A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (21)

… where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  – Matthew 6:21

Your treasure – what you value most…  and your heart, are inseparable.  If your most precious treasures are the ones you can touch, those are also the ones that will one day rust or could be stolen.  The things of this world will not last.  Even money wears thin eventually – literally.my-treasure-boxWhat kind of heart do I want in 2017?  I want a heart that holds eternal treasures!  The hope of eternal life with Christ one day in Heaven.  The peace that only my Savior gives when things in my world seem chaotic.  A joy unspeakable at all times, under all circumstances.  I want to know that my actions and attitudes are pleasing to God, regardless of what others may say or do.the-treasures-i-lay-upThis year I want to be more of an investor and less of a collector.  I want to hug fewer things to me and hug more people.  I want to invest time and effort into mentoring and teaching when God opens the door of opportunity for me.  I hope to keep writing this blog.  I’ve gotten good feedback and interesting conversations started with it, and it’s my hope and prayer that it has uplifted and encouraged you.

The other day I was browsing in an antique store.  If you ever need to be persuaded that things turn to rust and dust – just visit an antique store.  I saw some old sheet music that I was afraid to handle because the paper was so delicate and frail.  The collections of antiques we acquire in this life…  they’re getting older every day.  Even with the best of care, it’s inevitable that they will turn to rust or dust – or both.

Maybe it’s not antiques you want to collect, but brand new shiny things.  Well, along with those brand new shiny things comes a different set of burdens – taxes, insurance, maintenance…  shall I go on???

Riches in Christ…  a heart rich with His grace, peace, love, mercy, and the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit…  those are the treasures I will seek this year.  That’s what I want most of all in my heart.  Don’t you?  🙂

 

 

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YELLOW PIG DAY

TL 7-17 YELLOW PIG DAY

7-17 IF YOU HAVE TO ASK

The 17-eyelashed yellow pig was born because two mathematicians, Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly began listing interesting properties of the number 17 while students at Princeton University in the early 1960’s.  You might say they were obsessed with the number 17.

Since that time, Michael Spivak has written many famous math textbooks which contain yellow pigs.  His references to the pigs are not always direct; some textbooks contain references to Chinese policemen.  David Kelly runs Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, a summer program for mathematically gifted high school students.  These kids are familiar with the yellow pigs.

I have some egghead friends who collect yellow pigs.  I visit antique stores and though I don’t see them often, I am seeing the yellow pigs more often now than ever.  It seems to be the sort of item that is either recognized for what it is, or it is not.  Not everyone is familiar with the yellow pigs and their connection with mathematics.  Maybe you learned something today – I hope so.

If you don’t think math can be fun – think again.  The day is highlighted by a lecture from Kelley on the number 17. Students and faculty also sing Yellow Pig Day carols, exchange gifts related to the day and eat a yellow pig cake.  Wait…  yellow pig carols?  Yep – here’s an example:

I’ve been Workin’ on the Problems

(to the tune of I’ve Been Workin’ On the Railroad)

I’ve been workin’ on the problems
All the live long night.
I’ve been workin’ on the problems
It’s a struggle. It’s a fight.

Can’t you hear the workshops calling?
Rise up so early in the dorm.
Can’t you hear the lemmas falling?
Burnside, Gauss, and Zorn.

Chorus (2x):
Kelly, dontcha know
Kelly, dontcha know
Kelly, dontcha know
Kelly, dontcha know you’re wrong

There’s…
Someone in the kitchen at Saga
Someon in the kitchen I know
Someone in the kitchen at Sa-ga
Pourin’ on the salt like snow…

And… sing… in’…
What the hell do you know?
Suppose that any n pigs are yellow
Induct on n to show…
Induction’s false, so it goes.

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Well – enjoy YELLOW PIG DAY!!!  😉