Sunday, January 6, 2013

Pet Peeve of the Week

Posted on January 06, 2013 by Tim Mrva
The world is our ashtray and garbage dump!
banana peel in parking lot
I think this was at Sam's Club.
These photographs are scenes I have observed all over the place, anywhere we have lived. They are the "poster children" for the attitudes of so many people in America that it has become necessary for entire crews of people to be tasked with removing the garbage that is brazenly thrown out of car windows into parking lots, along highways, and into the landscaping of every major shopping center, hospital, industrial complex, strip mall, church, school and apartment complex.
If you guessed that my "Pet Peve of the Week" is littering, you would be correct. What is it that makes people think that they have the right to throw their refuse out into the world for someone else to deal with? Is this fallout from growing up in a household where kids were
smashed banana peel in parking lot
I think this was at Fry's Food Store.
not made to do any chores, didn't have to clean up after themselves or were never given any responsibility? Perhaps. My generation was raised in homes where personal responsibility WAS taught! But yet I see people of all ages - including baby boomers and fifty-something's as well as Generation X and Generation Y People and (still not an official name) Generation Z Kiddo's - violating the law by discarding their trash in public places. As a society, have we become so careless about other people's property that we feel entitled to do this? Or is it the minority of individuals, doing it at such a prolific rate that it just SEEMS to me like "everyone is doing it"?
the parking lot is my ash tray!
Dreamstime Stock Photo
Smokers are, in my opinion, among the worst of these offenders. Somehow they reason that it is OK to make the great outdoors their ash tray. The highways and streets of America are their butt can. At night I see the dim glow of a cigarette butt flicked out the window of the car ahead of me and witness the sparkle of tobacco cinders that scatter along the pavement before dying out. "Someone has to pick that up, you (expletive deleted)!", I find myself thinking. Of course there are the "responsible" drivers who save the product of their disgusting habit in the ashtray provided by auto makers, only to dump it out in the parking lot of their local Wal-Mart, Kroger, Piggly-Wigly or Costco Club. Some child has to walk by the car of this person and see that! What kind of impression is that going to leave? What lesson will that teach?
Circle K Parking Lot
Outside a Circle K Store on Deer Valley.
I wish there was a way that we could all watch out for these offenders and call them out on it, but we seldom ever see it actually happening. I am not sure what it would look like and how it would work, but I do think something needs to be done to make the act of littering SO unacceptable that nobody does it any more.
How about you? Any ideas?
I am not some "rabid, nutso tree hugging environmentalist", and I realize that in the grand scheme of things this is probably not going to matter much during this brief blip on the screen that my lifetime represents in comparison to eternity, but It just grinds me that SO MANY people feel that making messes for someone else to clean up is somehow "OK". The real bottom line is this: Littering is bad. Not littering is good. I can back that up with the bible: "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." - James 4:17, New King James Version (NKJV)
PHOTO LOCATIONS: 1st Photo: Sam's Club Parking Lot, Glendale, AZ. | 2nd Photo: Frys Food Store Parking Lot, Glendale, AZ | 3rd Photo: Dreamstime Stock Photo | 4th Photo: Circle K Parking Lot, 27th Avenue & Deer Valley Road, Phoenix

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WAKE UP Christians!

DISCLAIMER:   For those who would bristle at the following blog post because "Hey, not ALL Christians are that way!   I'm not like that!", I say "Good for you!   Now go and spread the word."   No, rather, this piece speaks of the Christian Church as a whole, in general.   As a church, Christianity in America has - by and large - ceased being "Salt and Light" (Matthew 5:13-16) and is now just another "religion".   The reason I say this should be as plain as the nose on your face, but if it is not, and if this article is a little convicting, then I say "Do something about it!"   -   Editor.
Christianity in America has a whole new face.   It's the face of the world, NOT the face of Jesus Christ.   Long gone are the days when people who claim to be Christians would actually stand up for good morals and Godly values.   Now we just blend right in with the world, allowing the world to affect us more than we have an effect on the world.   We are diluted and deluded.   Our "faith" is complacent instead of being contagious.
To this I say STOP IT!   Grow a spine and stand up to the oppressive culture brought on by our failure to act like Gods people.   Get involved in politics, get informed about the issues, STAND UP for once and DARE to make a difference instead of sitting by and letting the WORLD have it's way with our culture, our families, our own personal lives, the lives and minds of our children, our government and our money.   GET OFF your butt and put away the remote control.   OR AT LEAST change the channel!   Stop watching the swill spewed at you by the major networks at the behest of the evil empire commonly referred to as "The Administration".   They are capable only of lies and distortions.
"And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Joshua 24:15 - NKJV
REPENT, Americans!   The hour is late, but it is NOT too late to make a difference and turn America around.   Four more years of this socialist path we are on, and I am afraid it WILL be to late for U.S.!   Pray!   Get on your knees and plead with the Almighty God of this Universe for His forgiveness, for His Mercy, for His grace and restoration of our land.   Get involved in a revival like Harvest America.   Invite everyone you know to it!   TURN from your evil, wicked, complacent ways.   Get militant for Christ instead of your latest "reality show".   THE REAL REALITY SHOW is going on in your home, in your workplace, in the streets, in our schools and in our government.   Are you going to stand by and keep letting Satan have his way with these treasures?
"if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
II Chronicles 7:14 - NKJV

