Saturday, December 31, 2005

Goodbye 2005, Hello 2006

This has been a truly awesome year for me. I have grown so much in the Lord this year than I have in my 44 years on earth. For that I thank Him.

I guess leaving our church of 10 years was a blessing in disguise. It was very unhealthy for us so I truly believe all that we went through there was for a reason. It is my prayer that the Lord will heal my heart of some of the bitterness that I feel about how me and my family were treated when we left. I have made some attempts to heal these hurts and to reconcile with some people. But they have not replied.

I see Servant Evangelism working at the Vineyard and am so blessed to be a part of this body of believers. I have been ministered to greatly at this church and healing has taken place. I have also been allowed to minister to others.

Ben, you are a mentor to me. I watch how you love the youth and serve them. I hope to watch you and learn from you for many years to come.

I have totally changed my tune in how we are to treat others. Organized religion and politics are debateable. I like Kingdom living. Loving the drug addicts. Loving the homosexuals. Loving the Islam folks, the Muslims, the New Agers. Instead of judging them and attacking them, treat them just like the Lord would. Show them kingdom living while doing the work of the Kingdom of God. True Servant Evangelism. Reach them where they are at in life.

It is my prayer that from this day on I will love each and every person like Jesus would.

I also pray that I will read the entire Bible through this year. Ben gave Patty and I an awesome gift for Christmas. He gave us a one year Bible that is in chronological order and also has commentary on the text. Awesome! I am going to make it a goal of mine to do it this year. Read through the entire Bible in one year. Lord, keep me motivated and in tune with Your Holy Spirit. Speak to me through Your word.

What a year it has been. I am blessed with a wonderful family. My wife and I have grown so much closer this year. My daughter is growing up fast. I pray that I can grow closer to her this upcoming year. I have made many new and healthy friendships this year. I pray that they continue to grow.

I guess all I can say is thank you Jesus for blessing me and my family.

Friday, December 30, 2005

More bad press

In this instance I think both sides are wrong. The school for "judging" the girls and not loving them like Christ would, and the girls for filing a lawsuit. They should just find another school. Just more bad press for the "Right" and "Left".

Calif. teens, suspected of being lesbians, suing Christian school over expulsion

Associated PressDec. 30, 2005 12:00 AM
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Two 16-year-olds who were expelled from a Lutheran high school because they were suspected of being lesbians have sued the school for invasion of privacy and discrimination.
The lawsuit, filed last week in Riverside County Superior Court, seeks the girls' re-enrollment at the small California Lutheran High School, unspecified damages and an injunction barring the school from excluding gays and lesbians.
Kirk D. Hanson, an attorney for the girls, said the expulsion traumatized and humiliated them.
"Their entire support network was pulled out from under them because of suspicions about their sexual orientation," said Hanson, who declined to say whether his clients are lesbians.
The school is on Christmas break until next week, and messages left for school officials Thursday were not immediately returned.
The lawsuit alleges that the school's principal, Gregory Bork, called the girls into his office, grilled them on their sexual orientation and "coerced" one girl into saying she loved the other.
The next day, the lawsuit says, Bork told the girls' parents they could not stay at the school with "those feelings." In a Sept. 12 letter to the parents, Bork acknowledged that officials had seen no physical contact between the girls but said their friendship was "uncharacteristic of normal girl relationships and more characteristic of a lesbian one.""Such a relationship violates our Christian Code of Conduct," Bork wrote in his letter, which was included as an exhibit in the lawsuit. He called the girls' behavior "scandalous" and "immoral."
Hanson said the 142-student school in Wildomar, Calif., must comply with state civil rights laws because it functions as a business by collecting tuition.
"There's a lot of hypocrisy going on here," Hanson said. "The school is claiming the girls were expelled because their conduct wasn't within the Christian code.
"But at the same time, (the school) has students who aren't Christians and are even Jewish."

Thursday, December 29, 2005

God's dance

From pg. 62 chapter 8 of A New Kind Of Christian by Brian McLaren

"Is that what you mean-let your good deeds preach?"

"Sure, that's part of it. An important part of it. Demonstration must accompany proclomation, I guess you could say. But there's more. Instead of saying, 'Hey, they're wrong and we're right, so follow us,' I think we say, 'Here's what I've found. Here's what I've experienced. Here's what makes sense to me. I'll be glad to share it with you, if you're interested.'

