The World According to kcillini77

October 20, 2006

Thoughts on money

Filed under: Christianity,Family — kcillini77 @ 8:28 pm

I’m being lazy, but I haven’t posted in a while, and I want to put something up.  This is the column I was going to print in the Star before my mom’s incident led me to change it.  I encourage you to follow the link I imbedded in the column to find out how rich you are too.

The birth of our first child is causing a budget crunch in the Davis household.  We’re down to one salary and the addition of formula and diapers and all the safety equipment that wasn’t invented when we were children but is now necessary if we want our baby to live is tightening the noose. We feel uncomfortable with our lack of margin.  What are we going to do if one of the cars quits on us?
So what do I make of Jesus’ words in Matthew 19 when he tells his disciples that it is harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle?  Hand it to the CEO of my company or highlight it and set it outside somebody’s gate on Ward Parkway?  Surely this passage is geared toward someone with that kind of cash flow.
According to 99.16% of the world is poorer than me.  And that’s if I ignore my benefits.  I’m never going to get invited to join any Johnson County country clubs, but it’s time I admit:  I’m filthy, stinking rich!  Jesus’ admonition applies to me more than to almost anyone alive in this world at this very moment.  Scary thought.
This concept of giving, whether of money or of time and labor, is not natural to me.  I want to keep what I have and I value my free time.  But when I step out on a limb and give even a little, I see a glimpse of what Jesus was talking about.  My house and my car are inconsequential compared to the value of the human beings in need that I can help in some way.  Even as I write this and know its truth, I ask myself whether I would really give up certain possessions for someone in need.  Introspection can be painful, but I sure hope in time the answer will be different.

October 15, 2006

Latest KC Star work

Filed under: Christianity,Family — kcillini77 @ 8:28 am

You can check out my latest column in the Kansas City Star by looking at Saturday’s faith section (back page of FYI) or by following this link.

October 9, 2006

My Mom

Filed under: Family — kcillini77 @ 10:10 pm

This isn’t going to be a very well thought out post – just an update for those of you who don’t know or who I haven’t delivered an update to.  My dad called us at 6:30 AM on Saturday telling us my mom was in the hospital.  He didn’t know all of this at the time, but we have since found out she had gone in to ventricular fibrillation, which, to make a long story short (follow the link if you are interested) is not good.  Had my dad not been awakened and called 911 right away, performed CPR, and the paramedics not gotten there right away she wouldn’t be with us today.  Anyway, she had a defibrillator surgically implanted in case it occurs again, and she is coming out of a lot of the memory loss she had due to being without oxygen for a few minutes.  Things are looking pretty good.  She could be out of the hospital as early as tomorrow, but we will talk to the doctors in the morning to get the final decision.  We don’t want to rush things just for the sake of getting her home.  Thanks for your prayers.  We’re currently in Illinois, but will probably head back to KC once we know she’s settled in well at home and can see her grandchildren (my son and my sister’s boys weren’t allowed in to see her since they weren’t at least 14.)

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