- Saw Legally Blonde The Musical. It was -5 degrees out. I refused to wear a hat, because I didn't want to mess up my hair. If I did it again, I'd wear a hat.
- Went on an inner-city mission trip to Fort Worth, TX.
- Drove to Tulsa, during Snowmageddon, to see The Taming Of The Shrew ballet. We were stupid for going, but we didn't get stuck.
- I wrecked my car while driving in town. I slid, and hit an ice drift which had formed from a snow drift.
- Won meet and greet tickets for TobyMac. Saw him withBrandon Heath in Concert.
- Attended my first ice hockey game. Go Tulsa Oilers!
- Went to Dallas, TX to see Hillsong United.
- Attended the second and third rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament in Tulsa. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
- Saw the musical of Beauty And The Beast.
- Saw Chris Tomin, Christy Nockls and Rend Collective in concert.
- Saw the Tulsa Drillers play the Colorado Rockies in an exhibition game. Baseball in the month of March isn't always pleasant.
- Won tickets to see Avenue Q in Tulsa.
- Saw the Kansas City Royals take on the Texas Rangers.
- Saw Eisley and The Narrative at The Marquee.
- Saw Cats for the first time. I had high expectations. We walked out during intermission.
- Saw Hillsong United in concert at the BOK Center.
- Saw 9 to 5 The Musical. I was told it was a story of girl power. I think it was more of a story about some employees, who happened to be girls, took on their jerk boss, who happened to be a guy. I enjoyed it!
- Stayed a week in Chicago. Saw the White Sox play the Cubs and saw the Royals play the White Sox. Watched the Navy Pier fireworks on the 4th of July. I saw U2 in concert for the second time. I found a church there I wish I could have stayed and become a part of.
- Took a weekend trip to St. Louis. Saw the Pirates take on the Cardinals.
- Took a spontaneous weekend trip to San Francisco. Trolly cars rule!
- Saw the ballet of The Merry Widow.
- Attended my first Kansas City Chiefs game. They didn't do too swell playing against the Bills.
- Saw Hanson in concert. I'm a big fan of them. Don't hate!
- Saw the musical Memphis. The theater in Tulsa does rule!
- Saw the Tulsa Ballet perform 9 Sinatra Songs.
- Hillary happened. The story is still being written.
- Took a weekend trip to New York. Won a free night at the Trump Tower. Saw a taping of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Ran into Adam Sandler on the street. Saw Michael Ian Black do his comedy at the Bowery Ballroom.
- I saw the Nutcraker ballet for the very first time.
During these past couple of years, I've been judged by fellow believers numerous times. They've called me out on things I do, saying I am in the wrong and I need to turn from those "sins." I used the word sin in quotation marks, because the sins they mentioned were man-defined sins, not God-defined sins. Nowhere in the Bible could I find that I was in the wrong for those specific issues.
When being wrongly judge, one easy trap to fall into is judging your judges back. I was guilty of that. I can still fall into that trap when I'm not watching my steps. Under the rules of karma, return-judgement would be perfectly acceptable. Karma isn't the rule of the law. We live under the law of love.
I wrote an earlier post on "One-anothering." Before I began concentrating on this Biblical idea, the first few verses of Ephesians 4 use to be fly-over versus for me. Now, I'm finding that this is part of the meat which makes the church live as it was intended to.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ~Epheisans 4:1-3
I'll be the first to say I don't do a very good job at this. As much as I try not to, I find myself condemning others and looking down at them. My human nature seeps out way too often.
Am I the only that struggles with this?
Last Tuesday, while taking a break at work, I decided I want to go somewhere new. The remainder of September and October was very tightly booked due to personal commitments. Since I work for the largest online retailer, it's not easy for me to take any time off during the holiday season. I didn't have anything planned that current weekend. I began bidding on flights to Seattle for the following day. I wasn't able to get a flight for a price I was willing to pay. I then bid on a flight to San Francisco. My first bid was accepted. I was now embarking on the most spontaneous journey of my life.
I didn't begin my journey alone, while waiting to board my fight at the airport, a woman began speaking behind me. "This is Jennifer from Riverwalk Dental Spa," are the words she said in a secretarial tone. I looked around it saw it was the receptionist from my dental office with her family. They would be on the flight with me to the Dallas hub.
I was cashing in on two free nights at a hotel at a prime location in San Francisco. I had pay for a room for one night at another hotel. This one night, I stayed at a very charming hotel, in the middle of all the activity of Market Street and Union Square. The hotel was built in 1908. It showed signs of its age, but it was clean nonetheless. Just right outside the door of this hotel was the beginning of one of the cable car lines.
My two free nights were spent at a nice chain hotel at the Fisherman's Wharf (a tourist hot spot in San Francisco). I was given one of the larger rooms at the site, which faced the pool. The outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi were quite relaxing in the chili weather. I just had to survive the cooler air in the 4-second walk from the pool to my room.
