I’m back…are you listening?

Posted in Personal on October 20, 2008 by Sherman Gardner

Some of y’all are asking ‘where have you been’?  Others are saying, have you been gone?  Life right now for me is extremely busy, like it is for most people.  However at the church, I’m wearing more than one hat which is not unusual in any persons job, but right now in our time of transition it is quite a challenge.  Make no mistake, however, I love my job.  I love the church and I love our future.  God is smiling on our church.

In fact on November 2, Christ Community Church celebrates its first birthday.  I would like to invite everyone to come.  It’ll be a very exciting time.  It will be a very unusual service that morning.  And God will be smiling on us.

I’ve missed writing in my blog.  It’s actually very therapeutic for me.  If you’re like me, you have a million thoughts running around in your head at one time.  Sometimes it’s very confusing trying to juggle everything and keep everything going.  I find myself forgetting things if I do not write them down because there’s so much swirling around in my head.  I feel like I meet myself coming and going sometimes. But I love every minute of it.

I’m going to do my best to write more often in my blog.  Like I said it is therapeutic for me, but I also feel like there might be something here to offer people, my friends.  God can speak through anyone, even me!  Got truly does have a sense of humor.  He has to.  Just look in the mirror, and know that He uses even you.  Why does he do this?  Because He wants us to know that He can accomplish great things through any of His children.  We are all equally important.  He loves each of us just the same.  He likes using us to accomplish great things, so we can know that it really is Him who is doing it.

So check back here, and maybe there might be something on here that might help you.  God speaks…are you listening?

Sunday Naps and iPhone Updates

Posted in Personal on July 20, 2008 by Sherman Gardner

Most things in life cost something…usually money! Some of the best things in life are still free…Sunday Naps are one of them. There’s nothing like a full morning at Church, then eat a little lunch and then stretch out in the recliner. The next thing you know you’re waking up in a fog. I love those naps! And I REALLY needed one today, but didn’t get one. It was one of those days that one thing ran into another and then the afternoon was gone.

One of the things that cut into the afternoon was upgrading my iPhone to the 2.0 software. It took forever! It first wiped EVERYTHING off the phone, software, contacts, dates, etc. Then it formatted itself then installed the latest software. It then restored all the personal data. All this took an hour. Not sure why, but it took way too long, in my opinion. Apple prides itself on its technology. Hmmmmm…whatever.

The iPhone is a great phone, but it seriously lacks some MAJOR features. It doesn’t have MMS texting, which means you can’t receive pictures, but you can send them to an email address…woo hoo. Big deal. And there is not a word processor built in. All that money…for what? Come on Apple…get it right.

My Friend Sean…and Kadesh

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2008 by Sherman Gardner

Okay, so I have this friend, Sean. Sean is…hmmm, he’s right, sometimes…and sometimes well, he’s not. When he comes up with a new idea, I usually at least listen to him. He suggested that I try WordPress for my Blog, and so I thought I’d try it. So here it goes. My old blog is still out there. But I will try this for awhile.

I LOVED this session of Kadesh. My group totally rocked. I am so fired up for them! They are all getting to start college in the fall! That’s so awesome! I LOVE each of you guys so much! The week that we spent together is exactly what I needed. And Kirk’s baptism on Saturday morning was so awesome! I am so glad I got to witness that!

I love hanging out with Sean and Michael at Kadesh! We always tend to get into a little bit of trouble, but we usually are way more a positive influence than not…at least I am. It’s a shame that we get to hang out one week a year like that. They’re both trying to do something dumb, like a Master’s Degree…psshhhh… whatever! Haha! I really am proud of those two! We had a blast…Muchaco’s at midnight!!!!

Kadesh was fun…period.

About Stress…

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2008 by Sherman Gardner

Looking back at my blog, it’s been since January since I’ve posted anything! Crazy, it seems like last week. There are a lot of things on my plate…can you identify? When things get piled up on our plate, it gets heavy to carry around, and sometimes it’s quite a balancing act keep it all on!
Piled up plates brings about more stress, right? Now, I’m not very good at what I’m about to tell you, but I’ll tell you anyhow…maybe it’s time to clean off your plate some.

Facelifts and First Impressions

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2008 by Sherman Gardner

You know what I love about AIM (online instant messaging)? No one can see me! I can be as grungy as I want and I can talk to whoever I want, looking however I want. “Looks” truly don’t matter online! People see your words, just your words. I love it! The physical impression is not a factor. Of course, what is sacrificed though is the emotions that are inflected in the words and the facial expressions and body language. But, I don’t have to be seen, because quite honestly, sometimes I don’t want to be seen. I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but as good looking as I am, I actually don’t ALWAYS look that great! LOL!

