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Useless Friday Info

Well just like I said, it’s back!

What better way to get the blog rolling again than with this week’s edition of Useless Friday Info.

Up, Up and away!

Stampede Pass, Washington averages over 430 inches of snow per year.

The largest snow flakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana in the United States of America.  The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter.

To take the lumps out of a bag of sugar, place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

The first Ferris wheel was built in Atlantic City in 1869.

It takes 3500 calories to make a pound.

All swans in England are the property of the queen or king.

About 8,000 people must live in a community before the U.S. government calls it a city.

You Christmas candles will last longer and burn longer when you put them in the fridge for at least an hour before lighting them.

The word pound is often abbreviated as lb.  This comes from the Latin word libra which literally means “balance” as in scale.

Dry cereal for breakfast was invited by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the century.

Sitting still, coasting or speeding

If you read yesterday’s post then you have an understanding of how my life has been the last several months.  It wasn’t anyone’s fault but mine.

When I allowed the things that were going on in my life to pile up and pressure me, they brought me to a point in my life where I seemed to be more comfortable when I was by myself.  I really (thought) that I could handle all that was going on in my life by myself.  My circumstances drove me to the point of isolation.

Actually my life and everything associated with it was just sitting still.  But I remembered a statement that someone made when they said, “If you’re sitting still then your actually going backwards”.  Man, that statement is exactly right!

When I look at what has happened over the last couple months I realize that I wasn’t sitting still or coasting.  My life was actually going backwards. 

While I was seeking to take care of things on my own outside of all the important relationships that I had with other people, I was actually going backwards.

Not any more.

Thanks to people who were willing to speak into my life I was able to realize the place where I truly was…..and now my foot is on the accelerator.

Our lives aren’t going to be measured by fame, money, attractiveness or the size of our 401k’s.  When we’re laying in that wooden box at the local funeral home our life will be measured by the relationships that we had with others.

Are there people in your life that you can truly admit that you are dong life with?  I’m not talking about the back slapping, superficial relationships that define many people’s lives.  I’m talking about people who will tell you what you need to hear even though you may not want to hear it.  Those are the relationships that we all need and desire. 

Life is done in the context of relationship.

Paralyzed

My favorite sleeping position is on my side; curled up in the fetal position.  It’s something that comes very natural to me.

A few nights ago for some reason I ended up sleeping face down.  When I adjusted my sleeping position during the night, I was facing down with my hands underneath me and my head turned to the side so I could breathe.  I was sawing some serious logs.

It was the most amazing night of sleep……until I woke up.

I’m not sure how long I had been in that position, but immediately when I tried to turn over I couldn’t.  My hands and arms had gone to sleep and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t turn over or get up.   I was paralyzed and it was the most helpless feeling.

That’s been the story of my life the last few months.  I got really busy with all of the things of life and allowed myself to be consumed and busy.  Most of my time was spent alone trying to accomplish all that I had on my plate.   I found myself living like a loner.

It was a verse in Proverbs that really opened my eyes:

One who isolates himself pursues (selfish) desires; he rebels against all sound judgement.  Proverbs 18:1 (HCSB)

That verse was the description of my life.  I was totally engulfed in life and missing out on the importance of the relationships that were closest to me.

I think it’s a place we can all find ourselves.  We see this mountain of stuff in front of us that needs to be taken care of.  We see this situation that is going on in our personal life.  We work harder and harder and we don’t realize that slowly but surely we are disconnecting from those around us.

It’s the times when we are alone that temptations of all kind seem to rise.  Not only do they rise but it seems that giving into temptation is easier.

Take a minute and look at your life.  Is there something in your life that is driving you to the point of isolation?  Recognizing where you are is the first step and a deep relationship with someone else can put you on the road to living the life you were meant to live. 

It’s pretty easy to see that living a life of isolation isn’t good.

Two on Tuesday

It’s that time again.

Time to let you in on a couple of things that didn’t go as expected today…I call them disappointments.  We call them Two on Tuesday!

Here are this week’s two:

  • Not a good day to wear slip on shoes.  It seems that the rain, slush, and snow were competing for the company of my sock’s and guess who won?  You’re right!
  • It wouldn’t be a Two on Tuesday without a food disappointment.  My mother made some of that stuff that most people call nuts and bolts.   You know, the stuff that has Chex Mix and all that other stuff in it.  The only problem was that her’s had too many bolts!

Have a great week….and feel free to share any of your light-hearted disappointments in the comment section.

“Two on Tuesday”

It’s time to revisit something I haven’t been doing the last few weeks.

Many of you really like my Two on Tuesday and I guess the reason you like it so much is because you can totally relate since we all have those crazy disappointments in life…..you know the one’s I’m talking about, the one’s that make you go, “surely that didn’t happen to me!”

Well my disappointments started early on this Tuesday.

So here they are…..

