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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A good article to read.. a paragraph that will get your attention

Justin Taylor recently did an interview with Russell Moore, the president-elect of the ERLC. I would encourage you to read that article here

There is one paragraph that stood out to me.  I have copied it below so you can read it.

I struggled with a calling to Christian ministry as a very young man, maybe twelve or so, but then drifted away from that toward a political career. A very risk-taking congressman, Gene Taylor of Mississippi (who was and is my hero), invested a lot of time and effort in me, giving me opportunities that I can’t imagine now why he would give to someone that green. My wife Maria and I dated with her on the campaign trail with me, at little county fairs and fundraisers all over south Mississippi. After I sensed the call to ministry, I wondered why God had allowed those years to go in that direction, and I suppose I assumed they were “Jonah to Tarshish” years, even though I thoroughly loved them. I now see something of how many of the threads of God’s providence fit together.

Did you notice where Russell Moore speaks about someone who made a difference in his life by giving him opportunities?  Are the days of people making substantial investments in the lives of others over?  Are there people out there willing to take a risk and heavily invest themselves in people?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

Some thoughts on potential


Have you ever thought about the term potential?  We use the term a lot in different forms of conversation.  Do we really know what it means?

Potential as defined by the dictionary is expressing possibility, capable of being or becoming, a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed.

I have been reading a book Raising A Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis.  We are currently studying this book each week in our Men’s Bible Study. As I was preparing for this weeks study, I came across a brief section on potential that really gripped me and I want to share it with you.

General Ulyssees S. Grant, whose victories at Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and elsewhere sealed the conflict for the Union, is considered one of the heroes of the War between the States.  But Grant’s success is remarkable when you consider his background. You see, prior to the war, Ulysses S. Grant was a confirmed failure.  He had failed as a farmer, a peddler of firewood, and as the proprietor of a leather store in Galena, Illinois.  At one point, he was so broke that he pawned his gold watch–a family heirloom for $22.  But deep in his heart, Ulysses S. Grant knew he could succeed….No matter how hard Grant tried, no one seemed to sense his potential. [pg. 124-125 Raising a Modern Day Knight]

We know the rest of the story how Grant would later be known as of one the greatest Generals of the Civil War.  How is it for us today?  Are there people around us that possess great potential and we pass them by or ignore them.  What if Grant languished in his failures which were already evident in his life?

I like what the Bible says in regard to failure and potential:

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on, that I may hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead – Philippians 3:12-13 NKJV.

The Apostle Paul realized the importance of forgetting and reaching forward.  We would call this perseverance.  Refusing to live in the shadows of our past failures.  Learning from them and moving forward.

Is there someone around you that has potential in a particular area?  Maybe you can be a difference-maker in their life by encouraging them.  A tiny bit of encouragement from someone can go a long way in the life of another.  We call that mentoring.  A big word for a relatively simple concept.

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Talking Texas

Recently, Business Insider listed Texas as the 8th fastest growing state in the US.  Another article listed the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as the 2nd largest growing city in the US.  Another feature that makes Texas an attractive place to live from an economic standpoint is that it has no state income tax and is one of the top states for job growth.

For those of you who live in Texas,
what are some of the things that you like/dislike about living there, besides the heat, snakes, etc?

I hope to hear from some of you that live in the Dallas area as well as those who live in other parts of the state.

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

On vacation

Right now I am on vacation and I have not had consistent internet access to be able to post. When I get some time and access, then I plan on posting a good bit. I have a couple of restaurant reviews, some lessons that I have learned while being on vacation and a few other things. Thanks for your patience and stay tuned.

Happy New Year

This really happened…

One Sunday evening, while I was helping in the collection of the evening offering, I saw something that I have only heard about and have never seen until that point. I was passing the offering plate during our observance of the Lord’s Supper. I was at the next to last row and as the plate came towards me I noticed that it was quite full, lots of loose bills. As it came to the end of the row, a lady put a $10 in and then started to grab money out of the plate. I grabbed the plate and told her that she could not do that. She said that she needed $7 back. I had heard of people making change, but this was unbelievable and she was not discreet by any means. When I got in the lobby and the other ushers were there, I told them what had happened and we got her $7 and I took it back to her discreetly.

Took a lot of guts to try to make change on the fly, but next time, make change before you leave home… or better yet, give the whole $10 and let God bless you later one instead of trying to nickel and dime God with the tipping that most people do!