Archive | September, 2009

A New Truth about Facebook

28 Sep

AKA – Another reason why Facebook can NEVER replace real human communication!

After being involved in a few Facebook conflicts, and being pulled in to many more, something revolutionary has come to my attention. Something we all need to realize when we are posting statuses or replying to things on our FB newsfeeds … Here it is:

There is NO voice inflection OR facial expression when we write stuff on Facebook. GET IT?? When we write the stuff we do, we might have an intention that is completely UNCOMMUNICATED when others read it!! In other words, something I might mean as a joke might be read by a friend, like Dean Lisenby, and he might interpret it completely differently!! OR, he might read it and laugh but another friend, say Michael Lotts, might read it and think I am being a jerk or that both Dean and I are insane!!! (Sometimes both of those are true)

How did I come up with such brilliance?? Hours of thought?? Days of intellectual reflection?? No … My wife, who really IS brilliant, said it. She said “David, do you realize when you joke with some people they might not realize it?? Or others that don’t know you might take it the wrong way??”

Personally, I believe this to be a MAJOR CAUSE of Facebook conflicts all over the world. So, now you know …

Go and Facebook WISELY!!

In honor of my boy, Sidney Rainwater …

23 Sep

A Cajun was stopped by a game warden in Southern Louisiana recently with two ice chests of fish, leaving a bayou well known for its fishing.

The game warden asked the man, “Do you have a license to catch those fish?”

“Naw, ma fren, I ain’t got none of dem, no. Dese here are my pet fish.”

“Pet fish?”

“Ya. Avery night I take dese here fish down to de bayou and let dem swim ’round for a while. Den I whistle and dey jump rat back inta dis here ice chest and I take dem home.”

“That’s a bunch of hooey! Fish can’t do that!”

The Cajun looked at the game warden for a moment and then said, “It’s de truth ma’ fren. I’ll show you. It really works.”

“Okay, I’ve GOT to see this!”

The Cajun poured the fish into the bayou and stood and waited. After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said, “Well?”

“Well, what?” Said the Cajun.

“When are you going to call them back?”

“Call who back?”

“The FISH!”

“What fish?”


The Target

21 Sep

No, as much as my wife would enjoy it, I am NOT blogging about the store. Although I do like the store. Today I blog about something they never told me about in seminary.

To all of my friends, don’t worry about me! Krissy is doing well and everything is looking up.

And this morning I wrote this long blog entry about having a target on your back. About how some find it easy to love their pastor, and some find it easy to be angry at their pastor. And then I edited it before Diana had the chance, cuz there is no way she would’ve let me post that. And I do love her for it!!!

I promise one day I’m gonna start an anonymous blog about being a pastor where I can write such things!

Check out Tyler Hansborough in an AT&T Commercial

16 Sep

A Little Plug …

16 Sep

Got an email from my pal Flossip that I thought I would pass along, especially to all of my Florence friends:

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Now I KNOW I need therapy

16 Sep

Had an extremely interesting thing happen to me yesterday. But first, I must tell a story …

A couple of years ago, I was driving on one of the roads that cuts through between Second Loop Road and Third Loop Road to get home. Its a road I’ve driven on since 2001 on a DAILY basis. You know how you can just tell when someone is a few cards short of a complete deck?? There is this man whose house is on that road. One day, out of the blue, I am riding on this road and he comes running to the edge of his yard. And with this intense, crazy look on his face, he starts using a full-armed POINT at me. As I drive by, he angrily points ten times at me. I couldn’t tell if he was putting a hex on me or if he’d watched too much WWE the night before …

I wondered what on earth he was doing?? What would stop him from walking into my neighborhood (which is at the end of his road), finding my car, and continuing his little fit?? Then I started thinking, “All I need is ANOTHER crazy person out to get me!” (Remember, I am a pastor and from time to time this happens)

I certainly told Krissy and Diana to be careful when riding by his house, not knowing if the next time one of us would receive a brick or rock or something more …

Over the months, I wondered what I would do if he did it again. I’ve probably seen him a hundred times since then, and nothing … UNTIL YESTERDAY. A long time ago, I decided if he did it again I would wave at him. He pointed … and I waved. Then he waved back and turned to walk back to his house.

