Thursday, January 21, 2016

That time again!

It's that time. School again. I haven't really written a lot about my school experience. So, here's a short synopsis of the events as they occurred.

I had gone through a bad personal time. I had been living out west and looking forward to a new future. It didn't come to pass. So, I moved back to Ohio feeling a bit overwhelmed and defeated. I was thinking, "Where do I go from here." I knew I was relying upon God but kind of--felt lost--in my daily life.

I'd found out that others had gone back to school at my age. For a lot of my life I was in radio broadcasting. Recently I had been doing voice over work for some stations. I also had a strong interest in the Computer information technology field. I had been repairing computers, updating software and doing generalized IT work for friends and family.

It's never too late to go back to school. I needed something to distract me as well. My new future out west came to an abrupt halt. So, I "really" needed a way to get focused and move ahead. I made arrangements and met with a student advisor at the local community college. It was probably one of the best things I could have done at the time. So, I enrolled in Networking Computer Management. So, here's a guy in his fifties going back to school. I even thought I'd be older than most of the instructors.

So, in my fifties, I'm carrying a backpack and going to school. It's been a great ride for the most part. Yes, overall it's been good, only with a few bumps in the road. Then, I got a letter saying I could be inducted into the honor society of Phi Theta Kappa. After joining I was able to become President. I also became involved in the National Leadership and Success Society. For a short time I was in the Student Government as well. I'm currently carrying a 3.7 GPA. I guess that's not too bad for a guy in his fifties.

It's been a long run. It's taken a bit longer to get through it due to some health and family issues. However, the end is in sight! I have this semester with one class and I will be done! Yay! I need to give the Lord the credit for helping me pull this off. I know some would be frightened at the prospect of going back. It's funny, I didn't have that feeling. I was "gung-ho" as the saying goes. I delved right in and "went for it." Admittedly, I had some rough moments. I did well in most classes and struggled in a few. I guess that's true of anyone.

As I near the conclusion of this time in my life, I am feeling some different things. One: a bit relieved that it's about over. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that I did it. However, with all the classes and time, it seems like it's been a long journey. Secondly: I am thrilled to be able to graduate and have completed something where I have learned a new skill set for life.

It's never too late to do something. It reminds me of an Eagles song that says, "Do Something." The song basically says don't stay idle but get out and do something. All in all, I'm happy. To be honest, I did better than I thought I would have. When you get older, sometimes, our study habits become less stringent. I had to set times to complete studies. It's all paying off. So, after I finish this semester and that degree is in my hand, I'll thank God for all he helped me to do.

Final note: If you are impressed to do something, do it. As I said before, I wondered if I could do it and with the Lord's help, I did. Plus I appreciate all of those that have been a support to me along the way. I have had many wonderful friends and family plus some great instructors along the way. I've been blessed. Now, grab my books and get ready to finish well. SDG

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Glenn Frey: A remembrance!

Well, we say goodbye to Glenn Frey at the age of 67. As one of the founding members of "The Eagles" he leaves behind a lot of music and legacy. He and Don Henley did so much to form the Eagles. They were the two mainstays that wrote, produced, orchestrated and sang so many of the old songs. Sure, they had their riffs at times. Don goes on to say though they were like brothers.

I had no idea that Glenn was going through so many physical battles. I remember though listening to so much of their music through the years. Glenn and Don were a match in the writing department. With all due respect though, I think Don's voice is like velvet. Glenn's is strong though. His lead on my favorite song, "Lyin' Eyes" is always a favorite.

With technology though, the music lives on. I also loved Glenn Frey's solo release, "Strange Weather." It's still one of my personal classics that I own to this day! He will be missed. So, I'm gonna dig out some of the Eagles stuff and give it a listen again. Memories. Glenn will be missed!

A New Year and and some new views!

Well, it's been a very long time since I've posted anything. Wow, a very long time. Since I've joined the "Facebook" crowd a long time ago, I kind of let my "blog" just go. However, I do love to write. I may only get a few that will read my blogs but that's okay. I basically write, for I love to write.

There are so many things to talk about. A lot has happened since I posted last. I do like to go back and see what I've posted in the past. It's good to look back.

So, I'm starting up again! There's only so much that can be covered in Facebook without writing a book. On here, I can write to my heart's content. I will make it known on Facebook that my blog is back. Hopefully, I can get a few to read. Plus, for those I've shared posts with, I can put your link in my blog as well.

So, get ready. I will have a lot to cover as time goes on. I'm back. This time, I hope for good!

Be well.

Monday, August 27, 2012

"Somebody Should Get Happy...."

Pragmatism is alive and well on so-called Christian TV. Unlike solid expository preaching by MacArthur, Piper and Sproul, we have the "others." The preacher is prancing the stage. The audience isn't responding enough. So the Bible waving preacher yells out, "Somebody should get happy in this place, somebody should praise the Lord, somebody should shout!" Give me a break. I can see Paul the apostle now on Mars Hill in Athens trying to explain the resurrected Christ. He waves a scroll and prances back and forth while some converted Jews are keeping in step with the Shofars. Most of this pragmatic stuff is just that: anything that will give the result they are looking for. And....don't forget to pass the offering plate.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Seasons Change

I had posted this a long time ago but felt it needed repeated. I want to preface by saying many don't listen to Ray Boltz anymore because of the direction he headed in his personal life. However, this song was recorded before he fell and I personally believe it can minister to us today. It does to me anyway. More importantly, I hope you read my comments as that is really the essence of what I'm trying to say.

