Built on Sand

If Wisdom calls, pay attention.
Your life depends on it.

Wisdom’s Rebuke 

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
on top of the walld she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.

But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

“Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

Proverbs 1:20-33

My heart is still broken over the death of Anthony Bourdain. 

My wife does not share that emotion with me, and I understand why. But I think the reason it feels so awful is that, as a man of a similar age, I see myself in him. A wise man once told me about a similar experience. He said what struck him was the realization of the fact that, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”  

And that is exactly true. Long ago, the grace of God reached me, and I responded. I paid attention to Wisdom’s call, welcoming her rebuke, feasting at her table. And as Jesus directed me, I built my house on the rock of His teachings.

Many storms have since that time struck my house, but it continues to stand. Very sadly, Tony Bourdain built his house on sand, not listening the teachings of Jesus, ignoring Wisdom’s call, preferring a Bohemian lifestyle. And one dark night another emotional storm struck, and he was swept away.

Please pay attention to Wisdom’s call.
I don’t want to lose any of more you.



15 responses to “Built on Sand

  1. God bless you, Traildust.

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  2. Thank you for the wise reminder, TD.

    You have repeatedly professed your heart is “broken” over Anthony Bourdain’s death. You will have to forgive me, TD, but for the life of me, I don’t get how you can be so emotionally invested in and your heart “broken” over someone you’ve never met and whom you don’t really know.

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    • Don’t want to pile on Dr. E, but that was my thought as well…. and why do we feel sorry for people who make bad choices, turn from God, do drugs, etc…. ? I am human too, and have a tendency to feel sorry or empathize with people who have pain in their lives, but I don’t get “heartbroken” over it. Perhaps it’s a part of the disconnected society we live in, where it fills part of our hearts to share someone’s pain, even if we don’t know them…..? I’m not sure, but we see this often when a “celebrity” dies, regardless if they made the world a better place, etc…. people seem distraught. Very strange, in my opinion.

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    • traildustfotm

      Dr. Eowyn, I know. It’s crazy. It’s like wondering how some Christian woman could be heartbroken if Madonna were to die that way. I don’t understand why it’s bothering me so much, but it is. On so many points, Tony Bourdain was opposite my position. I can’t stand communists or islam, but he foolishly thought they were okay. The pivotal point of my message was “there, but for the grace of God, go I.” He’s what I might have become had I not bowed my knee to Jesus Christ in 1972.

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      • Trail, For what it is worth, I do understand. Personally Bourdain lost me after awhile, and I could not handle watching him, but there is a principle at work here, or perhaps more accurately you could call it a phenomena, and you have touched on it with your comment that “you saw yourself in him.” The simple fact is that there are people out there who touch us because we are relating to them in some way, shape, or form. That is way they call them “Icons”. Something else happens when a person gazes at an icon- certainly he is not just looking at a picture, but the picture or icon stirs something in the onlooker……. Son in kind who can say why, or how people react to cultural ” icons”, because each person is unique, and what they see in any given person of fame is unique. There is obviously some projection that goes on when we react this way to the loss of famous people; they touch us in some way and we project our own experiences onto them as well. That projection may be incorrect, but we are not talking about the rational mind, we are talking about the human psyche, and emotions.
        I am no fan of the Royals, but when Princess Dianna died I cried uncontrollably for a week. I grieved as if I had lost someone I knew. I shocked myself as I am not someone who fawns over celebrity. It was beyond my comprehension, and I still to this day I cannot tell you why I reacted like this, but I clearly was not alone- look how the world reacted.
        Here is a video you may enjoy about Eric Ripert who found Bourdain, and apparently was Bourdain’s best friend. Ripert seems like a decent human being- Bourdain could not have been all bad to be this man’s best friend despite his arrogance, and politics. Life is strange.

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  3. Bless you, TD.

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  4. TD, could you please write more lines to this post, I haven’t been able to find something I disagree with in what you have written. (It does me good to see from time to time the eternal horrors that would be mine and all others without unmerited salvation.)

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    • traildustfotm

      Thanks marblenecltr, I think you got it. This article was an exercise in looking over the edge into the abyss.


