Life to Scale

I was reading Star Wars: Aftermath when my mind began to wonder off the page and started to think about what is going on in the universe at that very moment. Not like a fantasy imagination, but I thought about scenes that no one is seeing. Asteroids flowing through space, colliding with one another. A sun rise on a plant unknown. A sun going cold, or exploding. Solar Systems that we do not know of. Vast gaps where there is nothing but space.

It was cool to see the Super-moon lunar eclipse, and even then I was thinking about space and how massive its is. And even though it is massive, here is this cool little event happening, which is cool to us but not important to the universe.

Thinking about what could be going on in this huge universe made me ponder (once again) on how statistically insignificant we are. The unknown universe is about 13.8 billion light years; that is roughly 81,124,680,000,000,000,000,000 miles!!!! We fill a planet that is 7,195 miles in diameter. That means our existence takes up 0.0000000000000000008869% of the universe. We aren’t even a thousandth of a percent!

We do not matter to the universe. If we exploded the universe wouldn’t bat an eye.

But the ironic this is we do matter. We are massively important. We are important because God values us. He created us, and he loves us. Even if we seek war instead of love, even if we hate our brothers and sisters. God loves us and as revealed himself to us through Jesus Christ so we can know him.

This will never stop amazing me, the fact how we are so small but yet hold so much value.

But in reflection that is God’s MO, to take some one or something that seems small and insignificant and use it for his glory, to show who powerful and how loving he is.

What a great God we have!

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Star Wars: Aftermath

The main narrative of Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig was thrilling and exciting. Before the announcement of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, I had never read any of the Expanded Universe books; but a story of a broken Empire and a budding New Republic was very interesting to me. I was so excited for this book (and the overall trilogy of books, for which this is the first). The book didn’t let me down, but it didn’t perform how I thought either.

Like I said before the main narrative was thrilling. It grouped 5 people/aliens/droids together to form an unlikely team against a secret meeting held by top ranking officers in the Empire, who are trying to figure out how to move forward in the wake of the death of the Emperor. The group of 5 where all likable and had you rooting for them; even though some of their actions made you very frustrated (I’m looking at you Temmin). Even if someone’s actions made your shake your head you could understand their reasoning behind it.

There are SO MANY characters in this book, especially when you take into account the interludes, which I will touch on below.  This is both fantastic and horrible. Since I want to keep the review brief I won’t go into everyone that is mentioned, but in the Main Narrative Wendig does an amazing job balancing the characters and who to showcase when. He also includes some fan favorites and handles them very nicely.

My favorite part of the books were the strategy. Both sides trying to figure out how to move forward in the wake of the Rebel victory. I loved how they were trying to plan their moves and make their strategies, both sides thinking how the other will react.

My only complaint with the book are those Interludes between the main narrative. The interlude isn’t one narrative, but many, covering many locations and characters, many of whom we only see once. It was good having the more interesting and fan pleasing interludes towards the end, but it got tiring having a break from the main narrative so many times. If the narratives were kept in a block then it would have kept the pace of the main narrative much better.

Overall, though, the book was a great read, and only increased my thirst for new Star Wars stuff. If your a Star Wars fan this book is a must read.

If I was 6 again…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Life’s a Candy Store.”

If I could be 6 again and had 24 hours to do anything I would totally eat anything I want, and play out side the whole time. I couldn’t drive, or more accurately, it would be illegal for me to drive. So really all I could do was release responsibility and do what children do; eat and play. I would play with my sister, probably kick the soccer ball around. Play with our old dog, Magic.

I would be care-free and just do whatever came up. I have no schedule, no responsibilities. No where to be, no one depending on me, no job to go to.

I could take a nap, but I could do that now. I could watch old tv shows, but thanks to Youtube I could do that now too. The one thing I can’t do is replace the time with family, when we are all young(er).

I also picture it being autumn time. The fall is so much better, its a little bit cooler, the leavers are coming off. I can totally play in a big pile of leaves!!!!

And I could eat whatever I wanted. I’m six, I’ll burn it all off the next day. Weight sticks less when your younger, not like it does even in your twenties (why do I feel so old). I could even walk down to the ol’ penny candy store and buy a bunch of candy. I would talk to the sweet old lady who owned the place, and say thank you.

But yeah, if I had a day when I was 6 again I would only do two things, Eat and Play.

