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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Use, Reuse and Recycle!

Updated on January 2, 2017

Maybe it is time to recycle this photo

I suppose there are pictures in my memory that should just plain be thrown out.
I suppose there are pictures in my memory that should just plain be thrown out. | Source

Whahoo! If you are reading this you made to 2017.

It is great to be here and alive. I just keep getting these close calls with death and having others die around me that I thank my lucky stars that I am breathing God's precious air. Oh yes that gets us to our first use, reuse and recycle -- yes that air we breathe. Did you know that normally when you hit that funny recycle button for your car's air con that you really are reusing air. Those wonderful in home ferns you see, or have, really do clean the air you breathe at an alarming rate even in the winter when everything is shut down tight to contain that heat. And yes the principle of scrubbing outside air mechanically is becoming feasible. In fact a catalytic converter and scrubbers in huge coal power plants are already in normal use. I don't know much about it's general use in "green" homes, but I understand they are common.

In this area of technology, mechanics, ingenuity and monetization we are now thriving. It is exciting. I have done some reading on it and chit chat with friends in similar businesses but they tell me to be careful because what was written and published at this time last year is out of date. So I will have to "re" visit the general principles involved and "re" examine the cutting edge stuff and recycle my previous assumption and adapt to new ones.

Now when reading a book of import. (yes recreational reading is awesome but we look at deep thinking books here not romance novels although Sampson and Delilah and Romeo and Juliet may fit there) So when deep reading, especially one with a spiritual or philosophical bent we notice something interesting; When we "re" read it, it gives us new thoughts.

Here is one for you. I know a preacher man, who is one of many that gives the same sermon on the same liturgical week every year. (3 year cycle for some) And I mean like for 30 years! So here are the good points and bad points of that practice. Every time we "re" hear something or "re" read something it is different due to changes in us. Here is the bad part; If the preacher man has the same thoughts every year he is clearly not growing in his faith. See that would not be cool if the receivers of knowledge grow but the giver of knowledge does not.

So here we see that in thought we must first "re" use our brain before we "re" cycle our beliefs.

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So I recycled this terrible oldie but goodie. Yes it is terrible but if you know how to line dance -- it is a best.

Funny what we will hang on to just to stand up.

I wonder if you have four children, if you are re-using your parenting skills. Too deep for me.
I wonder if you have four children, if you are re-using your parenting skills. Too deep for me. | Source

Scuffed balls and beer bottles.

It is just real hard to re-use beer bottles. Pro ball games do not re-use a scuffed balls. Now let us look at some interesting concepts here.

I lived in Mexico in the city and state of Puebla. A more beautiful place is hard to imagine. (I will try to include some pictures down below) The liter sized beer bottles were the most used. Michalatas were a staple. That is a beer with a salted rim on the glass with much lime squeezed into it. So then back in the early '90's what did they do with those beer bottles? Well generally speaking they were re-used. Probably about half were re-used by purveyors of really cool stuff like hot sauce and homemade Tequila - which by the way could blind you temporarily or permanently.(not that I would know) Stuff like salt and pepper shakers. They also cut off the bottoms, ran some wire and made lighted wind chimes. Of course they were also cut in half for a cup from one end and a funnel with the other. I had a really cool kitchen knife fashioned out of one. Hey and they would melt them down and make beautiful hand blown glass stuff.

Here is the USA they do, but not often, simply clean and re-use bottles. Makes me queasy as cigarette butts and chewing tobacco spit goes into them often. However generally speaking they are made into this stronger than original glass using a cullet or melted glass.

Hey if you had not noticed any baseball or basketball or football used in a pro game that gets scuffed is gone from the game. Now normally these are passed down and reused. But as a fact many are not. Because they would decrease the demand for new ones for kids play. So it is a blessing that programs that cannot afford balls are supplied these balls to re-use.

Let us recycle and reuse the above stuff. Somehow, and I do not really understand it, but my love gets re-used. Love is the foundation of all spirituality. I loved my Grandma and Grandpa, now I love my children. I wonder if it is the same love recycled.

Please reuse and then recycle the paper that wrapped the gifts you gave and received. Not happening here with a six year old, if you know what I mean.

Check this recycling

Cool and cool about CCR

How about this life giving water.

There is a very good concept of being environmentally sound when it comes to water. Water really is the lifeblood of life. Hence none found on Mars or the moon. If you pay attention at all you know that our ice caps are melting along with our glaciers. Some island people's lands will be under water by 3000. I grew up in a desert that set at over 7,000 feet. Standing in a pine forest of 100 ft trees a man could die of thirst. I nearly killed my self using my body heat to melt snow. Yes you can add a few days to your life by drinking your piss. Totally sterile but by day 3 there is no piss.

I live in a place now where drinking water is hazardous to your health. It is just that bad out of the tap. They do not filter our water they simply fill it with chemicals to counteract the bacteria, much of which is healthy - of course fluoride.I spray the water on my roses to kill aphids.I fill my coffee cup with it and it eats the residue away, not a need for soap.

