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“Thank you, God, I guess…”

When was the last time you said those words? How about this: when was the last time that your actions said those words? Last week I caught myself thinking essentially that very thought as I was looking through two weeks’ worth of mail and realized that I hadn’t missed a single bill or anything else of great import. I thanked God for protecting me from a seemingly little thing (my own procrastination, fueled by miserable road conditions), but then it occurred to me: there’s no money in my mailbox, either. Not that I was expecting any – most of my payments from clients are coming electronically right now – but this fact occurred to me and disappointed me. Also, there was this part of me that worried that perhaps something that I should have received hadn’t arrived. You know, like:

“It’s a gift, and a curse.”

God never gives us anything without taking something else away, right? And when He gives us a “break,” it’s just a well-disguised trial, correct? No, those statements are both wrong, and yet we often behave that way.

“You mean my car doesn’t need any repairs for an inspection sticker? Now I don’t dare make my next stop…”

God’s gifts come with no fine print and, as importantly, we are to praise Him even when there is some pain that accompanies a blessing. Why is it wrong to think “thank you, God, I guess…”? That’s simple: even if the good turns into a “bad,” we can rest in the knowledge that, ultimately, it’s still good. I don’t need to wonder if an important letter was misdirected because, if it was, it was all part of God’s plan. That doesn’t mean that I’ll enjoy the consequences, but He has it under control.

How about you? When did you last think, “Thank you, God, I guess…”?

Ponzi Scheme cartoon

By Nate LaClaire —  December 21, 2008 — Leave a comment

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Wisdom from an old man

By Nate LaClaire —  October 3, 2007 — Leave a comment

One of my favorite lines from the movie Secondhand Lions is spoken by Hub, the character played by Robert Duvall:

Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most[…] that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love… true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.

I just love that quote.


By Nate LaClaire —  December 6, 2005 — Leave a comment

The whole idea of a blog is kind of odd… I mean, who really cares what is going on with me, or what I think about the latest legislation? Does anyone care? Should anyone care? Probably not.

I first started my blog back when I left my old job and related lifestyle (more on that some other time) and wanted to provide a method for people to keep up on what is happening in my life. Unfortunately, it’s hard to take time to write blog posts when I can’t find time to do stuff that earns me money or stuff that is required for college. However, I want to do better. If I find something interesting on the web I want to tell the world about it. If I read an interesting verse in the Bible I want to blog it. If something exciting, or neat, or frustrating happens in my life I want to share it with others. As I get more photos of Riley (my cat) or my family I will post those, too.

I have been reprimanded for dropping off the face of the earth… The fact is, I miss my old life. The fact is, if I could undo what I did I just might do it. The fact is, my decision was not a mistake, as God has proven to me time and time again (I’ll share more about that later as well). The fact is, making any decision other than the one that I made would have been a mistake. So, where does that leave me? Still right here trying to piece together a life after the library; trying to retain friendships that were formed while I was at the library; trying to move ahead without leaving that all behind.

Have you ever felt too comfortable with your life? I knew that if I didn’t exit soon I could be stuck forever. Sometimes it seemed like I had grown up at the library. Like it was my second home. Now when I go back it feels odd… Like walking into a place that used to be familiar but is familiar no longer. The same friendly people are there, but it’s not the same. It never will be.

I know that most people won’t care about most of what I post on my blog, but perhaps each thing that I write will be meaningful to some person in some way. That is my prayer. Thanks for reading.