The Thunderbirds Book One Intro

The dormitory was on fire! The screams of fellow students that were trying to find their way outside could be heard from the third floor. Nathan, slowly, made his way down the smoke filled hallway, crouching low to the ground trying to avoid breathing in as much smoke as he could. As he was nearly at the end of the hall when he heard a desperate scream from behind. He turned his head to look behind him but saw nothing beside thicker smoke and a glowing orange that seemed to be getting brighter. He knew the fire was racing towards him. He was about to continue down the hall when he heard the high pitch scream again. He recognized the vocal tone, it had to be Kamala Strange. She must be trapped in her dorm room! Nathan frantically thought. At the realization that Kamala was in trouble, Nathan jumped to his feet, not caring about the smoke, and started to race towards the door. Suddenly flames appeared before him; Nathan didn’t care about it though, he just pushed through the fire like he was fireproof. He came to Kamala’s door and shouted her name while pounding on the door. He tried to turn the handle, but it was too hot to even grip. He tried for the handle again but couldn’t get through the heat. He tried the other hand, but with the same result. He realized that the handle just wasn’t going to work, he had to bring the door itself down. He backed up a few feet, to give himself enough room to build up momentum. He took a deep breath, pride swelling up in his puffed out chest. I’m going to look so manly doing this, Kamala is just going to go crazy seeing this, was Nathan’s thought; he allowed a smirk to come across his face as he gave one final breath. Then focusing all his energy forward he bursted in motion, running at full speed. With the door only a foot in front of him, Nathan pushed down as hard as he could and took a mighty leap towards the door and…..

Soulmate vs Chosen

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Yin to My Yang.”

I think the idea of a soulmate is very romantic but also very idealistic. Soulmate is a plot point for dramas and teenage TV shows. It makes me think of Dawson’s Creek when Joey tells Dawson “You’ll always be my Soulmate…” but I’m totally not going to date you right now, more like save you for later in case this other thing works out. I always thought Joey was leading both of them on and never really being true with either of them.

End of Dawson’s Creek Series End Rant. Side note: this is the only part of Dawson’s Creek I remember, everything else from that show is a totally blur.

Back to regular scheduled blog….

When I think of a soulmate, I think it is the end all be all person. The person that is just right for you; the person that your heart has been longing to be with, and you are not complete without. The person to whom your soul needs to be complete.

Taking that definition, I think the idea of a soulmate being applied to an earthly person misses the mark. It is a very romantic notion, but the idea of one person completing YOUR VERY SOUL is a very high mark. Its a lofty task with a lot of expectations and assumptions. So much so that no one can truly fit that mold; mostly because everyone fails at some point. No one is perfect, and we as human beings have a hard enough time managing our own lives let-alone being a significant other to some one else. The only being our soul really longs for, and the only being who can successfully take that mantle is Jesus.

Only he can completely satisfy and complete our very soul. When we die and go to heaven we won’t be trying to find a date or figure out a relationship, we will be the bride of Christ. We will be his! We will only be focusing on him. In Jesus our soul will find rest and completeness. Jesus is the end all be all.

That isn’t to say an earthy relationship is important or impactful to the heart. I love my wife. I LOVE my wife. I am so happy with her, and I can’t picture my life without her or with anyone else. She is amazing and I love her very much, and with her my life is better. She is my bride, for whom I will love for the rest of my life, and for whom I have chosen to be my only romantic love the rest of my life.

She is my Chosen, only her and no one else. So while no one on this earth can fulfill the mantle of a Soulmate, one person can take the mantle of being our life long chosen companion. And in that area I know I’ve found the best one, but I’m completely biased 🙂 🙂 🙂

My New(ish) Friday Jams (9/25/2015)

There are a few jams for this fine Friday (the goal is newer albums or singles), but really only one stands superior to all:

Andy Mineo – Uncomfortable

Uncomfortable

Okays, so this album dropped last weekend; but I’m still cranking it in my Batman earbuds. It has a mix of catchy hooks and bars that are fire and convicting. It boasts his most personal tracks yet, and the emotion translates very well across the flow of the album. Definitaly one of the best albums of the year so far.