  5. While I was not a fan of Mr. Bourdain, nor of the great & arrogant “chip” he carried on his shoulder for some reason (but it worked for him for his show/viewers—and, yes, I did watch him enough to feel uncomfortable about this aspect of his offerings)…..I think we can all see, in retrospect, that there was a great and silent burden he must have carried to have ended his life thusly. I don’t know what that was. I don’t know what the final catalyst was. But I do know that I can feel sorrow at the passing of an artist of great talent (like van Gogh…or others) who did not feel comfortable in our greater world. I hope I am seeing what traildust saw…..and I can relate to all that as a human being and a visual artist/art teacher myself….you would be so surprised, for instance to find out how many students I have in my art room who are “uncomfortable” with everything else in their lives….at home….all other classes at school…except in the art room. They write me notes about it, they make projects about it…they give me cards about it……gift cards with notes about it….cookies with notes about it..so on and so on….Sometimes things like this happen, not because no one knew…but because no one who could effect change was listening…..

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  6. Arnold Friend

    Suicide is often a selfish act. Killing yourself when you have an 11 yr old child is thoughtless and selfish.

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  7. I am feeling something similar Traildust.
    Even though there are huge elements of Anthony’s persona that angered me, I really did like his show (at times) and his books. I learned so much from him, and honestly had a little hope that he might find God eventually. I just watched his West Virginia show of Parts Unknown and he respectfully lets these “conservative Trump voters” express themselves and doesn’t mock them on CNN of all places. He was a lefty who liked to shoot guns on CNN of all places. I had hope! Did you read his West Virginia Parts Unknown blog post?
    Here is a quote
    “The stereotypes about West Virginia, it turns out, are just as cruel, ignorant, misguided, patronizing, and evil as any other. Every meal might have begun with saying grace, but there was nothing hypocritical about it. People do care about each other. Friends, family, and the community are held close. The men and women who come from families of four, five generations of coal mining are not naive about the promises of cynical politicians—or the inevitable future of fossil fuel. Their identities, their aspirations, and their situation are far more complex than one can imagine, and their needs are more immediate.

    There’s a reason why so many West Virginians love their birthplace so fiercely and have fought so long and so hard to preserve it. I hope this show gives you all a glimpse.

    I am intensely grateful for the kindness, hospitality, and patience the people of West Virginia showed to this ignorant rube from New York City who arrived with so many of the usual preconceptions, only to have them turned on their head.”

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  8. Tears For Lost Souls
    By David J. Stewart
    Philippians 3:18, “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.”
    In the calloused world in which we live, it is often thought of weakness to tear-up or cry. But there’s nothing more commendable in the world than sincere tears from the heart. I’m not talking about the phony tears on television or Hollywood, or the selfish tears of someone who wallows in self pity. I’m talking about tears from the heart toward God when one hears the song, Amazing Grace, or the tears that flow when one hears an atheist speak all manner of evil against God.
    I recently watched a video of comedian George Carlin on YouTube titled, Religion Is Bullsh*t, in which he presents a very compelling view of religion and God. When the video finished, I cried because I liked George Carlin, and was saddened that he almost assuredly went to Hell in his sins, never having received the Lord Jesus as his Savior. Oh, that men would trust the Lord.
    God wants us as believers to get into the habit of crying over lost souls, maintaining a tender heart of compassion and unconditional love toward others. Psalm 126:6, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Notice the word, “weepeth.” This Scripture speaks of soul-winning, i.e., winning lost souls to Christ Jesus. God wants every believer to go soul-winning to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen with lost sinners.
    It is interesting that the Bible mentions “weeping” in connection with winning souls. It’s been said, “People don’t care what you know, until they know that you care.” This is especially true when it comes to preaching the Gospel. Many people have similar beliefs as George Carlin toward religion, having little or no respect for organized religion, and I certainly can share their sentiments. Much of the religious work done nowadays is centered upon making money, which is a shame.
    However, as genuine Christians we understand that salvation is not found in any religion; but rather, in the Person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Hence, it is imperative that God’s children set themselves apart from the average apostate religious worker nowadays, by spending time in earnest prayer, abiding in Christ and His Word abiding in us through meditating upon the Scriptures, that we may have a broken heart toward lost sinners, which will be evidenced by weeping and sorrow over sin and lost souls.

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