July 31, 2006

It's Monday again...

Well, it’s Monday again. Are you optimistic about your day, your week? Did I hear you say you didn’t want to go to work? What’s the problem? The same old boring routine, huh!

I don’t mean to be preachy, even though I am the son of a preacher, but I really want you to have a good week.

Here’s a lesson I’ve learned along the way: One of the most important tools in your “spiritual tool bag” is the ability to remain optimistic. There are other important tools to be sure … like passion, drive and focus. But without optimism, you’ll never get beyond where you are today.

Now optimism isn’t about denying reality. It’s not like there are no problems and challenges at home and work.

Webster’s Dictionary defines optimism as “an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events, or to anticipate the best possible outcome.”

Many people seem more adept at practicing dissatisfaction than optimism. They worry about money, complain about their spouse, their children, their job, and are always comparing themselves to others.

Try this: As you go about your day today, be aware of how you are responding to what is happening around you. Try making a conscious choice to respond, rather than just automatically react in your customary way. I also find it helpful to wear a smile and give it away to as many people as possible.

I wish it were simpler, but it really boils down to you and me making a choice.

Have a great day!

July 29, 2006

Where there is a will there is a way...

My vocation calls for me to travel. I do it and enjoy it throughly, but I prefer traveling with Preacher’s wife. There is something about being in love and married for 37 years that just makes traveling together more enjoyable. I do realize though that in a healthy marriage each person needs their own space from time to time. Preacher’s wife enjoys traveling with me, but there are times when just being alone at home while I am on the road makes her really happy. I can usually tell it when she is smiling as I pull away from the house. I think it has to do with not having to wait on me hand and foot, and getting to sleep in a big king size bed all by herself without having to hear me snore. But I always miss her and find it hard on the road getting to sleep without her next to me. Years ago someone suggested that I try shaving one of my legs and rubbing them together when I get into bed. Sure enough it worked! Now I immediately fall off to sleep every time. So the old saying, “where there is a will there is a way” is really true.

July 26, 2006

It's ok to say, "I don't know."

Jesus is asked 183 questions directly or indirectly in the four Gospels. Do you know that he only answered 3 of them forthrightly? The others he either ignored, kept silent about, asked them a question in return, changed the subject, told a story or gave a parable to make his point, told them it was the wrong question, revealed their insincerity or hypocrisy, made the exactly opposite point, or redirected the question elsewhere! Check it out for yourself. He himself asks 307 questions, which would seem to set a pattern for us to follow. Considering this, it is really rather amazing that we individually and the church corporately became an official answering machine. I am finding the older I get the more questions I have, and fewer pat answers. I do believe in some absolutes but they are fewer than what they once were.

July 25, 2006

The No-Good Grandpa...

Preacher’s wife invited Preacher’s Granddaughters over for a few days, so the house has been quiet interesting, I mean quite interesting. I was reminded again how little girls are so different from little boys. They have spent a lot of time in their bedroom together listening to music and talking girl stuff. At 7 p.m. last night they all ask me if i wanted to go play miniature golf. I said, “are you kidding the sun will be down in an hour and we are in a big city and must not go out after dark.” Everyone knows my bedtime is just before sundown. So I graciously declined. They didn’t seem to mind because they were ready to get out of the house. Well, I sat there in the quiet for a few moments and leaned back in my big recliner and sure enough as habit would have it, I fell asleep. There may be a few valid reasons that I am a good grandpa, but going out after dark is not one of them. My hat is off to all the good grandpas who can stay awake past 7 p.m. You are all heroes in my book.

July 24, 2006

Fun @ Work

So your job is not always fun, or it doesn’t always seem meaningful. I guess most months it pays, or helps pay the bills. Right!

There is a thought pattern in many Christians that implies that going to church is godly and spiritual, and going to work is a necessary evil.

Let me ask you to take two minutes and think about this job of yours that you have a love hate attitude toward. Think about the tasks involved, the people with whom you typically associate, the work environment, the product or service you provide. Think about what you like and don't like about it. And think about what you're doing in your place of work that matters the most.

