Posts Tagged ‘Calvin and Hobbes’

Insurance

May 13, 2011

Is this what the new healthcare legislation is all about? Buy insurance from the Government? What a Dumb idea! Why would anyone buy insurance from the Government? Here comes the IRS slingshot.

On another exciting note, going to Oxford this weekend for graduation. I admit, there are very few things in life more boring than going to a graduation ceremony. We go to show support and give congratulations to:

Amanda Claire Mixon graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in accounting! (she beat me, I was barely cum Laude).

Christina Wells Ashoo graduating with her Juris Doctorate (or is it Juris Doctor?)!

Congrats to both on a job well done.

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All in the timing

May 9, 2011

Well, I took a week or so off from the blog as our house should now be on the market. Needless to say, the last week has been very busy and tiring. So, this strip came in on Saturday’s e-mail, but I liked it better than today’s. Don’t we wonder about trying to be in the right place at the right time? Do we often blame circumstances on the failure of some venture? If I had only done this, If I had only ____… you name it. We think that if we had changed one of the variables that things would have worked out differently…

There are a few billboards throughout Nashville that proclaim May 21, 2011 as the day of the second coming of Christ. They point to some Old Testament references in which specific people were aware of events that were going to happen. Probably the most interesting example was that “Noah Knew!” And thus we are somehow supposed to be able to know things as well? In Genesis 6, “13And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” There’s a pretty good reason that Noah knew what was going to happen, God told him. Now this group proclaiming the end times may say that God told them about this date, and I take issue with that. (There are many other passages of scripture that they butcher as well, but this could go on forever). At the beginning of  the letter to the Hebrews, it is written: 1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” It is clear that God spoke directly to men in the past many times and in many ways. What is also clear is that the whole “package” of Jesus is not only God’s word to us, is the last word that God spoke. Think about it. To paraphrase a favorite hymn “What more can God say to us than what He has said through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ?” If we find ourselves looking for more than that, for looking for direct words from God, then we will find ourselves either frustrated by the lack of response, or believing that whatever we want to do must be a message from God. [much of this train of thought was introduced to me by a recent guest lecture by David Garner]

Jesus, prior to the triumphal entry, was commenting on the second coming. Mark 13:32-37:  32“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

If Jesus tells us that the second coming is not for us to know, I think we should take Him at His word. I think that Calvin’s idea from this strip does have some merit when thinking about how to truly be prepared. His theory seems to jive with what Jesus said. The right place for man is leaning only in faith on Christ. If that be the case, then you’ll always be in the right place no matter the time.

Singing Soprano

April 27, 2011

Having a couple of boys at home who are currently sopranos, I can relate. Puberty is such a cruel, cruel time. I guess it keeps you humble. Regardless, it’s a low blow by Hobbes. I’ve been playing around with the settings, trying to make the strip more readable without having to click on it or squint.

Easter Weekend

April 25, 2011

Hope everyone had a happy Easter. We went to a Birthday Party on Saturday for our friend Joseph Broad. There was a great Easter Egg hunt followed by cake and presents. It was a beautiful day and a fun party.  Enjoy photos (I couldn’t figure out how to get the C&H comic out of the slide show)!

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Today’s Calvin and Hobbes is bringing back a favorite of mine: G.R.O.S.S. or Get Rid Of Slimy girlS.

This is my motivation for building the boys a tree house. And telling them that girls are slimy. I wonder how long it took Bill Waterson to come up with these rhymes? I always enjoyed it on Whose Line is it Anyway? when Wayne Brady would create songs off the cuff. I get the feeling that Waterson could do this as well.

Batter up!

April 23, 2011

If at first you don’t succeed, set the bar lower.

