Wednesday, January 28, 2009

so me today

Learning to believe

I am beliefless. When it comes to understanding where i came from, i am more likely to say "i don't know" than actually give an answer. I just don't see a clear 'answer', despite my Christian position.

Sir David Attenborough, the British broadcaster and naturalist, believes in evolution. I have no problem with this. He is free to believe whatever he wants. I don't need to control his belief system even though i don't agree with it.

Apparently i'm one of the few Christians who believe this because Sir Attenborough keeps getting hate mail for his lack of belief in a Creator.

I am not entirely beliefless, i suppose because this article stirred me up. I do believe. I believe in the rights of people to think for themselves. As a christian, are we supposed to defend each other's rights to think independently. Christ died so that we could have choices. Why do we try to take that away from others?

I admit that i struggle when friends tell me that they're belief system is different. I want to say, "but why?! did you consider XYZ?" I am learning to curb this. It is a slow process. But i believe it is important to allow them to think for themselves. How can we ever grow if we only allow one way of thinking?

This is what i believe.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

more Lol celebrity

New favourite website

Thanks to Penguin, i found a new favourite website. sorta like LolCats, except...a little more in my style of humour. Enjoy.

Click here for site

Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President Obama,

I am so excited to welcome you into your new post. I am excited to hear that you are already making changes that i feel are important to a free nation. From allowing women counselling during pregnancy that involve all the options, to closing down Guantanamo Bay, i am suddenly a little prouder of my birth country.

Today marks a new day for the world. No longer is there a deep sense of shame for us expats when our country of birth is mentioned. Instead we can hold our head up and say with confidence that things are changing!

I know that the following years are going to be hard. I know that the country will not change overnight and that tough times are not going to be avoided just because we have a competent leader now. I just want you to know that i realise this and don't expect life to go from horrible to exuberant over night.

I look forward to your leadership and wish you all the best in the most stressful job in the world.

expat Kris

Thursday, January 15, 2009


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Last week i found out that i has lost a friend. I hadn't misplaced him, he'd misplaced himself.

In October my friend killed himself. He didn't tell anyone that anything was wrong, he just decided to end his life.

Living on the other side of the world, it wasn't unusual that i didn't hear from him every week. We usually caught up ever 4 months or so. When christmas came and he didn't send me a message, i thought he was busy with the christmas season. When New Years rolled around, i didn't notice his lack of merriment then either.

It was when i visited his myspace page and saw all the condolences remarks, the various thoughts and prayers that went out to his family that i got that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I didn't know how he had died. I couldn't believe it! I contact his friends and after several days of waiting, i found out the news.

It is horrible to grieve a death that is 4 months past. It is worse still, not knowing why he did it.

Friday, January 09, 2009

pictures of my beautiful sleeping Faith

believe it or not, this is all in one 30 minute nap time. She just moves around A LOT in her sleep. I wonder what she dreams of...

Thursday, January 08, 2009

In your face

Being raised in a Christian family, i was taught (not exactly by my parents) that Christian billboards were a great thing. They told people about God. As a i grew up, i noticed other billboards that displayed advertisements for various products. I found that i didn't always believe those advertisements and i began to wonder, why a stranger would believe a Christian billboard? What is more, why would a non believer find a Christian billboard non offensive? After all, the billboard i saw were very 'in your face'.

I still identify myself as Christian. I don't see a need to force my belief system on other people. Thus, i feel that most billboards are over the top. So it was a little smile that i saw the London buses declare a different kind of message. Christian (and possibly religious) groups all over the world will be getting their knickers in a bunch as they read the new signs on the London Buses.

"There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life"

Take a moment to enjoy the discomfort of being on the receiving end of a sign you don't fully agree with. Now remember that feeling next time you are tempted to push a "Jesus loves you, so be good" sign.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

website that made me laugh

As i was checking community radio stations i came across the funniest notice for a website.

Click here to see what i saw.

Stripping Gaza

I'm a pacifist to the core. I recognise that in some situations war is an option, but i don't believe it is ever a good option. Perhaps this is why i struggle with Israel's decision to invade Gaza. They're reaction i felt was way over blown. Then when they issued their statement about being sad for the civilians who were being killed and wounded due to their own attacks, i got mad.

If you have the ability to stop the hurt, you must do it! Attacking or invading a country that does not agree with you does not instill love and peace in their minds. Long lasting peace will take years of negotiations. It will require understanding. Dropping a bomb on your neighbour isn't going to making living next door any easier.

I think I'm most disappointed in Obama at this point. His silence on the conflict is deafening. Bush happily supports Israel's attacks, even in the face of UN opposition (but that isn't new). Obama, i thought we were getting someone who wasn't afraid to speak out against wrongs....and bombing UN schools is WRONG. aren't you going to say something?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009