"Instead of conquest, instead of a coercive rational argument or an emotionally intimidating sales pitch or an imposing crusade or an aggressive debating contest where we hope to 'win' them to Christ, I think of it like a dance. You know, in a dance, nobody wins and nobody loses. Both parties listen to the music and try to move with it. In this case, I hear the music of the gospel, and my friend doesn't, so I try to help him hear it and move with it. And like a dance, I have to ask if the other person wants to participate. There's a term for pulling someone who doesn't want to dance into a dance: assault. But if you pull someone in who wants to learn, and if you're good with the music yourself, it can be a lot of fun!"

With that, Neo turned his cap backward and pretended to be waltzing along the path with an imaginary partner, looking about as much like a ten-year-old boy as a middle-aged Jamaican guy in a perfectly white T-shirt can look. He pulled his blue dress shirt off his shoulder, took the cuff of one sleeve in his left hand and flung the other sleeve over his right shoulder, giving substance to his invisible partner. at one point he pretended to trip and catch himself by grabbing onto a tree, and then he made a great show of pretending to help his fallen partner up off the ground, dusting off the shirt with great courtesy and concern. he said, "Of course, sometimes the best of us get tripped up, and in so doing, we trip others up too."

"The missing generation"

I copied this from Brian McLaren's website. He has a dialogue section where people write in and he responds. I can so relate to this person after some of the stuff we went through at our old church.

Please read this letter

i am a 24-year old youth leader …. i have composed a short letter which has been gleaned from a few years of observation and conversations with the 19-25 year old "missing generation" (which as you probably know is actually widening to include 16-30's).

i would appreciate some honest feedback - whether encouragement or rebuke. from reading your material and listening to your sermons, i very much appreciate your perspective.

As a 24-year-old youth leader, I have had many conversations with teens and twenty-somethings, both churched and unchurched. If we truly listened, they might say something like this:

Dear Church, Leaders:
By now, some of you are beginning to notice that we, the high school upperclassmen, college students, and young adults, have lost interest and have decided that our time and money is better spent elsewhere. For those who actually want to know why, here is your chance to listen – and we know that this may be hard since many of you have learned to pretend that you’re listening to ease your aching consciences. Just so you know, you haven’t fooled us; we can see through your pretentious attempts. However, this is one last chance to hear us out – we may not speak again, so fasten your seatbelts.

Whether you realize it or not, we have actually learned very much from you, our priests, pastors, teachers, and parents. Sadly, we have learned more from your lives than from your lectures and sermons. We have learned that it is much more important to seek financial stability from high-paying, prestigious jobs and collect needless junk than it is to pursue a life of self-sacrifice and adventure. We have learned to evaluate others on the basis of race, gender, income level, and appearance. We have learned that memorizing mindless creeds and analyzing theological systems have little power in making us better people.

We have learned how to outsource responsibility. We have learned to leave childcare to the professionals, caring for the poor to the government, social justice to the ACLU and NAACP, reproductive decisions to Planned Parenthood, and environmental awareness to the Darwinists and tree-huggers.

Most of us will never return, at least not to an institutionalized church. We have zero interest in participating in your silly, religious subculture. Honestly, it’s ridiculous, cheesy, and self-serving. We will never give you our money, which we’d rather spend on rent and alcohol, so that you can make your Lexus payment or add to your building fund.

Do we sound too harsh? Where do you think we learned how to judge?

It may surprise you to find out that, although our church attendance is slipping, we are very interested in spiritual matters, perhaps more so than you. We are desperately searching for something touchable to transcend our lives of quiet desperation. We hate our jobs, we don’t know how to have healthy relationships, we are constantly seeking the next thrill. We are terribly bored and dissatisfied. We are screaming for answers.

We have also learned that we don’t want the life of any adult that we know.

You asked for it, so here’s our wish list:
We want our lives back. You told us that God wants us to live exciting lives, but that’s not what we found. We want our individuality valued. You told us that God created us exactly they way we are for special reasons – why do you invest so much time and energy trying to strip us of our uniqueness so that we can fit inside the same tiny little box you try to put your God into!!! By the way, most of us who may appear at a glance to be lazy are simply unmotivated. We’ll spend hours on creative projects; however, we simply have no desire to participate in a dehumanizing workforce that requires us to leave our individuality at home just to play a monotonous role in making another piece of worthless junk. Give us a reason to put our hearts back into our work.
Teach us HOW to think. You want us to believe that God is Sovereign and self-evident and that absolute truth exists. If He does, then He can speak for Himself. He doesn’t need a hypocritical entourage to defend Him with sleazy, used-car-salesman manipulation tactics. Teach us how to identify spiritual truth and how to spot the work of God in our lives – don’t hand us a pamphlet to memorize.

