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Kinesthetic Christian: Write, Rest, or Revise?

Dear friends,

May I call you that? You, who faithfully (or only occasionally) read what I write here at the Kinesthetic Christian?

I regularly struggle with what it means, and what I mean, when I say I am a kinesthetic Christian. It is easier to say what I don’t mean:

  • I don’t mean you have to exercise to be a K-Christian.
  • I don’t mean to make you fit so that you can be a K-Christian.
  • I don’t even mean you have to move to be a K-Christian.

10561761_10205055018635197_6446629520185197116_nWhat I do mean is that, as one who believes there is a God and that God is with us always, God lets us know that. The question asked of my life is: How do I know this God?

We can’t see God. We can’t touch God. Can’t actually hear, taste, or smell God. By virtue of these ‘special’ senses, the ones we learned about in elementary school, I can’t know God. I surmise that experiencing God through these sensations would overwhelm us, and the ancients said that such an encounter would kill us.

But, I believe God does offer evidence of His presence through our general senses. He appeals to the somato-sensory system, the body’s peripheral senses: pressure, temperature, pain, touch, vibration, position, and posture. Usually we associate these sensations with interactions in the world, but they seem more than that. We’ve been burned. Our hopes are crushed. Our heart has been softened. Our mind convinced. We are moved. All of these we can and do experience, and we live to tell about it. God is gentle with us.

As a K-Christian, when I say God moves me, touches me, inclines me, leads me, or taps me, I mean that I sense something about the circumstance or in the story or the interaction which speaks to me of God. It’s on-going evidence, if you will, that I as the kinesthetic detective keep discovering. By virtue of this blog, you have allowed me to share it.

While movement is fun, responsible movement needs direction. No matter how much we like running, our aim is the finish line. We don’t just keep rounding the bases, we head for home! I am seeking direction for the KC blog, and I’d like your impression regarding what seems right for the KC. Would you please kindly vote or offer comment?

  1. Select, edit and organize the KC postings (# >500) into categories and perhaps seek publication
  2. Start fresh and offer contemporary responses to the writings of my Pastor Grandfather
  3. Give it all a rest. You’re starting to repeat yourself.
  4. Get over yourself and just keep writing.
  5. Other?

As I offer this list, I feel a bit like I am side-stepping my responsibility to choose or discern what’s next. If that is true, I’m sure God will let me know. But, honestly, as I don’t know who’s reading this, I don’t want to short change anyone who has followed my blog and now will be disappointed with a new direction I take.

God has created me uniquely for a purpose, and I am meant to respond to that with my life. So are you. I am eternally grateful for your support.

What are words worth?

So…much…information. So many words. Whatever you want, it’s out there. After a bit of searching and some perseverance, you’ll find what you’re looking for: instructions, images, insight.

As a writer I ask: Do I have the words you want? How will you know until I give them to you? And after you have them, you don’t need to pay me, you have what you came for. It’s the information age. Information comes cheap. Everybody will offer it to you. Take it and go.

Even if my words are good or helpful or wise, they are free. Their worth comes from what you do with them.

  • take them to heart
  • apply them
  • be entertained by them
  • share them
  • sit with and make more of them

And I have no control over this. Now, my words are yours. You “pay me” by:

  • coming back to read
  • subscribing to the blog
  • referring me to a friend
  • bookmarking me
  • “liking” me on facebook

You pay me by taking action on my words. And I will never know it. It’s a pay-it-forward kind of economy. A give and take and give away.

I work for less than minimum wage. And yet more than anyone knows, except the One who knows all hearts, sees all things, and has His own system of accounting.

I pray that the words of my keyboard and the meditations of our hearts might be acceptable to You, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

Can you really teach an old dog new tricks?

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Rosy, after her beauty day at the dog spa. 14 years young.

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Silver and Rosy team up to ask if we can go for a walk.

I have two very old dogs, a 14 year old golden retriever named Rosy and a nearly 12 year old Siberian husky named Silver. All you have to do is see ’em to love ’em.

They are old friends. Faithful, well except for Silver’s many excursions out of the yard, and true. They don’t hear so well anymore, but when they see you they are ever so happy to greet you. Unfortunately, they both have crotchety old hips. Rosy was born with them. Silver just developed them, long about the time when I injured my hip. Perhaps it was a bit of solidarity.

The two of them have been having a hard time climbing the few steps from the garage into the house. So, we did (rather my husband did with my encouragement and design consultation) what any responsible pet owner with 2 old dogs would do; we built a ramp for them to climb. So they needn’t navigate the steps.

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At first, it was too steep.

Then, it was too slippery.

Then, it was just right.

But of course, they preferred the steps.

So, we got a piece of plywood to block the steps. Then, with much cajoling and bribery, we finally got each of them to make the descent ever so tenuously down the ramp. Then all we had to do was get them to choose the ramp on the way up. Which we did, eventually, with much herding and calling – that for our own sake because they don’t really hear us.

So now, 2 weeks in, we still must go out ahead of them and place the plywood across the stairs like a baby gate so they will choose the way that’s healthier for them. The old dogs’ way. The easy way. And my husband asks, “Do you think they’ll ever choose the ramp on their own?”

Which begs the question of the day, perhaps of our day, “Can you ever teach an old dog new tricks?” Because just telling them it’s good for them will not cut it.

Ah, it’s so much easier to remain firmly in our old ways. But the times, they are a -changin’. And so, I guess, must I. I’d like to stick with what I know, even if it’s not the best or most effective way, because I know how to do it. I’d like just to plunk words on a page, or a computer screen. But they tell me that no one reads just words in blogs anymore. You have to have at least a photo or two.

So, I went back and put in the dog photos and the ramp photos. Better? Yes, you can see them. And who has time to write beautifully descriptive prose these days? Prose that would do those two dogs justice?

But the ramp event… The snap shots, even the blurry ones, don’t cut it. For those I really need video. Yes, video captures the movement in the moment. These darn online editors tell me I need to create that!

Man, can’t we just freeze things? Just pick something that works and stick with it? It was so nice and easy back before we didn’t have to change with the times. Didn’t have to deal with all these innovations. Hmm, flexibility may be more of a component of fitness than I thought.

Feeling kind of creaky this morning. Guess that makes me an old dog. But I hope there is still a place for beautiful words, told thoughtfully and truthfully and meaningfully. Aahhh, 3 adverbs in the same sentence!! But I have to admit that the photos (and okay, one day I’ll get videos) do add a lot to my story. I just wonder how much room they leave for yours – which is the beauty of a story well written or a tale well told. It leaves room. For the imagination. Or the cream in your Starbucks coffee. Whichever.

This morning I woke to a couple of flashes in my darkened bedroom. I didn’t know they were lightning until I heard the thunder. Then I knew I had to rush to let the dogs in. They’re deathly afraid of thunder, even though they are basically deaf. Perhaps it’s the lightning. It does startle and suggest supernatural visitors. I was describing the scene to my daughter over breakfast and she said, “Mom, you’re a good storyteller.”

She has a great imagination that one. And she already knows the dogs.

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