It should be celebrated.

A master puzzle maker

Gizmodo has an amazing article that is well worth perusing.  Eric Clough, an architectural designer, designed a huge 4,200 square foot Park Avenue apartment (that coincidentally cost $8.5 million dollars).

 What the buyers didn’t know is that he secretly built the whole apartment as one giant scavenger hunt, complete with ciphers, riddles, hidden doors and compartments, keys, the works…

According to the article, they found that decorative door knockers could actually be removed and pieced together to form a crank, which opened hidden panels in the dining room, where they found multiple keys and keyholes.  When the correct keys were used opened drawers with acrylic letters and a giant (table-cloth-sized) crossword puzzle, whose answers led to a secret panel in the den, which concealed a magnetic cube, which acted as a key to open the remaining 24 panels and ultimately revealed, in large type, a poem written by the architect.  You can view the article and many of the photos here.

Amazing.

I couldn’t help but see the analogy that our lives are simply one drawn out puzzle, where one clue leads to another, as we slowly piece together our comprehension of a tremendous plan of salvation of the Master Architect.  And when all the right panels have been opened, and we’ve correctly used all the keys we’ve been given, culminates in our seeing the poetry of our Lord and Savior in our lives.

Rusty

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Just be yourself!

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Sister Hinckley’s Challenge

Sister Marjorie Hinckley described the condition in which she hoped to arrive in heaven, and in so doing, offers us a challenge….

I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk’s lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.

Doctrine and Covenants 58:27

Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;

I’m with Sister Hinckley.  Let’s go find some ways to get our hands dirty.

Rusty

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Spiritual Entropy

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Standing out from the crowd

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The cross we bear

The following cartoon sequence came to me in email the other day, and I thought it was worth posting here…  If anyone knows the creator or source of this cartoon, please let me know, so I can give them adequate credit.  Until then, thank you …. Somebody.

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We often complain about the cross we bear, but we forget that it’s preparing us for the chasm ahead that only the Lord can see.

Rusty

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The worth of your pursuits

Time is infinite.  Your time is not. 

Your time, at least in this mortal state, is clearly finite.  Limited and defined by a specific number of years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds that you will live, and only God knows how much of each you are allotted.

So you should often ask yourself some simple questions.

  1. What is it that you most actively pursue?
  2. What is it that you most desire?

Are your two answers the same?

  1. What is it that you find occupies the majority of your thoughts?
  2. What thoughts would you need to think to achieve that which you most desire?

Are these two answers the same?

Imagine if you were to achieve the greatest possible success of that which you most actively pursue, but to the exclusion of all else.  How would you feel?

Life is necessarily demanding, but one of the key challenges we’ve been given, and by which we shall be judged, is by our stewardship over those years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds that we have been given. 

Our actions fill the books of life, and out of them, we shall be judged (Rev. 20:12), and where our treasure is, there will our heart be also (Matt. 6:21), for no man can serve two masters (Matt. 6:24).

So occasionally, we should measure the worth of our pursuits, and correct our course where necessary, that by so doing, we might find ourselves continually progressing toward exaltation.

That when we stand before our Master and review the years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds of our lives, we’ll see amidst all the meandering, a constant overarching progression toward perfection.  Be ye therefore perfect (Matt 5:48).

Rusty

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There is beauty all around

I woke up this morning, hearing my almost two-year old in the next room calling out in his soft, toddler voice “Daaaaaadddd”.  This is how he lets me know he is awake.  I crawl out of bed, stumble into his room, scoop up his warm body and carry him into the living room where we lay on the couch and “talk” while we watch the sun seep in through the blinds.  This is how I generally start my day.

Soon, he got tired of snuggling and starts to play cars while I get up and go about getting ready for the day.  Not long after, the rest of our kids join us upstairs and their conversations, so full of enthusiasm and passion fill the house.

After morning prayers, I kissed them all goodbye and headed outside.

The sky was a clear, powder blue, with billowing cumulous clouds reaching towards the sun, which was rising leisurely above them, and creating a beautiful highlight to their topmost curves.

The tips of the Rocky Mountains which surround the valley were etched with snow, brilliantly reflecting the sunlight as they clung to the memory of winter.

The grass is that lush, deep, spring-time green, and every lawn I pass seems to be peppered with color as the flowers soak in the glory of the morning sun.

There are these huge billowing broad-leaf trees that line the road to work.  They look like something from a Pixar movie as the sun creates an astounding cascade of color as its rays dissipate along its outer leaves.  It was 68 degrees outside, so I drove with the windows down, basking in the glory of the moment, the wind in my face, and John Denver singing “Country Roads” over my car speakers.

If it’s been a while since you stopped and took notice of the beauty which so abundantly surrounds you, you’re missing out on one of the most important purposes of life – joy.  Tomorrow, try starting your day in awe, and see what a difference it makes in how you treat people, and how you look at things.

Rusty

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Opportunity is like a bar of soap

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Emotional Supply Lines, they sustain us all

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Self-imposed limitations

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Your spiritual ecosystem

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Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord,

For even a life
so battered and scarred by sin
can be made beautiful
if it’s he who we put our trust in.

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