Life. In Light Of Eternity.

Putting Life in Perspective…and writing stories

Just Quote’n – Zander V #1

Our problem is that we see God as small and people or problems as big. It is completely the other way around.

– Zander


Musical Monday #46 – What Child is This (Elle Zamudio)

Tis the season for some good ole Christmas music, but with a twist 🙂

Create Something December 2017

Every month I try to write a story using words or phrases submitted to me by others. You can submit some to me by using my twitter @OdlyOtter and the hashtag #createsomething below is this month’s submission and story. If you made a suggestion, thank you, you should get a high five.


It was another great summers day on a Saturday. I had woken up the smell of bacon and eggs wafting through the house that my mother had made for breakfast. I had just finished my second helping when a heard the sound of a two-stroke engine getting louder as it approached the house; “Thank you for breakfast mom, I can hear Phillip coming up the road he is here to fetch me so I gotta go.”

“Oh, is he driving that thing again? Where are you going to go? I hope it is not far away?” She asked with some nervousness in her voice.

“I have a helmet mother dear and we aren’t going far. Just to meet up with some drug dealers and get tattoos.” I said as I laced up my shoes and picked up my helmet.

“No need for the snarky answer Mr. I am just concerned that is all. Say do you need me to pack anything for you? Then you can have a picnic for lunch later if you like.” Without waiting for me to answer she had already put some items into my bag for me to take with.

“We are just going to meet up with the rest of the group at our clubhouse and probably spend time there and swimming. So snacks are helpful. I don’t want to make Phillip wait so I am going to go now.” I took my bag as she was packing a packet of gumdrops into it and hugged her. “I promise to not meet up with any drug dealers while I am out. Bye, mom.” I began to walk towards the door.

“Do you have swimming apparel with you then if you plan to swim? You said no drug dealers, but what about the tattoo thing?”

I opened the door and put my helmet on as I responded. “Swimming stuff is also in the bag and I am not making any promises about the tattoo thing. See you later.” I closed the door behind me and ran up to Phillip who was waiting for me. “Alright, Mr. Potato head let’s get this show on the road, sorry for making you wait. Mom wanted to give me some food for later.”

I loved the feeling of the summer sun on my face as we sped through the neighborhood towards the dam. Mrs. Dorna’s dog, as always, chased us down the street barking and snarling at us, the poor thing was so old, it could never keep up for very long. We rounded the corner and the lake was now in sight. We were now just 4 minutes away from the clubhouse. Pitching money together to rent that spot for the summer was one of my better ideas. I had a place right by the lake which had a fridge and air-con but best of all a place to hang out with my friends. All summer long.

As we approached the door of the clubhouse we could see two bicycles outside and hear muffled voices inside, obviously, we were not the first to arrive. I walked inside and greeted Greg and Barry who were sitting on the bean bags. “Alright there champs, you guys are here early.” I walked towards the fridge to pack the things from my bag inside.

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Just Quote’n – Thomas Watson #1

“The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is, because we do not warm ourselves at the fires of meditation.”

– Thomas Watson

Take time to think about what you read and pray about it. Don’t rush to the next activity. Let it sink in.

Musical Monday #45 – Call It Grace (Unspoken)

This is a reminder of one simple truth we must remind ourselves of regularly. We are trophies of grace. No matter the chaos flying around me this song just reminds me of this one simple thing. I have received the grace of God. That is comforting. Enjoy.

Create Something November 2017

Every month I try to write a story using words or phrases submitted to me by others. You can submit some to me by using my twitter @OdlyOtter and the hashtag #createsomething below is this month’s submission and story. If you made a suggestion, thank you, you should get a high five. This one is also slightly inspired by the novel Ready player 1.

“Borderlands hardly deserves an accolade for being a good game.”

“You are crazy Kobold, the Borderlands series had some of the best visuals in a game I have ever seen!” He said as he crunched another cashew in his mouth.

“Waaa – dude are you eating nuts again? You know I can hear that right in my ear! Can you at least mute your mic while you chew? Anyway, I just didn’t enjoy the game, sure the visuals were well done but there is more to a game than that. Alan Wake was a much better game, it is as simple as that Skunk.”

