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Probation Officer and Adult Volunteer Leader for the High School Ministry of Granger Community Church.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Things I Love About My Wife

an encourager
a hard worker
my biggest fan
my biggest legitimate critic
a mother who holds her son accountable
a wife who holds her husband accountable
a perfectionist
allows her house to stay messy with her son's toys
a leader
a follower of the right people
a friend
The list will go on throughout the day as I think of more... I Love You!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Team Building Exercise

Check this out. A woman is sueing her old employer for $1.2 million dollars for the humiliation she suffered while being spanked. Her previous employer said it was part of a team building exercise in which "employees were paddled with rival companies' yard signs as part of a contest that pitted sales teams against each other, according to court documents. The winners poked fun at the losers, throwing pies at them, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks." [click Spanked employee seeks $1.2 million to read full article.]

Wow. I can't believe a boss would allow such a thing. Who would attempt to build a team this way!? That leads me to another great question, "How am I building my team. What do I do to create an atmosphere of positive team building?" Because if there's no plan to build my team, then it's almost, if not as bad, as the above example. Team building has to be intentional, but it doesn't have to be intense. It can be simple. And, it can be applied to other areas of life besides ministry or work – like my family. And that's the bigger question for me... how am I building a positive team atmosphere in my family? Because if I'm not intentionally pursuing that, then I'm simply throwing pies, feeding baby food and swatting butts (metaphorically of course – Carter's almost a year and a half and done with baby food!), instead of being encouraging.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I've Been Spammed!

Spamming has hit every area of our lives. Not only do I get spam from email solicitors and political phone calls that mis-pronounce a candidate's name (the least you could do is learn how to say the name correctly!), but now I'm getting spam phone calls from our church telling us about what's going on. Here's why it stinks for us... our voicemail offers no way for us to push delete in the middle of the message. And wouldn't you know it, we usually get these canned messages when we're away so we have to stand in the dining room holding the phone away from our ear until the long-winded message ends... and believe me, the messages can be looooonnnng, making this technology... well... more annoying then cool. But if it is actually working, I guess I can take one for the team... but it's still annoying! ;)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Construction Time

It was actually suppose to be pretty easy. Start dinner, build a wagon, go for a walk. Piece of cake... well, did I say build a wagon? Ok, so anytime I have to put something together, you can count on one thing... it ain't easy. I don't care if you have to simply snap on a few wheels and a pull bar. It isn't easy. Like tonight. Put on four wheels and a handle you use to pull the wagon with. Should be relatively simple... not for me! I begin with putting the bars that are suppose to go on the front of the wagon on the back. Consequently, I have to rip the snaps off the wheels, bending the bars and saying over and over and over again, "This isn't good. This just can't be good. These bars aren't suppose to bend that way." Well, after 45 minutes of removing the rear wheels, we begin to put the wagon together the right way. And after we install the front wheels, correctly, we begin to put on the rear wheels – only, we're now missing a critical part that we need to finish the project. So, after an hour of putting together a wagon that should only have taken 15 minutes, it sits unfinished in the hallway outside Carter's room... oh ya, and we never got to take the walk.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Book Notes – The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others

Book Notes – The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others

A Society of Mustard Seeds Chapter 14
for Jesus the kingdom is about the ordinariness of loving God and loving others. The kingdom is as common as sparrows, as earthy as backyard bushes, as routine as breakfast coffee and as normal as aging.

the kingdom of God is the transforming presence of God in ordinary humans who live out the Jesus Creed.

ordinary acts of sacred love demonstrate the extraordinary transformation of life.

Jesus finds the presence of his kingdom at work in the most unlikely of persons.

the kingdom of Jesus spreads like seeds, one at a time, from person to person.

for Jesus, the big event is the little person.

connections change lives.

it is something of a risk to be around Jesus.

A Society for Justice Chapter 15
any look at the Bible will reveal to you that kingdom justice concerns restoring humans to both God and others.

what distinguishes a follower of Jesus is a Jesus Creed – inspired love that lives out the value of justice for the hungry, thirsty, estranged, unclothed, sick and imprisoned.

not all of us are called to work in the justice system, but we are empowered to restore justice in our society. One person at a time; one change at a time; wherever we can.

A Society of Restoration Chapter 16
God isn't in the show-off business or in the convincing business

miracles are performed by Jesus out of love and are done to restore humans to God and to others.

Jesus is intent on creating a society that transforms life as we know it, he wants people to be restored.

we are wired in such a way that being excluded or classified by religious institutions influences our perceptions of God.

purity is not contagious until Jesus comes in.

Jesus is in the middle of it all, GRATEFUL for this society of ordinary people who come to terms with his Creed.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Our Son... the Monkey Boy

He's available for birthdays, parties and Bar Mitzvahs. Soon, he'll be at local zoos throwing his poop at onlookers.