How about a little compassion? Whether we think Jesus is the Son of God or not, most of us have a favorable opinion of Him and recognize that he knew how to live a selfless life. We may never participate – after all, one of the other things we learned in Sunday school was how to live comfortably with a disconnect between our beliefs and our actions – but if you made honest attempts to follow His example, at least we could respect you.

One last thing: stop trying to make us fill your seats and sing your songs and listen to your sermons before you will “minister” to us. If you have no interest in forming actual human relationships with us, then don’t even bother. We are not projects. We aren’t an untapped market. We don’t need another program. We don’t need another product to consume. We do need friendship and we do need identity. Meet us here, and we might listen. Oh, and by the way, at that point you still might not need to say much because we pick up so much more from watching than from listening.

Your prodigal slackers

Brian's response:

Thanks for sharing this. I think there’s a lot for all of us to learn from these words. At points, all of us might be tempted to defend ourselves or respond with critique – but if we can get beyond those reactions, there are valuable insights waiting for us to glean.

BTW...his book A New Kind of Christian is awesome. I am halfway through it now.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Set me Up

"Set Me Up"

Right in front of me dropping another game
Now I watch your face as your eyes look down
Away from my glance
Backstabbed as I hear the cracks drop smack
I count the ways your little whispers swell to greet my daze
Underground, so down, your scene above me
But now I see so clearly
I'm not down, I never could be
And it's long past time for me to show you

Speak my mind in response to your condescending way
Of placing me below your feet
"It's not what you know, it's who you know"
But all I know now is you live for the show"
Smiles in my face with smirks in your eyes
And I understand what it means to be
"Legit" in your eyes, not I
Nor none of my "attempts" to be on the inside
I'm not down, I never could be
And it's time, this time I'll show you

Set me up
Knocked down
Knocked down from your clique, you
Understand how you rejected me
I look at your face and weep for your "scene"

So I ask myself what needs to be said
What now, what light can I shed?
As I battle to fight down the angry thought
That's swelling to escape my head
So it's plain as day and you can see
that I have a right to explain my self to you
So don't look away or turn away or laugh away
Because your "scene" is dead today
We can't bring ourselves back down to this level
Because you are no better than me
Down with all that took us away from standing as one and living as one
Am I so different from you that you cannot dispel with your status and
look at my face?
Am I so distant from you that I cannot break free from this stereotype
Am I so separate from you that you cannot regard me as equal and
clean this stain?

From Project 86 2000 CD Drawing Black Lines

Smoggy Air & Running

Jen from my church writes for the East Valley Tribune. In this morning's issue she wrote an article about the air pollution and it's affect on running. A lot of folks in the valley are training for the upcoming PF Changs Rock & Roll Marathon and Half Marathon and this bad air is really affecting them. I have blogged recently about how it is affecting me on my longer runs. Great article Jen. Here's the link to it for those that want to check it out.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

God's Politics:Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It

I just found a link to this book on Brian McLaren's website and is probably what I will be reading next after I finish his book "A New Kind of Christian". It was so ironic that I fell upon this link after some interesting lunchtime conversation at our family gathering for Christmas Eve.

Jim Wallis’ new book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It is sweeping the nation with a bold new vision about faith and politics in America!

An excerpt from the book can be found at this link.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Servant Evangelism and a Wonderful Story

Well last night I had the opportunity to deliver presents to kids who had a parent in prison as part of our church servant evangelism project. There were several of us who showed up and I think it was Ben who sorted out the gifts by geographical area. Whoever did it, thanks man! It sure made it easy getting to the addresses. The only problem I had was that one of the addresses was an apartment complex with no apartment number on my sheet. So I called the phone number that was on the sheet and found out which apartment it was. It took us about a half hour or so to find the apartment as it was dark and there were several buildings in the complex.

