Filter Through Life

Rival Reader
March 31, 2008, 11:51 am
Filed under: Kickball | Tags: , ,

Uh oh, someone from a rival kickball team in our league in Georgetown has found my blog.  I think he is going to use something I said in this post and use it as bulletin board material.  I happened to say there wasn’t anything left to look forward to now that we have beaten the (formerly) best team in the league.  Well, rally your player Scorchers!  The Inferno is gonna burn you.   

Scorchers.  Inferno.  Both pertaining to fire.  What can we do to one another?  If we try to burn you and you try to burn us…won’t the universe implode or something?  And who comes up with these names?  Where am I? 

Anyway, come on John.  Let the smack talk commence.  Tell your friends and we’ll see you April 15th.

Got Smack?


I am not good enough
March 31, 2008, 8:46 am
Filed under: Faith, God, Leadership, Ministry, Religion, Youth Ministry | Tags:

I read a short article in Leadership Magazine this morning that was quite encouraging.  The author, who also happened to be a pastor, recalled an uncomfortable meeting with a congregate.  The congregate wanted to let the pastor know just how poor of a performance she thought he was doing.  He said he was kind of dumb-struck but he also felt she was right in a way. 

I can’t imagine that happening to me.  I am my own worst critic but I wouldn’t want one of my students or a student’s parent telling was a bad job I am doing.  I already know but the truth still hurts.   

The pastor responded to the woman with something like this, (I don’t have the quote in front of my so I’ll paraphrase) “I am not very good and God still wants to use me”.   

That’s beautiful.  He emphasized grace because we are not good enough to be in leadership.  We are not good enough to be pastors or counselors.  We are not good at all but He is.  His strength and grace is made perfect in our weakness.  I know that I am not fully equipped to do the job he wants me to do but I also know that His grace is enough to help me do it.

Answer to a proposal
March 31, 2008, 8:10 am
Filed under: Blogs, Random Junk

I would just like to address the person that found my blog yesterday by searching, “Will you be my wife for the weekend?” 

No.  No, I will not.

Daily Affirmation with David Fuller
March 27, 2008, 10:08 am
Filed under: Christianity, Faith, forgiveness, God, Jesus, Religion | Tags: ,

Everybody loves affirmations.  Everyone wants to feel good about themselves.  We are taught to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and tell ourselves we are good-looking, intelligent, caring, and hard-working, all around good people.  There are a few people out there that actually fit this description.  Very few.   

The fact of the matter is we are not inherently good people.  It kind of sucks to admit that but it’s true.  The good that I do I cannot attribute to myself.  I have to give the glory to Jesus because my flesh doesn’t want to do the good that I do.  My flesh doesn’t want to get up at 6:30 and get ready for work.  My flesh doesn’t want to let a stranger in front of me just because they turned on their blinker.  My flesh wants to be completely self-absorbed.  I have a pretty good feeling that my flesh is not the exception but the rule. 

But, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.  Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.  The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”  1 Timothy 1:12-14 

I couldn’t have said it any better if I were given a week to think about it.  I love this bit of scripture because it is so humble and show the heart of Paul.  He wasn’t a perfect man but he loved the Lord and acknowledged the grace given to him.  He follows this statement with another that would make Stuart Smalley have an emotional breakdown.  He says, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16 

I don’t know if Paul really believed he was the worst of the sinners or if he continually told himself that to remain humble.  However, the fact remains that there is not a “best” and a “worst” sinner.  We all need God’s grace and the sacrifice He made by sending Jesus to the cross for our sins.  If the only sin you make in your life is taking three ketchups packets when you know you only need two or if you kick a puppy or if you commit adultery, you need Jesus.  There are no ifs, ands or buts about it.   

So, I might not think I do anything that is that bad.  I might think I am doing pretty well and someone else is a lousy sinner.  In that case I might need a daily affirmation.  Why don’t you say it with me?  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.

Another Season Underway
March 26, 2008, 8:07 am
Filed under: Kickball | Tags: ,

Last night was our first game of the new kickball season.  We should have had two games under our belts but the previous two games were rained out.  No big deal, right?  We started the season off again The Cool Arrows, a team that has not lost since the Georgetown Kickball League started about four seasons ago.  They weren’t the ideal team to start the season off against but what can you do? 

Last season, both we and The Cool Arrows were undefeated going into the final “championship” game of the season.  We lost.  I don’t remember the score but it wasn’t pretty.  We have been trying to beat them for three seasons and last night was no different. 

Well, last night was a little different.  We finally won.  We beat them 8-6.  It should have been 8-3 but I made a bone-headed play with two outs that cost us three runs.  I usually have one bone-headed play like that per year.  I don’t know why, I just do.  Otherwise I am usually quite good (toot, toot).  I did make up for it with a couple of RBI’s and a no-look, over-the-should catch with two men on base to end the game. 

So we were pretty pumped last night.  I know a few of the guys were doing everything they could to keep from busting at the seams with jubilation.  It wasn’t that big of a deal to me but I was excited.  Now we have the rest of the season to go with nothing to look forward to.  *Sigh*

New Reader
March 26, 2008, 7:52 am
Filed under: Blogs, Random Junk

I received one of those “One Comment Awaiting Moderation” emails this morning.  I think to myself, “that’s cool; someone new is reading the blog.”   

So I open the email and the comment is, “hurri supracentenarian unsymmetrical gedeckt electrics vertebration thermidorian nibber.”  It was followed by two hyperlinks.  Huh? 

Way to go Akismet.   

Prayer Request
March 25, 2008, 9:41 am
Filed under: church, Ministry, Prayer | Tags:

My wife pointed something out to me this morning and I want to share it with you all in an effort to nip it in the butt.  She exclaimed that a lot of people in our church are getting sick a lot, especially the staff.  I have had a handful of health issues but lately I have been pretty good.  Of course, I haven’t gone to the doctor either.  Anyway, our children’s pastor’s wife is sick again and their kids were sick not too long ago.  Our worship pastor and his wife get sick more often than they should.  I think the only people immune are my wife, Tony and his wife.   

Please pray for us.  I don’t think we are falling apart at the seams or anything but it is little annoyances like these that can really cause stress on a person and in turn a team.  Thanks for your prayers.