I have to apologize for my absence the past couple weeks. I don't really have a good excuse other than that my work has been so exhausting that I haven't had much energy to write much less think at night. But I'm taking steps to make time for it because I really enjoy bringing the Scriptures alive for others. Anyway, enough about that, let's get to the fun part!
Since it's the last Friday of the month this is your last chance to leave a comment which enters you into a drawing for a $45 Starbucks gift card. I should mention, however, that after everything I've been going through at work, the card may only have $20 left on it by the time I send it out to the winner! (Just kidding). So here's my question for Friday, October 26:
What was/is your nickname? If you don't have one or never had one, then create one that you would like others to use when they identify you. And as always, if there's a story behind your nickname please feel free to share.
In case you're wondering, my nickname throughout college was Cakes. Interestingly, many of my friends never knew my real name; they only knew me as Cakes. I guess that puts me in the same category as people like Cher and Shaq, right? (yeah right!)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Today I had a particularly bad day at work and it reminded me that some people have bad days at work EVERYDAY. So I'm curious, what was the worst job you ever had and what made it the worst? And if you happen to be one of the eight people in the world who absolutely loved every job they had, then answer me this: what was the single worst day you had at work and why was it so bad?
Posted by Jon Van Bruggen at 9:33 PM
Friday, October 5, 2007
I recently found a bookstore in our neighborhood that will buy used books, so I spent some time going through all the books I had accumulated over the last several years hoping to narrow down my library to a few (dozen) favorites. As I was going through all my books I was reminded of my favorite books of all time: Where the Red Fern Grows was a childhood favorite while Life of Pi currently tops my list. That leads me to the just-for-fun question for this week:
What is/was your favorite book?
I look forward to seeing what you enjoy reading. Perhaps I'll pick up a few of your favorites the next time I'm at the bookstore.
Have a great weekend!
Posted by Jon Van Bruggen at 12:12 AM
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Just last week I was telling some of my co-workers that I rarely get sick enough to miss work, and wouldn't you know it, on Tuesday I came down with one of the nastiest colds I've ever had making me miss the last two days of work. Funny how that happens.
Now I realize I might cross some theological boundaries with this question, but do you think Jesus ever got sick? He was human after all, and if John 4:6 is accurate, we can assume that even Jesus experienced fatigue, which for us usually leads to some sort of illness. But instead of continuing on with his journey like so many of us do, Jesus stopped and rested.
Perhaps that's one of the purposes behind illness, to make us stop and rest from a life of hurriedness, efficiency, effectiveness, and success. As I'm experiencing now, there's not a lot you can accomplish when you're sick, and perhaps that's exactly the position God wants us in from time to time. So I encourage you, before you get to the point of illness, to stop trying to accomplish so much and let every aspect of your being rest with God.
Posted by Jon Van Bruggen at 10:25 AM