We got to the church about 530 or so and broke up into teams. I was teamed with my daughter Shannon. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to do this together and I really enjoyed it. Patty was home with a migraine but is doing much better today. This was the first time I have ever done servat evangelism outside of the drop in center. What a rewarding experience it was. The looks on the kids faces said it all. I was very glad that I was a part of this as it was very rewarding to me personally. Just going out and giving to the less fortunate just as Christ would. Loving the people right where they are at in life. These kids now have some presents to open at Christmastime that otherwise may have received nothing due to their unfortunate circumstances. May they see Christ's love through some people in their community.

Yesterday I received a call from our weather observer up in Globe. She had some electrical work done earlier in the day and after they left her digital display was not working anymore. I headed up there first thing this morning. It turned out to be a very minor problem and I was getting ready to leave. She asked about the guy I replaced and I told her he was retiring and that his retirement dinner was the night before the PF Changs race. Well that got us into a discussion about how I started running, which was when I quit drinking etc etc. She said that that was quite a testimony. It turns out that she is a Christian, has a son about my age that is a Pastor at a church associated with The Potter House and we just talked and talked. She apologized for me having to drive all the way up to Globe for such a minor problem. I then told her that I was glad I did because it was so nice to talk to a sister in Christ. She then gave me a hug and saw me to the door. It just made my day. She was such a dear sweet lady and was just thrilled to hear my testimony. I also spoke to her about the mission trips this summer and we just had good nice conversation. It's a small world ain't it?

Well after work today I'm off for a 6 miler. catch ya'll on the flip side. I'm out!

Monday, December 19, 2005

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Good Will Took a Holiday, Whatever You Call It

Sorry folks. The conservatives and liberals both have it wrong on this one. What would Jesus do? I certainly don't think He would file a lawsuit to make someone put a nativity scene in their Christmas display nor do I think He would be angry at the priest for a "religious" invocation.

I think He would be kind of like Patricia Sciortino as quoted in the last paragraph of the article.

"I think we should all celebrate everything," said Mrs. Sciortino, who was interviewed in Manhasset. "We should have Christmas, we should have Hanukkah and whatever people have. I think we should all learn to respect each other. Everyone should have the right to be who they are. That's what the country is all about."

"Have a nice day," she added.

The "christian lawyers" who filed a lawsuit and Bill O'Reilly's "war on Christmas" segments make me cringe. It's no wonder some of my non-christian friends stay away from church.

Matthew 20:26-28

26) But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27) and whoever wants to be first must become your slave. 28) For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.

Jesus described leadership from a new perspective. Instead of "using" people, we are to "serve" them. Jesus' mission was to serve others and to give his life away. A real leader has a servant's heart. Servant leaders appreciate others' worth and realize that they're not above any job. If you see something that needs to be done, don't wait to be asked. Take the initiative and do it like a faithful servant.

Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy. I ask and pray that you will take me and mold me into the servant that you want me to be.

Friday, December 16, 2005

2 Corinthians 6:3-10

3 We try to live in such a way that no one will be hindered from finding the Lord by the way we act, and so no one can find fault with our ministry. 4 In everything we do we try to show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 We have been beaten, been put in jail, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit. 7 We have faithfully preached the truth. God's power has been working in us. We have righteousness as our weapon, both to attack and to defend ourselves. 8 We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us imposters. 9 We are well known, but we are treated as unknown. We live close to death, but here we are, still alive. We have been beaten within an inch of our lives. 10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

Consider what your actions communicate about Jesus Christ. If you are a believer, you are a minister for God. Everyday unbelievers observe you. Don't let your careless or undisciplined actions be some person's excuse for rejecting Christ. Jesus cares for us regardless of what the world thinks. Christians don't have to give in to public opinion and pressure. Remain joyous and content even in difficult circumstances. If you know Christ as your personal Saviour, you have everything you need.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Thoughts and Happenings from my trip

Well I made it back from my 3 day trip yesterday safe and sound. I drove a total of 758 miles and inspected 9 sites. Found one problem at one site that I will have to go back to next week to make a repair. Basically , I will just have to rewire the temperature system from the sensor to the display.

I did a lot of driving to remote places by myself. I always wonder what would happen if my work truck broke down out there in the middle of nowhere. I always make sure I have plenty of water in the truck so I know I wouldn't die of thirst. Sometimes I don't see a car for several hours at a time. The cell phone I have from work does not get a signal in a lot of the places I go out to. I have asked for one of those satellite phones, but have yet to get a response from management. I'm the Union Steward in the office. I should make an issue out of this. I'll have to think about it.