Today’s strip reminds me of when I was in Little League. I played 5 or 6 seasons at most and was not very great. Evidence of this is that I vividly remember the only triple I ever hit and the one inning I pitched (No runs, 1 walk, No errors, 1K). My most clear memory was in the bottom of the 9th, 2 outs and we’re behind. I am on deck and the best player in the league is pitching for the other team. At that moment, my greatest fear wasn’t losing the game, it was being the final out. I prayed with all my might that my teammate would get an out so that I wouldn’t have to step up to the plate. I don’t remember how it happened, but my prayer was answered. I was not the scape goat. Funny, my lack of baseball skills has not diminished my enjoyment of the game. Hope y’all have a wonderful Saturday!

No Regrets

April 22, 2011

Anyone have any regrets? Anyone living in the past? I crossed paths with a guy in the Summer of 1998 named Dave Hoover. He was a man of few words, but when he chose to speak, he usually had something profound to say. One lasting quote is: “As Christians, our past is forgiven and our future is secure. We are free to live in the precious present.” Now I might have remembered it a little off, but that was the heart of it.

Today is Good Friday. Let us remember that the work of the cross is finished. We no longer need dwell on what has past. As a side note, I will actually post something that has to do with what “The Mixons” are doing soon, I’m going to try to upload some new photos soon!

Shifting Blame

April 20, 2011

A lot of us blame things on our parents. I bet that my friends who are counselors and psychologists would endorse this as a common counseling issue. True, there is genetic material that ties us to our family, but Calvin’s response to his mother is really a low blow. Is it my parents’ fault that I’m overweight?

John 9:1-3 “As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Maybe it’s because I don’t eat right and exercise. Maybe it’s bacause God doesn’t want me to be vain. Easier to blame it on genes.

Food For Thought

April 19, 2011

*NOTE* you might want to click on the actual strip above to see it better. For at least the last 5 years, the website gocomics.com has delivered a Calvin and Hobbes strip directly to my e-mail daily. Needless to say, this is usually the best e-mail in the inbox every day. I used to enjoy these for the humor and artistry, but now that I have a couple of boys, I find that I enjoy them all the more, especially the remarks made by Calvin’s dad. So onto today’s comic. Here we find Calvin contemplating the brevity of his life. How often do we really place things in this perspective? Do we ask ourselves the same questions that Calvin poses? Are these even the right questions to ask?

1. Is our quick experience here pointless? This is one that I’m sure a lot of people wrestle with. Was Forrest Gump right that we’re just floating, accidental-like on the breeze or is there a reason why we are here? I take comfort in Jeremiah 29:11 where we are informed that “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” There’s nothing in that statement that sounds pointless (or unplanned!!) to me.

2. Does anything we say or do in here really matter? This is the sentiment expressed in the opening of Ecclesiastes:

All Is Vanity

 1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
 2Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
3What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?
4A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
5The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.
6The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind,
   and on its circuits the wind returns.
7All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow,
   there they flow again.
8All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
   nor the ear filled with hearing.
9What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
10Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.
11There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be
   among those who come after.

At the end of Ecclesiastes, however, the author comes to the realization that “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” This would argue that what we say and do really does matter.

3. Have we done anything important? This question will bring into light what you value as important. Some people will quote “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” What is more important than the relationships we have and the community we build? Raising our children to leave the home, be independent, and confident in their beliefs is my most important task as a father. Building up my wife to be a picture of the church is my most important task as a husband. Looks like I have a lot of work, but I am convinced that God is not calling me to be successful, merely faithful.

4. Have we been happy? Ask those in the public eye if striving after happiness as an end is working out. This is the law of diminishing returns.

5. Have we made the most of these precious few footsteps? Ah, the unanswerable question. The what if… My answer for today is to go home and play with my kids.

So, are we too involved in ourselves to stop and stare at that crack in the sidewalk every now and then? Dwelling on this is not usually profitable, but perspective can help. If I comment on another comic strip, I doubt it will be this lengthy.

Bloody Weather

December 16, 2008

This is a fair reenactment of me every time there is any precipitation when it’s within 5 degrees of freezing. Alas, I didn’t even have to scrape off my car this morning.

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Cartoon

June 11, 2008

Ever get that feeling?