Seasons change, don't they? My concept for today is really nothing new I guess. But have you ever wondered about the changing seasons and the ones in our own lives? I've always compared the four seasons to the seasons in our life. Work with me a minute on this, okay? In spring, we are born. In summer, we are in our adulthood making a living, having a family and we are full of life and stamina. Then autumn comes. This is the third season of our life. We start slowing down a bit and the summer days of our life are over. Then finally, winter sets in, we leave this earthly life. However, I don't want to end this on a downer. When we see Christ, it all starts over and we'll be in the spring of our life again! No, I'm not espousing some new age belief. I just think that's the way it happens.

I've been listening intently to a favorite Ray Boltz song. This CD came out around 1992. It has always been a favorite. I can't help but get a bit misty as I listen to the title track. For you see, I'm not a young man anymore. I've technically entered the fall season of my life. There are those in their seventies that tell me I'm still a kid. From their perspective, maybe so. However, I'm not the twenty or thirty year old idealistic individual that I used to be. There was a day I thought I could conquer the world. To some degree, many of my dreams have been met, some have diminished and some never came to fruition. These days I'm more realistic. However, I still have dreams that I hope come about in the next few years if the Lord allows unless he returns first.

I can't help but think of King David in Psalm 37 where he said, "I have been young, now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his children begging bread." David had seen much in his life. He was the shepherd boy, the young lad that slew the giant, the mighty soldier going off to war, the servant running from the madman Saul, becoming King, and finally the old man that wrote those wonderful words in Psalms. I know I'll never be a King David. However, as I ponder on things these days, I just want to be where God wants me. I have three desires in my life. If God allows them, I'll be so happy. However, if the Lord never gave me one more thing, he has given me so much in this life I could never thank him enough.

I've had my fun in the summer sun, enjoyed years of fruitful ministry, known love and even lost love, but ultimately I know a God that loves me so. Yes, our seasons change. However, our God does not! He is the same, wonderful, kind, gracious, loving God through Jesus Christ. Seasons change. They are meant to be that way. So it is with our lives. I hope I come to a point that I don't despise the autumn season of my life, but embrace it fully. Ray sings in the song, "the blessings are worth the pain." I wouldn't want to relive some of the hard lessons I've had to learn in life. Especially this last decade. So, friends, remember the seasons come. And...each one has their own special blessings. Be well.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Not My Will...but thine?

I was thinking of Jesus in the garden. The thought kept going on, "not my will but yours be done."

You see, obedience isn't easy. I have to admit that sometimes my carnal man doesn't like the idea of God having His way and me obeying it. Does that sound bad? Maybe. In ourselves without the Holy Spirit having His way, we want things to go our way. I sometimes believe that even depression happens when we don't get our way. Things don't work out the way we planned, it rained on our parade, someone said something unbecoming to us, we got turned down for the promotion, I didn't get that gift I wanted, ad infinitum.

There were things that happened to me in the past six months that called for my obedience. I wondered how God was going to pull this off. I wondered if being obedient was the right thing to even do. I finally came to the realization that if I obeyed God that I knew I would be in right fellowship with him again. After making the decision to becoming obedient, I then faced some opposition that made my situation seem worse, not better. I moved back to Ohio and knew I had done God's will. But things were falling apart on me. Things were breaking down, my stress was horrible and other factors made me think: "This is what I get for being obedient?"

Here's the rub: Just because we are obedient doesn't automatically make our situation better. Sometimes I wonder if we think that by being obedient that the skies will turn blue, the financial problem goes away, our health returns and all is fine. Sometimes it does, other times it doesn't.

Is God still good? Rhetorical. But he is. I know this much: by being obedient it may not always change things around us, but it will change "us!" And I know that being in God's will is far better than being outside His will. I'd much rather go through things being in His will than going through them outside His will. It's always better to do right and have God be pleased than to think we can do it by ourselves and mess the whole thing up.

Incidentally, many may think that Jesus was trying to get out of going to the Cross. Actually I believe that Jesus was hoping that He didn't die that night for it would thwart what He needed to do and go to the Cross to redeem us. In my life I want to come to a place where I know that even though being obedient may not always bring a quick blessing, it will keep me closer to God and that's where we all need to be.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wrestling With God

Many of us know the story of Jacob wrestling with God. After the match, he was told his name would no longer be called Jacob but Israel. And...Jacob had to walk with a limp afterwards.

The lesson I learn from this is that sometimes we want our own way and in a spiritual sense we "wrestle" with God. And sometimes, our wrestling with God causes us to grow but from that battle we may walk with a limp. I'll make the story even more inviting.

The story is told of a shepherd that will tend his sheep. If one sheep tends to go astray too often, the shepherd will take that one sheep and "break" one of his legs. The leg heals and the sheep walks with a limp but will never leave the fold again.

I think sometimes that is what God has to do with us. There are times we stray, we walk away from God or we desire "our" own way too much. When will we learn that doing it God's way is always better. But, God loves us so much that if we do get "out of line" God will break us for our own good. Sure, we'll walk with a limp, but how much better to never leave the side of God again. I know, I'd much rather walk with a limp and be in God's fold than to go it alone without him.

So, if you're struggling today, and you are wondering what God is doing in your life, maybe God is molding and mending you into His way. It's difficult to praise God in times like that. But if we can see the outcome that we'll stay close to the Father, then it'll all be worth it. Blessings to you all.