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Cause and Effect

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by rylanreed

I saw this posted in my work place and thought I would re-post it on here:

…another fatal accident because of texting…

Last Saturday two of my brothers, my brother-in-law, a family friend since grade school (basically another brother) and a buddy of theirs from work all went bike riding (motorcycle) in the Boston Mountains.

The buddy from work (Pat), lost control and hit something and totaled his bike. He was fine, not a scratch on him thank God. They all stopped of course, called a tow truck for the bike. the tow truck driver had just loaded the bike and they were getting ready to hit the road again when a car came up over the hill with three (3) teenage girls. It was still daylight and they all heard the car and when they looked back only seconds before it came upon them they noticed the driver (later learned 16 years old) was looking down (either texting or sending a text – details still unknown).

My 2 brothers, and 1 brother-in-law got out of the way within seconds of her car hitting the truck/trailer with the totaled bike (Pat was still sitting in the tow truck talking to the driver)… our old friend (mike) was in front of the truck on his bike and like everyone else was trying to get out of the way of the car but didn’t quite make it… the car flipped before finally rolling a total of three times.  Amazingly, all three girls climbed out of the car and though shook up didn’t appear to be hurt… that was when everyone noticed Mike had been hit just as the car flipped down the hill… he was conscious for a time but once the helicopter got there he no longer had a pulse and was declared dead at the scene…

As torn as so many who loved Mike are… just a real good guy, father of an 11 year old boy, he had a double wedding with of my sisters and her husband, we all fought with him over who got the best chair when we laid around the house watching movies and mom yelled at him to help with dishes no different than the rest of us after we at everything in the house……but you know who my heart goes out to maybe even more? That 16 year old girl because just as her life should be beginning, it may have ended… in the state of AR it’s against the law to text, even if Mike’s family doesn’t choose to prosecute the state will… and will there ever be a day go by that she doesn’t remember Mike and those he left behind.

NEVER BE DISTRACTED!

I have gotten into the habit lately of either: texting, looking at texts, looking up numbers to call, changing the radio station, finding a station that I had heard of before, or even looking at the things around me instead of what is happening on the street in front of me or on either sides of me.  I wouldn’t say I’m a bad driver, but I’ve heard to many of these kinds of things happening when it could have been avoided.  Motor vehicles are such powerful instruments that we have at our fingertips and we can take them for granted so often that bad things inevitably will happen to who ever is in those situations.  I hope for my sake and everyone else, that we will start to concentrate more on what we are doing and not so much on the what could be or what we want to be doing next.

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Funny story from the radio

Posted in Culture, Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by rylanreed

So, today (it was more like last week)  as we’re driving from one house to the other house, (I work for a moving company) I hear this news story over the radio and laughed my head off… almost.  The series was dumb people that shouldn’t be allowed to breath… that’s not something good, cause ‘we’ shouldn’t decide if one gets something that essential or not… but I’m guessing they we’re talking figuratively and it was sort of funny.  Here’s the story:

A man comes into the police station saying someone stole his fishing polls. The police officers that were on duty wrote down as much information for the man that they could, and then followed him back to where they were stolen.  He had been in a bar when the fishing poles were stolen, having a few brews after a good day of fishing.  The officers concluded that there wasn’t enough information and evidence to continue the investigation, so they made their way back to the station. 

As they were driving back, they came upon a man driving a lawn mower down the street with a couple of fishing poles hanging of the back. They decided to pull him over and see what they could figure out.  The officers asked him if he had been fishing that day. “Yeah,” he said. “Where did you fish at?” the officer asked.  “The lake… river… pond…” said the man on the mower.  The officers knew what was going on, but it didn’t take long until the man confessed that he had stolen the fishing poles at the bar that the other man was at.  He had gone that day to get a couple of brews, driving his lawn mower because he had his licence taken away from him for having too many DWI’s.  He saw the fishing poles and thought he could get a buck or two off of them.  If he would have just gone to the bar and then left, he might have gotten away with what he was doing, but decided to take things a little bit further with stealing the fishing poles.  Way to have a DWI on a lawn mower….   good stuff.

104.1 The Blaze

In the Furnace

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2009 by rylanreed

“As sure as God puts His children in the furnace he will be in the furnace with them”  Charles Spurgeon

Daniel Ch.3 talks about Babylon and the Israelites that were captive there, and how Nebuchadnezzar, the King, made an image of gold for everyone to bow down to it.  If someone did not follow the law, they would be thrown into the fiery furnace.  Three Jews that were put into offices of the province; Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, did not bow down when everyone else did.  They were brought to the king and asked why they didn’t bow down… 16″ O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter (bowing down). 17 If this be so, (thrown in) our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it know to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

What great faith those three must have had, knowing what the king could do to them, but knowing even more the power of God and what He could do for them at any point in their life.  I am sure there was a slight thought of what might happen and the hardship of the trial that would come, but there was such a bigger sense of God and the awe of His majesty to lead them in defiance of a king that worshiped idols.  If you continue to read the chapter, it states the fury of the king and how he had his soldiers tie the three up with strong rope and heat the furnace 7 times higher than it was ever heated before.  Even some of the guards died throwing the three Jews into the furnace, that’s how hot it had become.   There might be a  thought of what a terrible, painful death for the three Jews, but that is not the case… 24″ Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, ‘Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?’ They answered and said to the king, ‘True, O king.’ 25He answered and said, ‘But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” It says that the men came out of the fire unscathed and the king fell to the ground worshiping God most high, changing every kind of decree for the people that he reigned over.

So how does any of this pertain to us as Christians?  Yeah its a nice story, but we are probably not going to be thrown into a furnace to die sometime soon.  Trials and tribulations come our way each and everyday, most of the time it feels like we are being thrown into the fire because of the hardships that goes along with the different situations in our lives.  I am sure for all of us, that we at times feel like God is no where in sight during those hard times and that He is even doing it just punish us for the things that we have done against Him.  I know I fall into that thinking at times, but would disagree with that in truth, and the Bible does so as well.

James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

James 1:12-13 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.”

I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Let these few verses encourage you to cling to God during hard times, knowing that He is always there and wanting to help in a way that will increase your faith and build your holiness, as well as  glorifying Him.  Blessed be all things from God!