Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Few of My Least-Favorite Things

1.  I dislike movies that are enjoyable to watch until the makers decided to insert a racy sex scene or nudity to increase sales.  These lurid scenes have zero to do with the plot and are completely unnecessary, but there it is.  In all cases, I am offended.  In some cases, if the scene does not move along quickly, I’ll leave the movie.  At home, I'll turn the channel.

2.  I dislike committee meetings, business meetings, and deacons meetings.  When I think of the thousands of them I have attended or chaired over twenty-eight years, I can honestly say most of them were unpleasant and wasted a great deal of time.  I’ll spare you the details, but these meetings often descend into angry conversations, disagreements, conflict, bad feelings, and broken fellowship – usually over minor issues.  However, I’m glad to say that since being at PCC I haven’t had so many bad experiences because we don’t have any committees.  We have ministry teams.  (See my previous two blog posts).

3.  I do not like parades of any kind; especially Mardi Gras parades.  What fun! – large crowds, standing on hard asphalt for hours at a time, loud noise, slow-moving exhibits, and only the occasional laughter.  And with Mardi Gras, you get the added element of debauchery.

4.  I don’t like concerts very much anymore either, even when the featured performer is a favorite of mine.  The crowds are horrendous, the behavior of some people is shocking, and the music is much too loud. If the performer has been at this a long, long time, then they are bored with having to sing the ‘old favorites,’ so they pull a little switcheroo and insert new lyrics or ad lib or laugh at their own song. Not good.  Besides, I have attended hundreds of concerts over the years, mostly when I was younger, so I now have it out my system.

5.  I don’t not like movies that use Jesus Christ’s name are part of their profanity.

6.  I don’t like to hear God’s name in a string of profanity either.

7.  I don’t like having difficult conversations over a meal.  If I am having relational tension with someone and we decide to get together to work it out, I will always decline an invitation to “discus this over lunch.”  After having lost my appetite and wasted good money on food I didn’t eat - on more than one occasion - my standard reply now is:  “Let’s meet somewhere private… like my office.”  I mean, who likes to be angry over dinner?  Not me.  I'm too likely to mash English Peas in someone's ears.   

8.  I dislike it when people say “all roads lead to heaven.”  It is intellectually dishonest to say that when those roads are diametrically opposed to one another; not to mention it's deceitful, dangerous, and diabolical.  There’s only One Mediator between God and man, and His Name is Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:5).

9.  I dislike football games where my team could have won, but the coach made some dumb moves.  Okay, that makes me an arm-chair quarterback and a side-line second-guesser, but hey, I’m a fan.  What’d ya expect.

10.  I dislike pointless, boring blogs.  So I’ll end this right here.  :-)

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