Thursday, April 30, 2009

A quick reminder

Some days it's good to be reminded of reality...

(ht: Katie W.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pot Pourri

- I started teaching a new series on Sundays in the youth group this week. I'm looking forward to it, but I realized as I was studying that this will be the last series I will do with the group here. Kind of sad.

- I've been coaching my daughter's 2nd and 3rd grade volleyball team for around a month or so. I have to admit, it has been a lot more fun than I imagined.

- There's advantages and disadvantages of a skylight in your bedroom. It's nice for lighting. But yesterday, after it snowed through the night, I woke to my wife saying loudly "You've got to be kidding me!" when she noticed the snow on the skylight. Not a great way to wake up.

- I watched some of the NFL draft over the weekend. I think it is ridiculous that the top draft picks get such huge contracts without even playing a game yet. I mean Mathew Stafford (the #1 pick) will be making twice as much as Tom Brady and will be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, without having to prove his worth on the field. That's definitely not fair to the veterans.

- I am in full golf fever mode right now. Any warm day, and I'm trying to sneak out to the course.

- Recently God has been teaching me the difference between trust and faith. Trust entails knowing someone is on your side, faith entails depending on someone to be on your side. Through all the things that God has worked out for our upcoming move, it has taken more than trust. It has taken faith that He would provide.

- I haven't yet jumped on the Adam Lambert band wagon. I'm still rooting for Danny!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Another sign I'm getting old

So I got yet another reality check that my daughters are getting older which means I am too. Yesterday I was driving to a volleyball game with my daughter and her friend Cora in the backseat. They had been playing around copying things I said. So, I waited a few minutes and thought I would be the awesomely funny dad I usually am and begin copying them. I waited until I heard Emma say something and I began my great idea of a comedy routine by copying her every word and expression. Pure comedy genius! But I didn't quite get the response I expected. Instead of spontaneous laughing and things like "Dad, you're the best dad ever!"... I got "Dad, that's annoying! Can you stop? We have some BFF talking to do." I didn't say a word the rest of the ride...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Stuff

In about a month and a half, Chrissy and I are going to be venturing into the next chapter for our family and heading back to the east coast. In theory, moving seems like such an easy step. Pack-drive-unpack-enjoy. Unfortunately we are finding out once again how much of a process it is. Not only have I been working every day on projects around our current house that I have procrastinated for the past 7 years, but we are also realizing just how much stuff we have accumulated over the years. With the move, it is giving us a prime opportunity to get rid of a bunch of the things we once deemed worthy of keeping. It's is amazing how much stuff we have that we don't need. And it doesn't stop at our house. Today I started cleaning my office as well. I filled two large trash cans with stuff that I had horded, thinking someday it would be useful. It really got me thinking of how God wants me to do a "house cleaning" in myself as well. I mean, how many times do I just add to myself things to do, unneeded emotions, expectations, and other "stuff" that I feel important at the moment. But when I look at it through God's eyes it needs to be thrown out. A life with Christ is a life of simplicity. God doesn't desire for our lives to be cluttered to a point where we need to squeeze Him in somewhere. He desires us to find freedom in Him. In fact I think I remember a story of a guy that "dropped everything and followed Him". When we open ourselves up to God's salvation and this wild life that He offers, we should no longer depend on all the other stuff we felt we needed to live a full life. We are not weighed down by the clutter and expectations, we can now dance in freedom as ourselves! So during this time of change, I will continue to throw out the unneeded. And I pray that with the change God brought me 25 years ago, I will be reminded to throw out the other "stuff" as well.