Category Archives: life

creativity…rethinking intelligence

A friend sent me this TED talk by Dr. Ken Robinson today and it has me thinking about how we experience the world and the God who created the world.

If you want a more in depth perspective, take a look at The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist. Thick book but solid perspective of the brain in the Western world.

How do you understand intelligence and how do you cultivate creativity?

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strange steps

Yesterday afternoon, I spent time preparing for a wedding that I am officiating in a few weeks. The couple asked to have the lyrics of a song called “Hysteric” by the band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs read in their ceremony.

Before a few days ago, the song and band were unfamiliar to me…maybe I’m getting old?

The lyric from the song that intrigued me was “strange steps,” which is repeated a number of times in the song. I’ve been thinking about how beautiful and yet strange the journey of marriage is.

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “strange steps”?

If you want to listen to the song see this video:

getting dirty

It is hard to imagine how yesterday, I was building a house with a group of people from our community of faith and Amor ministries for a family in need of a safe, dry place to lay their heads at night. It was an amazing experience as within two and a half days, we built relationships with each other and the family we were building for and put up a house that is significantly better than the structure that was on the property already.

One of the images that I can’t get out of my head is of 2 boys playing outside in the sand with my tool belt. As I sat in the house we just put up for Josephina and her family and ate my delicious lunch, I watched Jesus (age 2) and Jorge (age 1) play in the sand, pull out my tape measure from my tool belt and pull it out a few feet, take my hammer out and swing it a few times, pull out my dirty, sweaty gloves and start boxing with each other. After they put a couple handfuls of sand back in my belt, they reluctantly returned the gloves to their pocket after their grandmother told them to stop messing around in spanish (I think that is what she said). This image left me thinking about 2 realities of my life.

First, this experience made me reflect that I did not travel outside of the western United States until I was 18 years old and a senior in high school. When I started to travel and see the world, nothing could hold me back. Travel around the world and mission gave me a new experience of what God was doing in the world and how I might join him in his mission. I long for a day when my 2 boys will experience the wideness and vastness of the world and God’s creation. I hope they get to fully engage with our world before they are 18 years old.

Second, this experience made me reflect on my own two boys and how I thought they would love to cross the border and share in this type of play with 2 boys that speak a different language and live in a different culture…they just might discover that they have more in common than first assumed. Playing in a pile of sand with a tool belt is a beautiful image of how I would like to introduce them to a culture that is so different than the world they live in . I can see myself telling my boys to stop playing with the tool belt and to put the gloves back where they belong like Jesus’ and Jorge’s grandmother.

Life.

My compassionate wife found this video on one of our friend’s blogs. Take a look…

When we were at Fuller Seminary, we experienced something we had never experienced before…a 100 day birthday. In Korean culture it is customary to not bring a baby out of the house until their 100 day birthday. While this may or may not be the case for Korean families…to us, we felt a sense of detachment for these children. They are not exposed to the beauty of this world that God created or the sense of a loving community or people to surround their family. After having 2 boys and immediately inviting community inot our family, I can’t imagine not including our community in the process of loving our children.

But this couple in “99 Balloons” did not let their son’s health condition stand between them and loving him as much as they did. As I reflect on the experience of this family, I am reminded of an experience five years ago when we miscarried a child after just 13 weeks. Within a time frame of a few weeks, I had begun to love that child more than I knew and it was very difficult to let go of that child when he died. Then again, I am reminded of how God gives and takes away life through our experience of losing a child just at this video describes at the end.