A Grand Reunion

We finished cycling across Australia on the 9th of October – over a month ago. Tonight we’re getting back together. Or at least a large percentage of us will be getting back together. The Western Australian contingent of our cross Australia trip is having a reunion.

So many of those who were on the trip have told me how difficult it has been to get used to ‘normal’ life since the trip ended. We were together for 32 days. We ate together – slept together (ie: we shared accommodation – not beds) – prayed together – went through tough times – went through wonderful times – shared scripture – shared our lives. Basically, we encountered ‘church’ for 32 days. We were cycling for a purpose beyond ourselvesand God was teaching us the stuff of life as we journeyed.

Of course we can’t spend our entire lives in that sort of environment – our legs would get very tired – not to mention our bottoms – but what can we take from that experience and put into our day to day routines?

I know part of the reason why people are finding it so difficult to get back to their old routines. For one, they’ve tasted true ‘fellowship of the saints’. Not that we called it that, we were just a bunch of people doing what God had asked of us – but isn’t that just the point?

I hope that we can all keep the momentum going. I hope that we don’t just assign what we experienced to a special place in history because the stuff of life was there. We need to separate the lessons from the situation in which they were taught and hang on to the lessons for dear life.

As for the reunion – I can’t wait.

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20 Things Guys Learn from Action Movies

While my mind is having a few days off, I thought I’d share this list of ’20 Things Guys Learn from Action Movies’ with you. It was emailed to me years ago.

1. No matter what my problem is, it’s the fault of someone other than myself, and the appropriate response is to find that person and kill him with my bare hands.

2 . To be truly attractive, a woman must wear high heels and an outfit so tight you can tell whether she’s cold or not from across the room.

3. There are two kinds of women in the world: The type that want to go to bed with you, and the type that want to kill you. Both types are physically attractive and under 25 years old.

4. If I rudely argue with my boss in front of my co-workers, not only won’t he fire me, but he will gain a profound respect for me.

5. If I can find an important enough mission, it will supersede my obligations to perform household chores, bathe, and call the next day.

6. If I go without bathing, swear a lot, and treat women badly, they will adore me.

7. If a woman tries to clean a bullet wound and I curse in pain, she will fall in love with me.

8. Anyone who isn’t a cop, mercenary soldier, and/or private investigator is a homosexual. Or at least a sissy.

9. If I have a prolonged fist-fight with another guy and neither of us dies, we will become best friends.

10.My arch-enemy will bear an uncanny resemblance in age and bearing to my father, and he will make it clear that he has gained a deep respect for me before I kill him with my bare hands.

11. When I shoot people, they will die quickly and cleanly, and I will never be arrested or troubled by their widowed wife and children. When people shoot me, however, I will at most receive a ‘flesh wound,’ which will be tended to by a beautiful woman.

12. If I’m white I will befriend at least one black guy, or one white guy if I’m black. If I am Latino the monster / villain will kill me halfway through the film, urging the hero to even greater levels of violence.

13. If an aged scientist is involved in any way, he will have a beautiful daughter who will gaze at me adoringly.

14. If royalty is involved, it will include a beautiful princess who will gaze at me adoringly.

15. If I have a kid partner, he will be tightly-muscled, clean-cut, and gaze at me adoringly.

16. If I am asked to compete against a world champion at any sport or game of any type, I will win. This will infuriate my opponent, who will then try to kill me.

17. If I am given a surprise attack, I will be attacked by only one or maybe two people at a time, and I will find that I am well-skilled in Karate and Jujitsu, and if all else fails, I will always have one last firearm hidden somewhere on my body.

18. If my opponent has a side-kick or henchman, he will never have a sensible name like ‘Rick,’ or ‘Steve.’

19. Beautiful women will frequently furrow their brows with concern and ask, “When’s the last time you got any sleep?” They will never ask when I last bathed or used the toilet, although I apparently never do those things either.

20. While chasing or fleeing from an enemy, I can drive anything with a motor recklessly at 100-130 miles per hour without a seatbelt, with ammunition filling the passenger seat, and nothing will fall out of place Also, no police will ever catch me; they’ll just look in amazement in my direction.

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I'm Still Alive – I Think.

I haven’t written a lot in the past few days due to the ‘mystery virus’ that is still attacking my body.

I’m feeling a lot better but my mind is still not back to normal. Well, normal for me anyway.

I’ve been running a few thoughts around in my head for the past week that I’d love to be sharing but I’d rather wait until I can express them coherently. Maybe I could draw from some of my previous “Thought of the Day” stocks. Years ago when I worked a very boring job I’d amuse myself by writing a thought each day. They weren’t earth shattering but it made the day go faster. They included such gems as, “Venus de Milo hasn’t always been what she’s now cracked up to be.” See, I told you they weren’t great.

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My Brain Hurts

I can’t think all that well at the moment. A virus hit me pretty hard yesterday. I think it’s starting to ease up but in the meantime my brain is a bit hazy.

I’d better not write too much today. I might write something I regret when my brain starts functioning again.

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The Latest Craze!

It’s the latest craze. It’s MARGINS.

You know the kind of thing. Make sure that you don’t over-extend yourself in your finances, with your family, with your work, in fact in every area of life. Make time to set the real priorities.

It must be a craze because my pastor mentioned at an elders meeting that he’d be preaching on it soon. Then we took our boy to the doctor (No James, bean bag beans do not go in your ear.) and there was an old magazine with an article on creating margins. (Do doctors surgeries ever have new magazines?) Then of course the pastor preached on creating margins. Next thing I know a new magazine, which I don’t subscribe to and didn’t ask for, turned up in the mail with an article on creating margins. I’d create a few of my own margins but I’m too busy.

See – it must be a craze. Or maybe, just maybe, God is trying to get through to me. Do you ever have that kind of experience? I find it’s one of the ways that God speaks to me. I must be pretty thick because when he wants to get through he puts the same subject into my life dozens of different ways until I obey. Looks like I might have to create a few margins.

So it’s not a craze after all – but if you’ve been hearing a lot about margins recently – maybe this is just another one of those messages that God is using to let you kow it’s time you did something about it.

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