Time to register to go!
Time to register to go!
I have a logo for my non-profit but not a trademark.
If friends, family, foes, co-workers had to design a logo / trademark for ME, I wonder what it would be? It would be an interesting exercise to see how I see myself vs. how others see me!
This is my sister, the patent lawyer!
Changes abound in my little piece of the world. My “baby” daughter, Natalie, is graduating high school in 6 weeks. I don’t recall how this actually happened, but here I am. Our week in Guatemala at Hope of Life International conflicts with us taking this baby to her new college home in HAWAII! So with sadness and joy we will not be going on the Guatemala trip this summer but will be continuing our fundraising efforts for next year’s trip. Instead of Guatemala or the Dominican Republic, then, I will be going to Nicaragua in June!!! I’m going for a 2 week intensive medical Spanish course and will be able to participate in community health outreach programs during the 2 weeks I’m there. Stay tuned for more information on this endeavor! Please pray that God’s direction for our ministry will be clear and His word a light for the path we should follow!
Yellow is my favorite color!
I think of all colors in terms of the Crayola Box:
Yellow-Orange, Banana Mania, Maize, Orange-Yellow, Goldenrod, Dandelion, Yellow, Green-Yellow, Middle-Yellow, Maximum-Yellow, Canary, Lemon-Yellow.
I have a lot of yellow childhood memories.
Yellow-orange: Traveling to Florida and Disney World with my parents, sister and grandparents (18 hour drive in station wagon); we got these little plastic devices that you pushed into a ripe orange and could slurp the orange juice out of it!
Green-Yellow: My grandparents bought hats for Becky and I one Easter. They were little bucket hats designed to look like a cat head. In the brim there were yellow plastic “eyes” that you could look through – it made the whole world tinted yellow. I loved to look through those lenses on a rainy, ugly day and make it pretty!
Middle-yellow: Yellow gingham curtains and bedspreads. My sister and I shared a bedroom when we were little. My mother, the amazing seamstress and tailor that she was, made the bedspreads and curtains out of yellow gingham. I spent a LOT of time in the presences of yellow as a kid! I wonder if that’s why I can’t help being an optimist even when my world crashes?
Heading out today! I don’t really know where we’re going yet but I know it is an area that was hit hard by flooding. Stay tuned – I’ll send updates!
This brings to mind a social and theological debate I’ve been having in my brain for several months. At it’s heart, the debate is the fundamental basis of a fair society – Equality vs. Equity. I’m the kind of person who can see both sides of every argument (except Sharia, child pornography, racism, Nazis, and a few others).
EQUALITY – the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.
EQUITY – the quality of being fair and impartial.
There are so many things in this picture that make me stop and think. It seems so simple. Yes – I would want all the kids to be able to see over the fence to watch the game. Yes – being able to see without any fence would be nice. No – the picture where the little kid can’t see over isn’t fair. And the meme is great if all the kids at the ball field just came there to see the game and watching the game was the sole purpose of the interaction of these 3 people.
But…there is a fine line between trying to do good and slipping over the cliff of totalitarianism.
Some alternative scenarios I can think of:
So what is the right answer? Do we give everyone an even start and let each person use those resources according to their talents, creativity and passions? Do we distribute and manipulate resources to ensure everyone gets an even end result? Do we let the choice to share personal resources up to individual or do we force redistribution of those resources? Do we let the choice of using talents, creativity and passion up to the individual? Does the government see what is needed in society and determine how the talents, creativity and passion should be used?
I’m a Bible believer so here is a relevant story from God:
The parable of the talents. I am completely paraphrasing Matthew 25:14 – 30. God gives one servant 5 talents, another 3 talents and another 1 talent. The guy with 5 talents goes and invests his and doubles his talents and brings 10 back to the Lord. The second takes his 3 talents, works hard, makes 2 more talents and brings 5 talents back to the Lord. The third guy is ticked off that he only got 1 talent and so he buries it. When God asks him what he has done with his talent he digs it up and gives it back to God without even 1% interest from putting it in a lame CD. God blesses the first two equally even though they came back with different amounts of cash. Each one used his talents and produced dividends for the Lord. The last guy is cursed and sent away. God didn’t expect him to make 10 talents with the 1 talent he was given but He did have a purpose for that 1 talent to be used in His kingdom and the guy squandered it resentfully.
I’ll finish with a personal story. I sponsored a young girl in Ethiopia through Compassion International. Both of her parents died of AIDS and she was living in poverty with her grandmother. The small amount that I gave every month was used by Compassion to provide Elizabeth with schooling, uniforms, supplemental food, and many other needs. The letters I sent her every month and that she sent me every month encouraged us both and inspired us to trust the God who linked our lives. Elizabeth faithfully used her meager material resources with her incredible God-given intellect to graduate high school with honors (very, very rare for girls in Ethiopia). She was accepted into college (also very rare) and dreamed of being a doctor (like me!). Since Ethiopia pays for college education they have the right to determine what students will study. It was determined that Elizabeth would study engineering. It was not her first choice (or even second) and we were both disappointed. But gratitude is a way of life for her. I admire her so much. She eagerly and joyfully went to college to study engineering, promising to use her education, gifts and talents to help as many others as God will bring into her life.
I think of life as a tapestry being woven by God. On this side of heaven we can only see the underside of that tapestry – the knots, the skipped threads, the hazy image of something. Elizabeth and I trust that God works through his people and the end result will be a masterpiece more beautiful than we could ever have imagined!