iPhone Conversation with Meagan…

[01/09/2007 11:53 AM] FozzieBurt: Not a joke this time. iPhone/Wide Screen/Touch Screen Video iPod just announced at MacWorld by Steve Jobs!
[01/09/2007 11:53 AM] MEAGANCBC: what
[01/09/2007 11:54 AM] MEAGANCBC: show me a link!
[01/09/2007 11:54 AM] FozzieBurt: No pics yet, just a live blog from MacWorld. Go to: http://www.tuaw.com/2007/01/09/macworld-2007-keynote-liveblog/
[01/09/2007 11:54 AM] FozzieBurt: Scan down to 9:40 PT and read up. from there
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The 4 Daily S’s of Being a Man

Being a man has a lot of requirements and duties. Mowing the grass, providing for the family, changing the oil in the car, putting up the Christmas lights, etc. However, there are 4 essential things that a man needs to do DAILY. These are “The 4 Daily “S”s of Being a Man”.
1. Sh*t – While this may seem crude, the reality is that a good daily sh*t is the mark of a healthy man. To do this daily, you must eat well and get a little exercise both of which are important to being a man.
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Reaching God’s Goal for Us

“Each time you fall He will pick you up again… the goal towards which He is beginning to guide you is absolute perfection; and no power in the whole universe, except you yourself, can prevent him from taking you to that goal.”
(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Fount Collins: Glasgow 1952, p.170)

Can we reach God’s goal for us? No, WE can’t reach perfection however we can allow God to make us perfect through him. He’s guiding us toward perfection all we have to do is get out the way! We’re the ones keeping God from working through us and in us.

“Father, I will get out of the way, please lead me and guide me toward your goal for me.
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An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.

Unite your avocation and your vocation

I just heard Dewitt Jones’ give his
Extraordinary Visions speech
. In it he mentions a Robert Frost poem Two Tramps in Mud Time. I wasn’t aware of. The last part of the poem goes like this.

But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.

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Independence Day away from home

I spent this 4th of July in San Diego, CA. During the day I spent some time walking the streets. The diverse culture of the San Diego Bay area reminded me of one of the things that makes this country great. US Citizens, no matter the color or ethnic background are treated equally. I know, this hasn’t always been the case and we’re not a perfect nation so there are still places and situations where some people are more equal than others, but the principal is still sound and the goal is still noble.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
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Father’s Day

It’s amazing how little holidays like Father’s Day become more meaningful as you get older. As your kids get older you come to realize that they have a choice about whether they love you or not (unlike when they were small and totally dependent on you) and it “makes your day” when they decide to spend some time with you. On the other side you realize how important each week, month and year are with your father, knowing that all the love and wisdom he has given and continues to give will one day stop. Thanks Dad.

The most difficult part of this Father’s Day actually came the day before. On Saturday, the whole family went to Katie’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and Katie’s Uncle gave a very insightful message. At the reception, I was chatting with one of Becki’s cousins who has 3 small children when he asked “You’ve got a great family, your kids have all grown up so well, what’s the secret?” I was at a loss. Yes, I think I’ve got the greatest kids in the world, but Becki and I know they aren’t perfect and we know we didn’t do a perfect job raising them. I quipped “it was just luck I guess”, but he wouldn’t let the question go, he wasn’t just being polite, he really wanted some piece of wisdom to take home and apply to his kids. (Let me just say that Trisha and Jeff have great kids and Jeff’s profession is Christian counseling, so he’s got a much better handle on the parenting thing than I have.)
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