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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Now my furniture looks old and ratty.
There is a welcome harmony between old carpets and old furniture. People walk into a room where the carpet and the furniture are equally aged, and both compliment one another so that the room itself, however dated, is consistent to itself. Yet when one puts in new hardwood floors, suddenly one's old ratty furniture seems incongruous; the walls look yellow, and even the window panes look weathered and dry.

I believe I understand how it happens that even smaller renovation projects sometimes skyrocket into larger ones. It seems there is a sort of impetus that comes about when something new contrasts the old of everything else, and by that contrast shames you into trying to make everything new. Pride has a lot to do with it, and unless one has the strength to step back and say, "Hey, we are not going to redo the whole house just for pride's sake!" one can really be drawn by the sneaky pull of pride...

Also, for those who haven't had the joy of home renovations, I believe it is fair to extrapolate from my own experiences, that such renovations always cost more than you think (about 150% on average) and take longer than you think (again, about 150% on average).

Those are my fun thoughts for the day.

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