Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hey, Do I Have Something on My Forehead?

No more owl sightings this week. Just umpteen deer in the yard at a time. We’re becoming friends. They like it here.

I may need some mercenary hunter types to assist with a relocation program such as we have for groundhogs in this area. I would never endorse anything that could even remotely be interpreted as illegal, but if you’re a venison fan, just sayin’ …

This amateur student in human behavior has been studying again. I don’t have any brilliant conclusions, I’m baffled.

Most of you are aware I’m in the nutrition business. I’ve been in the nutrition business in one capacity or another for quite a while. I am qualified to speak on the subject from several different angles, and I have gone through my own health transformation as a result of cleaning up my nutrition in recent years.

I seem to have attracted quite the mélange of people recently. One of my business partners asked something along the lines of, “Where do you find these people? How do you attract all the problem types?”

I don’t know, maybe I’m just sorting through more people? Some will, some won’t, so what, next. I’ll save the ones I can. Those who will accept the help.

Maybe I have “bring your problem cases here” tattooed on my forehead.

Maybe my being willing to talk to anyone leads to an interesting assortment of people crossing my path.

Maybe my showing grace and hopefully reflecting the light of Jesus leads to more people being willing to talk to me.

My “talk to anyone” motivation is twofold – it’s the right thing to do for business and, mostly, it’s the Christian thing to do. We’re all God’s children here.

And yes, he made us all different, which brings me to some of the array of folks who have crossed my path …

People with interesting ideas of what can cause cancer in lab rats. Which may lead to me posting things like, “I don't want to brag, but I think you all should know I have the ability to cause cancer in lab rats by giving them the evil eye and playing Thunderstruck at top volume.

(Side note – Yes, it’s true, I did once meet AC/DC’s sound man. Ask me about it sometime.)

People who believe oh-my-gosh-you-have-to-avoid-xyz-ingredient-or-food-group-or-you’re-gonna-die. Yes, read ingredient lists, but let’s be reasonable.

People who believe my business is sinful, who misunderstand by thinking it’s all about outward appearance and money.

I assure you, when friends and acquaintances are facing surgeries and amputations and health problems that really are preventable … it’s not about outward appearance or money, it’s personal. And it makes me sad. And angry.

Ultimately it’s up to God who lives, who dies, who has a thorn in their side, and when.

But if he’s pulled the raft up to your house and is saying, “Get in,” … well …

There goes that free will thing again.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I haven’t written since the dawn of time. And I’m slightly askew from it. Or I’ve been slightly askew and therefore haven’t written. Chicken or egg. Discuss amongst yourselves.

I’ve gone through this seemingly weird transition where the usual suspects in my existence have fallen off the face of the earth. That’s a slight exaggeration, but rarely have I been so grateful for being grounded in my faith. Something is astir in the universe. And I really don’t need to know what it is. I just keep on keeping on. Doing what I’ve been called to do. And learning.

Today I have learned I really don’t care for jasmine tea. It tastes like you’re drinking flowers. Flowers are to be looked at, smelled, and so forth. Not imbibed.

Back to the subject of being grounded. The other night our small group curriculum included this verse:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
~ Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

Read that again and mull over it a bit. It wasn’t even the main theme of the lesson, just a reference verse.

However …

On the way home that night, I was driving down a country road near my house, in the dark, when … a large bird flew over the road in front of me. Buzzards, crows, geese, and even turkey vultures are common sights in my neighborhood. This particular bird landed in the road to the left of me, and I caught just enough of maybe a half-second glimpse before it disappeared from my headlights to figure out … it was an owl!!!

I never see owls!!! Of course maybe that would happen if I wandered around outside at night more often.

It was so completely cool!!!

Owls. Wisdom. Yeah.

And I don’t believe in coincidences.

Let’s all contemplate the deeper meaning. Until next time …