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Thursday, April 29, 2010

This World

I love this world. I know I'm not supposed to. I'm a Christian; therefore, I'm supposed to be set apart and love the people in the world, but not the world. I'm in the world, not of it, etc., etc. I can't help it, though, I love this world. There are just so many great things to love about it.
1. Organized Sports: I've written before about my obsession with Alabama football, but I also love pro baseball, pro football, college basketball playoffs, golf, hockey, MMA, lacrosse, and even soccer sometimes.
2. TV: Lately I've been watching Seasons 1-5 of "Lost" on Netflix instant streaming and I'm completely hooked. It's such a terrific story and I can't wait to see what happens next. I stay confused, but I've hung in there because of the characters and writing. I love great writing.
3. Books: Speaking of writing, I sure do love to read. Right now I'm on a Frederick Forsyth kick. I love to read anything, though. My husband got me hooked on Kipling and I've always been a fan of Dickens. I even read nonfiction, and not just self-help books. I love the Bible the most, as I "should," but some secular stuff moves me almost as much as Scripture does.
4. Music: Music moves me, as well. I love hymns and praise music, but as I'm talking about what I love about the world, I'll tell you that I also love booty music and really loud rock and roll. I love Rimsky-Korsakov and Mozart and some old twangy country.
5. Movies: This is where I could really get in trouble. Well, here and with Ludacris, Jay-Z, and Eminem. Anyway, I love movies, especially raunchy ones like The Hangover and Superbad. I love to laugh. I also love science fiction, so I enjoy Star Wars and Star Trek and pretty much anything with good special effects. I like martial arts, so I also watch Jet Li and Jackie Chan movies.
Hopefully I'm not so wrapped up in the stuff I love about this world to also care about its people and to see the ugliness and evil all around me. Hopefully I can get out of my "Lost" fog and away from football games to show the love of God and really be in the world, but not of it.


Donna said...

There are SO many things to love about God's creation (and the creations his creations create...?!) I love Eminems early stuff (I might love his newer stuff, but I have no idea what's on the radio these days). It's hard to "stay in touch" with popular music, movies, and TV shows, but I seriously LOVE Lost. It's ending this season, with a collision of the forces of Good and Evil that have surrounded "The Island" all along. Don't worry, that's not a spoiler, just a "No, Duh!" observation. I can't wait to see how it ends! After that, I suspect I will feel a bit "lost" myself.

That's why I need some good books to read...fast! I'll be over soon to pick through your collection!

(p.s. I just got the card last night...Paul forgot to give it to me. Thanks so much! I love your boys and had so much fun with them!)

Liz said...

Glad you liked the card, Donna. And feel free to come over and peruse my books anytime! Seriously. We are doing absolutely NOTHING today.

Rachel said...

Yesterday our son was outside playing with the neighborhood cat (something he does often) and he came to me and asked, "Mommy, why did Jesus cherate this cat for me?" I think that sums it up--while we shouldn't be so in love with this world we neglect our focus of the next, as Donna said, there are so many things about God's "cheration" to love!

I'm a big fan of mystery novels, so that's probably my biggest guilty pleasure. I'm also a big TV watcher, though now that we have a DVR I'm actually watching less--weird. This season of The Biggest Loser has me hooked, and of course I watch every episode of Glee and Bones. As far as music goes, I'm like you Liz--my tastes are broad.

With all of this, I manage to find inspiration in everything, whether it's "Christian" or not. I think it's a matter of perspective. Great post!

Liz said...

Rachel, that is one of the sweetest kid questions I have ever read and you're right - it sums up creation perfectly. :)

Lindsay said...

I love to read, but go through phases of reading non-stop to not feeling like reading at all. I would really appreciate it if everyone would just send me a list of authors they like and/or book titles. I need to print it out and take it with me to the library. I like all kinds of books.

I am not a huge TV watcher, and if I do watch it's usually Crime Drama type stuff (Law and Order, CSI). I rarely watch anything when it's actually on, I just wait and watch it off my DVR. I have however been enjoying Wednesday night TV (on my DVR), the middle, modern family, and Couger Town...hehe

I love listening to music but as I get older I am more aware of what I listen to because they are also listening to it, plus they know have their own options about what they want to listen to. As a kid my mom never let me pick what I wanted to listen to and it always made me mad so I let my kids pick a lot. So we listen to a lot of Z88.3 and the Chipmunks....hehe

All my movies come from netflix....

Karly said...

I am totally going to start watching Lost on Netflix!! I have always wanted to watch that show, but I missed too much to catch up. Now that I can watch the whole show from the beginning on-demand, I am totally going to do that! Lately we have been watching The Office on-demand. I LOVE that show!! It is hilarious! The casting and the writing are so great.

I have the most random taste in music. My I-Pod is like a rainbow of fruit flavors. When it is set on shuffle you might hear a praise song from The David Crowder Band then Eminem then Taylor Swift then Dave Matthews then Gwen Stephani then a VBS kids song. Variety is the spice of life. I even have some old school Salt-n-Pepa! Love it! Ha!

I would love to hear your recommendations from Kipling or Dickens. I have read some, but not much of either of them. And any other book recommendations for summer reading??

Great Post!

Bryssy said...

Well, I have nothing astute to add. I don't feel all that inspired all the time. I don't watch TV or movies (other than with my kids), I read occasionally but hardly ever fiction, and I like old music (Simon & Garfunkel and Neil Diamond) even though I hardly ever get the chance to listen to any at all. I am so lame!

Liz said...

If you're going to read Kipling, start with Kim. It's such a sweet story and I promise you'll want to visit Pakistan when you're done. My favorite Dickens books are Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. Also David Copperfield. Oh, heck, I love it all! I just sent Lindsay a book list today, so if you give me your email I'll forward it to you. If you don't want to post it here, just send me a message at liztkd@verizon.net.

Liz said...

Bryssy, you're not lame! Neil Diamond and Simon and Garfunkle are awesome! :)