I did not make it . . . did you?

Have you ever looked at something that seemed remarkable, like a house, a car, a piece of art, a computer and P1wonder who made it, how it was made?  Isn’t it remarkable when we find out the answers, it is always someone and somebody who made it?  

Yet, when we get up in the morning and we look into the mirror, I wonder if we wonder who made that, how was it made? The wild part, nobody has the answer, nobody can show you how that face came about. They can tell you it was from the copulation between a man and a woman.  Which of course leads to even more questions.  How did all of this get created, who did it.  I just cannot believe we expect an answer about the art, the computer, but accept the concept that we, nature just was there, it just is. 

 

But we know about the cycle of life, we know the amount of air is limited, the water we drink is limited, we are not masters of the universe, for we cannot even make what already is.   We can make only from what we have been given.  I love this joke between God and Satan.  They are having a contest to create mankind.  God reaches down and scoops up a handful of dirt and bP3reathes life into it.  Satan, unimpressed reaches down and starts to scoop up some dirt, God interrupts him and says: “Get your own dirt”  This is how I feel about us who expect an answer to who made what, but think we cannot accept the fact that actually someone, somebody made us and the earth, the universe

 

P4We look at these creations and don’t wonder how?  Some wonder about a computer but don’t demand an answer to the brain.  Even today, we don’t know all the areas of the brain, we don’t know how it does what it does.  Its see’s, it hears, it remembers, it controls our muscles, it controls everything about us, yet who created it? 

 

 I wonder about how we cannot wonder how we became to be.  I wonder, about how we don’t wonder about how everything seems to circle and be balanced.  So, I wonder how we don’t wonder about ourselves, yet there is still the world around us, like the wonders of the world. 

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I don’t believe any of us, who know these things, just by looking at them, know there is a human creator behind each.  Yet, when we look at our world, the incredibly complex, balanced world we live in, we accept that there is no creator.TechCollage

Yet, an answer has been given to us.  We know it both inherently and with His written word in the Bible.  Yet, with this revelation, many people still believe someone created everything but themselves and the world they live in.  I find this illogical.

 

 

Ends . . . – . . . Beginnings

I feel at night, when I look at the stars, if I could only stand higher, I could reach out and grab a star.  I sometimes feel betrayed, I remember the news, the stars are so far away, I could not even reach them at the speed of light.  I also feel betrayed because I remember then, these are only the visible stars, they span out forever, way beyond what we can see. Evolution_by_alyn2

It makes me wonder what is out there and then I recall, the is a forever.  It boggles my mind, we cannot see the end and even if we do, we’ll wonder what is on the other side.  Not having an end is against what I know, because all I know is destined to end.TheEndWorld

I first remember the day ended, the night began, there were meal times, bed times, sleep times, school years, races,  pain ends, pleasure ends, and most dramatically, life ends.  It seems as though we are enthralled with things that end.  There seems to be 100’s of movies predicting the end of earth, the restart of the human race, the destruction of the world.  We are so enthralled with it, we have the ration of the diameter of a circle to how many times it goes around the circumference approximately  3.14 times but we have divided it out to over a trillion times to try and find the end.  piposter

What’s wild is we are so fascinated with ends, yet this has two sides.  It is hard to imagine something with no end,  yet we’ve been given hints of the end yet do not seem to be able to recognize them.

The Demand for a Sign

Matthew 16:1–4 (NIV)   16:1–12pp—Mk 8:11–21

16 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.  A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

I wonder how many people look at the complexity of a personal computer, smartphone, automobile, and believe it created itself out of randomness?  imacpartsI wonder if people look at the cycle of life as something that just happened, got lucky and stuck. cycleoflife Like a rough rock, a piece of granite, turning into a wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe if you believe this world, this universe just happened by chance, then you can also believe it was created by a creator, I know as God.maxresdefault

Miracles . . .

