Recently while visiting Toronto, I had the wonderful privilege to attend a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game. Toronto is a wonderful city with a beautiful ballpark that I had seen on television many times before. Since I was in the city, I wanted to take the opportunity to visit and experience this beautiful park. My love for Major League Baseball draws me to these sports sanctuaries and I can assure you this was an occurrence that I will not soon forget.
The Pledge of Allegiance
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The National Anthem
I had the great privilege of traveling to Toronto this past week to meet with some church planters who are intentionally being all about the gospel in the beautiful city that God has called them to serve.
What a great city.
By nature, I am an outcome guy. The outcome is the desired effect, it is where you want to end up. It is easy for me to dream about the outcome. I always seem to look ahead and romanticize the future. The nuts and bolts of the systems and process sometimes overwhelm me. You see, I want to see and experience the systems and processes that I am working on…operational and fully functional.
We all possess perspective…
I want to encourage you before reading this blog to take a few minutes and make a list of the things you are thankful for.
What does it take?
I have been focusing on this question for the past couple of days and think that I may have come up with a couple of solutions to help all of us.
Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. 19 And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. 20 God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
Clowns to the left of me…jokers to the right…here I am stuck in the middle with you.
I am sitting here this morning watching multiple news channels and paying careful attention to all of the Presidential Candidates for the 2016 election. This is the morning of the New York State Primary and I must tell you that I am blown away by all that I am hearing and seeing.
A couple of nights ago, I had the wonderful privilege to try a new restaurant here in the City that I love and serve. On the stong recommendation of a friend, Sheila and I drove east on Beach Blvd, to Discovery Way and pulled into a business strip with multiple local eatery’s. At the end of the complex, we found “Shack Maui” and our good fortune gave us a parking place right beside the establishment.