Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Opus 2011-239, Healthy Insights: Electric Wheelchairs

One of the negative side effects of losing weight is you become more aware of fat people around you.  At least you become aware of the candy bars in their hands or the bag of chips they are consuming.  I think it is an envy thing.

You also become critical.  This is a bad place to be.  If my focus is on others it is doubtful that I will keep the weight off. 

I have noticed that everywhere I go I see people in those little electric carts.  Some really make sense to me.  Someone with real issues on coordination or an amputee can be set free by having wheels.  It can give people more independence and let them live better lives.  Well and good.

I have also noticed that most of the people I see are grossly overweight.  I don’t know them so I don’t know which came first, the chicken or the egg.  Are they in a wheel chair because they are fat or are they fat because they are in a wheel chair?  It reminds me of a description of a crowd at a football game:  90,000 people desperately in need of exercise watching 11 men desperately in need of a rest. 

I have questions that apply to my concerns about diabetes.  Many of these people have legs that are extremely swollen.  Is this a result of the epidemic of diabetes or is there another ailment that is sweeping the country?  Is this what is waiting for me?  Or is it simply a matter of lack of self control.  Is it because they have not dealt with their diabetes?  I remember reading that about sixty percent of the people who know they have diabetes do not take their medication.  If they don’t take their medication, which is easy, I doubt if they are exercising or watching what they eat. 

Part of my spiritual journey involves my judgmental attitude.  If I can’t get victory in that area I doubt that I will have long term success in the food control.  Every step, every bite is a part of a total package.  Spiritual maturity is a war on many fronts.  I don’t want to be flanked when I am preparing for a major thrust forward.

Blessings in your battles.

homo unius libri


  1. Funny you should touch on weight today, since it's one aspect of a post that I wrote this afternoon. I'd planned to post it another day, but I think I'll go ahead and stick it out there, since my last post only got one comment!

  2. Read your post. Left a comment. Responsiblity is an important issue, much ignored.

    During the summer when I have time I start at Perpetual Proverbs with posts on my followed list, check to see if there are any comments to respond to, and enter my post there for the day. It is my first commitment. Then I come over here and work through the same process. When school starts up I will have less time.

    Thanks for reading and writing.

    Grace and peace

  3. My father always used to talk about people digging their graves with their teeth. Took me a long time to work out what he meant. (He was a very disciplined person).

    Very easy to become judgemental, until you remember to stick your hand in your own bosom.

  4. It is easy to become judgmental. I guess we all cross the line at times. I wonder which will produce more damage in the long run, though, being to judgmental or being too accepting. That is an honest question that I struggle with. I think that one of the controls is whether you are motivated by the love of Christ or love of self.

    Thanks for the input. I enjoy your photography.

    Grace and peace.


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