The most interesting thing that I saw on my trip was while I was driving the very desolate California Higway 62 between Parker Dam and Joshua Tree National Park. I was alone, had been driving for about an hour or so and maybe saw one other vehicle traveling in the opposite direction as myself during this hour. The road is almost perfectly straight and the terrain is a desert valley floor surrounded by some mountains. I was sort of in a highway trance. I had no radio reception in the truck so I was kind of bored and had to keep scanning the horizon just to stay awake. Up in the distance, maybe about 4 miles ahead I thought I could see something moving on the shoulder of the highway. As I got closer I definitely knew it was something or someone. To my amazement, as I was almost at the point where I could identify what I was seeing, it was a man dragging a large cross along the shoulder of the highway. He also had a cart in front of him that had what I assume to be supplies such as food and water and what not. I slowed the truck down to about 50 mph and waved. He was looking straight ahead and did not really acknowledge my wave. I'm not sure he even saw me. He was dressed like I would picture Jesus and he had the long hair and was kind of dirty. Like he had been walking in the desert for quite sometime.

I was already behind schedule at this point and did not have time to stop. I would have liked to have talked with this man just to find out what he was doing. What his mission was. If I would have had a camera with me, I would have taken a picture of him.

While I was at my hotel in Blythe I was eating some fast food I had bought and was just going to hang out in the hotel room and eat and watch some TV. I was watching Geraldo's show. He did a piece on these girls called JCSgirls. These were former strippers or porn actresses that have been saved by grace. They are now Christians and they have been called into ministry to minister to the gals that work in the strip clubs or in the porn industry. He gave a website that they have and I believe it is a valid ministry. I checked out their website at and it will tell you all about them. They even have a link to the XXXchurch that also has a similar ministry to those that are into the porn industry. What better people to spread the Word of God to strippers and porn stars than people that have been there before. They go into these places with a non-judgmental attitude and love these people like Christ does. They offer hope to those that may not know that there is hope.

While I was driving East on I-10 on my way back home yesterday I couldn't help but notice how nasty the air was in the Phoenix area. It was truely disgusting. I can't believe we are breathing it. I did get a 7 mile run in after I got back yesterday, and yes, the smog did affect me. I could feel it like I mentioned before in a post. I just couldn't get a full breathe in when I wanted to.

Well I've babbled enough. It's great to be back home to my wife and daughter. And my puppy was glad I was home too. She slept between Patty and I last night.

Peace out folks! Blessings on all of you.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

A pretty good week

Well I have had a pretty good week this week. Had my one and ONLY day off yesterday and got in a great long run. But the air was horrible. It really bothered me towards the end of the run. It just felt like I couldn't catch my breath at all. Running and high pollution days don't mix. But it was really the only day I could squeeze in my long run as I am working days over the weekend.

Next week I head out for a 3 day trip for work again. This will be the Interstate 10 leg of my inspections and I will be going as far as Blythe CA. I'll also head north a ways up to Parker along the River. On the way back I'll head to Alamo lake State Park which is one of my favorite places because the lake is so beautiful. It is a beautiful lake in the middle of the desert literally out in the middle of nowhere. I'll leave Monday morning and get back Wednesday late afternoon.

Last night was our annual church Christmas Banquet which was really fun. We took along Patty's sister and she had a great time. She is going through a rough time right now so keep her in your prayers. I think it cheered her up a bit and I was glad she came along with us.

Tonight I am going with Patty to her office Christmas party. I'm going to dine on prime rib and basically sit around and watch people get drunk. Actually though, I went last year and it was pretty good.

I'm feeling really good about my running at this time. I've kind of adjusted my training schedule to align a bit more with my work schedule and the holidays. I'm not going to kill myself getting ready for this like I have in the past. The cold I had awhile back also threw me behind a bit as far as mileage goes. I'll still get in one 20 miler about 3 weeks before my marathon and will then start tapering for the big day. I know I will finish, it's just a matter of when. I think I am going to surprise myself with this Jeff Galloway run/walk method. We'll see. I've experimented with it on my long runs and it really saves your legs in the later miles. I think I may even try and do the RnR Half in under 2 hours just to see how good it works. Patty is going to walk with her sister so I will be sort of on my own. But I may just hang with some of the Vineyard folks and fellowship with them for 13.1 miles.

The break from the Youth and the drop in center has been refreshing. I appreciate Ben for doing that as I feel it is healthy for people to take breaks every once in awhile.

