Archive for February, 2011
Today was supposed to be a busy day. I had several things planned, but I ended up having half the day “free”.
A friend was going to stop by so I could get Skype installed for her, but she had to reschedule.
A client had requested a conference call, which they were supposed to set up. When the time came for the conference call, I called the number, entered the PIN, and I was informed the call had not been setup yet, then the recording asked if I wanted to initiate the conference.
As part of my profession I have participated in hundreds of conference calls, I have set them up in the past. Usually when someone calls in, if the organizer has not yet arrived, you state yuor name and then you are given the blessing of wonderful Musak. Not this time. It kept prompting me to initiate a new conference call. So I hung up.
When I called back, the system told me there was no conference call scheduled with that PIN number and it hung up on me.
A few minutes later I called back, only to get the first response again, so I hung up again. Time is money and I didn’t have the time to sit and wait and figure out if the conference call was going to “work”, so I went back to work on another on-going project.
I figured the client would call me when they worked things out. I never heard from them today. Go figure.
So, how was your Monday?
I spent most of the day at “Spring To Life 2011″, the annual meeting for the Atlanta Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. It was an awesome day, I had a great time and came home totally inspired with lots of ideas. But for now, I rest.
This week has been full of it’s ups and downs, but it’s been very spiritually uplifting. I am taking the day today to just reflect on the past week and prepare for the week ahead.
Have a great day!
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
A good friend of ours lost her father this week and the funeral was today.
Take a few moments today to tell those closest to you how much they mean to you.
Tonight at bible study, we read 2 Corinthians, chapter 6.
Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return — I speak as to children — widen your hearts also.
Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial?* Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
One of the study questions, for verses 3-8, which is highlighted above, was, How willing would you be to have your reputation destroyed, or short of that, to have your efforts and good intentions ignored or overlooked, in order for someone you do not know to come to salvation?
Talk about a loaded question. We had a lot to talk about with this one, and I shared a bit of my personal experiences, but in a nutshell, if I knew it mean the salvation of someone’s soul, I would be inclined to risk it all, so to speak. Shouldn’t we all be?
Didn’t the Apostles risk everything, and suffer, for Jesus and his message? Didn’t Jesus risk everything, and suffer, for us? Shouldn’t we, as good Christians, be willing to risk everything, and possibly suffer, for Christ?
The remainder of this week is going to be busy, so I am taking some time right now to reflect on the things that make me smile.
We made a quick trip out to the monastery yesterday, and even though we were only there a short time, it was awesome… As always.
It’s amazing how well these quick trips can restore your energy, help you refocus, and renew your outlook on life. We spent most of our time outside by the lake, and in the Abbey because the bookstore closed just after we arrived.
We walked the Stations of the Cross by the lake and then realized we were just in time for evening Vespers. If you haven’t been there during one of the many prayer times during the day, you’re really missing out.
One the birds the boys have been wanting to see, since we began birding, was the American White Pelican. I had seen them before, many years ago, and we’ve seen lots of Brown Pelicans down on the coast, but the boys never got the chance to see one, until today.
Yesterday someone reported seeing one at Carter’s Lake, so we put some gas in the truck and went to see if we could see it. We’ve had a bit of a curse with Carter’s Lake. It seems no matter what type of bird people would see there, it would be long gone before we arrived to look for it. Again, until today.
It’s not the best photo. It was made with my iPhone, using my scope lens. But you can tell it’s a Pelican, and the boys got to look at it through the scope and with binoculars, so all is well in the world now.