Tracks to rock to: “Uncomfortable”, “Now I Know”, “Hear My Heart”, “Vendetta”, “Love”

Marty- Marty for President

Marty for President

So Marty from Social Club, released a solo 6 track EP. Like Marty, its fun, relevant, and reflective. It feels like a different style (more laid back, slower, groove oriented tracks) then Social Club but its still as good.

Tracks to rock out to:  “The One Where She Stayed,”, “The One with My Friends”

Ryan Adams- 1989

1989

Found this little gem while perusing Spotify. This CD makes Taylor Swift songs easier to listen to. I don’t know if I actually like this or just think its funny. He isn’t making fun of Taylor, but yet his voice makes it fun. It brings more of a rock/blues/folk feel to the pop heavy songs, so more my style; some songs do remind me of Gaslight Anthem, which has a style of love! Overall a fun album for all, Swift lovers and haters.

Tracks to rock out to: “Style”, “All You Had to Do Was Stay”, “I Know Places”

What are you listening to today? Have you listened to any of these albums? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Ruin a Spider-Man Movie

How do you ruin a Spider-Man movie?

Have a 19 year old actor play a 15 year old.

Okay, its not the biggest age gap an actor has played, but I’m just hoping Tom Holland can pull of a convincing 15 year old. It helps that he has a baby face to keep him looking young, hopefully that translates well on the big screen.

Don’t loose that baby face! Or grow facial hair, Spider-Man shouldn’t sporting a Grizzy Adams!

Another bit of worry comes when you think about the inevitable sequels. Tom might be 21/22 years old (if the sequel is that soon) playing a 16 year old, even more of a gap. Or they will just fast forward in time so the character’s age matches more closely to the actor’s age, which would mean less time with young Parker. I would much rather want to see a 15/16 year old fight the Sinister Six instead of a 20 something, I can see that in just about any other movie.

The one thing that sounds like it will redeem the movie is that supposedly they won’t rehash the origin story. If that is true then we don’t have to watch Uncle Ben die again, I think Uncle Ben will be happy about that, there is only so many times one man can die.

I am looking forward to seeing Spider-Man in the MCU and can’t wait for the Spider-Man stand alone movie. But first CIVIL WAR!!!!!

What Makes Us Human

“It absolutely questions what makes us human. And I don’t think we know anymore what does.”

This is a quote from Lee Berger, a professor from the University of the Witwatersrand, that led a team to discover “Homo naledi”, the newly found species in the Homo genus; which apparently makes them our ancient ancestors (Read the CNN report here).

Image of Homo Naledi

The find did not disturb me at all, I believe in what I believe and nothing can shake that. But what was disturbing was the claim that we don’t know why we are human because of this find.

In that, I believe Berger to be false. In the presence of something we don’t fully understand, we can often question what we believe, which could falsely lead us to completely abandon the truth for the sake of “progress”. This scenario can be found in all areas of life. But when you anchor yourself to God, even the many mysteries of life can not shake you. Even when you question, your foundation of faith will not crack, but only harden as you mature. Anchoring yourself to God will allow you to grow, not get tossed around.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

Fact

It is in that verse, we can find our human identity and value. We were created by God in his likeness. There are many interpretations that can be implied here, which could be a completely other post, but every implication is that what makes us human is God.

We are human because of God, and thus we are special because we are made uniquely in his likeness. No other species can boast of that, thus no other species is like us and holds our value. Note: does that mean we should be jerks to animals, no; but animals should not be valued equal to human life.

Nothing can destroy what makes us human, unless we forget the God who created us. That is why we must always get our identity from God, and not from the opinion of man or the forces of this world.

We were made in the image of God, by God and for God.

That is our identity.

Piled Up

So this is kinda overwhelming…. I have 22 saved drafts right now…

I need to sit down and focus on pounding some content out.

Though, it isn’t from total neglect. I am working on a novel, one that has been in my head for about five, six years now. I’ve finally decided to pen it and follow a life long dream of mine to publish a novel. I’m very excited about it and very excited to share it, but when the time is right (you really don’t want to see the 1st draft chicken scratch haha).

I’m also thinking of a monthly series so at least you guys can get a glimpse of my writing and style, and I would get some stories out there. But writing one story along with the slue of other (some are more important) priorities, makes a monthly series very unlikely.

So I’ll be updating this blog when I can, because I really enjoy reading and posting, and hopefully I’ll have something to show soon.

Thanks for reading!