Archive | May, 2009

The Law of the Garbage Truck

29 May

(Courtesy of Mikeys Funnies.

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, “Why did you just do that? That guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck.” He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage — frustration, anger, disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you.

Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Something really cool

28 May

After obtaining permission from our builder, last night we took the youth into the new youth assembly building for their first unofficial time of worship!!! The objective: WRITE SCRIPTURE OVER THE DOORS AND ON THE WALLS of their new house!!!

The building now has a roof and walls, and the interior studs are up. So Justin challenged our youth to really pray and think about what they would write, passed out Sharpies, and let them go to it! And it was a powerful event.

I did my part . . . I wrote Prov. 3:5-6 over each exterior door! Now, before you wonder, the stuff we wrote will be covered up as the building is finished. But it will be there . . . Always.

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.

Summer approaches

27 May

And I can’t wait!!! Even if it DOES bring fall closer. Yep, this summer will be one to enjoy. The last one with Krissy before we KICK HER OUT of the nest!!!! (Okay, you know that is a joke)

There is something really awesome about seeing her become the adult that she is. Is she perfect? No. She got that from her dad. But she is a pretty good kid. And I am proud.

So, LET THE SUMMER BEGIN!!! And I plan to enjoy every minute of it!!!! Hope life cooperates with that!

Yeah, I’ve heard of that . . .

26 May

A fellow took a new job in a hilly Eastern city. His commute was a tiring array of tunnels, bridges, and traffic jams.

Thinking to make the trip more bearable, he invited some coworkers to share the ride. However, the commute actually got more stressful, especially the trips through the tunnels.

He consulted the company doctor.”Doc,” the frustrated commuter complained, “I’m fine on the bridges, in the traffic, in the day and at night, and even when Joe forgets to bathe all week. But when I get in the tunnels with those four other guys crowded into the car, I get anxious and dizzy, and I feel like I’m going to explode! What is it, Doc? Am I going insane?”

“No, no, no,” said the doctor. “This problem is actually quite common.”

“Tell me! What is it?”

“You have what is known as Carpool Tunnel Syndrome.”

(YUCK, YUCK, YUCK . . that HAD to come from

Baccalaureate Update

25 May

Okay, THANKS for the response. Got a lot of good stuff this weekend and today. Now I am working. I want to share it all. I might have to shorten a couple, but I want to share all of it with them. So say a prayer for me this week.

And thanks!!!


21 May

According to Google Analytics, 91 people read this blog yesterday. You know how many actually responded??? FIVE.

I need your help!! Read the post below. It can be funny, serious, ANYTHING . . . the only things I won’t use are profanity or something that is negative.


I need YOUR help!!!

20 May

Dear Blog readers, Facebook friends, and Tweeps:

On May 31st, I have the great privilege of speaking at the West Florence High School Baccalaureate Service at 2pm, WFHS Auditorium. I need help!! I am writing a top-ten list (David Letterman style) of the top ten things I wish I knew when I walked at my high school graduation. As I thought through this, and want it to be something they really can use, I felt led to open this thing up to YOU.

So, if you are willing and have a minute or two to drop me an email, please send me ONE. Only ONE. Something practical (believe me, I’ve got the spiritual stuff covered). It can be funny, serious, whatever you want. If I can use it, I WILL give you the credit in the speech and I will post the final product after the service. Please keep them clean . . . Cuz I won’t use them if they are not!!!

Take some time, think about it, and email your entries to


How will people remember you?

19 May

Before I start today’s blog, let me state that the picture below does not do the 8 x 10 I gave to Tory and Jessica justice!!! And my favorite part is the fact that the finger follows you no matter where you look from. (pictures on sale now at the Ebenezer gift shop)

How will people remember you? A question, as we approach Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day began as a Confederate War Memorial and has grown to include those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the US in all wars. So, this weekend is all about remembering them. Honoring them.

One day when you are long gone, how will you be remembered?? Have you ever thought about it? My high school friends will remember all of the fun and joking around we did . . . We were in a competition to make each other laugh. My college friends … Well, probably remember some of the dumbest things I did in my life and with my life. But it all turned out okay. My friends from my previous career hopefully remember me as someone who would help them. I would like to think I was the sane voice of reason in our company, but that is another story. My seminary friends probably remember me as the guy who would show up and fix their computers.

How will Ebenezer remember me?? I know EXACTLY how!! They will remember me for the LIFE I LIVE RIGHT NOW!!! I am building their memories in how I live!!!

So . . . How will people remember you?

What if your pastor did THIS to you??

18 May

Imagine coming home from your honeymoon and finding this picture on your bedside table!! “Troy” and “Jennifer” DID!!! Ask them about it!

Five things I would love to do

14 May

If resources were unlimited and I could do ANYTHING I want, here are five things I would do:

1. Follow the Tarheels for ONE basketball season, seeing ALL of their games in that season. In the same vein, I would follow Clemson football for one season, too.

2. Get myself COMPLETELY out of debt (something I am already working on, but it will be a long time coming)

3. Write a book about being a pastor, the kind of book I would never be able to right if I were serving a church. Not that it would use bad language or anything like that, but it would tell the TRUTH about how the devil can work within a church.

4. Take my family to Hawaii and while I am there, I would look up my buddy, Bryson Lopez.

5. Take my family to Europe.