Faith Debugged

Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator

Defeating Anger

The surest means of disarming anger is to turn your attention from the insult and examine the passion itself. The surest way of spoiling a pleasure is to start examining your satisfaction. -C.S. Lewis

I have found I can be a very angry person if I let it overtake me. Little things really get me upset. Getting damp but not wet, running low on gas, getting a kink in my hose at work, dirt on my hands, shoes coming untied are just a few of the small things I sweat. Abraham Lincoln once said it’s ridiculous to get upset at inanimate objects. He’s so right.

C.S. Lewis put it wisely when he said it’s best to examine our passion instead of the object. When we get mad, try not focusing on what made you mad but really examine why you are mad in the first place. Is it really worth the anger you pent-up? Is the passion you fuel worth the time you invest?

I believe that when we examine the passion of anger, we realize it’s not just a waste of time and energy, it’s also ridiculous to allow something to control us so easily. The next time you feel something bothering you to the point of steaming, try analyzing the passion instead of the object that pushed you to it. Because you realize that what angered you controlled you. That’s something to be bothered about.

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June 23, 2011 Posted by | devotion | Leave a comment

Lead By Serving

Today I had the opportunity to see servant leadership in practice. I was drilling holes at a Kingdom Hall and the maintenance guy there was sitting and watching. He decided to get up and help. He displayed such servant-hood by sweeping up the concrete dust I was creating by drilling holes in the slab.

I know this might seem minor but to me it was a major detail. Firstly, I hate sweeping that dust up. It gets everywhere and it’s difficult to get it all up. Secondly, he didn’t have to. He was paying me to do the work. But he chose to help out. This is what it means to serve and by serving you become a leader. You demonstrate leadership by taking care of the necessities without being told and doing the work that’s not yours to do but you understand the “see a need fill a need” statement.

This is the epitome of Jesus’ point in his parable on humility. In Luke 14:7-11, it he says don’t sit at the head of the table. If someone more distinguished than you comes, the host will move you to the furthest seat. Yet sit at the back of the table so the host might honor you by moving you to a better seat.

11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Isn’t it true that you are led by those who tend to get their hands dirty rather than those who tend to look down on you as the grunt. I have a pastor who’s not afraid to clean the toilets at church. I’ll follow. I have a boss who’s not afraid to climb under a house. I’ll follow. I have friends who’s not afraid to pray in public. I’ll follow. I have a wife who’s not afraid to put her family’s needs before hers. I’ll follow.

If you’re a leader, I’m more apt to follow if your more likely to get dirty!

June 10, 2011 Posted by | devotion, Leadership, Serving | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Work It

Today I had to do a termite treatment. Actually I had two. It was dreadfully hot outside. By the time I reached the second treatment I was tired, sweaty, wore out and not happy about having to crawl under yet another house, stand in the hot burning sun while I rodded around a house and deal with questions from the customer. I plainly didn’t want to be there.

However, I climbed under, sprayed the foundation, climbed out sprayed the perimeter, took care of the garage, and shook off silly questions from the customer while I worked. I rested since it was hot, checked my Facebook, checked my twitter, drank some water before rolling up my hose and calling it a day.

I got the paperwork prepared and began talking to the customer under a shade tree and ran through the guarantee and contract. I got his signature and he began talking to me about all the remodeling he’s doing, how he really wants to get out to the country and so I just listened and every once and again nodding yeah.

I had mentioned church a couple of times so he decided to pry and asked me about church and come to find out he is a retired Army chaplain. We got to talking about all things church and I mentioned this book I’m writing. Talking about church opened my heart up and I was willing to engage more into our conversation. He mentioned he wasn’t attending a church at the moment so I invited him to ours and we shook hands and off I went.

I began to think about how my attitude suddenly changed after I found out the man was a Christian. Have you ever done that? Have you ever talked to some one with very little if any interest and after you found out you had something in common it was like you were talking to a different person altogether?

I began to think about how I would have engaged him more friendlier, if I would have done my job a little better since he was a pastor, if I would have been a little quicker and just been an all around more pleasant person to work on his house. How would have I done things different if I would have just known up front he was a Christian? Would I gave him the gold star treatment with a smile?

Have you ever done the same thing. Have you ever realized you could have been a better person around someone. Why do we do things better for those we have a common bond with than those we don’t? Especially Christians.

