The Weekly Babble

God is Watching

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:54

God is watching you.  Did you ever hear those words from your momma?  If you did, you know they were never meant to bring comfort.  It was a statement meant to bring conviction.  It didn’t matter whether a sinful thought or act took place.  It was a more authoritative way of saying, “Be good, watch out, think about what you are doing and know there are consequences to your actions.”  Is the statement true?  Is God watching us, and if so, should moms be using this statement to strike fear into their children?  Well, yes, it is true.  God is attentive to the activities of man on earth, and ye

No Money, No Stress

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 08:59

Money continues to be the leading cause of stress for Americans, a new survey finds.  This is the opening statement in an article by Dennis Thompson for Healthday.  Is the statement true for you?  Whether it is or not, we all have felt what it is like to not have enough money to pay for  something.  When that “something” is food or electricity, stress can easily enter our life.  If the “something” is a desired purse or new golf club, stress will probably not make us lose any sleep.  What if (gotta love, what ifs), what if money was never a factor?  What if we neve

Taking Time Off

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:13

I’m taking some time off, isn’t that a funny saying?  Time off of what?  How does someone go about that exactly?  Will a hammer and chisel do the trick, or would a pair of scissors or hedge trimmers work better?  We all know time cannot be adjusted with a tool or taken off anything.  We can, however, adjust the way we spend our time, and that’s what’s going on today.  I made an adjustment to how and where I usually spend my Sunday mornings.

Description by Comparison

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:08

“If so and so jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?”  Where have we heard those words before?  You got it, from our moms.  Aren’t Momisms great?  Taken literally one would have to ponder a response.  I loved jumping off bridges when I was a kid, as long as there was water below.  More than one bridge above Lake Hamilton has provided me a diving platform, but I knew better than to bring that up when the Momism came at me.  I understood the point being made.  Do not do something just because someone else is doing it.  Be your own person.  Make wise decisions.  Think befo

Meeting Childlike Needs

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:14

Being the kind of father a child needs is not difficult.  It does take work, but you don’t have to be rich.  You do not have to be smart and you do not have to have muscles like the Hulk or reflexes like a ninja.  You only have to be there.  There when he needs you.  There when he does not need you.  There when he wants you.  There when he doesn’t.  The mere presence of a father in a child’s life speaks louder than words ever will. 

Church Camp

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:02

My first experience at church camp was when I was 49 years old, and I loved it.  It is probably safe to say that me loving church camp is not the same as a 10 year old loving church camp.  The kids love the bunk houses.  Everyone packed into one big room with bunk beds that can be pushed together to act as a second floor.

Graduation

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:49

Graduation, we all know what it means.  It is a somewhat lengthy word and would give a nice score in scrabble, but it’s not one of those words only used in books.  It is common.  We get it, but if you look at the dictionary definition it seems a bit off.  It does not have a sense of motion in it.  I don’t know about you, but I cannot think about graduation without thinking, “What’s next?”  Graduation is not about finishing.  It is about continuing.  Although the element of completion is in there, the excitement of opportunity earned through the completion is much greater.  None of us want t

I Love a Great Plan

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 05/27/2018 - 13:24

I enjoy movies that have several pieces that must fit together perfectly to achieve a desired outcome.  Most of these movies begin by letting the audience know the desired outcome and the reason it is desired.  The main character wishes to steal something because…. I need to find this person because…. I need to raise this amount of money because….

Unexpected Roadblocks

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:34

Unexpected roadblocks are never fun.  No kidding!  That’s the understatement of the year!  Roadblocks are never fun, no matter how you try to spin it.  Moving right along with something and Wham! stopped dead in your tracks.  Whether a literal roadblock or metaphorical, they both cause delay or completely stop progress.  Not a body or a thing wants to be stopped or slowed down when momentum is at work, and that’s a law.

A Day for Real Moms

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 05/14/2018 - 15:47

Mother’s Day, a day to honor mothers, is that a suggestion or a command?  Do all mothers have to be honored on Mother’s Day, or any other day?  Is being a mother sort of like being the president where just holding the office comes with a certain level of respect?  I cannot answer these questions with the same answer so I must explain.  I am sure you have heard comments like, “Any woman can have a baby, but that doesn’t make her a mom”.  We could debate the definition of mom or mother, but you get the point.  Having a baby comes with responsibilities.