  • I reserve Monday’s as the headache day!  But that is not the way this Tuesday has started out.  It’s only 7:30 a.m. and I’ve already had to take something twice.  A headache like this usually means a change in the weather.
  • Over the last several day’s I’ve been able to get around in the snow and ice really well!  Thanks to someone who let me drive their Lexus four wheel drive (The “cruck” is having by-pass surgery).  But today was the worst driving I’ve experienced….the slush is worse than anything I’ve experienced.  Drive carefully today and tomorrow.

That’s this week’s Two on Tuesday!

Pretty simple!

Check out what I found in Proverbs 24 this morning:

“An honest answer is like a warm hug.” Proverbs 24:26 (The Message)

I’m always amazed how its the simple things that seem to hit me the hardest.

What have you read from Proverbs that has hit you in some area of your life?

I’ve lived this!

One of the benefits of reading through the book of Proverbs as part of the 31 Day Challenge has been the exposure to the wisdom and truth that is found in this amazing book.

Today as I was reading I quickly realized the truth that is found within this verse.  Read it with me:

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself!  Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder. Proverbs 23:4-5 (The Message)

I’ve lived this verse or at least I can say that this is exactly what has happened in my life.

The early years of my life were all about the pursuit of wealth.  I wanted to own more business’s, have more property and have more money than any of my friends.   It was all about me and if I am honest with you, I did really well at all of those.

But one day, it all changed.

After I was out of the business and life was supposed to be full of fun and leisure, it all came crashing down.  In other words “wealth sprouted wings and flew away”.

It seemed as though I had wasted my life pursuing things that had now abandoned me.  I could only wish that I had spent my early years doing what God had called me to do in the first place, but I didn’t.  But God in His own sovereign way did what He does and he brought me back to my calling.  He brought me back to the ministry calling that he had on my life when I was a high school student.

This is a Proverb that I’ve lived……what about you?

“Useless Friday Info”

I think its time to loosen up on a rainy Friday with some really “useless” information that you can use to make yourself look like somebody.

Just remember one or two of these and then at the opportune time, drop it in the conversation like an “H Bomb” and watch the heads roll.  Before you know it you will be the person who everyone looks to as the “leader of the pack”.

With all of that being said, here is this week’s edition of “Useless Friday Info”.

“Pennsylvania is mispelled on the Liberty Bell.”

“The watermelon seed-spitting world record is about 70 feet.”

“The Golden Globe Awards were handed out by journalists in the HFPA until 1958, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage with whiskeys and cigarettes and took over the show.  Since then, stars have ruled the show.”

“There are more French restaurants in New York City than in Paris.”

“Google started as a research project at Stanford University, created by Ph. D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively.”

“The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.”

“A single coffee tree produces only about a pound of coffee beans per  year.”

“The blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car.”

“The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. has 365 steps to represent every day of the year.”

Useless Friday Info

It’s hard for me to believe that this is the last “Useless Friday Info” for 2009.

Man, have we learned lots of “useless” stuff during this roller coaster of a year.

With that being said, “Let me wish you a Happy New Year and come back to the blog often in 2010 for more “Useless Friday Info”.

Here we go…..

“Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.”

“The elephant is the only animal with four knees.”

“Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States”

“Ty Cobb was baseball’s first millionaire.”

“A cat’s ability to see well at night is due to its tapturn, a membrane that reflects the light from the back of the cat’s eye.  It’s also what causes the weird glowing effect in the dark.”

“The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.”

“Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.”

“The term “Cop” comes from Constable on Patrol, which is a term used in England.”

“In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy’s slippers were not ruby but silver.  The color was changed in the movie for Technicolor purposes.”

“The name for Oz was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet ans saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

“On the east face of the aluminum apex of the Washington Monument are the words “LAUS DEO” which is Latin for praise be to God.”

“The Tootsie Roll is named after its creator Leo Hirshfield’s daughter Clara, whose nickname was Tootsie.  It was the first penny candy that was individually wrapped.  During WW II, Tootsie Rolls were placed in soldiers ration kits because it could survive various weather conditions.”

Sunday Rewind

A great week two for our new series “Born”.

I think the pillow monster was on the prowl this morning at our 8:30 a.m. service.  Some of you must have felt mighty comfortable in the bed.

We picked up in services two and three…..and we had a great time.  When you miss getting together on Sunday, you miss out on the start to a great week.

Here are a few things I noticed about Sunday at Crossroads:

  • God continues to open our eyes about Christmas.
  • Great to hear about what God is doing in the lives of people at Crossroads!
  • Thanks to our volunteers!
  • You guys really helped us out with our “Bite Back” campaign.  We exceeded our goal and that is a good thing!  We can buy more nets for the children of Africa.
  • It was great meeting some new visitors today….that never gets old!
  • I always feel like somebody’s watching me!
  • Today was the first day of giving for our Christmas offering.
  • I’m really looking forward to 2010….I believe God is going to do some big stuff!
  • Thankful that Crossroads can help out some other local churches.
  • Have you decided which Christmas Eve service you will attend?

That’s about it for now.

Have a great week and bring someone with you next week as you come to Crossroads!