Monday, January 31, 2011

National its-all-about-me Month



Many of you may know that February is American Heart Month or Black History Month. But did you also know that its also National Dental Month or National Boost Your Self-Esteem month? Now as you learn about history you can feel good about your smile and heart.

I heard on the radio yesterday that it was National Hot Chocolate day but was told by an elementary school student that that holiday was in December. So after a bit of research I found out that it is officially in December.

And January 31.

What?????

We have two National Hot Cocoa days? How can this be? Isn't there some sort of ISO 9000 standard for these things?


http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/
seems to be the official resource for official "National" days and I think the name of the web site says it all.

We have too many of these months/days. Its enough to stress us out. I think I can remember Groundhog's Day on Feb 2 because they're just so darn cute but I think I might forget Pancake Week on Week Two. Shouldn't every week be Pancake Week? And although I'm inclined to remember Engineering week on Week Three, that's only because I'm a "Hell of an Engineer". I believe many hairy dawgs will be skipping that celebration.

So I'm declaring this month National ITS-ALL-ABOUT-ME Month. After all its my birthday month and I'm usually inclined to celebrate all month long. I'll probably skip Feb 22 as that is "Be Humble Day" but as for the other days - bring on the parties!

How would I like to celebrate this month that I hope will boost my "self-esteem"? I'd like to say that I'd spend my time praying more, loving more, or giving more. And hopefully I'll get a lot of that done on Love My Pet Day and Read to Your Child Day. But I may just have a few indulgences as well. Especially on Feb 12 - Man Day, Plum Pudding Day, and Pancake Day.

Until Everyone Hears,

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hide and Seek

"What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well." - Antoine de Saint Exupery




Often one has to look beyond what we see at first in order to see what is really important. One of my favorite children's books is The Little Prince where characters are often asked to see beyond what is presented to them and to look with their heart.

For example, what do you see in the picture above? A hat? A blob? Or a snake that has swallowed an elephant?

Jesus said to "Seek first the kingdom of God." You know - the Kingdom of God where we can enjoy a bit of heaven on earth. Where the Divine meets the earthly and everything just seems...better?

Many of us look for that in our churches but then stop the searching there. We get excited when we experience God at church but then get disappointed to realize that there's a lot of earthly stuff going on there too.

But if we just looked beyond our bubble(s) to see the beauty of God in other things, we might be surprised. We might just see God at work in our schools, our jobs, our homes or in the homeless, the addicted, the depressed, the stressed, the sick.

The beauty of God is clear in the abundant garden, but the beauty of God is magnified in the desert and the knowledge that it hides hope and life if we are just willing to search for it with our hearts.

Until Everyone Hears,

Friday, January 21, 2011

What happens on the ski trip...



Everyone knows the first rule of youth ministry trips: "What happens on the trip, stays on the trip."

This is not only for the protection of the idiots, I mean um students, that do things that probably shouldn't be shared publicly but it also creates a stronger bond between said students that went on the retreat together.

That being said, I'd like to break the first rule of youth ministry trips by sharing what went on during the Quench ski trip to Lake Junaluska, NC. Quotes have been altered and/or not given proper citation as to protect those involved.

1) "You mean the window actually ROLLS down?"
2) Ding Ding
3) "There are seven, there are seven, continents, continents."
4) "What's the difference between a state and a continent?"
5) "I'd really like to join a fraternity." -"We've got a name for girls like that."
6) "Its not easy being green."
7) "Where's Steven?"
8) "Elana, Elona, Nepotism."
9) "Hand check."
10) "Thermostat."
11) "What's a Mr. Goodbar?"
12) "Are you faking?"
13) "Watch this cheer-leading move!"
14) "You can bury the workman but the work will still go on."
15) "Cheek Sista!"
16) "I'm scared the boys are up to something!"
17) "Purple."
18) "Did I dream that or did Pastor Shannon sing to us this morning?"
19) "Steven - do you want water on your head?"
20) "Roll Tide - where are you from?"

Ahh good times. Here's to many, many more!

-Until Everyone Hears

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dori wants to go back to McDonald's.



There are many reasons why you shouldn't eat at McDonalds. First of all, its not very healthy. Secondly, its more expensive than making your own sandwich.

I do like the fact that it is fast and convenient and that in general everyone in my family can find something they like. But aside from that, there's not much benefit.

But the most important reason for the Karafanda's not to eat at McDonalds is that we get the reaction captured in the video when we leave. It takes all the fun out of a fast convenient meal. It's really not worth it.

As I type 3 hours later, she's still whining that she "want to go playground." Maybe I'll build a McPlayPlace onto my house.

God bless all parents of two year olds.

Until Everyone Hears,

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