Archive for May, 2011

Summer

May 31, 2011

I remember summer vacation as a child.  It was wonderful.  Sleeping in, riding my bike, playing outside, going to the local pool.  It was great!

As an adult, things have changed, but I still enjoy summer.  In my situation, I have two jobs.  I pastor a church in a small community, and I teach at a local community college.  There is no break from being a pastor, but there is a break at the school.

It is really nice to have a few weeks when I am only responsible for one job.  I will be teaching a summer class in July, and the fall semester starts in August, so June is my summer break.

I am looking forward to it.

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Stalemate

May 17, 2011

Our politicians need to find a way to move forward.  We have a House controlled by republicans and the Senate is controlled by democrats.  They need to work together to get any legislation passed.  It is time to get creative.  It is time to look for common ground and a new approach.  It is time to work together.  We are currently at stalemate and with a stalemate, nobody wins.

Work Harder?

May 16, 2011

My life is packed with things that are waiting to be done.  One problem is finding the time to do everything.  Everything?  Who am I kidding?  I am not ever going to get everything done.  I will have to settle for getting the important things done.  Hopefully, I am able to recognize what is important.  I often pray that God will help me to prioritize.  That I will know what is truly important.

The second problem is finding motivation.  When there is so much stuff waiting to be done, it can be overwhelming.  This is where a daily routine and a list can really be helpful.  Instead of looking at the entire list, which is overwhelming,  you simply start with the first thing on the list, and then move on to the next thing, and so on.  One thing at a time, task by task, you work your way through the day.  It is surprising how much you can get done when you are able to stay focused, moving from task to task.

The third problem is balance.  We are not meant to simply work.  I remember the character Boxer  from the book Animal Farm .  His motto was “I will work harder.”  I sometimes think that my life has been motivated by that motto.  That is not a good thing.  There is more to life than work.  Although there is always more to do, not everything has to be done, at least not today.

That brings us back to priorities.  May God help us to use our time wisely, to live as He would have us live.

Honest Questions

May 12, 2011

I remember when I was a young man attending a church that was fervent in the proclamation of the gospel.  They gave detailed directives for how one should follow Christ.  One day when I questioned some of the teachings I was told that “I should just accept what they are saying, because they were more mature in Christ.”

I accepted that comment at first. Then they started to change the rules.  If they changed, then they were not right at first, and so it was appropriate to question what was taught and to think for myself about what I believe, and why.

As a person in ministry I believe that honest questions about our faith deserve answers.  It has long been a part of my approach to ministry to allow people to ask any question that is on their mind or heart, that is pertinent to our Christian walk.

I believe that a sincere search for truth will eventually lead one to Christ, who said “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  John 14:6

Chi Alpha’s First Year

May 10, 2011

The semester is coming to a close.  Finals are next week.  The first year of Chi Alpha at the community college where I teach, is coming to an end.  I have appreciated the opportunity to share in the lives of students, to pray with them about shared concerns, and to spend time in the Word of God together.

Last fall it was an idea that took shape, and became a reality.  We found interested students, began holding meetings, received official recognition, and learned a lot in the process.

It’s a start, and I hope that next year will be even better.

Is May 21 the End?

May 9, 2011

Harold Camping and Family Radio are proclaiming that May 21, 2011 is the day the rapture will take place.  He has calculated this date using a mathematical formula applied to biblical prophecy.

I am surprised that he has managed to gather a substantial number of people to believe his prediction.

Throughout the generations there have been many attempts to place a date on the return of Christ.  All previous dates have come and gone without the fulfillment of their hopes.

I believe that Christ will return one day.  I believe in the rapture.  I do not believe that we can predict the date.  I believe that it could happen at any moment, so we should live our lives with an expectancy of the return of Christ, but we should plan for the future, because we do not know the day of His return.

Fifty Miles

May 5, 2011

Well, I have participated in my first ultra running event.  It was a 24 hour track run.  That means that you have a 24 hour period to run or walk as many laps as you are able to complete.

I made 198 laps, which is fifty miles.

I did not make it through 24 hours.  I quit after 13 hours and eight minutes.  I decided I had enough for my first experience.  I was tired and my feet hurt.  My comments as I left the track was that I would never be doing this again.  However, before I went to bed that night I was already thinking about what I would do different next year.

Next year?  Have I lost my mind???

Maybe.

Next year I will be more prepared mentally for the event.  I will have an idea of what to expect.  I will bring along some comfortable walking shoes to go along with the running shoes.

I will try again.  Maybe next year I will be able to complete the 100k necessary to obtain a plaque.  (That is 62.5 miles.)  After this year,  I recognize that it is not an easy task to perform.