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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Top 10 signs you're not the most popular guy in your high school

I could have easily compiled this TOP TEN in high school.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Accidentally In Love (Edited for Content)

The song Accidentally In Love by Counting Crows makes me happy. So does Mr. Jones. Those guys have happy music to me. Those happy moments in the dry days of life are like summer breezes….refreshing.

I was reading in Psalms this morning. David is always talking about being happy. I started thinking about how many times a day I say mentally and verbally “Man, I’m tired.” It is kind of my catch phrase. Like Frank Costanza’s “Serenity now.” I started thinking what good does it do to tell myself and others I’m tired. What if I switched my catch phrase to “Man I’m …happy.” It wouldn’t change the world. But, it might change my tiny corner of it.

If this is all sounding a little too Joel Osteen for you then feel free to surf on over to Google and search for the latest dancing smiley face email or boy who looks likes a goat. If you are still here wouldn’t it be cool if we all traded our negative catch phase in on something positive. I’ve really been thinking this out this morning. I’ve thought about how I say carelessly to people that are around me daily “Man I’m tired.” They think nothing of it. We all say things like that. But what if I said “Man I’m happy”? How many people do you hear saying that? I wonder what they would say?

Well, here goes. I think I’ll try it. It will probably take me a couple of days of doing this silently before I have the guts to proclaim tidings of comfort and joy to people around me. Want to join me? Post your catch phrase, put a positive spin on it, and give me your new motto. This might turn into the next Pay It Forward. Or at least my Mom and Jeff Noble will read this and that will be it. Who knows? All I know is…. “Man I’m happy.”

Monday, April 17, 2006

Suit Up!

“Suit Up!” That is the favorite saying Neil Patrick Harris’ character, Barney, on the new C.B.S. hit How I met your Mother. That’s fine for Barney, he likes to “Suit up”, go out on the town, meet and impress women. But, that is because he is a suit guy. Suit guys are comfortable in suits. I was getting ready for a funeral this morning and while I was preparing to “Suit up” I thought about how in a lot of churches like ours I would be expected to wear suit every day, or at least a business casual look. Thank goodness I’m not expected to do that here at F.B.C., Pine Bluff.

There is a great freedom here to be myself, which is one thing I think we could use a lot more of in churches today. We have kind of a 3M staff here where everybody has their own style and input but this all works together in the end for the common good. If you like to “Suit up” I’m not trying to rain on your parade. In fact I think you rock, in the words of AC/DC “I salute youuuuu…..”

Anyway, enough rambling, here’s the deal. I’m convinced of that Rick Warren thing about how God has created us all with a S.H.A.P.E. (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personalities, life Experiences). Could I learn to “Suit Up” and blend at a First Baptist type church? Sure. But, why would I? God made me like I am, to reach a certain group of people, whom He knew He would be bringing across my path through out my life’s journey.

What I’m trying to say is, we waste so much time here on this planet trying to change things in us and others that God never intended for us to change. And so little time trying to change the things that God called us to change. So, whether you wear Armani, Old Navy, Gap, or Goodwill, next time you “Suit up” think about how great it is to be the person God designed you to be years before he gave your parents the blueprints.