// BarryBlog //
A creative dumping ground for issues that interest me personally and professionally, with the thought they may interest you too. Issues such as the business of design, the design of business, the design of objects, design strategy, creative direction, innovation, creativity, thought leadership, observations, as well as recommendations, mid-century modern decorative arts and architecture, and the state of my thinking (and currently the state of my heart).
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
All good things do come to an end
Well, I hope you think it's been good. I've very much enjoyed sharing my dreams, passions and experiences with you since August 2006, and I thank you for reading my blog either once or often. I hope something I’ve posted has had value to you, especially if it's drawn you closer to God. I have decided to wrap it up, having reached the end of my voice, in this particular regards anyway. I haven’t actually ran out of observations, questions, or things to contribute, but may at some point have more to add elsewhere.
God bless you, your activities with family, and with your friends. And in so doing, may God receive all the glory.
This photo makes me smile. It reminds me of my cats peaceful lives. Thought it would be a good one for my last post.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Even Ice Cube's feelin' some Charles and Ray
Herman Miller furniture passes the test of time. I know this because I work every day in a 1960's Herman Miller Aluminum Group, Executive Management chair, also known as the Time-Life chair. I also have 6 more at home. It is so cool to learn that rapper, actor, and producer Ice Cube also shares the Herman Miller love.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Pride: The Utmost Evil
The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea-bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.- C.S. Lewis
Friday, November 25, 2011
Lord Jesus, failure and disappointment sometimes lead me to despair. I hide behind my pride and self-pity, withdrawing from you and others. Give me the hope I need and help me never to be afraid to begin again.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
To Thee I Pray
Sunday, November 06, 2011
God is Love. God is Judge.
As I look at my life, and try to honor God in how I live, and in how I treat others, I recognize that on the subject of broken human nature, all sin has consequences. I also recognize that we're called to repent from those sins. This is a choice we are given. Once we acknowledge our sin, we are to turn from it, and reconcile those choices with God, and with anyone our sins may have injured. Born with a fallen nature, we are given new life in Christ. Where on one hand we are saved by His grace, on another hand we are given a choice how to respond to God, and whether we allow ourselves to go on sinning. We can humble ourselves, which often times is the hard road, asking God for our forgiveness—or we can neatly package our sin as not sin at all, and blame others for our bad choices.
I had a conversation with a friend recently on this subject of sin. Not the sin we recognize in ourselves, that we confess to and turn from, rather the sin one enters into before it is committed, fully aware that it is sin.
We discussed how in certain cases, after repeated sin, God will turn from and abandon this individual, and allow them to continue their sinful desires to their heart's content. The idea of being abandoned by God is frightening. How at some point in someone's life, or lineage, God will turn His back on them. Abandon them. And yet they will be living their life with the false sense that they are in God's grace. They will be enjoying the pleasures of the world, and, as Charlie SHeen would say..."Winning! Duh!"
But what did God say about those who go on sinning? Those who profess a faith and acknowledge their Savior Christ, but refuse to turn from these sins, repent, and reconcile these poor choices? Worse still, what about those those who knowingly enter into sin exclaiming Christ's grace is sufficient to relinquish them from judgement, because He is love, and because he forgives sin?
Can one be in the light and in the dark at the same time?It's clear that when you make a decision to lie and deceive, and to dishonor promises you made to God, you separate yourself from the light. In fact, God speaks of His anger at such sin in Romans 1:24, where he says...
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired.The idea of being abandoned by God is sobering. It's never great to sense that you might be experiencing God's discipline in your life, but it is something to be grateful for, just as children whose parents don't discipline them often crave it in their adult life, sensing their parents didn't love them. Like their parents had abandoned them. But the idea of having God turn His back on you? That's a frightening thought.
After all...God is love. Right? He will not judge people for their sins? Once saved, always saved, right? Even those with cursory level faith acknowledge He is the embodiment of Love. He modeled it for us in Christ. Christ understands our trials, temptations, and the injustices we face in the world, while being blameless and holy Himself, Christ saw the world from our human and sinful perspective. So then–why not go on sinning, and let everyone know that God will forgive you?
God's word is clear on this. And while His word is intolerant to many, it's quite clear on how God feels about sin and broken promises.