I spent much of my first two days in San Francisco sight-seeing by myself. I did a bunch of walking around. I took a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. I did make a new friend from Victoria, British Columbia on the boat tour I was on.
I attended a CouchSurfing meet up at the end of my second day. It was "After Dark" at the Exploratorium (a museum for children and teens). The bar made the already entertaining exhibits much more fun. I had a blast with my three new friends. We were literally from all over the world... Taiwan, Egypt, California, and Kansas. We went to a cafe after the event. A couple of them had a beer, and I had the best tasting hot chocolate. The hot chocolates were unique. The servers made a design in your drink with the creamer.
I spent most of my third day sight seeing with another new friend from CouchSurfing. We visited National Maritime Park. She rode the cable car for the first time. We spent hour walk through China Town.
Day number four, the day I departed, I spent entirely resting in the hotel. I was worn out from my spontaneity. When I did leave, I was sad to go.
I have a confession to make. I wouldn't have made this post if I hadn't read Reimagining Church by Frank Viola. He's not one hundred percent innocent himself. He blatantly stole much of the book from the Bible. I don't have anything witty to say in this post. I don't even have mach of a commentary.
Check out all the "one anothering" verses in the Bible. There are over one hundred verses in the New Testament directing us to do something with one another.
Here are just a few of those verses:
I just love the fact that the Bible tells us about ten times to greet one another with a kiss. ;)
How are you one anothering? Are you one anothering in church gatherings? Are you one anothering during church gatherings? If not, should you?
What is church?
Is church a building?
Can you go to church? Can you do church? Can you be a church? Which is it? Is it all of the above?
Can a church meet anywhere? A house? A park? McDonalds? How about a comedy club or even a bar?
What's the purpose of church? To get something from God? To give something to God? To give something to others? To bring your friends so they can hear the Gospel? To fellowship and grow with other believers?
How does a church define success?
What's the Bible say a church should be like? What was church like in the New Testament?
Recently, I streamed a movie from Netflix titled One Week. I don't want to spoil the movie for you, so I won't even get in to the plot. I'd just like to leave a quote from the narrator in the film.
When you get those rare moments of clarity, those flashes when the universe makes sense, you try desperately to hold on to them. They are the life boats for the darker times, when the vastness of it all, the incomprehensible nature of life is completely illusive. So the question becomes, or should have been all a long… What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live. What life boat would you grab on to? What secret would you tell? What band would you see? What person would you declare your love to? What wish would you fulfill? What exotic locale would you fly to for coffee? What book would you write?
What are your answers to the questions the narrator asks?
I wonder what type of father I will be and imagine what my kids will be like. I'm probably thinking a little too far ahead, since I don't see myself tying the knot in the near future. One thing I have decided is that I definitely want to have children. Who knows, maybe I will adopt if I don't get married within a few years.
Public transportation is an efficient way to get from point A to point B, but that's not what I like most about it. Living in Kansas, I travel with strangers only on rare occasions. While traveling on public transportation, traveling with strangers is the norm.
While riding the "L" in Chicago, I interacted with a great variety of people. There were a few people I tried to avoid interacting with.
I have a confession to make. I'm an addict. I'm addicted to the deals Groupon.com, LivingSocial.com and Tulsa Food Deals offer. On the way back to the airport, I met a girl who said her roommate worked for Groupon. To me, it felt like she lived with a rock star. (The funny thing is she thought I was a rock star when I told her I worked for Amazon.com)
I've bought in on deals that you would expect somebody to purchase; deals for restaurants, sporting events, Old Navy, RedBox, NuttyGuys.com, Bath & Body Works (don't judge!) and Fandango.
Then there's the not so conventional deals...
RiverWalk Dental Spa: This is the the deal I broke the ice on. I bought in on a deal for Zoom! Whitening at this place. That's not big in itself. My relationship grew with this dental office, and they offered me a $1000 discount for my eventual Invisalign treatment. I don't know how many other people can say they found their dentist on Groupon. I drive 90 miles to their office, but it's worth it to not "feel" like I'm seeing the dentist. It is "dental spa" after all.
Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio: For the past year or so, I've been telling myself I need to learn how to dance. I'll be getting three half-hour private lessons, one group lesson, and a studio party. It includes me and a partner. I still need to find a partner. It can be kind of awkward to ask a female friend to travel with you an hour (1 night each week for 3 weeks) so she can engage in an activity which requires physical contact with you. I'll get it done.
To top everything off, I found the best website for Groupon addicts; Grouspawn. It's for couples who used a Groupon on their first date, or individuals who want to use Groupon on their first date. Unfortunately, Grouspan does not provide service for the Southeast Kansas/Northeast Oklahoma area.
Are you addicted to a deal site? What is an odd deal you purchased through a deal site?
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