Showing posts from September, 2014

Surf's up!

I've been thinking a lot about surfing lately.  Maybe because one of my heroes, Bethany Hamilton, is being advertised for a new "adventure-style reality show."  Or maybe because we've just had a spurt of colder weather, which reminded me that I really don't like cold weather at all.  Most likely, though, I've been thinking about surfing lately because it's time.  It's been a year and a half since I've immersed myself in the love of the ocean... and I'm in need of a salt water fix.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not really a surfer. 

Maybe I could be a surfer if I gave it more time and energy (which is difficult to do in central Arkansas - the waves stay pretty small here). 

But I have tried surfing.  The very first time, on a borrowed board, I learned to paddle out.  Then I spent most of the day sitting and trying to learn the timing required to catch a wave.  And when I did catch a wave, I swallowed a lot of ocean trying to hold on to it.…

First Impressions

Around 7 years ago this weekend, I visited Hot Springs, AR, for the first time, in order to visit with Oaklawn Church of God about the possibility of moving my family here and accept the position of Lead Pastor.  I easily remember this time every year, because it was the weekend of a big "Bike (motorcycle) Rally" in Hot Springs.  A gentleman named Pete, who I now consider a great friend, drove me around the town and the area.  And I remember thinking the whole time, "Wow... motorcycles sure are popular around here!  Everyone in this town must have a motorcycle!"

Having no idea that it was Bike Rally weekend, my first impression of the town was a little off.  People come from all over the country for this weekend.  At first glance, I didn't get the whole story.

The old saying goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." 

That's too bad.   First impressions seldom give a good clear picture, and it certainly doesn't give me …