Skunk stifled a laugh, He knew that eating the cashews irritated Kobold. He did it purely to get a reaction from him but he tried to feign an apology to keep up the pretense. “Oh, I’m sorry I forget how sensitive the mic can be. I tell you what instead of arguing over games why don’t we play something together?”

“Ok sure, anything but Tensile tough, I am sick of those stupid puzzles.”

“Hmmm how about Turbulent? We can try that mission we were stuck on.”

“Nah man, you keep crashing in that game. I almost feel like it is on purpose. I don’t want to play a simulation anyway.”

He was crashing on purpose just for Kobold’s reaction. “Um, how about sawbones?”

Kobold sighed. “Is it really hard to choose a game? I don’t have that one you know that.”

“Oh yes, sorry. Ok how about Psychomancy I see Raindrop is online it could be a part of three?”

“Arg! Not Raindrop he and I have had a bad fallout since he stabbed me in the back in our last game. He is such a guisard! We teamed up all the whole game but as soon as another player offered him a higher reward he turned around and shot me. I just can’t trust him.” Read more…

Just Quote’n – Gilbert #6

“But really, we should just face it. The message of the cross is going to sound like nonsense to the people around us. It’s going to make us Christians sound like fools, and it most certainly is going to undermine our attempts to ‘relate’ to non-Christians and prove to them that we’re just as cool and harmless as the next guy.

– Greg Gilbert in What is the Gospel?

Musical Monday #44 – Perfect Wisdom of Our God (Keith and Kristyn Getty)

We sing this one regularly at my church and I find the words very profound. I am thankful for the perfect wisdom of God that turns even my sorrow into a something wonderful in His story of grace.

Create Something October 2017

Every month I try to write a story using words or phrases submitted to me by others. You can submit some to me by using my twitter @OdlyOtter and the hashtag #createsomething below is this month’s submission and story. If you made a suggestion, thank you, you should get a high five.

She could hear the bullets whiz past her as she ran and turned the corner. She dived onto a bus that was passing by and pulled her partner on board. As the bus continued to drive on their pursuers rounded the corner but had not seen them climb on the bus. They sat there catching their breath and she chuckled while her partner looked flustered. “Oh Frank, is all this excitement too much for you? I’m sure you didn’t expect any of this when we first bumped into each other on the landing of our adjustment aerie’s a few months ago did you?”

Frank shook his head “No indeed. I knew you were filled with adventure as soon as I looked into your eyes but I never expected this.”

The bus came to a stop and they both got off and walked into the nearest store. Which ended up being a bookstore. “Yes, well those individuals are from some business in Knysna that didn’t end well. Take a look at some of these books while I make a phone call. I won’t be long.”

He grabbed the first book he could and just stared at the pages not really taking anything in. His heart was racing and his mind was whirling. This woman was wild and adventurous. She ignited him. In the time they had spent together he had learned what it meant to live life and not to merely exist. He loved her and he knew she loved him. His recent encounter with death, however, had him asking questions. Why would people be shooting at them? What kind of trouble was she in? What kind of trouble was he now in?

He snapped out of his thoughts as she came up to him and grabbed the book out of his hands and looked at. “Aggiornamento” She tilted her head and looked at Frank.

“I’m sorry what?” Frank said.

She read aloud from the page he had been starting at; “Aggiornamento, meaning A bringing up to date, it was one of the keywords used during the Second Vatican Council both by bishops and the clergy attending the sessions and by the media and Vaticanologists covering it.” She smiled. “Frank, what on earth are you reading? Is this a dictionary? No matter, bring it with we need to go.” They walked out of the store and she squeezed his hand.

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Just Quote’n – John MacArthur #3

[1 John 3:2]

By nature, Simon Peter was brash, vacillating, and undependable. He tended to make promises he couldn’t follow through with and appeared to lunge wholeheartedly into something only to bail out before finishing. When Jesus first met Simon, He gave him the nickname Peter, which means “Rock.” It appears He wanted the new name to be perpetual reminder to him about who he should be. Whenever He called him Rock, the Lord was commending His student for acting the way he ought to be acting.

When the Lord calls a disciple, He not only knows who he or she is, He also knows who he or she should be – and will be. If He can make a vacillating character like Peter as stable as a rock, He can also transform our character flaws and make us stand at the very point where we would otherwise fail. Thus His strength is perfected in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Have you seen that pattern in your own spiritual growth?

-MacArthur in “From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary” devotional

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