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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

God...I'm 'k-kinda busy' (Telephone by Lady Gaga)

As I was listening to the lyrics of Lady Gaga's song Telephone yesterday, I realized that I've been giving God the same line: "You called, I can't hear a thing."

Why can't I hear anything?
"I got no service in the club..."
Yes, God, I'm just too busy right now. I doing so many things at the moment that I'm just unavailable.
"Wha-Wha-Waht did you say, huh?"
I'm not sure what you want from me at the moment, God.
"Your're breaking up on me; I can't hear you."
You see, "I'm kinda busy.
K-kinda busy
K-kinda busy
Sorry, I cannot hear you, I'm kinda busy.
Could you hold on, God? I just need a moment to catch my breath.
Just a second,
It's my favorite song they're gonna play
And I cannot text you with
A drink in my hand, eh?
Yes, I'm doing too much right now to slow down and spend time with you. I might drop something, and I need time to relax.
"You shoulda made some plans with me,
You knew that I was free.
And now you won't stop calling me;
I'm kinda busy."
God, I'm doing all the things you've called me to do and I just time for anything more...
"Stop callin', stop callin',
I don't wanna think anymore!"
I'm feeling very worn out...
"I left my head and my heart on the dance floor.
Stop callin'', stop callin,"
God, I'm just too wrapped up in other things and just don't have any more of myself to give.
"I don't wanna talk anymore!
I left my head and my heart on the dance floor."
God, I don't want to be too busy for you anymore but my flesh is weak is being draw to other things. It's not that I don't want to talk, I've just got so many others things on my mind. I've got big plans, you see...

Lord, please, awaken my soul to your calling. Give me a desire to want you above anything in this world.

John Piper, in his book God is the Gospel, includes a section from a sermon by J.C. Ryle called “Christ Is All” based on Colossians 3:11. In it he said:
"But alas, how little fit for heaven are many who talk of ‘going to heaven’ when they die, while they manifestly have no saving faith, and no real acquaintance with Christ. You give Christ no honor here. You have no communion with Him. You do not love Him. Alas! what could you do in heaven? It would be no place for you. Its joys would be no joys for you. Its happiness would be a happiness into which you could not enter. Its employments would be a weariness and burden to your heart. Oh, repent and change before it be too late!"
John Piper then expounds that
"Nothing fits a person to be more useful on earth than to be more ready for heaven. This is true because readiness for heaven means taking pleasure in beholding the Lord Jesus, and beholding the glory of the Lord means being changed into his likeness (2 Cor. 3:18). Nothing would bless this world more than more people who are more like Christ. For in likeness to Christ the world might see Christ."
Oh Lord, draw me to you. Awaken in my heart a passion to know you and treasure you above all things on this earth. Open my eyes to behold your goodness and embrace you above your great gifts. In Jesus name, Amen.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Spending More DOES NOT Equal Spending Less

From the Office of Budget and Management Blog:
A Short History of Deficit Reduction
"It’s been a day since the 2011 Budget was released, and analysts and journalists have written about what it means for individual agencies, specific issues, and states. But let’s not lose sight of the big picture. The President’s Budget represents an important step towards fiscal sustainability: it put forward $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years, even excluding savings from the assumed ramp-down in war funding over time. Including these war savings, the deficit reduction proposed in the President’s Budget rises to $2.1 trillion."
What? The big picture is reducing the budget by increasing our debt?
"The Administration strongly supports passage of an increase in the public debt limit. Such an increase is critically important to make sure that financing of Federal Government operations can continue without interruption and that the creditworthiness of the United States is not called into question." - White House
What? We are more creditworthy because spend more money than we have?