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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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Friday, September 30, 2005
The Cheers Effect.
Do you remember that old television situtational comedy series called Cheers?

I don't know what it was about it, but even after it had been out a few seasons, I couldn't watch an whole episode. I just found it sort of "blah."

This went on for a few years, but eventually, more because nothing else was on during that time slot that interested me, I began to sit through an episode or two - just to while away the time waiting for something decent to come on.

But as I began to see the quirks of each of the characters, the show began to take on a richness that wasn't evident through casual watching. It wasn't that the episodes were better written or anything like that - but as I began to know the characters of the show, the jokes began to be funny on a deeper plane.

In short, the show remained boring until I began to know the characters.

I call this the "Cheers" effect - because it can happen when meeting other people. You might get a "blah" vibe as your introduced and the conversation remains puddle deep and sorry. You could be inclined to write off the person quickly as "not your type" - as we all have our preferences about the sort of people we imagine we are going to like.

Yet I have found that just as boring sitcoms become interesting the moment you invest yourself in them - so too do people. That special needs person that you don't want to talk to because they make you uncomfortable might be the very jewel of joy in your life if you give them a chance.

Food for thought certainly.

Yet there is a Web log equivalent to this as well. What is true of Cheers, is true of Blogs. There are some blogs that you read that just bore you the moment you see them. The colors are wrong, the layout is pedestrian, and the font is annoying. The content is fluffy, and the blog seems to have no direction or driving purpose.

Yet the blog is, or can be a window into the life of its author, and as such, over time - as you get to know the characters - even what seemed a boring and poorly thought out blog can become quite entertaining.
posted by Daniel @ 8:41 AM  
  • At 11:36 PM, September 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tis a fact, we never know who will turn out to be someone who we will treasure our whole lives...pays us to be open to whom God sends our way, doesn't it?

  • At 2:45 PM, October 03, 2005, Blogger Dan said…

    You're right; Certain portions of the blogosphere do end up feeling like Cheers. Posts are often like seperate episodes, and I usually can't wait until a certain character chimes in with their input. Most blogs have an odd grouping of people in the comments that give it so much more color than the post by itself.

  • At 7:36 PM, October 03, 2005, Blogger Daniel said…

    I like when Mensa Reject Chimes in at Phil Johnson's blog - he doesn't say much - but it is always colorful... and that photo - that is the best.

  • At 12:47 AM, October 06, 2005, Blogger Matt Gumm said…

    I'm a bit behind on this post, but since you were kind enough to pay me a vist earlier today (yesterday now, I guess), I thought I would return the favor. This is sort of your post in action. And I have to say, Centuri0n's posts just wouldn't be the same without your comments.

    Speaking of comments, thanks for yours. We will be praying for you and your family. To God alone be the glory, and may He use us however He will.

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