Marbles and a Saint

I was reading PSALM 90:12 

“So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
And my mind went back to 2 stories that I have heard.

Thousand marble3 Assisi Francis Fresco sermon to the birds

This verse reminds me of an incredible article that I read recently online.

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NO PROBLEMS… IS A BIG PROBLEM

Read this in “Bloomberg Business Week”  on MARRIAGE….

This is so powerful and insightful about marriages…
ONE SENTENCE says it all

“I think couples fall apart
because they have no problems”

That hit me like a ton of bricks!

What keeps marriages together is the ability to pinpoint the problem or admit there is a problem and then you grow by working on those problems. Cindy and I have a great marriage but we have problems, a lot of problems.

But I have an incredible wife where we work together through them.

A great marriage is not “no” problems.
A great marriage is the ability to work through the existing problems as they come.
It’s the couples that don’t have problems you need to worry about.

From the Bloomberg Business Week magazine (4/16/2012)
article:  WORK WITH YOUR SPOUSE

LET’S TALK…..THE PROBLEM WITH THE IPOD

OPEN EARS MEANS OPEN MOUTHS

“Wearing headphones or earbuds for an hour increases bacteria in your ear 700 times”

This is on the wall of my son’s science room at school. It’s a  problem  when people  see that as the predominant reason not to wear headphones. I think it’s more serious than that…. Take the earbuds out and let’s talk!

We have an unspoken rule in our home…..NO EARBUDS ON ANYONE!  Why?  Bacteria 700 times? Are we a family that sees ear hygiene as a priority? Nope…..There’s a bigger reason.  We want to teach our children to dialogue.

We are raising a generation of children that are locked in their own world. I am so tired of trying to engage with young people that only know unintelligible responses of grunts to questions.

Ipods have been an amazing invention but like anything , it can have its abuse. They teach children to listen but never question. It teaches them to be silent but never speak up.  It teaches them to be a receiver but not a giver. That’s is way more dangerous than bacteria.  Ipods are silencing our children. We no longer get to hear their questions, their worries, their fears or their opinions.

Do you wonder why your children don’t talk to you?  It’s not that they don’t have anything to say; it’s because they have been silenced.  Silenced by things in their ears not stuff over their mouth.  Someone figured out if you can put noise in their ears then you can close their mouth.

Parents, teachers, youth pastors, children pastors…..I “BESEECH YOU”(a strong Pauline word) to get the headphones off your children.  If you open up their ears then you open up their mouths…

AND IF YOU OPEN UP THEIR MOUTHS THEN YOU GET TO HEAR THEIR HEARTS.

Matthew 12:34 “….for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…”

I think if we update this KJV language , Jesus would say in the TDV (Tim Dilena Version which is not very reliable)….. ”take the headphones off and start talking with each other and then when you talk you get to hear how cool they really are because you are hearing their core self”.