Saturday, March 13, 2010

It is that week-end again where we move our clocks ahead one hour at 2 AM and mess up a nights sleep.
There was a time that I really hated that it came on Sunday - which was a work day for me - but now that I am retired it does not matter all that much when they do it. I really wish they would leave the clock alone one way or the other. The day light will be the same regardless of the number we apply to each hour.
BlehCry Oh wellBlink

Friday, March 12, 2010

Presenting Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning I am giving a presentation on Biblical Archaeology and my digs in Israel and Petra at Hurstbourne Christian Church.

Big Grin

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Making List

I was searching through my desk and came across a list that I had started but never finished. It read:
Goals for 2010
1. To finish what I start
Well so much for good intentions I did not even finish my list.Chin

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


My father was a Ford mechanic and body man so I spent my younger years in a garage working on cars. If I did not have a summer job I was automatically working for dad. My brothers all loved it as they were not happy unless they were up to their elbows in grease. I on the other had can not stand to have dirt much less grease on my hands. It drove my dad nuts that I kept washing my hands all day. So I had an incentive to get summer jobs elsewhere in town. Though I did learn how to repair my own car.
That was also an incentive for me to get a collage degree so that I could find work that did not involve dirty hands. Life is full of incentives if we pay attention. Life is also full of alternatives if we will open our eyes and look for them. We are never too old to learn, as long as our minds are active. In fact keeping up our learning keeps our minds active. I am a proponent of the “Life Long Learning” program.
Big GrinChin

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


I was shocked, confused, bewildered 
As I entered Heaven’s door, 
Not by the beauty of it all, 
Nor the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven 
Who made me sputter and gasp– 
The thieves, the liars, the sinners, 
The alcoholics and the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade 
Who swiped my lunch money twice. 
Next to him was my old neighbor 
Who never said anything nice.
Herb, who I always thought 
Was rotting away in hell, 
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine, 
Looking incredibly well.
I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal? 
I would love to hear Your take. 
How’d all these sinners get up here? 
God must’ve made a mistake.
‘And why is everyone so quiet, 
So somber - give me a clue.’ 
‘Hush, child,’ He said, ‘they’re all in shock. 
No one thought they’d be seeing you.’ 
Remember…Just going to church doesn’t make you a 
Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.
Every saint has a PAST… 
Every sinner has a FUTURE!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Things We Can Change

There are things in life we cannot alter. We can try but it only leads to frustration. Mother Nature brings storms and violent actions that damage our living space and we can not stop that from happening. War happens and people we love die and we can not change that. Other people do things that cause us grief and we must deal with the fall out in our lives.

Things have happened in the past that affect us but they are beyond repair. Until we recognize the past as it was and everyone in it as they were the past will control us. If we let it all stand as history and simply let it be we can find peace with in us. Then we can create a peaceful now and a peaceful future. If we learn from the past we can keep from repeating the mistakes and grow as a person and as a society.


It IS how we live out this day that affects our lives and the lives of those around us. Each choice in the now matters in our future so each point of change is under our control for that moment. So let us live each day to the fullest, loving God and loving others in each action we take.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sizing Others Up

We do it all the time!  Studies show that most people size others up within the first thirty seconds of meeting them.  We make judgments based on how they look, dress and the first words out of their mouths. It is often a false impression and can create a problem in our relationship with that person.
Jesus spoke about not judging others and about the importances of looking first at our own shortcomings. When we think about the way others judge us we all want to be given the benefit of the doubt.  Are we not all ready to give a multitude of explanations for any negative judgments made about us?
Give others the same benefit of the doubt that we would like to have for ourselves and be open to possible loving relationships and friendships despite that first impression.
Big Grin