Archive for August, 2013

Productivity Tools I Use

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Life, Technology

A coworker asked about the notebook that’s always sticking out of my shirt pocket. This led to a discussion of tools for taking notes and storing and retrieving data. I am not an organized person by nature but rely heavily on external tools keep me moving in the right direction. As the conversation with my coworkers wrapped up I decided to send an email to my teammates with the various tools I use to keep track of my life and work, and how I use them. Out of that email came this post. There may be one or two others out there who read this blog and haven’t yet considered these tools, or who have ideas and suggestions of their own. For you I submit this short list and encourage feedback. (more…)

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Peripatetic

Posted: August 21, 2013 in Education, Life

I learned a new word today:

peripatetic
per·i·pa·tet·ic [per-uh-puhtet-ik]
adjective

  1. walking or traveling about; itinerant.
  2. ( initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.
  3. ( initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to the Aristotelian school of philosophy.

noun

  1. a person who walks or travels about.
  2. ( initial capital letter ) a member of the Aristotelian school.

I’m helping to devise a Remote Worker Policy (or Telecommuting Policy) for a company and doing some research into what other firms have done, best practices, pitfalls, etc. I ran across this word in one of the documents.

I like it. One could say I am a peripatetic preacher as I tend to walk about while I preach.

The Pain of Moving

Posted: August 18, 2013 in Life

Moving sucks. There’s just no way around it. Finding a new place is a hassle, but nothing compared to the actual event of moving itself. Unless you’re fortunate enough to simply call a full service moving company (which has dangers and frustrations all its own) then you’re in for a lot of work and stress.

We’re moving to Denver in the next four to six weeks. Yesterday was the first of several yard sales in an effort to slim down our moving mass. What we’re aiming for is more of a “relocation” and less of a move. What’s the difference? The mass and volume of stuff. We’re selling almost everything. Living room set, family room furniture, books, clothes, nicknacks, whozits and whatsits galore. I even sold off my Fender Strat for an obscenely low price. Could have made more than double on Ebay – if I’d wanted the hassle, which I don’t.

We still have to locate a place to move in to. So, if you know of a place in SW Denver with 3 or more bedrooms, at least 1.5 bath for $1,400 a month or less, feel free to drop me a line.

Missing Home

Posted: August 10, 2013 in Life

I am so spoiled. At home we have a king size, memory foam mattress. We’re away and my wife and i are sharing a queen sized regular mattress. We can feel every moe the other makes and are constantly bumping into each other. I don’t think we got four hours of sleep last night.

The Finish Line

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Faith, Music

It’s been a while since I posted some song lyrics. Here is one from Steve Taylor. This song has long been a favorite of mine. It seems God brings it back through my shuffled playlist always at just the right time. From the first time I heard this song, it seemed Taylor was singing my story. (more…)

Some Thoughts on my Bible Reading

Posted: August 2, 2013 in Faith

The following is a selection of verses from my Bible reading today and my meditation upon them.

Psalm 65:3, 4
When iniquities prevail against me,
you atone for our transgressions.
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple!

My own iniquities, sins, prevail against me. I am daily confronted by my own sinfulness. God alone, through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, atones for my transgressions. I cannot pay my debt. I cannot make up for my treason against the Most Divine. It is all God. Not only is He the only one who can atone for my iniquities, it is He who has chosen me, and brought me near. I did not seek after Him. I was not searching for God. In fact, many times I have sought to go my own way … and always ended up miserable. It is God who has consistently drawn me back to him. When I attempt to go my own way, I become stressed out, tired, dissatisfied, and disillusioned.  When I am near to the heart of God I am at peace, energetic, satisfied, and passionate.

The question I ask myself is: If I know that I am better while in the center of God’s will, why do I constantly seek to pull away?

Psalm 69:5, 6
O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,
O Lord God of hosts;
let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,
O God of Israel.

Sometimes we act like God can’t see what we do in secrete. But God does see. Nothing is hidden from him. Knowing how very flawed I am, how very sinful I am, my prayer is that I will not cause other’s to do astray. My greatest fear is doing something to cause others to turn away from God. But I seem to walk the tight-rope.

“Please God, don’t let me lead others astray. Please Lord, don’t let me dishonor your name.”