The Javelin Throw that Saved a Nation

What drives us towards the actions we make and the stands we take? Our love for and jealousy of our God, or our ideologies? That we are conservative or liberal? Or we’re pro-life or pro-choice? Or we like this person or dislike that person? Or we go to this church or they go to that church? Continue reading

PACKER FAN, PASTOR

My goodness, I was just complaining about the very issue I struggle with when it came to the Packers’ loss to the Colts  a week ago…inconsistency!  I think it’s been a month since I’ve written in my blog.  I broke what I think is the cardinal rule for “making sure people read your blog”, and that is blogging consistently.  My bad and my apologies.

Speaking of the Packers though, did you see that amazing game the other night?  If not, here are the highlights (feel free to mute the commentary).  I was very pleased to see the Pack play 60 minutes of solid football.  I’ll be really happy if they can do it again next week, and the week after that, and the week after that…and so on all the way up through the Super Bowl.  Why?  Because I love it when my team is consistently winning.  I love positive consistency.  And I don’t think I’m much different from any other human being.

We all love positive consistency.We want relationships with our loved ones to consistently be loving, nurturing and strong.  We want our physical bodies to be consistently healthy, lacking in sickness and disease.  We want our jobs to at least be there consistently providing consistent income.

I’ve heard many people, and you may be one of them, say, “I work better in chaos.”  Truth be told, if we took a step back and looked at how “well” we work in chaos, we’d probably see more broken relationships than we’d like to admit and work that might be done, but also substandard.  The heart of the issue is chaos really isn’t all that great.

When we have positive consistency, things get done and usually done well.  When you continue at something, you tend to get better at it and have better results.  Mike McCarthy, coach of the Green Bay Packers, calls it “stacking successes”.  You have one positive, and you build on that creating positive consistency.  The Packers hope they can win this upcoming week, stacking successes creating positive consistency…a plus for his team and the fans of that team.

This same principle can happen in your life.  If you consistently  change the oil in your vehicle, it will run better.  If you consistently exercise and eat right, you body will be healthy.  If you are consistent with positive communication, your relationships will get better.  If you consistently pray, read your Bible, step out in acts of faith (tithing, sharing the gospel, giving to those in need) and hang out with other Christians, your relationship with God will get better and you’ll start seeing miraculous things happen.

Now off to think about my next blog post so I can be consistent with it and hopefully see more readers. 🙂

HUSBAND, PASTOR

It’s been a while since my last post.  My apologies to my faithful followers (all two of you, mom and Stevie :-)).  Just kidding!

Today is September 11th, and of course, a ton of memories of what happened on this day 11 years ago flooded my brain.  Stevie and I had been married a whole 8 months and 10 days.  I just got out of the shower and Stevie called me telling me to turn on the news.  As soon as the tv warmed up, there it was…a picture of smoke billowing out of one of the towers and then a second plane crashing into the second tower.  I remember feeling shocked and wondering what was happening as the news reporters were somewhat hysterical trying to report what was going on.  Then when the towers came crashing down, the emotions flooded over me and I started crying and praying for those who had loved ones in those buildings.  I remember not being very “fearful” of where my family was…Stevie had just called me and we didn’t have any kids yet.  None of my extended family (parents, siblings, in-laws, etc.) worked in any tall buildings, so I just figured they were safe and feeling the same emotions I was feeling.  I did go to work that day and had plenty of discussions with co-workers about what was going on with the towers, the plane in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.  Needless to say, not much “normal” work got done in the group home that day.  When I got home, I remember feeling really odd when Stevie and I heard a plane flying over head, and then feeling somewhat comforted when the news reporter stated that if anyone heard any planes or helicopters flying it was military aircraft…but not completely comforted because I wasn’t sure if that military plane was about to shoot something down.

Plenty of mixed emotions were felt that day…a little fear, a little anger, a little patriotism, a little sadness, a little shock…but at the same time, a quite a bit of peace.  I realize that may come off a bit oxymoronic, if not rude.  I mean quite a few people just lost quite a few loved ones…how could one feel any sense of peace in the midst of such tragedy?  But that’s what is promised in Philippians 4:7 for those that follow Christ.  Interestingly enough, church attendance sky rocketed the Sunday following September 11, 2001.  Many wanted to grab at that peace that God so freely gives, and many received it.

I saw many tributes and remembrances on Facebook today, as there should be.  But the real tragedy coming out of 9/11, if I may be so bold to say, is that though many will remember what happened and the lives lost that day, too many will forget the God that they turned to that day or September 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17, 2001 as they cried out for peace and comfort in a time of tragedy.

There’s a saying that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it…we may never repeat the tragic events of 9/11, but too many repeatedly fall into a pit of despair and restlessness because they’ve forgotten God.  If that’s you friend, turn back to God and regain peace in your life!

