Archive for November, 2010

Slavery, Debt and Ministry

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Faith

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.  (1 Corinthians 7:23 ESV)

I think (my opinion) that this also applies to credit card debt, car loans, etc.  Debt enslaves us.  It cripples us, it puts limitations on what we can do.  Many people have felt a call to mission service, but have been unable to go because of debt.  Many young seminary graduates are unable to take a position in a small church because of school loans.

My advice is to be patient.  Save up money for that big purchase.  Work through school slowly if need be.  Find alternate means of educating yourself (mentorships, lay institutes, internet/distance education, etc.).  Be willing and available to go wherever the Spirit prompts you to go.

This particular post is a “learn from my mistakes” post.  Do as I say, not as I’ve done.

Live Your Own Life

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Faith
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.  (1 Corinthians 7:17 ESV)
God has given each of us different gifts and called us to different ministries within the body.  We should not compare ourselves to others.  Our gifts and ministry calling are not theirs, nor theirs ours.  But each of us should” lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.”

What Condition

Posted: November 26, 2010 in Family

I woke up this morning, with the sun down, in my bed.
I found my mind wondering why, but then
I heard my son throwing up in his room
I saw so much he had consumed.
Oh I just dropped in to say what condition my family was in.

Abbieism Nov 25th

Posted: November 25, 2010 in Family

Abbie: “If I ever saw a Polly Pocket sized microwave I would call it a “micro-microwave”.

Adventures in Lost Shipments

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Life

In October I ordered an item from Amazon.  The estimated delivery date was October 30th.  As of today (November 22nd) I still had not received the item.  I had been tracking the shipment via the United States Postal Service website.  The last record they have of the item was on October 22nd in Kansas City.

I began my quest for my lost item by contacting my local Post Master.  He couldn’t tell me anything more than what was available through the website.  He recommended I file a claim on the package.  I contacted the USPS customer service line and told my story and left my number.  I was told someone would contact me within two business days.  I received a call after two days from my local Post Master who again said there was nothing he could do and that because the package wasn’t insured, there was nothing I could do nor anything the United States Postal Service would do.  It was, as far as the USPS is concerned, a dead issue.

I then contacted Amazon Customer Service.  Their system is rather odd, but speaking to a real human actually happened rather fast once I figured out how to do it.  Within five minutes I had an apology for not having received my package (even though it wasn’t their fault), a new item on the way to be overnighted on their dime, and a ten dollar credit to my account for my inconvenience.

Thank you, Amazon.com.

My View of Money

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Life

“How do you view money?”

My answer: I usually view it from a long way off. I’ve only ever been able to get close to small amounts. I think it’s scared of me.

Holiday Plans Derailed

Posted: November 21, 2010 in Family

Oi!  Our long laid out holiday plans have been completely derailed.  We had planned to travel to Texas (two-day drive) to spend the holiday with friends.  Then our children got sick.  John and Amie both have something in the congestion category (hopefully just your garden variety cold).

Amis is so sick she won’t even eat a Dorito.  We’ll be calling the clinic tomorrow.

Looks like we’ll be celebrating Thankgiving in Holdrege this year.