Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Back at work

It's aways a humbling experience to return to work and see how things went so well in your absence.

But it is good to be back in my yellow office. And the weather is spectacular and fall is just around the corner. Life is good.

I'm reading two books right now I'll let you know about as soon as I'm done with them. One is by Bill Hybels on evangelism called Just Walk Across the Room and the other is by Les and Leslie Parrott (yes that this their real names) called Your Time-Starved Marriage.

I watched the new Matthew Perry show Studio 60 on Monday night. I liked it.

I've already given up on the Redskins.

I think it's going to be an all New York World Series (Mets vs. Yankees).

My dad a graduate of Oklahoma University is still grieving about what happened to OU at Oregon this past Saturday. In case you don't know what I'm referring to, consider yourself blessed. Dad and my mom are visiting my Granddad and his wife in Oklahoma City this week. Dad told me that this football fiasco has not just been on the front page of the Oklahoma City newspaper's sports page, but was on the front page of the newspaper and all other "world and national" news was relegated to inside the paper. Think college football is important in middle America?

I hope you have a great day.

More later...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Life after the knife

Well I wish I could make my recent surgery into a bigger deal than it actually was.

But I can't.

Last Thursday, I had umbilical hernia repair surgery. Which basically means that my "innie" had turned into an "outie" and it needed to be fixed. Nothing macho here. (It is a hernia that typically pregnant women and infants get!)

It looks as though the surgeon made a small incision under my belly-button (it's still covered up with a bandage), then he pushed back in what was sticking out, sewed in some mesh and finally stitched me back up. It took less than 30 minutes. I was home less than an 90 minutes after the surgery started.

I was told to do nothing for five days (which I've done) and I go back and see the Dr. tomorrow for my "follow-up" appointment.

I've had this condition for several months, but learned in August from a good friend in the medical profession that it could turn ugly fast. (Mention of softball size protrusions coming out of my belly-button got my immediate attention.) So I scheduled the procedure and now it's done. Hopefully it was stay done.

This tiny surgery has made me have great sympathy for people who have real surgery (which I have been spared up to this point in my life). I will be a much more attentive and compassionate when I talk with people who undergo surgery of any kind.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers, your encouragement and your surgery stories. They helped (and scared) me into getting better.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Happy Hump Day

If you can make it over "the hump" of Wednesday it's downhill for the rest of the work week.

I was just reading an article out today about the rightness or wrongness of studying the Bible in public school. Since the article was in a USATODAY Blog I was able to read through many of the comments given to the article (and responses to other blog comments). Those were the most interesting. No matter which way you slice it, the Bible causes people to take sides. People may not read it and may not believe in it, but they can't leave it alone.

I'm having some minor surgery tomorrow. It's an "out-patient" thing. "Out-Patient" seems to be like dry cleaning..."In by 11 out by 5." I'll tell the nurse, "Light starch please." Maybe it will help my posture.

Though it's minor surgery, I've been told that I have to do nothing for five to ten days. And I can't lift anything of any weight for six weeks. My thought is that forced to watch day time television, the doctor knows any patient will take it easy to get better as soon as possible.

My mom's birthday is tomorrow. I've been blessed to have her as my mom. Her love for God and his people, her love for her family, her sense of humor and her great cooking have been a blessing to my life. Happy birthday mom.

More later...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

9.11. and beyond

I made it through the 9.11 weekend. How about you? Sunday morning we had a great worship service that included honoring and appreciating our local fire fighers and police officers. I think our small effort of thanks made them feel good. And I have to think they're going to enjoy the grill and the plasma TV, as well as all the goodies that went with them.

Sunday night, Jeanette and I were crashing on the couch as I flipped channels. We turned to CBS and were stunned for 90 minutes as we watched video footage of a 9.11 documentary that we had never seen before. Evidently the documentary was to be the maturing of a brand new New York City fire fighter. The fellow they were chronicling had started his fire-fighting assignment just days before 9.11 in a station that was near the World Trade Center. It was mesmerizing and brought back a lot of buried emotions.

Yesterday on the actual anniversary, I just went about my day. No real emotional ups or downs.

But there was one great blessing that happened yesterday. The Redskins lost to a team they were supposed to beat. Since it looks like another losing season, I can disengage early. It frees up a lot of Sunday afternoon time. If they were good I'd feel like I had to watch and follow them. If they're lousy, then it is so much easier to just release and simply root against the Dallas Cowboys.

Hope you have an uneventful day.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Lou Holtz On Life

I recently finished Lou Holtz autobiography, Wins, Losses and Lessons. Throughout the book Holtz (who is deeply religious) shares his thoughts and reflections on life.
Here were a few I underlined:
  • Material goods are never a substitute for a family's love.
  • The most important important decisions a man makes in his life are what kind of relationship he has with God, whom he marrieds, where he lives, what he does for a career, and what kind of example he sets for others.
  • Successful people adapt to change, even thrive on it, while those who dread and resist change, have trouble.
  • What I thought was a terrible setback turned out to be one of the greatest things that ever happened to me.
  • Jimmy Durante said, "If they're laughing, they ain't gonna shoot you."
  • I learned at an early age that it's not what you have but who you have that counts.
  • At the end of the day, commitment and determination triumph every time.
  • Great acheivments require great sacrifice.
  • It's always better to face the truth, no matter how uncomfortable, then to continue coddling a lie.
  • If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for the future.Coach Burns liked me and appreciated all the things I did for the program. I knew this because he told me so as he was firing me.

Hope you enjoyed some proverbs from Lou.

More soon.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Honor Where Honor Is Due

This Sunday at 9 AM, FXCC will honor the local Fire and Police "people" of the Fair Oaks Station. I'm excited about this opportunity to recognize and appreciate these important and dedicated public servants. If you attend FXCC I hope you'll be there at 9 AM this Sunday to help us say "It's five years later, but we still remember and appreciate you."

You're welcome for the rain. Last Thursday just before Ernesto hit, we had a sprinkler system installed in our yard. And then of course yesterday it rained even more. The only law we live by is Murphy's!

Currently our church is going through a process to refocus or maybe better put, to re-discover our mission and vision. What do you believe the mission of the church to be? And what is your vision for the church of Jesus Christ?

I'd be interested in knowing your thoughts. You can even sign in as anonymous (smile).

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I'm back

It was a dark and stormy morning...

Really it was. But it was a very moving morning. After riding through rain and I-66 traffic this morning at 9AM I was sitting in the Old Post Chapel at Fort Meyer for the funeral of a father of a good friend. As the service progressed (which BTW was the largest military funeral and burial I have ever witnessed in person) I was reminded of two important things:

1. The importance of being saved by God's grace. It sober and somber time like a funeral I'm reminded that life is a matter of life and death. Having a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus is the most important thing anyone can have.

2. The importance of being a part of a local church family. While several of us FXCC members were at memorial service, our friend's FXCC small group was at their home preparing a meal for all who attended the service. When family and friends arrived, every need was predicted, met and attended to. It was a wonderful gift of compassion, care and love.

Thanks for the kind words about my blogging. It's good to be back. I hope you've had a great summer. I'll share more about my summer (and sabbatical) of change, growth and renewed focus.

More soon.