Happy Anniversary Babe!
Today is my 16th wedding anniversary. I am married to a wonderful person who is the energy and fun in our relationship. She is the child activity planner, medical expert, school volunteer and social organizer for the family. She endures the bulk of the stress in raising our 4 lovely children, the oldest with special needs. God blessed me greatly by bringing us together. I love you.
Happy Anniversary Babe!
This morning before I left for work, I received a little surprise. As I was packing some things to bring to work I remembered that I wanted to bring along a travel mug. I reached up to grab the mug and tossed it in the bag. I immediately noticed the bag was wet. Where did that come from? I pulled out the travel mug, opened it up, and sure enough the cup was 3 quarters full of something sticky (I’m guessing lemonade). Apparently, somebody put the travel mug away while full of the juice!
It was interesting to read what Michael Jordan had to say about the Lebron James signing that took place. The Minneapolis Tribune quotes Jordan in todays paper as saying;
"There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team.' But that's ... things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."
It's attitudes like Jordans that make sports interesting to watch.
I called home to ask one of my children to water the tomato plants this morning. This is our third year of planting tomatoes. It began with my oldest son and, to some extent, now includes two other children who willingly participate. If you have young children, I highly recommend this activity. This is a great opportunity for meaningful interaction that will hopefully last into adulthood. If you know very little about tomatoes or planting in general this is better because you now get to learn together. We are tending 4 plants this year on the sunny side of our house in the city. When the crop arrives we simply freeze the excess tomatoes and use them in the winter for chilies and such. The reward far exceeds the labor and cost required (which is minimal). This is a great opportunity for you to share God with your children. Do it!
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 1cor3:6
What a spectacular sunset last night. The sun could be viewed through a small whole in a sky filled with clouds that indicated an oncoming storm. This gave the rare appearance of a sunset high in the sky. The beautiful red rays framed by the dark clouds and lighting flashes cannot really be explained in words. It is suffice to say that the display dwarfed all of the fireworks shows presented less than a week ago. There are moments in life like this that draw us to the majesty of God. George Whitefield writes about such a moment some 300 years ago.
A young but already well known evangelist, George was on ship sailing for America when they came upon a great storm. Here is what he records:
About twelve at night a gale arose which increased so much by four in the morning that the waves broke in like a great river on many of the poor soldiers who lay near the main hatchway...I arose and called upon God for myself and those who sailed with me, for absent friends and for all mankind.
After this I went on deck; but surely a more noble, awful sight my eyes never yet beheld. The waves rose mountains high and sometimes came on the quarter-deck. I endeavored all the while to magnify God for thus making His power known. Then, creeping on my knees (for I knew not how to go otherwise), I followed my friend Habersham between decks and sang Psalms and comforted the poor wet people.
After this I read prayers in the great cabin, but we were obliged to sit all the while. Though things were tumbling, the ship rocking, persons falling down unable to stand, and sick about me, I never was more cheerful in my life, and was enabled, though in the midst of company, to finish a sermon before I went to bed. (George Whitfield Vol 1 by Arnold A. Dallimore pg 154)
Lebron James, considered by many to be the best basketball player on the planet, decided to sign with the Miami Heat. Along with James, Miami has signed two other top free agents. This makes Miami the favorite to get to the NBA finals for the coming season.
Who cares, right?! The thing that I find interesting is that the competitive spirit seems to be lacking in many athletes today. Players, of such calibre as James, want to win titles the "easy" way by joining with other great players so as to be dominate. This tarnishes the championship and hurts the sport as a whole. I admire a Michael Jordan or Tim Duncan who, as the best player on their teams, won championships by hard work and a drive to win. These players made their teamates better by their contagious desire to win and with leadership.
We were just told that the company I am working with has been sold. In a meeting, held last Friday, we were told that everyone would keep their employment except for those in the department I work in. I must admit, though I’m not thrilled with the prospect of finding new employment, I am confident that God is with me and that is encouraging. You see God is the one who brought me to this place over 4 years ago.
In the fall of 2005, after much prayer, I left the company I was working for without another job in the wings. Over the next 4 months, I participated in many interviews but with no employment. Finally, I decided that I should take a look at signing on with a consulting company and made the appropriate arrangements. Hours after signing on with the company they called me about a 90 day placement that started the next day. I accepted the offer and after 4 1/2 years I am now faced with the prospect of moving on. This job has been wonderful. I believe God placed me in a situation much better than I would have chosen. I believe he will do so again!