The Almighty’s Element of Surprise

November 13, 2010

Anybody can make the simple complicated.  Creativity is making the complicated simple.  Charles Mingus

I’ll one up Mr. Mingus.  It takes genius to make the complicated simple.  C.S.Lewis is my favorite “mortal” creative genius; his Chronicles of Narnia are the Occam’s Razor of biblical metaphor.  Two of Lewis’s quotes – one from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the other from Prince Caspian have become my mental mantras to remind me that God is THE creative genius:

Enhanced by ZemantaAt the end of the story Lucy creeps back to the wardrobe but finds she cannot reenter Narnia.  Unknown to Lucy the Professor is sitting in the corner; take a look:

“It will probably happen when you’re not looking for it.”  Absolutely!  It (whatever we want to happen) never happens when we’re looking for it.  God always shows up in an unexpected way, and at an unexpected time with his unexpected solution.

Which leads to my second favorite quote, this time from Prince Caspian:

“Nothing happens the same way twice.”  If it’s true that IT will happen when we’re not looking for it, and IT will be different than anything we have ever experienced or imagined, then we can assume and rejoice in the fact that The Almighty loves the element of surprise.  The only catch is, we’ve got to trust Him that he is in control and knows what He’s doing.

If we believe He’s “all that”, which of course He is, then we can follow the Professor’s advice with my third favorite quote (surprise, there’s three) when he suggests to Lucy that it’s “best to keep your eyes open.”


The Question

February 17, 2008

Greetings and welcome to the Teknon and the Champion Warriors blog.   It’s been a few years since the incredible Generations of Virtue team published the series and I’m excited about the opportunity to interact with the dads, sons, moms, etc. who have a personal or general interest in the most underdeveloped, most at risk category of individuals both domestically (U.S.) and around the world  – young men.    

I’m thankful for my two (crazy) sons – Casey (23) who served as “beta test” for the Champion Training, and Kyle (17) who trained with several of his friends and their fathers five years ago.  I also have an unbelievable new son-in-law named Christian.  I’m proud of Casey, Kyle, and Christian – not only because they are godly and courageous – but also because they have aspirations and dreams in an era when young men are losing their ability to dream – and to lead.    BTW – I also have a wonderful wife (Ellen) and two beautiful daughters (Katie and Kimberly) – am I sounding biased….naaah – more on them in later posts.

Over the past few years I’ve heard from a number of parents and mentors who have invested the time and effort to launch boys into young adulthood.   I love ’em – they are my heroes.  The goal of this blog is equip these folks and hope that through interaction, discussion, and exchange of ideas we might help their tribe increase.  

The older I get the more I realize life is less about thinking we have the right answers as it is posing the right questions – questions that surface the real issues, or “Freakonomics” of problems we face.  As you will find out, if you haven’t already guessed from the Teknon series, I am a huge fan of the Superhero genre.  One of my favorite characters is a detective who ironically has no super powers; his nom de guerre is The Question.  This crime fighter, who wears a blank mask, conducts dangerous investigations until finally he is able to identify the crucial motive or purpose that will solve his case – at that point he makes the statement “That, is the question!”

We have much evidence to consider in order to find answers for parents and mentors in their struggle to launch their boys into young adulthood.  Why is it so difficult today to succeed in such a noble endeavor?

That, my friends…. is The Question!