Well that's all for now. I'll blog some more when I get back from my trip. Til next week. Adios! And blessings to you all.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Two lesbians and a van

This is a post I borrowed from Ben's blog. This is what we should see in all things. This is loving people like Christ loves. Enjoy!

It was a green VW van I had bought from two lesbians in flagstaff. It had a rainbow sticker on it at the time. I didn't know the sticker meant you were a homosexual so I drove around with it on the car for the whole time I owned it. I can only wonder now how many people thought I had come out of the closet when I was driving my used but cool green lesbian ride. I had bought it for $600 and it was just a fun ride to use when I wasn't driving my Toyota Pickup truck.

For a while it housed a homeless Christian ex hippy friend of mine who lived in it while it was parked outside my garden in the home I rented during the last semester of student teaching. One morning I woke up early to go running and looked in the van and saw that his girlfriend had moved in with him. She was a Christian too, and they were bothnaked and looked kinda cute sleeping together in sin. I talked to him about it later and he said it wouldn't happen again.

To the best of my knowledge it never did happen again. He moved out of the van the day my roommate, who had a nasty penchant for violent sleep walking and fits of uncontrollable rage, went outside asleep, opened the van and started beating the crap out of him. I had forgotton to warn him about Chris and he had not locked his van like I had locked my bedroom door. Anyways, it got him out of my van.

One Sunday, a year later, in Joseph City, we drove the van to the river just south of Winslow where we were baptizing two people who had joined our little church plant. They were getting a new life, a new start, making their faith known to all twelve of us who were watching. My little green van parked on the shore needed a wash - it was dirty, old and on it's last legs. The next week after we baptized our friends their parents got offended at left the church. Sometime that year my friend's car died and I loaned the green van to him. He drove it around for a few months and then one day on the way to flagstaff from Phoenix it died. He called me and let me know it had died and that he had it towed into Flagstaff. I had to pay $150 to get it towed back to Joseph City.

I guess what I am trying to say is something like this: there are some things that are better left dead, asleep, not a part of your life. Sometimes more is not better, and being cute or hip it just not worth the pain and problems. Also, it not always rewarding when you are helping others-but so what. This is what you are here for, and nothing is yours anyway. You and I are not here for the things, we are here for the naked man and woman in the car who need a small talk, and we are here for the psycho sleep walking man who needs us to hold him down on the floor until he wakes up and the sleep walking wanes. We are here for those who will smile as we baptize them and curse us as they walk out of the church. We are here for the student who will tell us that they hate us, and then next year will walk down the hall and tell us that we were there favorite teacher. We are here for our friends who need a car even when it breaks down and they make you come get it. You may not need a green vw van for survival, but your friend will certainly need you. So take a risk and start investing in messy people. Sometimes you just have to scrap the old and stick with the new. It is what He did when the dove flew from the window and the rainbow and all the colors came out.
Friend - John 15:15

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Sometimes you have to say no

I was planning on going to the men's breakfast this morning. I really would have liked to, but I just couldn't fit it in. I was at church last night after working a full week and training runs squeezed in between. I helped with the baybysitting as the ladies were having their Christmas Party and we were babysitting kids to raise funds for the mission trips. We took the older ones to the gym and the babies stayed in the nursery. I had to get my long run in sometime over the weekend and the only time I really had time to do it was Saturday morning. I was planning on doing twelve but that turned into 7.5. I just didn't really have it today. But I did run and this morning I did it without headphones and just talked to God and enjoyed all of the nature and sounds He has created.

In my old church, I would have been chastised for not going to the breakfast. That's how they were over there. You were always expected to be there when the doors were open. Unreal. I have never been made to feel this way yet at the Vineyard. They value servanthood but they also value your family too.

All this to say that sometimes it is okay to say no when you have to. God will take care of the rest. I hope each and everyone of you have a blessed and restful weekend. My mileage for the month of November was 72 miles. It's increasing by the month. But I am having fun this time and not taking it all too seriously. I'll finish when I finish. No time goals this time. Just go out, relax when I'm running, talk to God, Git r' Dun!


Twinkies and Root Beer

Twinkies and Root Beer

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived,so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and hestarted his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie. The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word. As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man ,and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy? "He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? God's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked," Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added," You know, he's much younger than I expected." Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Embrace all equally!
~author unknown~