That last one is kind of tricky. Many can rattle off their daily routine to anyone who asks. And they can talk for days about what they enjoy at work and what can be improved. But identifying what really matters in our work—what has lasting significance—is another question. Could it possibly be people and how they see God in you?

What should matter most in the Christian's work life is not always what matters to the world. It's not just the size of the paycheck, the impressiveness of the business card, or the prestige. Instead, when it comes to your job, what matters most is the extent of your Christ-like attitude and influence. This is what being a witness is all about.

Stop the presses! This is a new way of thinking, right? Probably not!

We both have been around long enough to know what is expected of us, how we are to think, talk and act, but we often grow tired in the everyday routine of life.

Maybe you've made some effort to apply your faith in the workplace, only to be repeatedly discouraged by the results. You may have even reached the point of concluding that real, enduring change is hopeless for you and your fellow employees.

So today you can give up and give in, or you can get up and dive in.

About 90% of life is in showing up and thinking right. The job, the day, the week will be what you think and make of it. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Just a thought: Could walking into work today be as valuable of an experience with God as walking into church yesterday?

Fun @ Work? It could be if you saw it as a ministry and not just a job.

July 22, 2006

She is such a nice person...

Preacher’s wife is such a nice person. I guess after all the blogs I have written about her, I expected her to give a scathing rebuttal and tell what it’s really like living with son of a preacher. But being the person she is, she just gives a gracious thank you to our many friends and readers. If she ever starts her own blog though, I may be in real big trouble. The scripture says in Proverbs 18:17, “The first to present their case seems right, till another comes forward and questions (or answers) him.” She has soooooo much she could share about me. I am amazed I have escaped what she could say for so many years, 37 to be exact. To know her is to love her, and for all of you who do, you’ll agree, she is such a nice person. Having said all of this, I will probably not stop writing about her, because she is a bright light in my life. STAY TUNED FOR MORE!

July 21, 2006

A Word From Preacher's Wife

Many thanks to those of you who sent birthday greetings this week. It was a great couple of days. On the actual day we did some running around and then had a delicious dinner at "THE LODGE". When you are in San Antonio you must go to dinner there. We recently ate at a restaurant that is rated the top one in France, but we actually prefer the one just down the street in San Antonio. On Thursday we we went SHOPPING!!!!!!!!!! I got new boots and a new hat to wear when I take out my little trailer. I’m sure you will see pictures soon. The backing and hitching lessons begin in a couple of weeks and somehow I know it will be blog material as well. Son of a Preacher was gracious to let me write this little note, but I am going to have to get my own blog to write rebuttals to his. Thanks again.

July 20, 2006

Look! It's Super Dave

Preacher’s wife got a belated Birthday e-card from one of our spiritual sons. David Silva Jr. and his wife Heather live in Michigan. Dave is the Assistant News Director for a local network affiliate. I choose to withhold the information as to which affiliate. Just when I thought he had outgrown dressing in costumes we get this card with him appearing as Superman. I have to say he is one secure man to dress in all the costumes that I have seen him in. Thanks for remembering Preacher’s wife Dave. You made her day.

July 19, 2006

"THE LODGE"... one of her favorite places...

For all those interested, Preacher’s wife decided it would be nice to have brunch around 11 a.m. since we would be going to "THE LODGE" for dinner. So brunch it was. We then took our own “Parade of Homes Tour” in northwest San Antonio to see how rich people live. On the way home we stopped at a nursery to buy plants for the backyard of our little old house (which we are grateful for). Then it was home for our afternoon nap. You might want to click on the red link above to see the place she will be dining with her favorite man.

Today is her Birthday and I am all hers..

As previously mentioned, I set my alarm to awake me at midnight to wish Preacher’s wife a Happy Birthday, then went back to bed. I then got up early this morning and started this exciting day by letting her sleep in. While she slept in I took her car to get the tires rotated, balanced and the front end aligned. Will she ever be surprised when she gets up and finds out what I have done. I told her that I would be hers forever and TODAY. I will only do today what she wants. So, here I sit watching her pet her dog and play Sudoku. What a wife! What a life! I am so blessed. If she will allow me, I think I will take her to “THE LODGE” tonight to wine and dine her. She is one heck of a woman. So deserving of having her tires balanced and rotated, and a fine meal on her Birthday.

