Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Food, Football and Something That Really Matters

Tonight I will be celebrating my birthday dinner. I know, I'm already 8 days into my next year. But due to my poor planning, we were not home on my birthday, so tonight is it. Beverly and I will be joined by our prayer group. Destination? Red Lobster -- all-you-can-eat shrimpfest, baby! Don't buy Red Lobster stock today, because I'm gonna put a dent in their profits tonight.

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This may seem like poor timing after what I just wrote, but I want to share some Tozer with you this morning:

As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His
righteousness to children's children.
--Psalm 103:15-17

We who follow Christ are men and women of eternity. We must put no confidence in the passing scenes of the disappearing world. We must resist every attempt of Satan to palm off upon us the values that belong to mortality. Nothing less than forever is long enough for us. We view with amused sadness the frenetic scramble of the world to gain a brief moment in the sun. 'The book of the month,' for instance, has a strange sound to one who has dwelt with God and taken his values from the Ancient of Days. 'The man of the year' cannot impress those men and women who are making their plans for
that long eternity when days and years have passed away and time is no more.

The church must claim again her ancient dowry of everlastingness. She must begin again to deal with ages and millenniums rather than with days and years. She must not count numbers but test foundations. She must work for permanence rather than for appearance. Her children must seek those enduring things that have been touched with immortality. The shallow brook of popular religion chatters on its nervous way and thinks the ocean too quiet and dull because it lies deep in its mighty bed and is unaffected by the latest shower.

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You T. O. fans are incredible. The guy catches 5 passes for ~50 yards on Sunday. The three TD's were what? 3 yards. 5 yards. I don't remember what the third one was. 5 passes for 50 yards? That is pathetic for a 10 million dollar man! And might I remind you: They were playing the HOUSTON TEXANS! There are a number of college teams who could beat them.

Let's see what happens in the next few weeks, as the Cowboys get into the tougher part of their schedule.

My point from the beginning, however, has been this: It doesn't matter what guys like T. O. do on the field. What they bring to the clubhouse is destructive. And we have seen several episodes of that already.

3 comments:

Jeff said...

I can't stand the guy. I thought you were the TO fan. :)

Enjoy the shrimp. There's nothing I enjoy quite as much as a pile of shrimp and time.

jross said...

After last week's rant against his coach saying, "we're just colleages - nothing beyond that!", my hopes for his change of heart are gone.

Coach Parcells - it's time to say "Adios T.O."

Save some shrimp for me.

Kyle R. said...

I agree with you on the T.O. thing. I think he's got some real "issues" and is a detriment to the Cowboys. He really wears me out and his last game wasn't really that big of deal.

Yum. Shrimp. I also agree with Jeff. Endless shrimp and some time is a good combination. Shelly digs the shrimp scampi, but I prefer the lemon-peppered grilled shrimp, myself.

I bet Darden Restaurants (DRI) (parent co. of Red Lobster) factored you into their profits on the shrimp-- don't but a $2.00 iced tea-- that'll get'em where they least expect it on the profits. They made over $341 million in profits last year on over $5 billion in sales.

Thanks for the reminder on the thing that really matters! Puts T.O. and Red Lobster in their proper place.