Pastoral Ministry
in the Real World Click Now to Order


"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

Ho hum. Are the Olympics over yet?

I know that as a avid sports fan I was supposed to get excited about the 2000 Summer Olympics down under, but I didn't. Part of my problem was I was distracted by the Oakland A's run for the championship of the AL West division. Go A's! But that wasn't all of it. For a good portion of the Olympic games I was out of the state and couldn't get the A's on television anyway.

The conference center I attended didn't have cable, so my choices were limited. I could watch the Olympics or some lame sitcom, so I did watch some of the games. The coverage seemed, well, different. It was sort of a news magazine format, you know, like 60-minutes or 48-hours. It didn't feel like a sporting event. Now I'm as nosey as the next fellow, so I don't mind getting the scoop on an athlete's personal life, but to tell you the truth, I'd rather watch the competition first, before I get up close and personal with a 400 pound shot putter.

Then there was all the new events. Trampoline. Really? Since when did gym class become an Olympic event. At this rate, in 2004 there might just be a towel popping contest. (Now that's an event I could enter.)

My problem with the games wasn't the way they were packaged or even the changes over previous years. I didn't like knowing who won before watching at night. With the speed of the Internet, I knew who won when I turned on my computer each morning. I should have waited until the evening to find out, but my curiosity would get the best of me. Because I couldn't wait, the suspense was ruined. Knowing the outcome made it hard to sit down and enjoy the competition at night. 

When I'm going through struggles, I wish God would just tell me what He is doing in my life. Instead, He tells me to trust Him for today and not worry about tomorrow. I want Him to hurry. He wants me to wait. 

Waiting can be a good thing. 

Jan -Mar 
Amazon Kindle 

April-June Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

365 Days includes Volumes 1-4
Amazon Kindle 

Impact Preaching: A Case for the
one-pointexpositiory sermon