July 18, 2006

Consider wishing someone special a Happy Birthday

I haven’t forgotten that tomorrow is Preacher’s wife’s birthday. In fact I have set my alarm to wake up just before midnight tonight to wish her a Happy Birthday. She doesn’t usually come to bed until 1 a.m. so I will surprise her. You would help me make it a wonderful Birthday if you would leave a Birthday Greeting. Just click “comments” below. If you sign on as Anonymous leave your name so she will know who sent her the greeting. Thanks for helping me make this a special day for her.

July 15, 2006

I am determined to Remember...

I will never forget the year I forgot Preacher’s Wife’s birthday. There are several reasons I will never forget, but I will not go into that. I woke up that morning and the new computer came within the hour. I was like a kid with a new toy. I took it out of the box, set it up, tested it, and then began to read the manuals. The day passed and I did not come out of my office. Two days later my wife showed me her new pair of fuzzy slippers she had gotten from our youngest daughter. I made some smart remark about our daughter always sending things to her to keep on her good side. Then she informed that they were sent for her birthday. I said, “BIRTHDAY?” Yes, “BIRTHDAY!” And then it hit me, I had forgotten her birthday. I don’t remember which birthday it was, it really doesn’t matter. What matters now is that I must never forget another one. I have my computer calendar set to remind me. As a backup I have sticky notes posted. But what I know I can count on is my youngest daughter calling to remind me to remember. So here I sit all excited four days before the big celebration unable to concentrate on anything else, lest I forget.

July 12, 2006

I fished all day and caught nothing. She fished all night and caught everything.

This past weekend I preached 3 times on Sunday. By 8:00 p.m. on Sunday I was exhausted. I wanted to go to bed, but no, Preacher’s wife decided she wanted to go fishing in the bay at Arroyo CIty. So guess what we did? We, or shall I say she, went fishing. I tagged along to bait her hook and retrieve her catch. I don’t know what it is with her but every time she cast she brought in a fish. I was very busy. For over 3 hours I kept baiting and retrieving. We got home and got in bed at 3 a.m. She was so pleased. Of course I was tired, but pleased that she was pleased, since I live to please her.

July 7, 2006

Sister Anne getting ready to fly

About 8 months ago Preacher’s wife joined a group of ladies who caravan in small vintage trailers they buy and fix up. They call themselves Sisters on the Fly. They camp, fly fish, visit dude ranches, ride horses and just have a good time. Well, she wouldn’t be happy until she found her a trailer. So we made a trip to Springfield Missouri to buy this 47 year old trailer. Now for the last 3 months she has been repairing the inside as well as having the outside painted. Presently, she is waiting for the decals and then she will be ready to go on her first outing. I thought I would post the before and after trailer.

July 3, 2006

Let the CELEBRATION begin!!!

Happy Birthday to my good friend Ron Hibbert. Ron was born in England and resides outside of London in nice place called Watford. Ron was born on July 4 therefore, I will never forget his birthday.

July 1, 2006

Oh how I miss the London Daily Mail

While Preacher’s wife and I we were in London and France, I became addicted to the London Daily Mail. I don’t know what it was about that daily newspaper that caused me to get hooked. Maybe it was all the big color pictures or maybe it was the bizarre stories about peoples lives. Anyway, I just loved reading that paper. My English friend said it was because of all the WAG news. Now before you read something into this let me explain. “WAGS” simply stands for “Wives and Girlfriends“ of their soccer (football) players. Since the 2006 World Cup was in full swing I enjoyed reading about how these rich, spoiled young wives and girlfriends spent their husband’s and boyfriend’s money. One of well-known players wives was not allowed to travel on a well-known airline because of her outlandish conduct. So what did she do? She chartered a private jet one way from England to Germany for 20 thousand British pounds. I thought, ”I wish it was where Preacher’s wife could spend that much money at the drop of a hat.“ But since it is not,and I didn’t want her getting any ideas, I just made sure the London Daily Mail didn’t get delivered to her.