Monday morning meanderings. Vol.30
Fort McDowell, Arizona
Another raining, windy weekend in the Valley of the Super Bowl. This front has spilled over into Monday so today will be an inside work day. Lots of things to get done for Convergence classes and some writing assignments.
Item one. A very super Super Pool Bowl. I have mentioned before I am not a fan of Tom Brady or any team on the left coast so I had to pretend the Giants were not from New York so I had a team to cheer for, and what a team! We were in Payson with our new friends Chuck and Nancy and it was a really good time. They have a pool table so pre game, half time and post game was shooting pool and I was surprisingly adept at a game I don’t think I have played in 30 years at least. Thanks Chuck and Nancy for a great time.
Item one-a. I am a fan of the writing of Yahoo! guy Michael Silver (not a fan of his politics but this is not politics. Bill Belichick’s walk off before the game was over was classless and Silver captures my sentiments. Here it is: Belichick, what happened to you? The stunt you pulled at the end of Sunday’s game, after Brady’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete with one second remaining, was comically unnecessary and regrettable. Venturing all the way across the field to shake Coughlin’s hand (and essentially ruining his rival’s moment), then essentially saying “peace out” and leaving before the Giants’ final kneel-down is something I might expect to see from an immature player – come to think of it, Randy Moss did the same thing as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in a loss to the Redskins at the end of the ’04 regular season, as he was understandably skewered as a result. So were the nine Pistons who they left the court in the final minutes of a four-game Eastern Conference Finals sweep to the Chicago Bulls in 1991. Give Belichick credit for one thing: Consistency. He is both a bad winner and a lousy loser. From the celebrated blowoffs of Eric Mangini (in ’06) and Tony Dungy (and ’07) to the running-up-the-score episodes from earlier this season, the guy shows as much disrespect for his opponents in victory as he did in Sunday’s rare defeat. Maybe he’d handle a tie better? I don’t know, but I hope Belichick takes some time to reflect on how far over the edge of reasonable behavior he has gone over the past couple of seasons, and how needless it all is. We’re talking about one of the greatest coaches of all time, and a guy who I know has great respect for the game of football. He should start acting like it again.
Item two. Many of my readers are not in church leadership but these tips from Rick Warren are appropriate for any kind of leadership or any type of long term interpersonal relationships. Warren writes about seven errors to avoid if you want your ministry to last. Things like not continuing to grow, care, listen, or allowing yourself to be easily distracted or fall into complacency. These are all things that will derail any significant relationship regardless of type or location. Read the article here and apply it to your world.
Item three. The Henri Nouwen daily reading last week was all about forgiveness. It was especially good every day. Forgiveness has been an “in your face” kind of experience for me, these last two years. I had some idea of how hard it was to give forgiveness but never knew how hard it was to receive it. If you are not getting these daily 1 minute to read devoes, subscribe here. Here is one from last week: Forgiving does not mean forgetting. When we forgive a person, the memory of the wound might stay with us for a long time, even throughout our lives. Sometimes we carry the memory in our bodies as a visible sign. But forgiveness changes the way we remember. It converts the curse into a blessing. When we forgive our parents for their divorce, our children for their lack of attention, our friends for their unfaithfulness in crisis, our doctors for their ill advice, we no longer have to experience ourselves as the victims of events we had no control over. Forgiveness allows us to claim our own power and not let these events destroy us; it enables them to become events that deepen the wisdom of our hearts. Forgiveness indeed heals memories.
Item four. Brad and Summer were on TV over the weekend. Find out how and why here.
Item five. Didn’t really think the Super Bowl ads were that great this year thought I did like the ones with the baby talking about stocks in the voice of a grown man. Maybe the one with the Dalmatian training the Clydesdale based on the movie Rocky, oh yeah, the fedex carrier pigeons, that was good. Which one was your favorite? If you can’t remember you can review them all here.
Item six. Prayer of the week, month, year, life time? God, grant me the peace to accept the things I cannot change. Grant me the courage to change the things I can. And give me the wisdom to know the difference.
Topics for this week? The Kingdom and Super Tuesday, Why the enemy attacks the Illustrations, If you could start over… Hope you will stop by the juniper view this week.
Enjoy your week!