5/31/2006

Futurama is Awesome...

Right now, I'm in Palm Springs on our annual Staff Huddle. Everyone on staff looks forward to slowing down for a few days and being with friends. Here's a couple of thoughts after the first day:

-Palm Springs is hot. Yeah, I know. I live in California. But I mean HOT!!! I think it was approximately 1000 degrees today. My fingernails might have melted off.

-I love the staff that I get to work with. They are all extremely cool people and fun to be around. Even Rod.

-I'm kind of getting tired of the look of this blog. Do any of you have any suggestions for places I could find sweet templates? I'll be your BFF...

-The best dessert in the entire world is Banana Spring Rolls from P.F.Chang's. I both love it, and am in love with it.

-Our senior pastor gives the staff gifts every year here at the Staff Huddle. Last year was a duffle bag and backpack embroidered with the church name. This year, he gave us iPod Nanos. I know!

-Getting to know people who you see everyday, but don't normally talk to is awesome!

-Last year, when we were here, I had some kind of allergic reaction that turned into a viral thingy on the side of my left eye. As a result, I was put on some medication that prevented me from being out in the sun. Being the new guy on staff + not being able to go out in the sun while everyone else does + worrying for the entire week about something I had no control over = a horrible time. This year is going to be different. It's off to a great start and I am going to be out in the sun with everybody tomorrow until I pop and sizzle like Bacon. (The food, not the guy from Footloose.)

-I haven't posted regularly in a while. That's going to change starting Thursday. That's right, the TV fast starts in 2 days! I have some sweet ideas for some different posts.

-I am kind of new at this blogging thing. Do you guys have anything that you would like to see here?

-More from Palm Springs tomorrow...

5/19/2006

Faster Than a Locomotive...

As I drove home last night, I realized something: I have given up control of my life. At least, I've given up part of it. For some time now, TV has had a certain measure of lordship over me. When I walk in the door, I turn it on. I fall asleep to it. Sometimes, I even leave it on just so that a certain show will greet me upon my return.

But no more!

As of June 1st, 2006, I will prove to the entire world that TV has no power over me.

I am going on a 30 day TV fast.

That's right. I'm not going to watch any TV for 30 days. Nothing live, nothing taped. I'm not even going to watch DVDs. The TV in my apartment will remain off for the entire time. That's 720 hours. 43,200 minutes. 2,592,000 seconds.

I have wasted way too much of the past year letting my mind go numb while I watch hour after hour of pointless programming.

"So Josh, what are you going to do with all of the free time that you're going to gain from this fast?"

I'm so glad that you asked. I'm going to use it to better myself. I'm going to spend more time in God's word. I'm going to pray more. I'm going to read at least 2 books. I'm going to work on more graphics. I'm going to dream of ways to make our ministry better. I'm going to work out more. I'm going to sleep more. I'm going to begin learning Italian. I'm going to try out more new recipes. And I'm going to journal and reflect the whole way through.

You don't think I can do it, do you? Care to make it interesting? I invite you all to keep me accountable on this. Feel free to call me anytime to check up on me. I need all of the help with this I can get.

I'm going to prove to myself, the world, and especially the TV, that I will not be controlled by anything!

Let the countdown begin...

5/15/2006

Bros Before Ta-hoes...

I'm not much for taking vacation. I like to work. Actually, my work isn't really like work to me at all. I love my church. I love my students. I love my job.

That being said, right now I'm on vacation. This is the first vacation I've taken since starting at my church. I'm in beautiful Carson City, NV visiting an old friend from my internship in Orange County. I've been here since Thursday evening and I leave tomorrow around 4:00pm. This is exactly what I needed.

I didn't realize how much I missed being in the woods. On Saturday, we hiked up a trail to a waterfall. All along the way, I jumped over all the puddles I could, Climbed every rock I saw, and enjoyed every second of it. Today, we did church and then went up to Lake Tahoe. Now, I have been some places in my life. (AND, let's not forget that I am from the great state of South Carolina!) But, I have to say, this is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my entire life. Today, I stood on top of a rock, at the top of Lake Tahoe, in 80 degree sunny weather, and looked out over gi-normous snow covered mountains. I climbed up AND down rocks. I climbed all the way down to the lake itself and splashed around in the water. I even found a natural made shelter and dreamed about abandoning civilization and living there like Grizzly Adams.

This has been a wonderful time of friendship, relaxation, excitement, fun, laughing, cooking, great stories, brain-picking, encouragement, prayer, excercise, and renewal. Thank you, Father, for giving me these 4 days.

If you want to check out a couple photos from my trip, feel free.

5/10/2006

Update on Variety...

Yesterday, Brian, Sarah, and I counted all of the money that was raised for One Life Revolution from our One Night Revolution Variety Show. The grand total of money raised was $29,805.90. Along with our students, we agreed to use the money to build a health clinic in Zambia. But, since a health clinic only costs $25,800, we will be able to use the excess money to help in other ways. Maybe buy some goats for them...

5/06/2006

Variety Is the Spice of Life...

So, right now I'm sitting in the worship center at our church watching my students rehearse their acts for our One Life Revolution benefit variety show.

For those who haven't heard of it, One Life Revolution is an organization started by Mike Yaconelli, the co-founder of Youth Specialties and an organization called World Vision. OLR's mission is to raise awareness of the need for help in the nation of Zambia. The AIDS pandemic is sweeping through the nation and has left almost no one untouched. So, OLR has made it their mission to go into Zambia and build houses, schools, and clean water wells.

A couple of years ago, the Middle School staff here decided to use OLR to make our students aware of the needs of others throughtout the world. They decided that, rather than do a fundraiser or collect an offering, they would put on a benefit variety show. Students, volunteers, and parents all put on acts; some musical, some dance, some acting. Everybody works really hard and the show is tonight.

I'm so proud of the work that everybody's done. Hopefully, we'll be able to raise enough money to do some wonderful things in Zambia. I'll let you know how it turns out...

5/05/2006

Crisis on Infinite Earths...

Have you ever woken up in the morning and just been in a funk? I did today. For some reason, I have been in a bad mood all day long. My usual workload isn't much different. No huge personal changes. But there is...

-The fact that I haven't worked out in almost 2 weeks...
-The fact that the weather has been overcast here in "sunny" San Diego for almost 2 straight weeks...
-I haven't spent focused time with God since Tuesday...
-I haven't slept a good 8 hours straight in at least a week and a half...
-The Food Network DVD that I want from Target won't go on sale like I keep asking God for...

I hope I get out of this funk soon. It is not fun...