Monday morning (Tuesday) meanderings. Vol.67

January 14, 2009 at 3:48 am 2 comments

Sayre, Oklahoma

Since yesterday was a travel day, getting the meanderings out on its usual day was not possible so here is a belated collection of details from my life and times and some other sort of fun stuff.

Item one.  4816.7.  That is the number of miles driven from Elk City, OK to Shelton, WA and back again.  There were a few side trips which produced the 800+ miles over the 4K.  Sayre (Elk City) is right at 2000 miles from Shelton.  The weather was what you would expect in the winter, with snow, rain, blowing snow, blowing dust, blowing wind and some clear blue sky.  All in all it wasn’t bad.  We stopped in Colorado Springs and Twin Falls, Idaho on the way out and Idaho Falls, Fruita, CO (Linda flew to Salt Lake City), and Colorado Springs, on the way back.  We travelled an average of 650 miles each travel day.  Diesel average about $2.20 a gallon, about half what it was on a previous trip. Don’t want to leave right now to do it again, but I would and we probably will drive  it again in the days ahead.

Item two.  While in the Springs we attended the birthday party of our niece Andrea’s 11 year old son, Jalen.  As you might know Andrea’s mother is Chinese American and Andrea is Korean by birth and Jalen’s father is African American.  Of course Andrea’s father, my brother is the same ethnicity as me.  What a wonderful collection of Americans attended this party.  Add to the ethnic variations already mentioned, Samoan and maybe one other and you have all in one little house what America is all about.  I live, work and worship mostly with people like me (well sort of-not sure what ethnicity Cowboy is) so being in that home with all these people of color and colorful culture was fun.  At one point I counted 20 children, 11 and under and then discovered there were some teenagers in the basement.  Add another 20 adults to the mix, including my 84 year old father and it was a full on inter-generational, inter-cultural party.  Good times, as Brad would say.

Item three. 285 years ago the great American preacher and pastor, Jonathan Edwards dedicated himself to the following: I made a solemn dedication of myself to God, and wrote it down; giving up myself, and all that I had to God; to be for the future, in no respect, my own; to act as one that had no right to himself, in any respect. And solemnly vowed, to take God for my whole portion and felicity; looking on nothing else, as any part of my happiness, nor acting as if it were; and his law for the constant rule of my obedience. I am clearly no Jonathan Edwards but I am trying my best to dedicate myself to this pledge.  I even wrote it down.  I added this one line; it is not about me but all about Him therefore I make this solemn dedication… (felicity means the source of happiness or the place we get ourjoyful)

Item four. What’s next?  Good question.  There is a lot for us to do here but living in a trailer is not conducive to cold weather.  We are planning to be in Arizona for a few weeks, just don’t know which few weeks.  Don’t want to miss what the Father has for us here or there.  The days are quite nice here but it gets very cold at night.  Doesn’t seem like much we try to do to stay warm and keep the water from freezing, has worked.  Probably some tricks yet to try but Arizona feels like the best trick.

Item five. Being with and around our children and grandchildren is the best blessing we as parents can receive for our efforts to raise quality children who love the Father and live to please Him as well as raising their own children to do the same.  I am not sure I could tell you what we did to raise such great kids and encourage them to marry such great mates, but whatever it was and to whatever degree we had a part, it is such a blessing to see. 

Item six. There are so many things to write about and not enough time.  A few examples:  For years, Dallas Seminary’s students came to the school because they were encouraged to go there by a pastor.  The last group surveyed said they came because of the school’s website.  Some people are still wondering if the internet is here to stay.  Seth Godin in his book All marketers are liars says all kinds of things that are cool and more than that, right for today’s culture.  Take this… It is hard to be remarkable when you and your organization insist on not changing the status quo. Or this“If you want to grow, make something worth talking about. Not the hype, not the ads, but the thing. If your idea is good, it’ll spread.” [If it requires an announcement from the platform and a bulletin insert to succeed, then it’s probably not “worth talking about” and it probably won’t grow. I hated to, and mostly refused to do platform announcements because they don’t work, they just waste time. I could write a lot about that one.]  One more...”If a consumer figures something out or discovers it on her own, she’s a thousand times more likely to believe it than if it’s just something you claim.” [This is counter to the discipleship strategy of almost every church in the country.]  My comments are in the brackets and are all I have time to write about.

Hopefully I will get back to the Summit Recap this week.  Have a happy day and thanks for reading.

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Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Christianity, Church, Church Growth, Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Institutional church, Kingdom, Monday meanderings, Northwest, Thoughts, Travel, Western Oklahoma.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amanda  |  January 15, 2009 at 2:19 am

    cowboy, (and to another degree, horse people) i think, are an ethnicity all its own.

  • 2. Jeff R.  |  January 14, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Item 3. Here’s an interesting fact of history that many Americans don’t know: Jonathan Edwards was the maternal grandfather of Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson’s Vice President. Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s Secretary of the Treasury, in a famous (infamous?) duel. Thank you, Greg, for posting Edwards’ pledge. It seems to me that the obscure fact of history above demonstrates our need to be diligent to the cause of the Gospel to our generation, the next generation, and the generations that follow.

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