I heard today that the price of gas is expected to fall a few more cents over the next few days. That's good news-people have been feeling the pain at the pump. Tonight it was my turn at the pump. We've been enjoying some cooler nights so I decided to fill-er-up with the door open while listening to the last Cowboys pre-season game.
"Sir!" "Sir!" I'm not used to being addressed that way but I noticed a guy behind my jeep. "Sir, my car is over there and I need a little gas, could you put some in this can?"
What interested me most was this: Why did he pick me? The place was full-a car at every pump. Would I ask someone who looked like me? Would I ask anyone? Was he playing me for few gallons?
I recommend John Eldredge's book to people all the time, especially new mothers of boys. My personal copy is in the possession of a college girl who was seeking to understand the male species a little better-I hope it helps.
I decided to pick up a new copy tonight as it has some insights I want to reconnect with for an upcoming message. I picked up a copy and opened the cover, to my surprise I saw this.....
Indeed it was an issue with the AC drain. After making a trip to Lowes to pick up a few supplies for an improvised vacuum apparatus I set in to drain the excess water. Worked like a charm....for about 5 minutes.
It appears the drain has some sort of clog I can't reach with out professional assistance. An AC guy will be here tomorrow. For now the AC is off-good thing it's cooler here, low 90's instead of 100's.
After ripping up the flooring I discovered the water damage was a little more extensive than originally thought. I've also uncovered a possible foundation issue....Arrgh! I'm really regreting buying this house! Now, if only a chunk of space junk would drop out of the sky and finish this place off while we're out at school and work....that would be nice...
It started off like this.... "Honey, I hate to tell you but the floor in our bedroom is making a squish squish sound when you walk on it and I noticed some of the boards are warped just a little."
Yep-signs of water under the floor. I did a quick source trace this morning and I believe found the leak/overflow. It's the drain for the air conditioner. It doesn't help that it's been running pretty much 24/7 since we've been in the 100's for 40+days. I'm calling our Air-Service people today and later this afternoon I'll be pulling up flooring, exploring the damage...
The Pharisees were indignant. "Why does your teacher eat with such scum?" they asked his disciples.
When he heard this, Jesus replied, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do." Then he added, "Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: `I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices.' For I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough."
I almost wrecked my jeep from laughing after hearing this Real Men of Genius (#55) salute...aside from my Dallas friends who, as I, are among the ranks of guys who use product in their hair, I immediately thought of the blog world's own Scott and Tony!
So, I salute you...guys who are man enough to use product in their hair!
Baptist Disclaimer: No adult beverages were consumed during the writing of this blog-not that there's anything wrong with that.
This marks a unique day in history for me. I've lost my Thursday buddy....since my youngest has started full time kinder I'll be going solo on Thursdays now. For two years we've enjoyed....
Lunches at Chic-fil-A Holding hands and walking together Swimming at the club And countless other fun dad and daughter moments...
It's true for dads, especially this one-daughters have a special place in a Father's heart. Too often that isn't the case though. Many little girls longing for the love of their Father end up getting hurt by him or his absence. This sends them on a search for the love that only a daddy can give...it can't be found in the arms of a boyfriend. Years spent in student ministry and now adult ministry have confirmed that reality.
John Mayer adds these insights; "Fathers be good to your daughters ,
Daughters will love like you do, Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, So mothers be good to your daughters, too...On behalf of every man, Looking out for every girl, You are the god and the weight of her world"
Today, I imagine I'll extend my hand...I'll miss the fact that she won't be there to take it...but I know there's a big hug waiting for me at 3:00 this afternoon....
I've enjoyed tennis for along time. I remember getting hooked on it one summer while watching a fuming-tantrum throwing-big hair wearing John McEnroe take on the stoic and reserved Bjorn Borg at Wimbledon.
You win at tennis by playing your game....and by hitting the ball in the sweet spot of your racquet as often as possible. Any tennis hack knows that rim shots rarely win points.
Leadership is similar. If you aren't leading (hitting) from your sweet-spot then you're probably losing some points. Progress points, people points, personal satisfaction points. How do leaders find their sweet spot?
By leading-there is nothing like real world experience of success and failure, risk and reward. Through coaching-we all need input from others about our leadership, even professional tennis players have coaches. With Practice-we can achieve higher levels of performance through exercising our abilities and skills. From Insights-do you prefer baseline or serve and volley? What are your defaults? Some lead easily through others, others prefer reflection and solo leadership, some lead from emotion and appeal, others through calm deliberate process and thought.
I've been leaning into my leadership swing lately and looking at it from a few different perspectives. I ran across an assessment that is scary accurate! If you're are serious about examining your leadership then take this test....it is well worth the cost...can be done online and you receive the results immediately via email. Reading the results was like watching a video tape of my tennis swing.
I'm into a new Saturday routine with my man-child. Bass Lessons, Buffalo Burgers and Bible. Over some seriously great burgers and fries we discuss everything from skateboards to cars, to grilling meat and girls. Though not necessarily in that order.
As we were enjoying some good grub a couple of guys at the next table were talking Church. One of the dudes attends a big box style church and was lamenting the fact that the pastoral staff seemed inaccessible. Translation-the staff isn't available to speak with me or meet with me when I want them to be available to me.
As he continued to unpack his complaint a couple of things became clear.....
One, some people desire Pastoral Immediacy-be there when I want you to, how I want to-on my time table and at my convenience. An impossibility.
Two, Pastoral Accessibility is important to the people we serve-the reality is that I have said yes to a calling that is people and relationally intensive, people believe that I have something to offer-not because of my wisdom but because of God's influence. Life presents them with challenges and circumstances and as a Pastor they often ask for spiritual insights.
How do I respond?
Make time-I've found it helpful to set aside specific times each week for spiritual conversations. I determine the time and schedule it, I don't let it schedule me. For instance, I've learned to say; "I have some time available Monday afternoon or before the Saturday Service." Defining the time helps both of us. A wise staff member once encouraged me; "Don't let someone's urgent problem become your urgent problem."
Create Caring Communities/Structures-we're experiencing some medical issues with one of our kids. Our first call wasn't to the Sr. Pastor or any of the other Pastors on staff, we called our small group and asked them to pray with us. That's the value of small groups, they stand together, pray for each other and care for one another. For those who don't have small groups or connection, caring structures are required not as a substitute for community but as safety net and a bridge toward community until that connection can be made.
People have issues and problems, Pastors included. Pastoral care doesn't come from Pastors alone, you can find it in relationships with the people you know.