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The Loxo Saga: A Mom is Born

Compared to the reality we all experience, the world of animation allows a lot of artistic and creative license.  In Loxo the elephant’s world, his mother was created after him.  Starting from a few rough conceptual scratches on a sheet of paper, Nathan Bryan quickly transformed her into an animated character that protects and nurtures young Loxo.

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You can watch the story unfold by following Loxo on Facebook, and click the “Like” button at the top of the page to encourage Nathan’s efforts on this project.  Also, if you know anyone needing character animation work done for websites, business advertising, educational projects, or simply as a gift for someone special, have them get in touch with Nathan.

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Did You Ever See An Elephant Fly?

I will come right out and say it, this looks like a very out of place post for His Creation!  Maybe it is, but then, maybe it isn’t.  You can be the judge, and feel free to leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

His Creation is all about celebrating the handiwork of God, with a lot of emphasis on the many critters He put on this earth.  I believe He is responsible for creation, while non-believers ultimately believe that through a series of cataclysmic events, the advance of time, and random chance, life simply sprung forth on it’s own.  If Chaos + Time + Chance = Life, isn’t it amazing that many of the world’s most brilliant and studied people have spent their entire lives trying to create even the most simple life form, and failed?  Doesn’t it make you wonder how all the amazing life forms could happen by “chance,” when investing billions of dollars, incredible intellectual capital and who knows how many years, can’t even get the process started?

While science continues to work on how to create something as simple as a single-celled amoeba, we can celebrate man-made creations of a different kind.  Throughout the nineteenth century, different types of cartoons and animations were invented as a means of entertainment, with the advent of things like flip-books, phenakistoscopic discs and praxinoscopes .  Over the past two hundred years, the art of animation has gone through an incredible evolution, and many of today’s animations almost seem real.  I will be the first to admit that my knowledge of this art is very scant, however my nephew, Nathan Bryan, has been blessed with creativity and education in the field.  Recently he has been bringing to “life” an elephant named Loxo.  Nathan has posted a series of videos that takes us through the creation of Loxo, and I have found the process educational and downright impressive.  I have yet to see Loxo fly, but I’m sure his creator could make it happen – but if left to time and chance, it would ever occur!

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If you like Loxo, let him know by visiting his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MrLoxo or check out his website by clicking on his name.


We don’t need god anymore

“The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.” Psalms 10:4

I guess I should have joined Facebook sooner.  If I had, perhaps I would have learned more life application skills that would have really simplified my life.  Unfortunately, I am not an early-adopter. It is more my style to let other people work out the kinks on new technology and “advances” in general.  So I drug my feet for several years before finally succumbing to Facebook.  Even then, I did it more to find out what all the hubbub was about, than anything.  After several months of lurking and accepting a few friend requests, I was near the point of pulling the plug on the whole thing.  But then, it happened.  I was reading through a series of comments about depression as a factor in suicides (pretty exciting topic, huh?) when I encountered a revelation, of sorts…

We don’t need god anymore. We now know enough about the human body and mind to have a basic idea about the mechanisms of mental illness including depression to understand it sufficiently. Not perfect knowledge, of course, but enough to know there’s no need for a god to explain it. Further, we don’t need to make up fictional father figures to feel love. We have the capacity for love already inside us. We know that part of the human imperfection is that we lose track of that capacity.”

Wow!  I actually had to read it several times to really take it in. If this is really true, then I have been wasting a lot of time in church, at Sunday School, praying and witnessing to other people. Oh, and the time this sinner spends confessing to God, now that really adds up over the years. Assuming that I am lucky enough to live another 20 years, one full year will be wasted in all these activities that are apparently useless. Of course, adopting this new worldview will mean that I will need to depend on the “smart people” who have all this wonderful knowledge, and having a little luck will be essential. Maybe I should buy a rabbit’s foot to keep on my key chain as a constant reminder of how important luck will be to me? And the smart people are going to be awful important, so maybe we ought to consider building some shrines to honor them?

And that mushy “love” topic? This new learning seems like the ultimate freedom! Over the years there have been a lot people who I don’t really like, but I’ve prayed for them, taught them and helped them in various ways. Erroneously, I thought I was sharing God’s love with them, but if there is no God, I must have been wasting my time. Whew, that’s going to be load off my plate! If I feel like loving someone, I will; if not, I won’t give it another thought because I must simply not have the capacity for it within me.

Oh, this would be the easy way out. At a glance it looks pretty tempting to adopt this worldview…but at what cost? What meaning would life have if there is no God? How would I navigate through life without the One who is always there for me? There would be nothing to look forward to in the afterlife, and I’ve been planning on lodging in His mansion.

On second thought, I don’t think I will adopt this worldview. After nearly 50 years of experience, I am convinced that there is a God and that I need Him. The Bible is the document guiding my life, but even without it I would know He is there. I talk to Him often and He answers. He has protected me through times when I didn’t deserve it and in places I shouldn’t have survived. He loves me and shows me how to love others, not because of any great knowledge I’ve accumulated or deeds I’ve accomplished, but because I do my best to trust and obey Him. He is sufficient for me.