Saturday, May 27, 2017

One Hundred Years From Now

Charles and I have a saying that we often use when we are having a difficult day or thinking about an unsettling future.

“One hundred years from now, what difference will it make?”  

Somehow that puts things in perspective. As Christians, we believe in 100 years we will be rejoicing in Heaven, and that our earthly concerns will no longer matter.

A lot of scientists predict that 100 years from now, life on earth will be vastly different.  Some of the predictions are too fantastic to comprehend, while others are more realistic. After all in the early 1900s, it was predicted that we would travel in electric trains and mobile homes and communicate via video chatting.  Others believed, however, it was just a matter of a few decades before mankind would domesticate mutant seahorses and whales for overseas travel.

I put the latest futuristic warning by Stephen Hawking in the same category as supersonic seahorses and whales. Hawking is the Director of Research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He believes Earth will become uninhabitable because of overpopulation, climate change, disease, and artificial intelligence.  In 2016 he predicted that process would take 1,000 years, but in 2017 he decided we only have 100 years to flee the planet for colonies on the Moon and Mars.  Sorry, Mr. Hawking—I’m not buying it.  I know I’m not a scientist, but wouldn’t all those same issues follow people wherever they lived?  I also believe the sun’s radiation and lack of oxygen would present a few problems, too.

Samsung, the giant electronics company, in its Smart Things Future Living Report made some exciting predictions about life in 100 years. Underwater cities, personal flying drones, 3-D printing of houses, furniture, and gourmet meals will all become a reality by 2117. Yay! No more cooking.

My favorite prediction is from an online report found on Fox News Lifestyle—an exercise pill. Take the pill and get all the benefits of working out without breaking a sweat. If I’m around, I will invest in that stock.

I’m all for progress, but that can’t change the selfish nature of the human heart. One hundred years from now, people will still need a right relationship with God in order to find peace within and without.  Hebrews 13.8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” The Bible also tells us that Jesus will one day return to this earth to claim His own. So whether it’s 1000 or 100 years from now, we need to be ready.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

It's Time to Dance

May is one of my favorite months. The weather is still on the cool side and the deluge of pollen is over for the season. It’s also a month for me to celebrate two anniversaries.  May 12 is my liver transplant anniversary (19 years and counting).  It’s hard for me to remember the desperate state of my health before I received my second chance at life.  I’ve had my issues since that momentous day, but I have been blessed beyond measure with more good days than bad and the ability to live my life to the fullest.

This month I also celebrate my 5th year as a blogger on  this    site-
Too Two Late Bloomers. When I launched  in May 2012, I had no idea I’d still be posting blogs five years later.  I thought I would have run out of ideas long ago.  Through prayer, internet research, and people watching the ideas continue to come.  Thank you for encouraging me to keep writing.

May is also a month to dance! Dancing around the Maypole was popular in Europe, Germany and England.  Children and young ladies with ribbons intertwined danced around a flower decorated tall pole on May 1 to celebrate the arrival of spring. I remember doing something similar in PE back during my school days.

Celebrate Tap Dance Day on May 25.  My late bloomer husband, Charles, has fond memories of tap dancing with his father as a child.  His dad performed in stage shows in and around the Memphis area.  This day was created in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on May 25, 1878.

Maybe you’d rather Dance like a Chicken.  Yup, this special dance is honored every year on May 14th.  This is a popular group dance at weddings and other special celebrations.  It really warms up the crowd and gets people in the swing of things.

With our granddaughter’s wedding only six weeks away, Charles & I decided to brush up on our dancing skills by taking a couple of lessons.  We met at a singles’ dance 21 years ago and danced a good bit when we were first married.  We have both gotten older and rusty, but with a little help we were able to pick up the basics of the Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, and Swing.  It’s great exercise and it gets us away from the computer and TV.  We will not, however, audition for Dancing with the Stars.

Dance can also be a part of our worship of God if done in a God honoring manner.  “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.” Psalm 149:3 Dancing in the Bible is usually accompanied by singing and praise as an expression of worship.

So put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the month of May.