Archive for May, 2008

wweeelllll, here is a little rundown of holiday Sunday……………..

  • Woke up (yep, it’s a fact of life)
  • had Starbuck’s breakfast blend (yep, it’s a daily fact of life)
  • drove to RiverPoint office, loaded the morning’s breads, juice, water and buckets of stuff
  • had a great message, time of worship and song (you rock Hope, still want to sing with you sometime)
  • today was our last Sunday at Bentley, Newton here we come!! (hope everyone comes too!)
  • had a plethora of misc food for lunch (cleaned out some of the refrigerator)
  • I went to work for a few hours, Sharon, Lauren, Alex and Corey went to Hutch to see Sharon’s ill Uncle/then shopping at the mall. (oh yeah, I still have money in my bank account afterward)
  • We all met at the Newton theaters and watched the latest “Narnia” movie, it was good
  • following, went to rent some movies for family day tomorrow, got snacks and food to go with the grilled burger’s we’ll be enjoying at the Garnett’s tomorrow (for LifeGroup friends)
  • then, we came home and vegetated………

Yep, life is good as long as you don’t take yourself too seriously……….

-tom

Heard from our son Trevor, now in Indianapolis, who is preparing to go to Kuwait in July. Was really awesome to hear from him live from the Indy 500. He got to walk on the brickyard race track. INCREDIBLE FOR HIM! So proud of you son!! When other guys think about being “the man”, remember that you ARE the real man! I love you son.

Here is a pix of Danika Patrick that Trevor sent live from the track!

Miss Patrick before the crash

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reputation

Posted: May 15, 2008 in character, reputation

Pondering the thoughts of others when it comes to me. Found this quote this morning. Maybe you can use it too!

Thomas Paine once wrote, “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.” The truth is that we can be so preoccupied with what other people think about us that we neglect the more important issue of our own character before God. If we’re living for our reputation, we’re bound to suffer as it suffers. If we put our relationship with God above our reputation, we will stay strong even if it happens to suffer. This led me to think:
1) How could MY reputation become something that I idolize?
2) Why is it foolish to preoccupy MYSELF with what others think about ME?

 

-tom

Hey, it’s been a while. So, I’m not feelin’ like sleep yet tonight as I am (prepping, literally) to have my every three year “colon scoping”. Yes, TMI for all of you right now. So sorry. We are all friends here in my blog. It’s 11:00 p.m., the thunder is clapping and the rain is falling. Pretty cool  time, really. Very peaceful time. My wonderful wife and kids are “sleepin”. Glad for them. Well, here goes:

-Lauren is done with track season, been elected class treasurer of her freshman class next year and loves her Lord more today than ever. OF course, her 8th grade promotion is coming up in 10 days. She and Alex performed in a worship music drama  last weekend during worship at RiverPoint with a few other students and were INCREDIBLE!!!

-Alex has been busy with track, singing at school, running the video at worship on Sundays and continues to build that relationship wtih Jesus his savior. He was in the lead in the spring play and did a great job!

-Corey is finishing his freshman year at Kansas State University (can’t believe it’s already done). He GPA has been great as usual and he will be life guarding this summer again in Halstead. He and several of his college friends will be part of a LifeGroupstudy about growing and sharing their faith in Jesus Christ.

-Trevor has been home for a few weeks prior to him leaving in April for pre-deployment training with the Army. He is currently at Ft. Riley in Junction City, Ks. He will be home in a couple of weeks for two days and then gone again to an army camp outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. In mid July he will be leaving for Kuwait. Very proud of that young man! So is His Lord!

-Amanda is still living in Wichita, working two jobs and waiting for her man Eric to come home from Iraq. She is doing well and I always enjoy our time together, when we get it. She is pretty busy. Eric will be home in the fall. She will be happier then for sure!!

-Sharon is doing well. She has been down withher lower back pain twice in the last 3 months. She has seen the Dr and had an MRI scan last Friday. She will get the results and plan on Thursday this week. Her work with RiverPoint in the office is going well and her and Pastor/friend Brad are clicking more all of the time. So proud of her! (love her very much too!)

Well, a lot of what goes on in my life outside of working 9 hours a day is my work at RiverPoint and the student’s ministry (a.k.a. FUSION). We have  been averaging around 25 students/week. They are a blessing in my life and we will have a rocking end of the school year. Making our calendar plans for next year and I believe that we will see more students be introduced to Jesus Christ then anytime in my student ministry. I have an awesome team of adults working along side of me. They rock!

Well, that’s a little glimpse of my life this moment. Hang with me, it’s always changing.

-tom