1. We are selling the house, without any idea about where we're going next. (We'll stay in Ft. Collins.) That's interesting. It's also interesting to get a house ready to sell. Good night nurse. I'm exhausted, and I haven't even been doing any of the heavy lifting. (Thanks, Reza.)
2. Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and various members of congress are wearing purple items of clothing during tonight's State of the Union Address. Believe it or not, that's the kind of thing I went to graduate school to study, so my most educated guess is that they're trying to unite the red and blue parties. My personal opinion is that it will take more than purple clothes to do that. All of President Obama's speeches are starting to sound the same to me. Regardless of your political affiliation, his tone and cadence are the same time after time. Somebody ought to tell him to mix it up. Good thing I didn't have a blog during President Bush's speaking years. Yikes. Also, Nancy Pelosi's little crush on the President is disturbing.
3. Olivia has learned to buckle herself in to her high chair. It's become a fun little game. After she's done eating, I unbuckle her and she rebuckles herself in. This goes on a couple of times. We've learned that she wants to get out of the chair with the buckles still attached. So, she'll rebuckle it, then reach up for me to get her out. Obviously, I can't get her out without unbuckling her again. This upsets her, so she sits down, buckles up, and reaches for me again. This goes on over and over until I unbuckle her and then quickly (before she can rebuckle) lift her out. Frankly, it's a little maddening sometimes that she doesn't "get it" that she needs to be unbuckled.
At the risk of sounding preachy, I wonder how many of us take for granted the "unbuckling" God has done for us? God sent His Son to die on the cross to literally "unbuckle" us from the grasp that sin has on us. Even if we are believers in the atoning death of Christ on the cross (I realize that not everyone reading this may be) how many times do we "buckle back up" into the same mistakes we've already made over and over again? And, because we believe in the atoning work of Jesus, we reach up to God the Father and say "help me! Get me out!" He reminds us that we've been "unbuckled," but it's familiar to stay buckled. It's comfortable. It's easy. We like the "security" that comes along with being buckled. It's not safe to follow Christ. Frankly, it's risky business. There are no guarantees, this side of heaven, of comfort, or ease, or happiness, or security, or any of the things our humanity demands. So, we stay comfortably buckled up.
My challenge to you tonight? Don't rebuckle! Let God swiftly take you out of your unbuckled chair on to a new adventure.