WOW!!! I’d worked up this crazy guy in my mind. And all he was doing was waving!!!

So send the men in white lab coats on over … I’m ready for my straightjacket now.

I used to be perfect until I thought I made a mistake

15 Sep

I was wrong!!! HA! Anyone who knows me knows that is not true. I make mistakes daily. Sometimes I am a train wreck waiting to happen, a bull in a china shop. And I know it. I guess that is one positive in all of this.

One of my biggest shortcomings is in my focus. I get so caught up in what is ahead that I forget to encourage those beside me. And I have some of the finest people on earth beside me in the staff at Ebenezer. We share common goals, fight the common fight, and all of us bleed, sweat, and shed tears over what is ahead. And I forget to encourage them. And that is very, very bad.

And if they read this, and I hope they will: I love you guys and appreciate you more than you could ever know. I know things have been tough lately, but we will make it through!! And if you don’t read it, I’m gonna tell you in person!

Haven’t REALLY blogged in a while

15 Sep

Yes, I know. I haven’t. There is a reason for it, and I guess I need to tell you. I do blog from my heart. I try not to force it or just write something for the sake of writing it. And, to be honest with you, these last few weeks I just haven’t had the heart too blog much.

There are some things going on right now that are just too personal to blog … That sounds like an oxymoron, huh?? Diana reads my blog and edits it, at times, when I write too much (or too ridiculous).

What can you do?? Pray for me!

One of my favorite pics

10 Sep
Krissy and Drew!

A Weekend Recap

7 Sep

This weekend actually got off to a rocky start. I have learned there are some people, who I consider to be good friends, that become absolutely unreasonable during football season. And, although I’ve never been one to get ugly about the Clemson/USC rivalry, I’ve lost respect for several diehard Gamecocks who’ve said some ugly things to me about Krissy going to Clemson. MY DAUGHTER CHOSE THE SCHOOL THAT WAS RIGHT FOR HER and I think she made the right choice. END OF STORY. DEAL WITH IT, PEOPLE, and stop being so obnoxious. (Sometimes I am very surprised by the things people will say and do to their pastor. And if they only knew what these last few weeks had been like, they wouldn’t dare.)

With that said, we left for Clemson as soon as Drew got out of school. Diana, Drew, Lauren Kirven, and I drove straight to campus and picked Krissy up. It was so good to see her standing there waiting for us!! She is doing well and loves it! She broke a nail pitching the other day, so we tried to go to the nail place to get it fixed. The little lady in the nail place didn’t want to fix it, but wanted to re-do them all, so it was a no-go … We ventured back into Clemson to go to the First Friday parade.

Honestly, the parade was nothing to write about. Not bad, but not that good, either. Jesse White met us there and we then got to meet his aunt (Mel’s sister) and her family. It wasn’t hard to see that she was Mel’s sister, either!! Several of Krissy’s friends walked up and we got to meet them. That was good. After the parade, we went out to eat in Anderson, to a couple of shops, and before we knew it Friday was gone.

On Saturday, we went back over to Clemson around 1pm. It was already packed with people. As we waited for Dwayne, Mel, and Lee to arrive (we were tailgating with them), we walked around and happened into Scott and Kim Webber. The Webbers were longtime members of EBC who moved to Anderson several years ago with a job transfer. It was good to see them again. To make a long story shorter, we eventually made it over to Dwayne and Mel and the tailgating was great!! Again, a bunch of Krissy and Jesse’s friends came by and Mel and Diana had plenty of food for them. It was a good afternoon!

We made it into the stadium just in time to see kickoff. To see CJ Spiller run the opening kickoff back for a TD!! Now, if I am to be honest in this recap, here is what I saw in the game: Defense looked tough. Special teams looked really good. The offense was moving the ball, but stalled too much in the red zone. I mean, c’mon, this was Middle Tennessee State. They should’ve been able to punch the ball in EVERY time they were down there, but they didn’t. They’ve got several things to work on before GT on Thursday.

I rode back with the Whites and Diana stayed until late Sunday. Yesterday was an awesome day at church, although I missed A BUNCH of people. Labor Day weekend …

So now I sit here, watching the NCIS marathon on USA and wondering what I will do today. Hope you have a great Labor Day!!!