I'm trying to let you guys in on what we do here, but sometimes what we do here is not that much. So let me fill you in on my day. The kids are at home this weekend, so that leaves me pretty bored without my little tornado to run around with. Instead, I decided to finish The Chronicles of Narnia of which I am on the last book and a huge chapter of my life, along with my slow march or gradual descent into Nerdom, will be completed. It almost feels like I'm about to graduate, but all it means is I will start another book that I will torture myself over for not finishing.
After doing some of that reading I promised myself, the wife and I went to see Transformers 2, and the following is my review...it ain't Citizen Kane, but it was entertaining. We got back, did soundcheck, and had about 25 minutes to eat, get dressed and see some folks. By the way, in a pleasant turn of events, it seemed our good buddy John Waller was stopping by to do some of his homegrown worship for us (or God, really). I love when we get people who can really lead people into worship before we get to play, it helps me get focused, and the crowd is ready before we even get started.
You guys in Johnson City were great. Shout outs to WCQR and Brian Sumner, thanks for bringing us, and to Chik-Fil-A for the minis, and all the coupons for free milkshakes we took off of about 358 chairs. Sorry to you guys who were anticipating Hector's smiling face on stage tonight, he is home with a case of the Strep Throat. So, in his stead is a guy who played on our albums, and can blow us both out of the water, Dale Oliver. We tremble in his presence, and only hope he does not destroy us with his guitar powers. Actually, he is a great guy, and I wish he was with us instead of Hector....Actually, I don't wish that, but he's cool.
I made this a little short so I could let everyone in on something God hit me with while we were at camp, but had nothing to do with camp. I try to read a chapter of Proverbs (ch 23) and a Psalm (23rd) a day, then I've been reading through Romans (ch 1). And they all lined up this one day, and if I don't make any sense, its because I'm still trying to word all this out, but the jist is, that we are so full of thigs that eventually dissapear, that that makes us hungry. Our appetite was designed to hold eternity and only One can fill it. In Proverbs 23, you have verses like "Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist" and "the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty and slumber will clothe them with rags"...In Psalm 23 you have "I shall not want" and "you prepare a table before me" and "He makes me lie down in green pastures". And finally in Romans 1, you can look at the people Paul talks about enjoying every indulgence they possibly can, and still there is the need for more, but God lets them go and they are consumed by desire for the things they consume. It sticks out in our culture and it seems we think its a good thing to aim for. A house, a job, a family...all good things. But we were not called to a house. We were called to bring the world Christ. I think that for me, the enemy doesn't set out do destroy me, because he knows if he pushes too hard, I will fight back. He sets out to make me someone who spends everything (emotions, affections, time) on nothing (fame, congratulations, security). I leave you with another thing I read that same day...just a couple of lines from a poem by Francis Thompson called "The Hound of Heaven" read it a few times.
"Ah fondest, blindest, weakest
I am He whom thou seekest!
Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me"