Friday, December 16, 2011

a minute of thanks.

(wrote this to read to my church after pastor appreciation month, was supposed to stay 60 seconds or less)

60 seconds to drop a few words on the spot
about the love I got for my Moundford Fam
For the care they've shown as my children have grown
And they've known more about who I am.

For the cards, and the cookies, the smiles and the calls
But most of all for the love overflowing
For the fact that God's only still beginning to sprout
The fruit from the seeds that we're sewing.

A Michigander I am, and I'll always be,
But Decatur I surely call home.
You've seen me be goofy, make you proud on TV,
And love my family like one of your own.

I've seen you give of your time and your money,
'Til backs ache and sweat pours off your brows.
I've seen a city transformed by your love,
Without anyone taking credit with bows.

And so after a month of receiving your thanks,
Your cards and appreciation.
It seems a short poem is like using a squirt gun
To fill a Semi at a gas station.

So I hope you will know throughout the whole year
Just how much my family you are.
And together with Christ as our center and source,
I look forward to Him taking us far.  (-ther)


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

sore loser.

Mr. Ramsey - are you listening?

Dave Ramsey gave away $10,000 today. It was incredible.

The winner said he entered 600 times. Dave laughed. Gave him an audible "high five". Congratulated him. Encouraged others that we too could be winners like this guy.

It seems Dave Ramsey would advocate better use of time than that. Gambling is addictive.

He said about a million people entered his contest?
Let's figure each entry took a minute to complete.
That's over 16,600 HOURS of time donated to entering this contest.

Is taking away 16,600 hours of time people could be spending with family, friends, work, etc.....worth the 10,000 bucks?

Probably not.

Let's say the winner was fast, and was able to do 3 entries per minute...he still spent over 3 hours sitting at his computer doing nothing but clicking your website. Are you advocating millions of people should waste away their holiday moments like this?

I could just be a sore loser too. :)

Rant over.

(full discloser: My wife and I took FPU, and benefited from it.  I'm currently finishing up teaching "Generation Change" to our church's youth group.  It's not perfect - but tweaked a bit to touch all the resources we can honor God with - it's a great conversation/small group starter.)