I started writing this on Saturday night because of my compulsion to write ritualistically. I still give in to my meaningful compulsions, but I ignore any bad ones. I put my foot in my mouth when I said I wasn’t going to blog on Saturday. I didn’t want to be a liar. Therefore, I did not blog on Saturday. Today was (technically) supposed to be a silent day too, but I can never remain silent for long.
Church was excellent today as it always is. The minister explained why we should forgive people who wrong us. He explained the difference between what forgiveness is and what forgiveness isn’t. I understand, and I believe I have forgiven those who have wronged me. However, I also agree that all acts of forgiveness should not necessarily end in reconciliation. We should always seek to reconcile the relationships with the offending parties since God gives us the opportunity to reconcile with him. However, doing such is not always the best option for various reasons.
On that note, I’m going to change subjects. I don’t try to preach, and I don’t quote Bible Scriptures. Why? Simply because I feel that I need to know the entire book like the back of my hand before I quote anything to anyone. I read it every day, but I’m not done. I will need to read it in its entirety several times before I will feel comfortable trying to teach from it.
I finally listened to the Christian rock band, Skillet. I had heard about them a long time ago, but I never got around to listening. I am a huge rock fan. In the past, I listened to bands such as Three Doors Down, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Nirvana, Fuel, Linkin Park, Metallica, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Def Leppard (lol), Led Zeppelin, etc. My list is extensive, and it includes soft rock, hard rock, rap rock, metal, classic rock and stuff from every era. I will not write a list because it would take up the entire home page. I like all music, but rock is my favorite genre. It has been since I was very young, and yes, I have received many strange stares and shoulder-tap whispers from people throughout the course of my life.
“Um—do you realize that—you’re black?”
Yep, I REALLY love rock music. I was curious about Skillet because I heard they were a Christian rock band. I liked their sound, so I added them to my collection. They rock the good stuff. I found Thousand Foot Krutch right after I found Skillet, and I have to say that they blew me away. I loved their sound so much that I purchased “OXYGEN: INHALE,” which is their most recent album. Wow, what a pleasant mixture of sounds.
They have some songs like “Untraveled Road” that have a Linkin Park-ish (rap-rock) sound. Then they have songs like “Born This Way” that have sort of a Southern rock or classic rock kick. Hah, but then if you flip to “Glow,” “Oxygen,” or “Light Up,” you get that beautiful soft rock sound. The best part is that I can hear the faith lyrics. Every song is awesome. I even wrote a Google Play review and gave the album five stars. It’s hard for me to choose a “best” song. I guess “Untraveled Road” and “Glow” might be my favorites.
Some folks complained about their sound having less kick in this album than it had in other albums. I’m a first time listener, however. I do enjoy the punchy stuff, but I love the soft stuff just as much. I will be enjoying this album more today.
I did some medical coding yesterday. I got through the neoplasm guidelines and the diabetes guidelines. I took another coding test. Amazingly, I scored highly on that one, too. It seems as if I score higher when the coding scenarios increase in complexity.
I want to get this done and take the test. I’m trying to push myself so that I can get done by early February. I still have to learn ICD-10. I don’t mind, but I can’t help but be skeptical about actually getting a job as a coder. I’ve read so many horror stories about certified coders not getting jobs because they didn’t already have several years of coding experience. Huh?
Sometimes I think that I might have been better off taking a pharmacy tech program. I think I would be just as happy (and quite knowledgeable) doing that, and it would be much easier to get a job. I won’t be crushed if I don’t get a job as a coder. It was not meant to be if I don’t. I could still say I learned something; I had a good time, and I gained another useless credential. :-) Enjoy your Sunday.