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I have a wild and crazy idea to do, but I wonder if God would bless me in it?

Jacob too had a 'nutty' idea. Jacob went to find Laban, his uncle -Genesis 29:5-9. He finds him -verses 12-14. Laban now fishes to find out what Jacob wants in order to take advantage of him -verses 15-18. Jacob in the emotion over it all commits himself -verse 1). He was naive. Laban, being the shrewd character that he was, takes selfish advantage of Jacob -verses 19,20
    Jacob now wants his 'wages' -verse 21. Laban makes a party for the occasion, of course, all with Laban's own interests in mind -verse 22. No doubt Jacob drank himself a little silly and didn't notice who he slept with that night -verse 25. In verse 26 Laban works his magic again. And uses Jacob for another 7 years -verse 27
    Easy going and hungry for Rachel, Jacob agrees immediately and gets Rachel, the one he really wanted in the first place, before he was duped into getting Leah -verse 28. But Leah, Jacob's other (first) wife, loved him too -verses 30-35.
    And so the rigmarole continues with Jacob smilin' all the way to the bedroom -Genesis 30:1-13. Now Rachel gets love hungry. She must have been one hot chic, or maybe things just cooled off too much for her with Jacob sleeping with just about everybody around, with her blessing too! She tries to make a deal with, of all people, Leah, for some mandrakes (verses 14,15) (apparently mandrakes produce an alcohol like effect). Leah says, no deal! Leah really liked Jacob -verse 20. Jacob was probably a passionate lover.

Back to the story about Jacob's wild and crazy idea: So after all the above, Jacob wants out from Laban -Genesis 30:25-30
    Now it's Jacob's turn to make a deal (verse 31). He makes a deal to take only the speckled and spotted cattle and agrees to look after, for Laban, all the cattle that aren't -verses 31,32. Laban agrees, gives Jacob some land miles away (verse 36) but again cheats Jacob, taking out all the cattle that were to belong to Jacob for his ranch. And Laban gives these to his sons -verse 35
    So here comes Jacob's nutty idea: Jacob figures that if he took branches from two different types of trees and stripped them to reveal the different color on the insides and set these in front of the trough where the cattle drank, that not only would they conceive, but they would have calves that were striped, speckled and spotted -verses 37,38. It worked! -verses 39-43
    Jacob increased, Laban decreased -Genesis 31:1. When Laban saw that he was no longer in the "driver's seat", the real Laban came out (verse 2) (like many people who appear caring of others, showing feelings of affection as long as there is something for them to selfishly gain), shallow, corrupt, greedy and shrewd -verse 7; 31:41,42
    God blessed Jacob's wild idea (verses 5,7 again and on to verse 12), just as He had blessed Laban because of Jacob -Genesis 30:27,30. God instructed Jacob in a dream -Genesis 31:11
    More on Jacob's personality

Corporations explore wild and crazy ideas today with their brainstorming sessions, where any and all crazy and wild ideas are brought out. One nutty idea just might spur a great idea in the mind of someone else in the room. It works! One great successful corporation does things very differently. 

If the next life is so great, why do Christians, knowing about it, pray for each other to be healed so that they can carry on living here? Why not let them get on to heaven? And, just why do some die after praying for them to be healed?

We pray for others because we are a family of concerned persons. We like others, and appreciate the time we have with them here on Earth, and would miss them if they died. They're not going to heaven!
    Paul said that he was anxious to be with the Lord -2Corinthians 5:6-8. Paul was hot for God and ready to go on a moment's notice -Philippians 1:21-23. He understood too, that he would remain 'asleep' till the resurrection. Paul kept at it here on Earth (2Corinthians 5:9; Philippians 1:24) in spite of an affliction he had (2Corinthians 12:7-10; Galatians 4:13,15; 6:11) and in spite of many trials and sufferings
    Once called into the Family, one's purpose should include the great overview; that of why's he's here, what he should do while he's here to gain a great reward in the coming Kingdom of God and a high position for all eternity, and not be overly concerned with physical trials and tribulations which daily afflict us all -Matthew 6:34. We may not like 'em, but we need 'em to get us good -James 1:2
    Regarding gaining this reward: There is much to be done in reaching to the world out of a compassionate heart with all the gospel is truly about.

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