I'll be swinging the bat the next two weekends at church....as we continue our Myth Buster series. We're taking on some apologetic-esq topics such as women, the reliability of the Bible, other religions and if Jesus is really who He said He was.
Tonight I felt a little disjointed, a little off game, it seemed difficult getting the plane off the ground. Planning a 6am edit...
After a brief workout I headed home, had dinner with the family. Around bed time my youngest climbed up in the chair and gave me a big hug and said; "Now is the time we do this." She stayed there for a while...I'm done for the day.
We called it at our house, Taylor Hicks-American Idol. Most of us are happy about how the contest turned out except for my oldest daughter....she's a Kat fan because she's pretty and sings good. Taylor is not necessarily man candy but we like him because.....
He's like able
We all have an uncle/dad or cousin who dances like he does
There is something about him that makes us smile
Idol is impressive as a cultural phenomenon, it's commercial success unbelievable....it engages because it draws you in and whether or not you call you feel like your opinion matters, your voice counts.
I was impressed with the show, at least the amount I watched. Meatloaf...Prince....The Brokenote Cowboys....all was well...I just could have done without the shot of David Hasselhoff crying at the end....sheeesh!
Perspective is critical, maintaining it can be difficult. Batterson often says; "A change in pace + a change in place = a change in perspective. Good words....
Here are some additional good words from Reggie McNeal; "The prayer life of great spiritual leaders is oftentimes centered on asking God to help them understand what is happening around them. Contrast this to a typical approach to prayer that informs God about what is going on and then asks for His help or intervention. Great spiritual leaders have God's view of a situation."
Watched Idol-pulling for Taylor, nice purple jacket and if he wins karaoke Dads across the world are cool again.
Another Country music awards show? Reba is a great host, Barb doesn't get Rascal Flatts and why Oh why does Kenny Chesney wear a wife beater and surfer trunks? I bet my buddy Doug was watchin with his family and apple head dog.
The Crab Show is greatness....well almost greatness. I can't imagine working in those conditions and do all the Captains have smoker's voice?
Framed my Colorado pic from the Garden of the Gods-now to hang it in my office.
One of the luxuries in life now is a teenage son who can mow the lawn-I wish this for everyone everywhere!
At 6:00am I'm not the most functional person....more of a night than morning guy by nature. Some mornings are different...especially the ones on weeks where I have significant tasks or projects going that I'm passionate about.
At my usual stop, Mubina commented sleepily; "It's Monday." "Yes, another Monday," I replied....
Over the weekend I caught up with a friend who had been out of town for a creative leadership conference. Hearing him download the experience was powerful. He spoke with passion, clarity and a renewed sense of purpose...it was great listening to him.
This morning I read this.."Spiritual Leaders need to distill out the core, the essence, of their call from God." Here are some questions to that end;
What people or cause do you feel drawn to?
What do you want to help people do or achieve or experience?
How do you want to help people?
What message do you want to deliver?
How do you intend to serve or have an impact on the world?
Why did you say yes to God to begin with?
When you're clear on your answer to these questions it's rarely just another Monday.
In the past I have posted about 2006 being the year of break downs. While I don't have any final insight on the greater significance of this season of life I do feel like a few things are becoming more clear....Brokenness
gives opportunity for healing, renewal and restoration.
helps you see what really matters-clarifying priorities.
relieves you of the illusion of self-sufficiency propelling you into God's grace and care.
allows you to receive from those who care about you while giving them an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God.
Sunday night errands landed me at a major discount store...sent there to retrieve milk, apples, cheese the essentials for school lunches and snacks....I threw in some queso and Dr Pepper for good measure. I usually avoid this store but with gas prices and all I thought I'd just as well give it a shot rather than drive out of my way a few more miles since it was on the way.
"Associates" or employees are easily found by the vests they wear. Printed on the back of those easily identifiable apparel pieces are these words in big bold white letters; "How may I help you?" This would lead one to think that if perhaps you had a question or needed something any person wearing a vest would be ready to assist. Not so fast-Speed Racer.....
I overheard a group of ladies asking an Associate if she could direct them to the candy section. This Associate explained that she couldn't help them because it was against store policy for her to answer their question. What? Did she not see the letters on the back of her co-workers vests? Did she miss new Associate orientation? The discount store's frugal founder must have been spinning in his grave...
Fortunately the ladies did find the candy section-they were behind me in the check out line. I asked them about the exchange with the Associate. A little confused and amused they weren't quite clear about the reason she declined to offer assistance....they believed her to offer one of these excuses.
That she couldn't answer their question because she worked in food-lines and store policy prohibited her to direct them to any other areas of the store...or
Because she was going on break she was not permitted to answer their question.
I'll extend a little grace to the Associate for good measure...I worked there as a Jr. in High School and it wasn't one of the highlights of my life...but back then our managers and supervisors made sure we knew two things....First, the Customer is always right. Second, Customer service matters. Apparently there's been a little drift in the organization since then...
My world is different, I'm not selling soda, chips, fruit or tires and shampoo but I'm still dealing with people. I'm not wearing a vest either but an inherent expectation our guests/members/attenders have is that I am ready to serve and help when and where reasonably possible.
Next time I'll drive a few extra miles and pay 50 cents more for my Dr Pepper...because they'll walk me to the candy aisle.