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Here’s a link to my photoblog.  Its a work in progress.  Enjoy!

TJ

On empty.

I’m in Nashville this weekend with my wife.  We have less than 1/4 of a tank of gas and it seems there’s a scare on, at least here in Nashville.  I can’t find gas anywhere.  Needless to say, we’re not going out and exploring the city.  Looks like we’ll be sitting in the hotel the whole time.  Apparently none of the gas stations are getting gas for the rest of the weekend.  Who knows what will happen?

It got me thinking…I wish our lives were half as dependent on God as they are on gas.  Maybe yours is.  I’m pretty sure mine isn’t.

Think about it.

TJ

Its been a while, but I’m back and here’s a thought that hit me recently in my daily devotional.

How many times a day are you asked, “How ya doing?”  Doesn’t matter.  More than likely you answer the way I do, “I’m doing good.  And you?”  The only thing is, we’re lying.  I don’t mean that your life really stinks and your trying to hide it.  Your life probably is great.  But you’re not doing good, You’re doing well.

Quick grammar lesson:  

Well = state of satisfaction or contentment

Good = charitable act, kind action

Remember, Superman does good.  You’re doing well.

You see, most of us are doing well (we’re healthy, financially ok, somewhat intelligent) but few of us are doing good (helping others, visiting the elderly, serving the poor, etc.).

Contrary to popular TV theology, God doesn’t care if you’re doing well, but he does want you (and me) to do good.  The Bible says if you know what good is and you don’t do it, you’re sinning.  That kinda sums up my everyday life.  I’m good at not doing bad, but bad at doing good.  Confused?  Just don’t worry about how well you’re doing, but do lose sleep over how little good you’re doing.

God bless,

TJ

but thanks to everyone who has inquired about why I haven’t blogged in almost a month.  With the move to Chattanooga, grad school and recent computer problems (i.e. not having one), I’ve been unable to blog.  However, I’ve got some good posts written down on paper…yes, actual paper.  I can’t wait to share them with you.  Hopefully, I’ll be back on track in about a week (when I get my computer back from the evil corporation that shall remain nameless).

God bless,
TJ

I recently blogged about our relocation to Chattanooga, TN.  As I discussed in that post, part of our motive for moving there is to help launch The Net Church.  Being close to the leadership of The Net, I know that a huge desire of this church plant is to serve and transform the city.  In fact, Ryan (the lead pastor) recently blogged about the new Volkswagen plant that will provide 2,000 more jobs, thus increasing the potential of The Net.

 

So, this morning when I read in Chattanooga’s Times Free Press that the homeless population in the city has increased by 55.3% from 2005 to 2007, I immediately had to thank God for the opportunity.  No, I’m not thankful that these people are actually homeless.  It’s a sad condition that often sees no hope of recovering.  But I am thankful that this gives the people of The Net a greater opportunity to show Christ’s love to those who need it.

 

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not trying to sound self-righteous.  Sadly, I don’t have a history of doing a whole lot for homeless people.  But it is a group for whom I have much compassion and about whom God has convicted me a lot within the last year.  It’s also a group that Jesus had a lot to say about.  In fact, I’m pretty sure he was homeless too.

Below is a list of random sayings that have gotten me out of some of life’s toughest situations.  I would feel as though I were doing you all a disservice by not sharing these time-tested bits of wisdom with you.  I hope they bless your soul as much as they have mine.

 

  1. You can’t triple stamp a double stamp.
  2. Contrary to popular opinion, a 5-ounce bird can NOT carry a 1-pound coconut.
  3. The only things you should fear in life are carnies.
  4. Jerry Garcia did not have a brother named Barry Garcia.
  5. There are very reliable ways of telling whether someone is a witch.
  6. A persons level of aspirations is directly proportional to the amount of ‘flare’ one displays on his/her clothing.
  7. Rice-A-Roni is not just a San Francisco treat anymore.
  8. Being a limo driver allows you to bypass airport security.
  9. There’s a place in New York that has the best coffee in the world.
  10. That John Denver was full of crap!

 

I’d love to hear any similar words of wisdom that have become life principles for you!

like hugging, smiling, and dancing!!!!!!

Check out this video: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080722.html

I dare you not to smile.