The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Are you listening?

A former business associate of mine once quoted what he called an ancient Asian proverb, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” It turns out that the pithy saying is neither Asian nor ancient, but it does convey a very practical principle.


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The Consultant’s Lament

A few years back, I had a series of brief conversations with a business consultant. He made his living entering various offices and plants, and at the invitation of management, observed their systems and analyzed their methods. He was paid well to find problems and map solutions.


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Fool-Proofing Your Life

A friend of mine once backed his car over his son’s bicycle. When the boy protested, “But Dad, it was an accident!” my friend retorted, “No, accidents are unpredictable. When you leave something in the driveway, it’s very predictable that a car will run over it. You knew exactly where and when the car would back out of the garage.”


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Gotcha!

I remember years ago having dinner with a family who had done all they could to be healthy. They megadosed vitamins, bought their food from organic farms and stores, and had banned sugar and wheat flour from their diet. They had all sorts of health issues, some of which I’d never heard of, so I did not begrudge their efforts in the least.


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A Game of Hearts

Have you noticed how often the Bible mentions our hearts? It’s a way of speaking about our deepest self, our private thoughts, and secret motives. It’s basically who we really are when no one’s looking.


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Holding Your Edge

Dad was always sharpening his knife. Come to think of it, knives. He had several pocket knives over the years which he carried for work, and a tiny, pearl handled pen knife for his casual and dress clothes. All of the blades were sharp, razor sharp.


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The Fable of Freddy the Fish

Once upon a time there was a fish named “Freddy,” who swam happily in a tiny brook. As Freddy grew, he was healthier and stronger every day. But one day he became discontented. He felt so restricted. He could only swim upstream to the waterfall and downstream to the shallow rapids.


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He could have made us. . .

He could have made us to swallow food whole.
Instead He gave us taste buds to savor steak and crave chocolate.
He could have made us with light sensors.


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COVID-19 and God’s Judgment 2.0

Back on April fifth (remember April?), we attempted to answer the question “Is COVID-19 God’s Judgment?” Here is part of that entry:
“The Bible is just as clear that when God does judge the world, it will be so apparent and so immediately widespread that everyone will know it is His direct intervention.


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Perfect Storm, Perfect Fear

If you had tried to design a scenario to frighten the most people for the longest period of time, I’m not sure you could have done any better than COVID-19. I’m not an epidemiologist, so I’ll spare you my own observations about where it originated or how it got here.


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