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nearly Home

Here we are just outside Gallup NM trying to get on down the road on the last leg of our journey to Phoenix and my body is rebelling because of dinner last night. (You fill in the gaps!)
So hopefully we can get moving (down the road, that is) very soon. Beautiful mountains, plateaus & mesas flank us along I-40 and it is a very pleasant drive.
God is good!
All the time!
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

On the Road Again

Well, Michigan hasn't faded out of sight in our rear view mirrors just yet, but we're on the way back to Illinois, returning to the insanity and madness of packing for Arizona.
For the first time in a VERY LONG time, Cindy is driving on an Interstate freeway, since I have done nearly all such driving for the past 12 years. It's good to be a passenger and be able to legally write this blog while traveling down the road.
Tomorrow begins the arduous task ok attempting to fit, shove, stuff, cajole and cram the equivalent of "ten pounds of crap into a five pound sack" as we load our 28' ABF U-Pack semi tractor trailer, consuming as few linear feet as possible. The beauty of U-Pack is that you only pay for as much space as you actually use. So, rather than getting a standard 26' U-Haul truck and having 12' of unused, empty, space (which you still pay for) you pay for exactly how full you pack the load. ABF lowers your total cost of the move by shipping regular LTL freight behind your load. Sharing the cost of a driver, truck and trailer saves a lot of money.
Back to the reason we came to Michigan in the first place...
We had a wonderful weekend with Cindy's mom, sister, brother-in-law, neice, 3 nephews, (and associated young-ins) and my brother. What a blessing and bittersweet reunion it was. To top it off, I was also blessed to spend some time with my brother and his bible study group which meets Saturday AM's at "It's a Deli Thing", a quaint, quiet Christian-owned restaurant/deli on Main St. in Owosso. I highly recommend it! They have great prices, wonderful food and an awesome ambiance. We received superior service. I also was privileged to spend a couple hours with lifelong friends Mick & Jude, reminiscing about days & years past, sharing regarding current events in each others' lives and postulating about what God is doing in each of our lives and just generally catching up & visiting. What a blessing they are to me!
Stay tuned for more details of our trip.
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Moving to Arizona

Visiting with family in Michigan this weekend, we have been musing about the fact that we have come full circle over the past nearly 32 years since Cindy and I married in 1979.  Starting our lives together in Owosso, Michigan we wound up moving to Arizona in 1980 looking to go to School at DeVry Institute, which did not work out the way I expected.  I ended up taking a job working at Power Communications, owned by a man who would become a lifelong friend. Three jobs and four promotions later, we wound up in Lombard, Illinois for two years then in Normal for the past 12. Here we are, at another turning point in our lives, moving back to Arizona so I can work for Randy once again, at his renamed company, ProComm. It's great to be going back to the warmth and sunshine of the Southwest, but there are things we will miss about the Midwest:
House Wrens
Changing of Seasons
Green lawns
Lots and lots of trees
And - last but certainly not least - the great friends we have met and grown to love at our Illinois Church Home, Grace Church.
I hope that during the next week, you will follow our adventures - and misadventures - as we finish packing, load the trailer, travel cross country and move into our new domicile in Glendale, AZ.
Blessings to you all!
Tim & Cindy


Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Salt & Light Blog: TO Harris Faulkner - WE WANT NEWS NOT CLEAVAGE!

The Salt & Light Blog: TO Harris Faulkner - WE WANT NEWS NOT CLEAVAGE!


Fox News can no longer stand on it's own? You need to use sex to attract viewers? Harris, you are way better looking than Sheppard Smith - all you have to do is show up and you have our attention because you are, by any standard, a beautiful woman. But beauty aside, you are an excellent newsperson.
So why do you need to wear a top that leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination? We want to hear you report the news NOT ogle your exposed anatomy! COVER 'EM UP, HARRIS!
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