1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” In context what Paul is telling the Corinthians is whatever you are doing in life, work as if your working for God and not man. Treat what you’re doing like your work is for the Lord. Jesus says in Matthew whatever you do for the least of these it’s as if you’re doing it for me. I believe this was also what he meant when Jesus said the second greatest commandment is like the first, love you neighbor as yourself.

So let us remember, than whatever we do in life, let us work it to the glory of God.

 

 

June 7, 2011 Posted by | devotion, Termites | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deeper than the Holler

I am frequently asked how deep do termites get in the ground. Being that I treat mostly for Eastern Subterranean Termites, reticulitermes flavipes, typically the answer is around twelve feet. There’s documented cases of termites reaching these levels of depth.  As they branch off in separate colonies, each colony can be at differing depths as well as spanning out in many feet away from each other. Other species of termites actually build upwards, mounds on the ground and even nests in trees.

Upon studying the depths and span of a termite colony one would be in awe at the thousands and thousands of termites that are living just under your feet, moving, and eating, reproducing, and working.

But there is another depth that is far more extravagant. Another span that is far more boastful. God, in His riches, has a love that far surpasses the knowledge of man.

Ephesians 3:14-19, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height, to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Upon further study of this scripture we can sure learn the width, the length, the depth, and the height of God’s love by taking a look at John 3:16.

For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

Width – “For God so loved the world” this is the width of God’s love. Contrary to popular belief, God didn’t love just a handful of us; God didn’t love just a certain nationality, a certain skin color, or a certain denomination, but the world as a whole.

Length – The length of God’s love is that He did give His only begotten Son. God didn’t just go to great lengths to show us His love, to prove His love for mankind, he went to the ultimate length, and from that point He could go no further. He gave the best and most precious thing He had, He gave His only Son, that we might receive Him, know Him, love Him, and worship Him.

Depth – In order to perceive the depth of God’s love we need only understand the purpose and reason for which God, in His limitless love, gave His only begotten Son, and that is so whoever believes in Him should not perish. The depth of God’s love is such, that no matter who we are, no matter what we might have once done, no matter how hateful we were of the things of God, or how often we rejected Him, if we come to believe in Jesus, if the love of God takes root in our hearts, and we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have everlasting life.

Height – The height of God’s love can be readily perceived and understood by God’s desire that all who believe in Jesus would have eternal life. God’s desire is not for us to perish, but rather for us to have eternal life. It is the height of God’s love that we are gifted with eternal life with God through Jesus.

April 27, 2011 Posted by | devotion, Termites | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Termites in the Human Diet

Formosan termite alates from http://www.ars.us...

Image via Wikipedia

In many cultures, termites (particularly the winged ones known as alates) are used for food. The alates are nutritious, having a good store of fat and protein, and are palatable in most species with a nutty flavour when cooked. They are easily gathered at the beginning of the rainy season in West, Central and Southern Africa when they swarm, as they are attracted to lights and can be gathered up when they land on nets put up around a lamp. The wings are shed and can be removed by a technique similar to winnowing. They are best gently roasted on a hot plate or lightly fried until slightly crisp; oil is not usually needed since their bodies are naturally high in oil. Traditionally they make a welcome treat at the beginning of the rainy season when livestock is lean, new crops have not yet produced food, and stored produce from the previous growing season is running low.

They are also eaten in Indonesia, including Central Java, where they are roasted or fried.

This information is courtesy of Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termite#Nests

April 25, 2011 Posted by | twitter | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Friday Funnies: David Letterman

David Letterman Top Ten signs New York has a bed bug infestation

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Friday Funnies, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Funnies (Company Name Edition)

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Termites

This is some footage I shot of some termites I had to treat for in a house on a monolithic slab.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Termites, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Exterminator’s April Fool’s

The office sure knows how to play April Fool’s. The secretaries decided to tape change to the floor so when someone walked by and saw the change, they’d try to pick it up but it would be taped to the floor. They didn’t glue them because they didn’t want them to be permanent.

So to get them back, we have some spider specimens in a case and the boss man told one of the techs to get the biggest spider and put it in the file cabinet on the “E” folders. He later asked the secretary to grab for him John Elles’ file. She did and she also screamed and almost crapped her pants before learning it was dead.

I like watching everyone play April Fool’s but I’m not a big advocate myself. I can’t take a joke very well. Even if I could, I suck at pay backs.

Fun stuff.

What did you do, if anything, for April Fool’s?

April 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Friday Funnies – Raid Edition

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