Archive for December 2006

Not Jesus

December 18, 2006

So I’m taking my 5yr old and 2 of our neighbor’s kids to school this morning…like I do every morning. Most of the time it’s rather quiet in the car. I’m not a morning person, so I’m often quiet, just driving and thinking about all the things I need to do for the day. Other times I try and chit chat with the kiddos about whatever. This morning, I tried to initiate a little conversation and threw out the question, “So, what are ya’ll going to learn about in school today?” I didn’t really expect an answer. The neighbor’s kids are 8 and 6. Braden is 5. If they did answer, I expected something along the lines of “numbers or letters”, etc. Well, what I got has thrown me for a loop this morning. Braden immediately said, “Not Jesus.” I responded with, “Not Jesus?…well, where do you learn about Jesus?” We then discussed how church and the home are where you mostly learn about Jesus.

Now the whole Public vs. Private vs. Homeschool debate is churning in my head (and stomach) again. The answer didn’t surprise me. After all, he goes to the local public school. I don’t expect him to hear about Jesus…or anything remotely related to Jesus there. But his answer is interesting, isn’t it? On one hand I hate it b/c I want as many people as I can get surrounding my children with truth. On the other hand, it’s ok, maybe even “good” because it a. set up an opportunity for me to share with him how he is to take his light into places like his school and b. he is recognizing at an early age differing beliefs and how he is to be different.

While this certainly raises questions about schooling options…it solidly confirms one thing. When my children are asked, “Where DO YOU learn about Jesus?”…I want them to naturally and immediately think of “Home” first. That’s the lesson here.

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Respond

December 16, 2006

I was recently convicted about how I respond to things, people, circumstances, etc. Reaction matters, doesn’t it? How we respond to things speaks volume about our faith. It communicates grace and patience and love…or it communicates impatience, anger, and ungodly behavior. In fact, how we respond to people…especially those who mistreat us…could possibly be the strongest testimony we carry.
Lately, I’ve allowed stress and frustration to throw me off track. I’ve been harsh in my reactions. If not harsh, I’ve just been indifferent. In all relationships we have moments of conflict. In our job and in our homes we all have those moments when our response to someone’s behavior will steer the conversation towards peace or towards more conflict.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

Finishing Strong

December 15, 2006

In the Christian life, it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish.
I was recently given the book Finishing Strong by Steve Farrar. I’m only 22 pages in, but I like this statement. It’s true. He talks about 2 ministers who started around the time of Billy Graham and had great success, but neither finished in ministry. On this topic, I’ve heard the casualty rate for ministers is 90%. In other words, only 10% who start in ministry will finish in ministry. This statement speaks to that, but it also speaks to anyone who claims to follow Christ. I know many, including myself, that need to be reminded of this. Forget the past. You can’t change it. Don’t be stuck in regret or failings or missed opportunities. Stay the course. Trust in Him. Change today and tomorrow. (Ok, not trying to be some cheesy motivational dork here.) But, it’s true. It is how you finish. Be encouraged. “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13b-14

Disc Golf

December 12, 2006

Another weird thing I like (besides Duke basketball) is disc golf. Tons of fun, great exercise, challenging, and super cheap (often free!). HERE is a cheesy video about disc golf. These guys make it look easy.

Let’s Go Duke!

December 11, 2006

Don’t ask me how, cause I don’t know. I don’t know how a country boy from North Alabama who attended Auburn University ended up being a Duke Bluedevil’s Basketball fan…but it happened. I started watching them in high school and continued on into college. Most people around here despise even hearing the word Duke mentioned. And having lived in Louisville, KY for 4.5 years….oh boy, let me tell you. They certainly have their own opinions about Duke. Most comments I hear are along the lines of, “Those stuck-up bunch of spoiled brats…” (not necessarily the team, but the school). And there is probably a certain amount of truth to that statement. But here’s why I enjoy watching the Bluedevils: the Cameron Crazies – best student section in college basketball. Oh, and by the way, when Duke loses more games this season (and they will lose quite a few more this year) – don’t come talkin smack on my blog. I’m not a crazy, just a wannabee. I don’t care that much — it’s not AU football.

@ the Leaf

December 11, 2006

A little video about Sundays at Oak Leaf.
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$$$ to give

December 9, 2006

Just curious, if you were given tons of moola – with the condition that you had to give every bit of it away – awarding it to someone…who would it be? Why that person(s)? Here’s some quick answers off the top of my head: 1. Someone who would promise to give it right back. ha. 2. Parents 3. Family 4. Ministries/Charities
What say you?