A song sparrow came by today. Dunno where this thing has been, but it appears to have sand on its back. None of the birds came yesterday when the backyard was covered in snow. They only started to come when the snow melted away.
This will have to do for my first snowy bird picture. It’s dark since the sun didn’t come out and it was kept at a setting on low ISO. I’m not a fan of grainy pictures achieved by compensating with a higher ISO setting.
I managed to go a few days without looking at the news. It’s good and bad at the same time for the fact that I don’t have to hear the usual serving of lawlessness, and yet bad that something important could have happened. The moment I looked at the news, it pretty much just created a stir of indignation. Being human, reacting is second nature and it seems social media was created to exacerbate the problem. Fortunately, the only thing I have is WP. I don’t consider WP too bad since whenever I post, most readers choose not to interact. I suppose my disclaimer about being direct could be a reason.
Eye for Eye
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you”.
Today, I was curious to know my husband’s take on whether verse 42 actually covers the instance of plagiarism. After all, it deals with someone borrowing content from someone else. My question is really on whether it’s right for a person to grab content from someone else, tweak it only to post it several days or years later and claim they’re the original. Even the world’s take is obvious. Plagiarism is wrong. How much more when a professing Christian does this for profit?
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. – I wanted to focus more on this particular verse since it is God’s mercy to those who appear to be reaping the rewards in the now. If people remain unrepentant, what they have now is the only consolation they will have compared to an eternity of torment. If this happens to be you, I love you enough to tell you that I really don’t want to see you suffer just for stealing someone else’s material.