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Doing Something You Love

By Rubel Shelly

Dean Kamen has made a name for himself with
quality-of-life inventions. The New Hampshire genius
created a portable kidney dialysis machine. He later
invented a wheelchair versatile enough to climb stairs
and stand on two wheels. Someone recently called
him a synthesis of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Now the world is waiting to see if Kamen's latest
invention will live up to the hype surrounding its
introduction. The Segway Human Transporter is a
two-wheeled, self-propelled scooter that can travel
at about 12 mph. Five gyroscopes monitor a rider's
center of gravity nearly 100 times a second and both
keep you balanced and sense the direction you wish
to travel by the way your body leans.

I don't know if it will revolutionize the world. Experts are
saying the intuitive technology of the Segway HT's
gyroscopes could have far-reaching applications for
things ranging from vehicles to artificial limbs. A
mechanical device that can copy the balancing function
of the human inner ear is quite a technological feat.

But enough already about "IT." I'm more interested in
its human inventor. The man who concocted a vehicle
that he says is "like a pair of magic sneakers" attributes
the inspiration for his work to his father. "Pick something
you love and make it your life's work," Kamen's dad told
him. What wonderful advice.

I fear that most of us settle for mediocrity. Children are
creative and tend to dream of things that will change
the world. Put them under the tutelage of our typical
educational system, however, and the ability to dream
of life-changing, world-influencing, people-bettering things
will be wrung out of them pretty quickly.

What about your life? If you begrudge your prosaic
and conventional life, I challenge you to rethink not
your life situation but your attitude toward it.

Creativity isn't just for the entrepreneurial engineers
who invent things. It is for those of us who have 9-to-5
jobs, sell widgets, and count beans. It is the contagious
spirit of those vibrant souls who are always dreaming,
trying to find a better way to do the everyday things. It
is the courage to be in the minority. It is living a daily
spiritual adventure whose goal is to honor God in
everything you do.

Surely this was at the heart of Paul's counsel:
"Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do everything for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).
If you are bored or boring today, it likely will be nobody's
fault but your own.

Rubel Shelly

(c) 2001 Rubel Shelly. Used by permission. From Rubel Shelly's
"FAX of Life" printed each Tuesday.

Rubel Shelly has preached for the Woodmont Hills Church of
Christ in Nashville since 1978. During that time, he has also
taught at David Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 20 books,
including several which have been translated into languages
such as Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, French, and


Creation Q & A

Question:  What Happened at the Fall

A:  The Apostle Paul in Romans describes our present creation
as a groaning one (Romans 8:22). And it certainly is! Look around!
You see people dying--and animals dying. There are deadly diseases.
The earth is filled with terrorism and violence. In reality, this is not
such a beautiful place!

ut Genesis has the explanation as to why we are in this sorry state.
When Adam sinned, everything changed. God, because He is righteous
and holy, had to judge sin with death. From that time on, the whole of
creation has been affected. Everything started to run down. No longer
did God uphold the creation in a perfect state.

Christians who accept the idea of millions of years of earth history are
really denying that Adam's fall affected anything. You see, if the death
and struggle we see in today's world has gone on for millions of years,
then what change did sin bring? Nothing is different, then.

So what then did Paul mean when he declared that the whole of
creation is travailing in pain? To accept millions of years is to deny
the horrible affects of the Fall, as given in the book of Genesis.

For more information, see What's wrong with progressive creation?


Creation News

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This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day.

This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly
Creation Comic strip from the people at

Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will
help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!


Thought For The Day 

"Remember: The mightiest Oak was once a little nut
that held its ground."

Verse for the Day

"Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end
will increase greatly." --Job 8:7

Toddler's Thought For The Day

"If it is on, I must turn it off. If it is off, I must turn it on."

Parent's Thought For The Day

THOMAS EDISON'S MOTHER : "Of course I'm proud that
you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed!"

Coach's Thought For The Day

"It's not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are
winners before the game even starts. -- Addison Walker

Writer's Thought For The Day

"It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are
condensed, the deeper they burn." --Robert Southey

Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day

"Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not
founded on observation and wholly unsupported by facts. This
museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views. In all
this great museum, there is not a particle of evidence of the
transmutation of species." --Dr. Etheridge, senior paleontologist
of the British Museum of Natural History, cited in Dr. Scott Huse,
The Collapse of Evolution.

Deep Thought For The Day

"Want to talk to God? Send Him some kneel-mail."



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aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful.
My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a
beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so
quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create
such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that
I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours
was filled with moments to be treasured forever!"

Silverhill, AL

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