My gov. supplied water is not fit to recycle and that is in California. Our gray water might be safer to drink as most chemicals are filtered out along with the poop.

So do we use, reuse and recycle the knowledge of the worldly and the gift given of the spiritual? I like when someone points out to me a concept, notion or theory. So often I say "I knew that, thanks for reminding me." With the help of another we recycle and reuse a thought.

Let us get personal. There was a concept pretty much denied by my dad, and somehow part of my mom's lexicon. "well now that I beat your behind you have learned your lesson." Nothing could be further than the truth. Maybe sticking you hand in fire or nearly drowning. But not punishment for most of us stubborn rockheads. Why do you think jail recidivism is so high?

That concept above fits our spirituality. It seems no matter how many times we learn/use a truth we need to reuse it and recycle several times before we get it right. Here is a thought; Use, Re-use and re-name. It would be hard to believe that by re-framing a truth that it would not have further significant.

Enjoy and please take care of our earth. Fo get about it, for your children - do it for you.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I say this with the strongest respect, but I don't know how you live in California. I need open spaces, clean water, clean air, all those clean things...now I know, there are obviously things about Southern Cal I don't understand. I would have to live there to fully appreciate them...but until that day comes, I'll remain a Western Washington boy. Having said all that, there are so many truths here I wouldn't know how to narrow it down to one or two. The nuns tried to teach me by ruler and it didn't stick real good. My mother and father taught me by love, and that stuck real good. There must be a lesson there.

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      Linda Lum 6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - Recycling knowledge--I never thought of it that way, but yes, I think we do. Sometimes we're not ready to receive the message, to learn the lesson. And so we hear it again, and perhaps again, and a then some more. And then it sticks.

      I don't think we recycle love though. To me, love is like the flame of a candle. You can use that flame to light a million candles, and the original flame will still not be any less. That's the miracle of a flame, and the miracle of love.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, you say it so well.

      We do a trade off here as we are outside of cities. Where I live is just plain desert. I grew up in one at 7,000 feet. I did desert survival school outside of Tucson. We do things like if it is yellow let it mellow (pee in a toilet but not a BM) Run out and clean the car with a dew. Do things with a bucket instead of a hose. Suffer hot with no air con.

      But Bill I love it. My son and I danced for 30 minutes while it rained. And any new rain brings out flowers and critters hiding from the heat. We often appear dormant or dead, but we come alive with water.

      Trade offs I reckon.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda you will get this and a story shall be written for the whole deal. I was young and this Steakhouse Dude Ranch that I was second ramrod of, think Rowdy Yates if you remember, burnt down. The Hot Shots were frequents of ours as we were just down the road. They were guys that thought it perfectly OK to parachute into a blazing wildfire.

      So I used my fake Id and drove a low belly semi kitchen truck from AZ to Yellowstone to feed these maniacs. We served 5k breakfast, lunch and dinner. For some unlucky reason I read the Bible to about a third of them.

      We were out of eggs and my pard grabbed the keys and went backroad to an Ostrich farm he had seen along the way. Enough to make scramble for 3 thousand.

      I still do not know how to cook the perfect egg for my son, or give him the best sermon from the heart -- but I am danged willing to keep learning,

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful lessons to be learnt here my friends. You are right that recycling and reusing both information and things is the way to go as long as we learn and create new and useful things from it. There are many advantages living away from the city as we do as it is too far to go to buy replacement items etc so we have to learn to repair and recycle as much as we can. One disadvantage is that we do not have a council recycling program and we have to dump our own litter. When I drank I used to make my own home brewed beer for a time and reused beer bottles. I am thankful that we are not connected to a town water supply full of chemicals and can use fresh rain water for drinking though. Have a great New Year.

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      Mel Carriere 6 months ago from San Diego California

      I wasn't exactly blinded, but when I got back from Mexico I did have to get reading glasses. Now I understand why.

      The truth is timeless. Your friends are wrong, your articles do not need updating, because the human condition is the same through the centuries. Only the window dressing is different. But you are the guy with the sledgehammer who knocks down and rebuilds the interior walls, not the interior decorator who only repaints the room.

      Please don't tell Governor Jerry Brown your idea about drinking pee as a way to solve the drought crisis. We've had enough rain lately, we probably have not sunk to this extreme yet.

      Uplifting stuff as usual.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John my good friend, have you ever seen a Blue Belly Lizard drink? So as a young lad I did funny downward dog push ups to drink up out of our streams. So we swallowed a skitter or two - who cared. We did a court battle or two to maintain our desert right to water.

      Out here many a gunslinger and cowboy lost his life to a water war. By politics and statehood we died to give up to municipal or state.

      Just my grandpa knows. But I have always had water to drink.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, you wax eloquent of living life. You shine. Your son at SDSU admires you as do I. But my children just accept me. That is cool. We will go down that road together. And even though you live down river you ain't half bad.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      A Very Happy New Year to you Ericdierker!

      What a meaningful Sermon ! Your opening lines are so relevant these days. Every single day we humans are so vulnerable.

      I agree with your views about recycling knowledge and love. We do it subconsciously, may be we don't realise it.

