Archive for June, 2011

Finding Joy In Your Work

Posted: June 29, 2011 in Faith, Life

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. (Ecclesiastes 5:18 ESV)

One of the things I struggled with when I was a bi-vocational pastor was finding joy in the secular work I was doing. Few jobs I had brought me that joy. Those that did, God removed so that they wouldn’t become my source of joy and that my confidence and security would not be based on them.

During those times when I struggled with whatever day job I had, I frequently read this passage and others similar to it hoping to discover how to find joy in doing something just to make money so I could do what I really loved (i.e. ministry).  I confess I never did find the key.

As I mentioned there were a couple of jobs which I truly did enjoy.  The problem was that over time my thoughts turned more and more toward those occupations as vocations and less and less to ministry.  God removed me from those jobs.

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Win For Team Caffeine

Posted: June 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Drinking normal levels of caffeinated beverages does not cause a net dehydration effect.* The mild diuretic effect of caffeine is offset by the large amount of water in the caffeinated beverage.**

* Maughan RJ, Griffin J (December 2003). “Caffeine ingestion and fluid balance: a review”. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 16 (6): 411–420. doi:10.1046/j.1365-277X.2003.00477.x

** Lawrence E. Armstrong, Douglas J. Casa, Carl M. Maresh, Matthew S. Ganio (July 2007). “Caffeine, Fluid-Electrolyte Balance, Temperature Regulation: Summary And Future Research”. Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews 35 (3): 135–140. doi:10.1097/jes.0b013e3180a02cc1

Thinking of leaving Apple computers behind…again.  Won’t be going to Windows (shudder).  Planning on giving Ubuntu another go.  Here’s why. (more…)

Good Baby, Bad Husband

Posted: June 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ever hear someone say they have such a good baby.  He or she just sleeps and only wakes to be fed.  Apparently the definition of a good baby is the same as that of a lousy husband.

Hmmm … does anyone besides me see the inequity here?