Monday, April 17, 2006

My Little... Well... My Little Geek

I received this photo on my phone during our Mission Mexico meeting tonight. I love my little boy... even when he looks like a geek!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Call to Greatness

Live A Revolution b-Votional – Call to Greatness Micah 6:8

I've run across this new show on MTV called, Call to Greatness – five dudes on a mission to break as many crazy records as possible. It's an awesome show. Who wouldn't like watching someone attempt to break the record for the furthest marshmallow nose blow and catch!? You know, God has called each one of us to greatness. Check it out:
But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don't take yourself too seriously – take God seriously. Micah 6.8
What? I thought the call to greatness was something more than that. I thought it meant doing something great, huge – something out of the ordinary – like breaking a world record. You see, that's what a lot of us think – that a call to greatness means being the next Rick Warren, David Crowder, Bill Gates, Doug Fields, Mother Teresa – that it means having a huge church, huge student ministry – insert what it might look like for you. And wanting those things aren't bad. It's not wrong. I'm not saying don't try big things. No! Take that leap if God tells you too. But, what if the call to greatness has to do with everyday life. Life in our town. Life in our school. Life in our job. Life in the everyday littleness we live in. In every little hour. In every little minute. In every little second. What if the call to greatness really has nothing to do with the huge extraordinary events. What if it has to do with the ordinary moments in our lives each day – you know, the little decisions we have to make. I think that is what God is saying above. He's saying, "Yo, check this out. You want to know how to be great? You want to know what greatness looks like? You want to know what you're calling is? It's in the everyday stuff man." You see, a lot of times I lose my focus by thinking about what great things I want to accomplish – dreaming about what great things I want to do. What if being focused meant making sure I am fair and just to people. That I be compassionate and loyal in my love to my wife, son, family, friends, co-workers, and others. And that I don't take myself too seriously, but instead take God seriously by walking with him. You see, Jesus came into our neighborhood. Sure he did miracles. But he lived life daily and followed Micah 6.8 in the ordinary moments of each day. Yeah, Nehemiah rebuilt the wall. That was huge. But he and others rebuilt it one stone at a time. So you see, this call to greatness is greater than anything we could ever dream of – because this call to greatness is a lifestyle – it's a lifestyle that is devoted to God, and devoted to people. That's true greatness... live it out now.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Random Thought

I've decided to drink more water, and take the stairs.

Isn't your life better for knowing that!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Enjoying the Day

Here's Carter's first day to really enjoy playing outside. Everything is so new to him. It's cool to watch him wander around and get dirty. He really is a little boy, dirt boogers and all!

I can climb up and slide down all by myself. Quick, somebody meet me at the bottom!

I hope there are no birds above me!

I love playing outside! This flower is for momma.

The following are recent shots of Carter and his floppy hat:

It's really called a floppy hat?

Doesn't Taylor off American Idol dance like this?

Monday, April 10, 2006

Mexico 2006

Here's what has been on my mind the last couple of days. Mexico 2006 is just a few short months away. Above are a few photos from last year.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

On Trial

Well, yesterday afternoon, Comcast came out to our home to install high-speed internet. We signed up for a four-month trial run and I told Jami that we'll go back to dial-up when the four months is up. I can't believe how fast I can download podcasts now. Instead of clicking on a couple of podcasts and going to bed, only to wake up and find that AOL had unexpectedly signed off, I can download huge files in a matter of seconds... sa-weet! Email is faster... life is well... life is more complete with high-speed internet. Ok, maybe that's a little dramatic. But... it's a dramatic change to go from 1986 to 2006 in internet technology. So, four months... hmmmm... that's funny. Sure, we'll go back to dial-up in four months... ha, ha, ha, h... I don't think so.

P.S. Now I've got to figure out what other upgrades we can try out... Digital Cable, maybe out cell phones have features we can try out... there's got to be others out there... I've got some thinking to do.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Bath Time

As you can see, I just got done with my bath. If you look close, you can see this white stuff coming out of my ears... I guess you call it a cotton ball. I have to get that stuff shoved in my ears when I take a bath so water doesn't get in my ears. But I'm having fun with it. I yank it out when my mommy isn't looking. And then she has to re-stuff another one in there and put vasoline on it all over again.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Can You Hear Me Now?

Nice gown! Carter got tubes put in his ears this morning at about 7:30. We had to get to the hospital at 6 a.m.! We registered downstairs and were told that someone from OSC would be down to get us. What the heck is OSC? You would think they would speak to us so we could understand. In any case, there were like 15 other people downstairs waiting. So when the person from OSC (later learned it means Outpatient Surgery Center) came down to get us, they actually came down to get all 15 people. It was like they were herding cattle into a barn! Felt very weird and not personal at all. Carter's sleep doctor (can't spell what he's really called) and ear doctor were very good though. So Carter's now back home running around. Oh ya, the doc said Carter had a lot of fluid in his ears the consistency of Elmer's Glue.