Friday, May 30, 2008

Consequences to our actions

Life moment number 200. Any two fools have to ability to make a baby. But it takes a man and a woman to be good parents. As for me, I believe I am some where in between those two extremes. My son was doing what 12 year olds do, when in the company of other 12 year olds. Except this time it got him suspended from school. Helen and I took the opportunity to discuss the matter with 2 of his teachers as well as his principal. While neither one of us was happy at what happened and we didn't necessarily agree with the punishment. We were able to be professional and courteous to them.

My point is simply this. We are to be a reflection of Christ in season and out of season. While I will leave it up to you what those seasons are. It was in the back of my mind during all of our meetings this morning. I wanted to get my concerns across but at the same time I needed to remain a representative of the God I serve. I hope we accomplished both. I am not perfect but I am striving even in difficult circumstances to be the same person that God wants me to be.

I am just putting it out there for public consumption... Do with it what you will!

Musa Out.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wednesday Brain dump

Well it is Wednesday so it must be time for a quick reflection of the week's events.

  1. Saw Prince Caspian with my wife and children on Monday. Pretty good flick. I can recommend it without reservation.

  2. I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew. So I will have to swallow this one whole. I was elected to the school board of my kids school.
  3. It is still May and I am being summoned to football meetings and practice doesn't even start for another 2 months.
  4. Kennedy turns 10 (I think) on June 3. There is a sleep over in my future along with another cookout.
  5. I get to learn some new music with this lady tomorrow.
  6. BTW, I am starting to enjoy having the newest member of our family around. You may know him as IThunder. Helen knew it would only be a matter of time.
  7. Helen and I are preparing to move on something that is close to our heart. Pray for us.
  8. Vacation is coming. YES!
  9. I have decided to get back on the "Weight Lost Express"..... Hopefully I can stay on board to the end.
  10. Geocaching--- Its all the rage... If your kids come home talking about GeoCaching. You should give it a try. Great fun for the whole family.

I think that is enough for now.

Musa Out!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I am a Transformer!

This morning, before I left for work, I read Romans 12:2. I asked the Lord to transform my mind, to elevate my thinking. Helen has been faithfully reminding me to break out of the old mindsets that we as a couple have allowed to run our lives. To be honest, I was in a blue funk for most of the afternoon yesterday. I really had no reason to be. I got to spend time with my wife and children and we went to the movies. It was an extra day away from work and school and I should have been elated at the chance to be with them. And yet I found myself thinking of the things we didn't have, yet at least to me we needed. The point is that I have to allow God to change my way of thinking so that I can discern what it is He wants me to do and where I should go. I can't do that when I am stuck in an old worn out mindset. Simply because thinking like that is not on the same plain that God's thinking is, and He desires for me to come up to where He resides. So today, I am asking for a transformation of my mind, my thoughts and my desires.

Remember- If you think you can or you think you can't.... You are Right!

Monday, May 19, 2008

I serve???

I figured that I would be the first to comment on the sermon from church yesterday. I was listening to a very good sermon on joining the ranks of those who contribute to the ministry, instead of just receiving from it. Now I do in fact serve in a couple of areas in our church but I guess the question I am asking myself is, while I am serving, am I serving at the level and commitment that I should be. In other words am I just paying lip service and do things half-way or am I going all out to see the vision fulfilled? Because to me it seems there is not much difference between not serving and serving half hearted. Neither is advancing the kingdom.

I am just saying, if I am going to do it then I need to be in it all the way with my hair on fire. Serving half hearted is like eating cold soup. It may fill a need but it never satisfies.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

It takes a village....

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote a book, called " It takes a Village". I didn't bother to read it but I believe the premise of the work deals with how it takes a community to raise your children. Now I would generally disagree with that until tonight. You see I just left the GAFA dance production that my girls were a part of. They were awesome by the way. But it got me thinking. It really does take a community to teach, train and raise our kids. The primary responsibility lies with Helen and me but there are other people in my kids' lives that are very influential. For example, I couldn't have taught my girls those dance routines. I am not gifted that way, but there were some dedicated women who poured themselves into them to bring out an awesome gift in my girls. Nothing makes me prouder than to watch my kids excel at something they have worked hard on. So were does this leave me? Well, what Helen and I do is the foundation for everything else in their lives. But we also get to build parts of their lives as well and there will be others who will build into their lives things that I can't supply. Makes you think about the people who are involved in your kids lives doesn't it? I hope this makes sense.

As always...

Musa Out!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Un-offended

God has the ability to cast my sin as far as the East is from the West and remember them no more. Now we say, how can He simply forget the wrong that I have done? Well I decided to take a look at it more closely. Many of you who read this may not be aware that my wife is white and I am of course NOT! I think the PC term for it is Inter-racial marriage. I will have a post on the whole "race" thing later. But for now let us focus in on this. When Helen and I first started dating her family was not very happy with it at all. Long story short most of her family did not come to our wedding. She had to walk down the aisle without her father. It was tough, and we could have felt justified in being angry or even bitter. The thing that kept me grounded was that I knew what the word of the Lord was to me concerning Helen and I believed in my heart that God would turn it around.

The thing that amazes me, is that God is so much better than anything we can imagine or think. He not only reconciled us to Helen's family but He so completely healed the breach that I really do not remember what it was like before He restored those relationships. To me, that is how I know when I am walking in forgiveness towards someone. When I can't recall what it felt like when the pain and offense were still new.

As far as East is from the West, into the sea of forgetfulness. Are you able to say that with a clear conscience towards those in your lives. It kinda gives new meaning to the phrase "Forgive and Forget" now doesn't it?

I am just saying.....


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What will they say about me????

Ever wonder what people will say about you when you die. Now don't freak out, I don't have a death wish or anything. What I mean is. If you were dead and people had to sum up your life from their interactions with you, what would they say. This is a little experiment to provoke us to live in such a way that those who knew us best would say the kinds of things about us that would be good and true. If your list of negatives is longer than the positives then maybe just maybe some changes need to take place. I am just saying....