luscious looking and tasty creations, but are such a let down when eaten!  [more]

 

September 30, 2005

Arms open wide | Luke 13:34b

You see it in many different places - a child coming out the school gate and meeting mum; lovers meeting at the airport lounge; families at reunion time! [more]

 

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