Why do people go through facelifts, tummy tucks, and ‘other’ augmentations? The physical look is an important thing to us. That’s why for a lot of women (and men) shopping for clothes is a production, not just something you rush into and ‘get r done’. We want to look good.

First impressions are everything, aren’t they? First impressions are typically a physical first impression, then a personality impression, at least when it comes to people. When it comes to an inanimate object like a car, then it’s physical (the look, color, lines, etc.) and then performance. There usually is a first impression that people (and most things) give. That’s why cosmetic surgery is so popular and such big business.

At our church we’ve been going through a lot of ‘facelifts‘ ourselves. Our building has received a lot of new paint, remodeling, new furniture, and more because first impression is so important. It tells people that we take care of what we are blessed with and that we are an active church family. It is a first impression.

But with all that said, first impressions are so short lived. People want to know what’s past that. What you really are about. Who you are, really. They want to know the truth. What people see causes them to either want to know more, or not.

So yes, first impressions are very important and influential, so make it count…because what comes next is what lasts. So, what is next?

Attempting Resolution

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2007 by Sherman Gardner

Have you ever had “that friend”? You know the one I’m talking about. That friend is someone who wants you around only when they need you. You want to be better friends with them, you want to be a good friend to them, you want them to be a good friend to you, but it never seems to work out that way. You try to have a meaningful conversation with them, but they always seem to be distracted, thinking about something else or someone else. Sometimes it seems like even though they are ‘there’, they’re not really there. And you know how it feels, I know how it feels. I don’t like it and I know you probably don’t like it either.

This is a time of year when we all look ourselves and think “I’ve got to change myself”. We start thinking of ways that we can improve our lives and sort of protect our hearts better. We don’t want to be hurt anymore. We’re tired of being taken for granted. We get tired of being overlooked. And yet we still tend to find ourselves putting ourselves back into situations like that over and over again. Why?

Being a Christian does not mean that we let people walk all over us. We are God’s children and God does not like us to be “used”. God intends for us to enjoy life to its fullest. Read your Bible, it tells you that very clearly. He wants us to have life more abundantly. All that means is, have a good time in life. It does not mean to go out and party. But it does mean to stop living life in a rut. Stop complaining, stop whining, stop cowering, stop letting people use you and abuse you… Just stop it!

So, got your resolutions ready to go? Are you ready to make promises again, like you did last year? You going to try to do that all by yourself, again? Why? Why try again what didn’t work the first time? Do you think it’s going to be different? I’m tired of hurting, both by myself and others.

Ok, so you do want to change, what are you going to do about it? All I can say is do not try to do this on your own. Surround yourself with people who REALLY care about you. No more of this trying to be included in a group that is not good for you. Be the good person that people really need you to be. Be who you really are meant to be…a child of God…and live life more abundantly!

NASA

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2007 by Sherman Gardner

I love watching the NASA channel when the Space Shuttle launches, or is in orbit, or returns to Earth. I find the NASA ‘chatter’ fascinating. It’s all so precise, and serious, and professional. It’s so awesome watching the launch and the time in space and the return. It’s mind-boggling how all this works together. Can you imagine how all that happens? I can’t either!

So as you’ve noticed, NASA has been having a hard time launching Atlantis. Something about a faulty fuel valve something or other. NASA wants to make sure it’s ready to go…which it’s not, so they’ve decided to postpone until January. So, NASA engineers are working hard on fixing the problem. You’d want everything to be ready before you blasted off in a shuttle, wouldn’t you?

In life people want things to be ready for various things as well. Things like parties, trips, moves, school, vacation, and so much more. And we often find ourselves rushing around and working hard at making sure everything is “ready”. But I ask myself often, are people really ready? Are they? To meet God? To see Him? To answer for themselves? For Life after Death?

Through the Blood of Christ we are ready. When a person accepts that gift of salvation paid for with the Blood of Christ, they are made ready!

But family, I have to ask you…do ‘they’ know? Who are ‘they’? ‘They’ are people. People who live around you, work around, go to class around you, walk around you, shop around you…’they’ are everywhere. Do they? Do they know that Jesus Saves? Are they ready for life after death? If you don’t ask them, tell them, invite them…who will? They may not have the luxury of waiting until next month like NASA to get the Shuttle ready.

Let’s help get people ready.