Turning a blind eye…

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San Juan, Puerto Rico before hurricane Maria. f/8 @ 1/200 second. ©2017 Bruce Kraus. All rights reserved.

Have you ever wondered why the US and Canada have so many social problems in spite of the fact that the aforementioned nations are some of the most prosperous in the world?

Good question. Obviously, there is no easy or simplistic answer to the complex social problems that we experience. But, there seems to be a whole lot of pointing of fingers going on each and every day of our existence. If we are honest with ourselves, the person we see in the mirror each morning is often guilty as charged.

Who is to blame for all the heart wrenching social problems of North American society? Well, the short answer is – we are. Each and every one of us, regardless of ethnicity and race, religion, gender, and so forth, is responsible for the society that we live in. We are indeed our brother’s or sister’s keeper.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 ESV

On the grand scale of things, it does not appear that we are doing a very good job of benevolently and selflessly watching over each other. Honest self-evaluation has a way of silencing our own pride and arrogance. How wonderful we see ourselves and our accomplishments often has no bearing on reality.

Although I have chosen to tackle some complex social, cultural, religious, and political issues and problems in my writing, I am painfully reminded that one person can only do so much in terms of informing, enlightening, or influencing others. I am thankful that, in the final analysis, I am primarily responsible for my own sphere of influence, most importantly, my own real life interpersonal relationships. How I live my life DOES affect others around me for better or worse.

Sometimes, I feel really small and do not think that I have much to offer to this often incomprehensible North American culture and society. Invariably, God has a way of reminding me how dependant I am on His grace (undeserved favour) and strength each and every moment of my life.

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 NLT

There is a time and place for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3). Recently, I made a choice or decision to wait on God, for wisdom, strength, and direction to take over the next decade of my life. We all need purpose in our lives and purpose demands long-term planning.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps Proverbs 16:9

Whether or not that includes a continuation of my writing and posting on WordPress is a question I need to settle. I am somewhat troubled about my direct involvement on social media. Sometimes I think it is more like the Show & Tell events of my childhood school years, rather than serving any useful long-term purpose. I do take some satisfaction in sharing about God and His ways, as I understand Him. I am just not sure anyone is really listening.

Time has a way of solving the most perplexing issues in our lives. As for me, it is time to wait upon God for some answers.

The choices we make today become who we are tomorrow…

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Not even a Shadow

exist?

What seems like forever, together

Forewarned,  I am not worthy

Of your attention, nor affection

Like a dagger piercing my soul

I am forgotten, dismissed

A lifetime of  hope, gone awry

I am spent, broken

Life ebbs away, like water

Disappearing, like a fog

Never was, never will be

Not even a shadow

Cast upon my existence

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Stop This Madness!

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As a father, who has raised three daughters belonging to the Millennial generation, I have had some unique insight into how Millennials think and act in response to North American culture and society. As a group, they have faced a tremendous amount of criticism from older generations, part of which is very unfair and part of which they have brought upon themselves – primarily because of their non-stop protest activity and concerted attempts to rewrite history on social media.

Simplistically, the more we write and speak, the more potential there is to make errors and/or ruffle someone else’s feathers intentionally or otherwise.

In my opinion, the far-left amongst the Millennial generation are responsible for much of the political rhetoric, turmoil and violence we see on the national news and on social media. Much of that unrest has been aided and abetted by the left leaning liberal universities and colleges, and the liberal media in North America. No secret there, and I hold the radicalized university professors and the disenfranchised liberal media responsible for much of the hatred and violence that I have witnessed over the last few years.

The truth is that the radical left DOES NOT SPEAK for an entire generation of young people.

The majority of Millennials are well-adjusted, productive, and contributory members of North American society. It is the rotten eggs amongst them that have attempted to tarnish an entire generation.

In case you doubt my observation(s), I would like to invite you to our, now, not so little multi-ethnic church community that was founded by and is composed of predominately Millennials. These young people are some of the most loving and dedicated human beings I have ever had the pleasure of rubbing shoulder to shoulder with in worship.

Deception is rampant in our present society, and it would appear that the aforementioned generation has been the hardest hit with lies, deceit, disinformation, and rebellion.

Take a step back and tell me who you think the real author of all this confusion is – Satan masquerading as an angel of light?

There is one particular young woman on WordPress that stands out to me as a person who possesses wisdom beyond her years. I think this woman belongs to the Millennial generation and has some very good things to say to her own peers. As I thought about what she said about the troubles that America is facing today, and our need to remember our shared history, a somewhat prophetic vision and words came to me concerning her post. In short, it is a comfort to know that our times are in His hands and that He (Jesus Christ) has a very specific calling for Millennials in our time. Take it for what it is worth.

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Number 54

Number 54 on Vimeo.

A short video of our modest home and yard. It’s hard to believe that twenty-two years have gone by since we first purchased the home. Out initial intent was to buy a modest house (instead of renting) while I was in graduate school. The plan was to flip the house after three years and, hopefully, make a significant profit.

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A Purposeful Life

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A derelict bridge in the Qu’Appelle Valley near highway 6.

Life without purpose is like a dilapidated and broken down bridge – it is of no practical value any longer. Like a derelict of yesteryear, it is almost without hope. To discover purpose in life is to reveal the meaning of our existence on this planet. To discover our Creator and His purpose for our lives is a life worth living.

The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful, to be honorable,
to be compassionate, to have it
make some difference that you
have lived and lived well.

Leo Rosten

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