PACKER FAN

Here it goes, my bogus and bold predictions for the NFL.  You could say I’m living somewhat vicariously through this blog.  I’ve always had jobs in the back of my mind I would be doing if I wasn’t in ministry.  One of those jobs would be a sports reporter (others would include being the general manager of a team in the NFL or a truck driver…maybe I’ll explain these choices in future blogs).  So out comes the sports reporter in me.  

They’re “bogus” because I have absolutely no inside knowledge of any team in the NFL.  All selections are mainly based on my gut instinct.  They’re “bold” because I did something a little different this season…I went through the entire NFL schedule and picked the winners.  That makes it very interesting when predicting how the season will end up (especially when teams are in the playoffs who I thought wouldn’t be, i.e. the Saints, and teams that I thought would make the playoffs but won’t, i.e. the Eagles).  I will give you my weekly picks through out the NFL season so you can see how great…no, probably how horribly this will end up. 

So here goes, each division with each teams overall record and the teams above .500 (a record of 9-7 or better), they’re conference record so you can see how I think the seeds play out…although most of them don’t matter because the head-to-head matchups settle most of the seedings (Packers v. 49ers, Falcons v. Cowboys, Saints v. Eagles and Ravens v. Patriots…you can tell who I picked in those games based on the playoff seedings).

AFC

EAST                           NORTH                     SOUTH                        WEST
Patriots (13-3, 9-3)         Ravens (13-3, 9-3)          Texans (12-4, 10-2)           Chargers (11-5, 8-4)
Jets (10-6, 8-4)               Steelers (12-4, 9-3)          Jaguars (4-12)                  Broncos (8-8)
Bills (6-10)                    Bengals (7-9)                  Colts (4-12)                      Raiders (6-10)
Dolphins (4-12)            Browns (2-14)                Titans (3-13)                      Chiefs (5-11)

NFC

EAST                              NORTH                        SOUTH                   WEST
Cowboys (12-4, 9-3)        Packers (13-3, 10-2)            Falcons (12-4, 9-3)        49ers (13-3, 10-2)
Eagles (9-7, 8-4)               Lions (11-5, 8-4)                Saints (9-7, 6-6)             Seahawks (7-9)
Giants (8-8)                     Bears (9-7, 5-7)                 Panthers (7-9)               Rams (5-11)
Redskins (4-12)                Vikings (4-12)                   Buccaneers (6-10)          Cardinals (2-14)

PLAYOFFS:                   AFC                                                 NFC
WILDCARD–                 (3) Texans over (6) Jets                       (3) Falcons over (6) Saints
                                       (5) Steelers over (4) Chargers               (4) Cowboys over (5) Lions

DIVISIONAL–              (1) Ravens over (5) Steelers                 (1) Packers over (4) Cowboys
                                       (3) Texans over (2) Patriots                 (2) 49ers over (3) Falcons

CHAMPIONSHIP–       (1) Ravens over (3) Texans                  (1) Packers over (2) 49ers

                                                  SUPERBOWL– Packers over Ravens

                                    

AWARDS:
MVP- Aaron Rodgers, QB Packers
Offensive Player of the Year-  Aaron Rodgers, QB Packers
Defensive Player of the Year- Clay Matthews, OLB Packers
Offensive Rookie of the Year- Russell Wilson, QB Seahawks
Defensive Rookie of the Year- Morris Claiborne, CB Cowboys

                                                  

Intro

Hello blogging universe!  If you’re reading this, you must be interested in something I have to say, so I’ll try to make it worth your while.  You’ll notice my tagline of being a husband, father, pastor and Packer fan.  This will actually help your reading enjoyment.  Before each post I’ll put in bold print the word husband, father, pastor or Packer fan.  Here is what you can expect in that blog for each heading:

HUSBAND- stuff about marriage, whether it be practical advice and/or fun stories

FATHER– stuff about family, again, whether it be practical advice and/or fun stories

PASTOR– stuff about theology, the Bible and/or fun stories

PACKER FAN– stuff about sports  and other leisure time activities.  It will mostly deal with Green Bay Packer stuff although I’m also a fan of the Michigan Wolverines, Chicago Cubs and a fair weather Chicago Bulls fan…yeah, I said it.  I was probably more of a Jordan fan than a Bulls fan growing up because after he left the game, I stopped paying attention…although Derrick Rose has caused my “fairweatheredness” to bubble up again.

The blog may cover a couple of different subjects, but I’ll let you know by putting to headers for you.  For instance, say I get some spiritual inspiration from doing something with one of my kids.  I would write FATHER, PASTOR at the beginning of the blog.   

If one of those subjects doesn’t interest you, just ignore the entry and enjoy the rest of the blog.

Thanks for taking a peek, and come back weekly as that is how often I hope to post. 

God Bless!