Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Random other stuff

An innaresting week this week. Yesterday I actually BABYSAT with a 3-year-old. Talk about steppin' outside my comfort zone. And she has cystic fibrosis too, so we had to do a treatment and everything. Which wasn't really so bad, because she can basically do it herself. I just kept thinking, "what if something goes wrong; what if something goes wrong?" It went well though. She was a perfect little angel. And I was fortunate that Jane was able to babysit me for a couple hours of it before I had to go it alone for a couple hours more. I was glad to do it though. This couple just had their 17-year-old son die not too many months ago, and they wanted to go to the funeral of another young person. They've been doing this ever since their son died. I think it's partly because they're still trying to work through their own grief, but also, I think they see that as a way they can help others. You know, that, "We know what you're going through" sort of thing. They are some wonderful people, so I was glad to help. But I still can't believe I babysat. Not that I don't like kids, but... let's just say I don't spend a lot of time with them. I saw enough cartoons, read enough books, put puzzles together and all kinds of other kid stuff to last me a good long while yesterday. :)

Today I'm supposed to help a guy put the window in the pavilion enclosure. We also need a shelf and a few other small things done.

Tomorrow I get to go to Anderson to hear son Isaac give a response to a talk on the Israeli/Palestine situation. That should be interesting for sure. I've been loading up the ipod for the trip there and back.

I did finally put some podcasts on the nano, nano. This was really what I wanted an mp3 player for - so I could listen to sermons and talks while mowing, or running, or driving. I'm sure many of you will be disappointed that the first sermon I loaded was from Mark Driscoll. Already listened/watched. It was 70 MINUTES LONG! Man, I couldn't even go half that long or everybody would be asleep. Yesterday on the treadmill I watched a guest speaker at Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio. I've got some more with Michael Slaughter, as well as some from Erwin McManus, and a four-part series from Andy Stanley.

I think this will be good to listen to some other preachers, because I hardly ever listen to other people's sermons anymore. And I probably need to not only for my own personal growth, but to help me become a better preacher too. But I had a really hard time deciding who I should listen to. You know, who is really good? I know several people who subscribe to Rob Bell's podcasts, but, between you and me, I just can't listen to Rob. I think he's too cool for me, and I get tired of his voice and the phrases he uses over and over. I've always like Michael and Erwin and Andy, so I thought I'd start there. For some odd reason I just can't think of anybody else right now.

Well, this ramble is getting distracted. Peace out, folks. And in.