      All together a very nice and valuable read. Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan, and a happy New Year to you. Although in this home we really do New Year on Tet which starts Jan. 28 this year and lasts 4 days.

      Your comment makes a lot of sense, thanks for sharing it.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you Eric for recycling your knowledge, experience, and Love in this article. I hope I can further recycle it after I get all the usefulness out of it I can. That begins with the well received message to recycle those three to begin with. Perhaps I should start writing Hubs again ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim it just occurred to me that it is a thing to be grateful for as we keep living. We get to revisit, even our dark happenings and get something good out of them as we pass them on.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      We turn the tap water on and it always flows. I guess you would call me a conservationist because I can't let the water run while doing dishes, I turn it on and off to rinse. That practice was instilled in me from a mother who never wasted anything, I mean ANYTHING. I recycle thinking all the time. I think everyone does as we grow in knowledge and learn we might have been wrong in some areas. A good lesson to start off the new year with. Thanks Eric..

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      Dana Tate 6 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      My friend, this reminds me of the Science lessons I studied, where other scientist's come and build or improve on what other scientist's have done previously. This is how I think of knowledge; to build, improve, and recycle. Thank you for always recycling your knowledge to your followers. Happy New Year!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you put a unique spin on the ideas you recycle (because there is nothing new under the sun); but your uniqueness is attractive and that's why I read you. Best to you going forward into the new year.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My good friend Ruby, we are sullen in my home. Our mom passed exactly 49 days ago. We are growing in our love for Christ. But our Buddhist tradition holds us to Ancestor worship. Candles are lit. Soft voices fill our home. This is the judgement day for Buddhists. A shrine is built in my home to honor. There is no consolation prize. As many years as man has passed this is tradition. But we hold firm in that Jesus has already carried mom and dad to a better place.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, with four great children I know what you mean. Sometimes recycling means reinvigorate. We trust here that what we hold dear can be re-visited and make us stronger. I pray the same for everyone. Blessings upon you my friend, (now of many years) let us grow together. Lead me.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, I wish I was close enough to pull up a stool on a hard hurricane night. And listen to wisdom given you and not yet me. I feel your warmth. And I very much want you to pay it forward for others. Thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How interesting Norine. Let me get this right; You understand Buddha to be a God of some sort? Proverbs 3:5 is totally 100% not relevant here. Or maybe it is, in that it totally makes what you are saying here wrong.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Let me see Norine. By your logic I would say "That engine needs a new oil filter" and that would be a lie even if it needed one. When God was passing out brains some thought He said reigns and ordered two for their horse.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So the boy was sitting on the streams edge tossing sticks to see how all by themselves they would navigate the water. Over 5 years he truly studied them and wrote missives and drawings about such stick journeys. He found a sort of water god. He decided it was good. He shared it with a good friend and that friend shared it with another. And the end result of sharing simply understood that God had made the water and the stick. And the boys turned to men together negotiated what is known by some as the Mayflower compact. Bringing the first non-Catholic Christians to America. When we say man plans and God laughs, or that God works in mysterious ways -- I understand we should leave you out of such concepts. (my previous reference did not mention you why did it insult you?)

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Norine speaking to you does not mean that I am talking about you. Please don't start playing the persecuted victim again - it is beneath you.

      But I think we are getting somewhere. Black and White statements and absolutes without modifiers or distinctions are not helpful - do we agree?

      So that although God supplies the bounty of sustenance like bread, fish and wine man must eat it or starve. And that is the same with the spiritual. It is up to the man to partake in the connection with God or he shall suffer a much worse starvation of the soul. He who does not live with love perishes under the weight of nothingness.

      So in conversation not everyone is speaking words right out of the Bible but they can still speak truth and readily communicate and that is not offensive to God -- do we agree?

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It will kill you IF you don't believe (Hebrews 3:19)! It will kill you IF you don't STUDY (II Timothy 2:15) to see if what I've given (WORD) is not WRITTEN (Acts 17:11)! Are just not at all what you say they are. This is just a completely false representation of the Bible.

      Proverbs 18 does not say what you say it does - there is no (ours) in it.

      Matt. 12 does not say that.

      Isaiah doe not say what you say it says.

      You are just plain lying about what the Bible says. Do it again and I will delete all your false referencing of the Bible.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      OK Norine -- one last possible chance to show you are not saying something different than the Bible says. Which version are you using? Be careful for in answering you may please or not please God regardless of the HS.

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      Lawrence Hebb 6 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Part of me wants to 'echo' Billybucs statement.

      New year's eve we went for a 'bushwalk' to a spring where the water was so pure it was actually blue!

      That water was 'recycled' by nature, it took nature fifty years from the time it fell as rain until it came out as spring water!

      Good things sometimes take time, and that's a commodity we often don't want to use!

      By the way, did you know, every atom in your body has been recycled? It's a fact!

      Great thoughts here.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Lawrence, a great relating of truths. I have heard that we replace all of our cells every 7 years. That is wrong but near true. Something like 90% are -- some brain cells do not get replaced. Cool to think about.

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