 

 

Michael Phelps:

Mark Spitz:

 

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Michael Phelps, without a doubt is an amazing swimmer.  Not only did he equal Mark Spitz record of 7 Gold and 7 World records, he went one more and won 8 Gold Medals in one Olympics.  In most comparisons of Mark Spitz and Phelps, they list his achievement as greater than Mark Spitz, and it is overall except for one critical difference.  Mark Spitz is the only one to win all the events he entered into, all in Gold and all in World Records. Michael Phelps fell short achieving world records for all his events.  I think this is critical, to be a 100% of success is slightly different than not.  This does not take away of his incredible achievement, but I think Mark Spitz still deserves the recognition for having Won Gold and world records for all the events he entered.

 

Another comparison:  Michael Phelps has held more world records, 37 to 33, however, his swimming career was over 5 Olympics and 16 years. Where Mark Spitz was over 2 Olympics and only 8 years. 

Again, I am not diminishing Phelps achievements; however, I do feel that his achievements don’t completely erase the achievements of Mark Spitz.  When one really looks at the achievements of both, incredible, in-human almost, but even though Spitz record of 7 Gold was beaten, that is the only record that was beaten, he sill holds the records for greatest achievement within the short span of his career compared to others.

 

God Bless these talented folks, I hope you enjoyed this trivia.

In a single Olympic

         participated in 8 Events

won 8 Gold

        7 World Records

Participated in 5 Olympics spanning 16 years From age 15 – 31

– won 8 gold medals in a single Olympics game

– has won a total of 14 Olympic gold medals

– as of 2009 he has beaten 37 world records

 Olympics Participated

 

2000 Sydney Olympics

Phelps’ rapid improvement culminated when he qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15, as became the youngest male (since Ralph Flanagan in 1932) to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years.[29]While he did not win a medal, he did make the finals and finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly.[30]

 

 

2004 Summer Olympics

Events: 8

WR: 1

Gold: 6

2004 Summer Olympics

Gold medal – first place

100 m butterfly

51.25 (OR)

Gold medal – first place

200 m butterfly

1:54.04 (OR)

Gold medal – first place

200 m medley

1:57.14 (OR)

Gold medal – first place

400 m medley

4:08.26 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

4×200 m freestyle

7:07.33 (NR)

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m medley

3:30.68 (WR) (Phelps swam in heats only)

Bronze medal – third place

200 m freestyle

1:45.32 (NR)

Bronze medal – third place

4×100 m freestyle

3:14.62

 

2008 Summer Olympics

Events: 8

WR: 7

Gold 8

2008 Summer Olympics

Gold medal – first place

200 m freestyle

1:42.96 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

100 m butterfly

50.58 (OR)

Gold medal – first place

200 m butterfly

1:52.03 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

200 m medley

1:54.23 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

400 m medley

4:03.84 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m freestyle

3:08.24 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

4×200 m freestyle

6:58.56 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m medley

3:29.34 (WR)

 

2012 Summer Olympics

2012 Summer Olympics

Gold medal – first place

100 m butterfly

51.21

Gold medal – first place

200 m medley

1:54.27

Gold medal – first place

4×200 m freestyle

6:59.70

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m medley

3:29.35

Silver medal – second place

200 m butterfly

1:53.01

Silver medal – second place

4×100 m freestyle

3:10.38

 

2016 Summer Olympics

2016 Summer Olympics

Gold medal – first place

200 m butterfly

1:53.36

Gold medal – first place

200 m medley

1:54.66

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m freestyle

3:09.92

Gold medal – first place

4×200 m freestyle

7:00.66

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m medley

3:27.95 (OR)

Silver medal – second place

100 m butterfly

51.14

TIMES:

(only the events they had in common)

– 100m butterfly ~ 50.58, OR (Olympic Record)

– 200m butterfly ~ 1:52.03, WR (World Record)

– 200m Freestyle ~ 1:42.96, WR

– 4x100m Freestyle relay ~ 3:08.24, WR

– 4x200m Freestyle relay ~ 6:58.56, WR

– 4x100m Medley relay ~ 3:29.34, WR

In a single Olympics

      participated in 7 events,

      won 7 Gold

      set 7 World Records

Participated in 2 Olympics’

spanning 8 years from age 18 – 22

– has won a total of 9 Olympic gold medals

– as of 1972 he beat 33 world records

 

