Friday, May 21, 2010

Head Spinning...(but in a good way)

So much has happened this week, it is hard to focus. I am trying. Good stuff all around. I sometimes use my blog to not only share things with you, the gentle reader, but I also use it to process life happenings.

1)  Several weeks ago I posted a blog about my realization that teaching is where my heart is. I detailed the realigning of my educational focus and my hot pursuit of my new career goal. Out of the clear blue on Wednesday morning, I get a call from Midlands Technical College about teaching a Computers in Health Science class on Monday and Wednesday nights for the summer. Okay, it's not Creative Writing or English Literature, but it IS a foot in the door, and Adjunct Faculty is going to really look good on my Curriculum Vitae. Thanks to P. Melton for the recommendation and for helping get started earlier than expected on my teaching career.

2) In 1986, I scored a 700 on my SAT. 700. 390 English, 310 Math. Pathetic. Because I was a Music Education Major during my first college try, I was able to move past the poor score. I don't test well and I suck at Math. Today I learned that my son Cody scored a 1330! I am so proud I could bust. Not only that, but he got his first job this past week. Watching him grow up has been such a trip! I could not be more proud.

3) I am excited about my career at Jamestown Coffee. I love this business. I love learning and I love making coffee drinks and I love our staff and I love the 1607 Dark Roast!  Maybe one day I will have my own Jamestown Franchise. I am so grateful for my job.

4) For the last 8 months, every night (when I actually sleep) I have dreamed that I was at a KISS concert. I am not exaggerating. Nearly EVERY night for 8 months. Not sure what it all means, but last night I dreamed I met the members of Fleetwood Mac. Maybe I am struggling with turning 43 this year. Maybe I am weary of much of the overproduced cotton candy music of today. Maybe I need to pick up the guitar again. Maybe I am slowly going mad. Thoughts?

5) I have been dealing with a lot of personal issues, health issues, and stuff. This past week, some positive steps were taken. I am starting to feel a little better. However, I am still a jerk when I am driving, and I am still convinced that everyone is on drugs. Maybe it's the Jamestown Coffee kicking in...

More as the story develops.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Applied Wisdom

This is going to be one of those, "I've been thinking about something lately" posts. I do these from time to time just to download stuff I ponder. I have been thinking a lot about wisdom for the last couple of weeks. Mind you, it is not my own wisdom I have been pondering. Rather, I have been pondering wisdom I have received from others over the years. One pearl was given to me in 1995 by a dear man named Al Bozard. He was my mentor in the ministry when I first started out. I truly loved that man and anything he shared with me, especially pertaining to ministry, I soaked up like a thirsty sponge.

One day he said, "Todd, listen very carefully." I was totally tuned in. "Todd," he said, "no pastor ever came to the end of his life saying he wished he'd spent more time at the office. Whatever you do, never sacrifice your family for your ministry." Out of all the advice I was given by great men like Rev. Bozard, this nugget was one I worked really hard at.

Long story short, my three children came into the coffee bar tonight. They were on their way to Bible Study and stopped by to see me. Cody was driving. Cody will soon have his first job, and Jenna and Katie are about to become sophomores. Cody will graduate next year. Where does the time go? But wait! Let me tell you something. I sacrificed my ministry for my children.

I ate lunch with them at school 2 - 3 times a week. I took them to school and picked them up after. Every Friday, we would go to the local Bi-Lo and buy a special snack. Afterward we went to Blockbuster and rented movies for everyone. Then we went home and watched them. We laughed, we cuddled, we had a blast. I am so thankful that I was able to spend so much time with them when they were little. I was blessed to be so involved in their lives (when they actually wanted me there!)!

I looked at these three teenagers tonight that I helped make, and I realized that for all the things I have done wrong in my life, for all the times I turned right when I should have turned left, I look at my three children and I see the one thing I know I did right. They are the three greatest people I know, and I am so proud of them and so honored to have had all the time I had with them. I wouldn't take anything for those days and every day I have with them now. I adore them. I hope they always know that and I hope they are proud of me too.