Pastor Jeff's Sermon
Jeff talked about how important it was to speak words of life into people and not death. This encompasses not only not saying negative things but also intentionally saying positive things we see in people, because the world is so geared toward negativity. This can apply to anyone, but especially family (1st) and friends (2nd). We shouldn't just assume that they know - because people are quick to doubt and are always being torn down, for the most part. Also, to be careful about sarcasm - the enemy can use it to twist meanings and rip people apart. I've seen this happen and I hate it.
I'm not perfect at this. I like what it says in James 3:2, "For we all stumble in many things. If anyone stumbles not in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body." I was thinking back over things and remembered at least three things/ situations recently in which I said something negative and plenty in which I didn't say positives. I'm going to be asking the Lord for help with this again specifically. It's a good reminder - because this kind of thing is something people can't "try better" to do. It's something we have to let Him do through us - as we focus on Him and put Him first - He just spills out. That's how it's supposed to be.
Funny Article: A Brief History of Buildings That Melt Things
My cousin Matt linked this article on his Facebook... I couldn't resist taking a peek - and I *died* laughing. It's hilarious!
"In London this week, a parabolic 'death ray' of sunshine—reflected off of London's newest skyscraper—is destroying luxury cars, starting fires, and frying eggs for comedic effect (oh, England). It's a sensational story, but this isn't the first time an architectural laser has literally burned the hair off of passersby. [...]"
The article just gets even more funny from there. It went on to describe these deadly reflective buildings singing the hair off swimmers in nearby pools and destroying expensive art. Reading it to John, I couldn't get the words out I was laughing so hard. He said he could imagine that - someone standing out in a bathrobe with a frying pan on the street, frying an egg, waving to people - "Mornin'!"
I had no idea some buildings had this problem - but it makes sense. Now *that's* a great example of an unintentional engineering design flaw! I've been reading of unintentional effects of nanoparticles and it amused me greatly that engineering problems of this nature appear to be universal, from the nano scale all the way to the LARGE macro scale.
I did some lit search this afternoon at the Petrees, sitting by John. Read an article. John watched some football. I have no interest in it, but I don't mind that he likes it. We hung out with the youth up at church. Kyle and Haley the youth pastor and his wife brought their dog today! So cute! He's almost full grown - Maltese Yorkie. I read more article. We ate pizza. Got home, printed more things. Yup. Now here are some pictures!