 

 Olympics Participated

1968 Olympics

Events: 4

WR: 0

Gold: 2

Medal record

1968 Mexico City

Representing the USA

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m medley relay

3:31.7

Gold medal – first place

4×200 m freestyle relay

7:52.3

Silver medal – second place

100 m butterfly

56.40

Bronze medal – third place

100 m freestyle

53.00

 

1972 Olympics

Events: 7

WR: 7

Gold 7

 

Medal record

1972 Munich

Representing the USA

Gold medal – first place

200 m butterfly

2:00.70 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m freestyle relay

3:26.42 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

200 m freestyle

1:52.78 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

100 m butterfly

54.27 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

4×200 m freestyle relay

7:35.78 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

100 m freestyle

51.22 (WR)

Gold medal – first place

4×100 m medley relay

3:48.16 (WR)

TIMES:

(only the events they had in common)

– 100m Butterfly ~ 54.27, WR (World Record)

– 200m Butterfly ~ 2:00.70, WR

– 200m Freestyle ~ 1:52.78, WR

– 4x100m Freestyle relay ~ 3:26.42, WR

– 4x200m Freestyle relay ~ 7:35.78, WR

– 4x100m Medley relay ~ 3:48.16, WR

 

 

 

 

 

Butts . . . but really

You come over to my house, you love candy, the individually wrapped kind.  You pull do-not-throw-cigarette-butts-on-the-groundinto my driveway and you have a wrapper in your hand.  You get out of your car and you decide, you don’t want the trash in your car, so you figure it’s better in my driveway, so you throw the wrapper down on my driveway.

As you approach the door, you pop another candy into your mouth and yes, you’ve got that nasty wrapper again, not sure what to do because you don’t want to bring in the trash with you, so you toss it aside into the flowerbed.

20190425_165104As you are driving home, you pop another candy into your mouth and realizing again, you don’t want to dirty your car with this wrapper, so you decided the best solution is to throw it out the window. You do and to your amusement, you watch it hit the car behind you and bounce over the top of their car.  No harm, they did not even notice.

DogsSmoking.jpgMost of us, right away would say what the person doing above is wrong, it is littering, it is against the law.  In fact, if we saw someone throwing trash out of their car, we might even report them.  However, how did the cigarette smoker get exempt?

None of us would throw our candy wrapper into our neighbors yard, but smokers don’t have a second thought about leaving their cigarette butts wherever they are.

throwing-your-cigaretteThey throw them out of their car while driving, they throw them down on the ground when they get out of their car, they throw them down on the ground before the enter an establishment without ever a thought they are littering.

Here is a study I just found about smoking:  A overwhelming number of smokers believe cigarette butts to be litter, yet it has not stopped them from doing it.

Do you consider cigarette butts to be litter?

Number

%

N

%

No/DK

138

13.8

27

2.7

81.39

0.00

Yes

862

86.2

973

97.3

From <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3397372/table/ijerph-09-02189-t002/?report=objectonly>

I don’t understand how cigarettes got the windfall as ok to litter.  Even though it is considered littering, it does not stop them, even from doing it right in front of you.  It’s almost like they have the right.  Hey, I am smoking, so I have the right to litter!  Really, I am hungry, so I will throw the wrapper to my hamburger out my window when I am done with it.  Hate to have that wrapper in my car.

throw_cigarette_butt_driving_littering_nea_lta_singapore_0The logic of throwing it out of the car just eludes me.  The smoker spends a bunch of money on the cigarettes, the smoker lights it and smokes it in their car.  They put all that tar and nicotine into their body, but for some reason cannot contain the trash of there delight until they get to a proper trash can? don't be a butthead

Like drinking alcohol, this seems to be an accepted sin.  With the seemingly anti smoking campaigns around, the smokers, I would think, would want to make this habit less intrusive by picking up after themselves.  Maybe some do, regardless, too many still seem to believe someone else should pick up after they have spent the last few minutes poisoning and killing themselves, since they made such a sacrifice.

I am truly not upset or angry, just very confused about how this behavior is so accepted.  God Bless!

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