Greetings! Well, after a day of attending to many of the things that had piled up while I was gone I feel almost human again — somewhere in the range of 87%-92%, I think.
There are a number of things that I did not get done, though, due to poor prioritizing, and now that I sit down to review I find that it is just too late for some of them, such as some important phone calls. Tomorrow will be a “road warrior” day with a long drive and some counseling, but I hope to make some of those calls while I am out. If you were expecting a call from me today and did not get one, I greatly apologize! (And if you were expecting an e-mail, I apologize that I did not quite get to all of those, yet, today, either.)
But now that I am almost human again, I wanted to summarize a few of the thoughts I have had over the past week.
For starters, let me say, again, how much I enjoy visiting Charlotte and the headquarters of the Living Church of God. Please don’t get me wrong — I have no illusions about the humanity of those who work there, just as I have no illusions about the humanity of the fellow typing this blog entry. I am sure that the office experiences its share of PDH: Public Displays of Humanity — especially given the amazing amount of work that is done by so few individuals. The presence of human nature does not lessen my appreciation for the staff at HQ, but rather it affirms my appreciation all the more. God worked through a precious collection of imperfect but dedicated people in the first century to build on the foundation laid down by Jesus Christ, and I see Him doing the same today. The folks in Charlotte are just plain neat folks, and I’m glad that I have the chance to work with them “in person” on occasion.
Also, let me say that getting to work on the telecast is an amazing blessing, and I sure hope to get better at it. These two tapings felt more comfortable than the first two. Mr. Baca (the show’s director) told me that it takes about seven or eight tapings before you begin to feel completely comfortable and “find your stride,” so to speak, and I am beginning to see where he is coming from. Just as there are things that I would go back and change about my first two programs if I had the chance, there are things I would like to go back and change about the most recent two, as well; but I take it as a sign of progress that at least the newer set of things is a different set of things than the previous set of things! (Did that make any sense?) Still, I can’t imagine a more supportive group of people to work and learn with than the folks involved with the telecast — from the folks behind the camera and in the editing room all the way to Mr. Meredith and Mr. Ames. So far, I have experienced nothing but encouragement, guidance, and gently constructive criticism, and my hat is off to all involved.
I would like to say, too, thanks to you readers out there who have been keeping up with my entries of late even though they have been, to a certain extent, “content poor.” I plan to return to a more normal sense of blogacity (sure it’s a word–why not?) in the very near future, and there certainly have been “news happenings” worth writing about. In fact, while I will not go into detail here let me say that I find that the decision of the governor of Texas to mandate through executive fiat the vaccination of all school age girls for a sexually transmitted disease to be disturbing (and I feel that way more acutely, being a Texan, myself). I am glad that the situation with Merck’s lobbying is being looked into, though I’m afraid that even if some sort of inappropriate influence is discovered and rooted out, it is a systemic problem that will see no quick fix. Ezekiel prophesied about the princes of Israel — her political leaders — publishing God’s words of warning about them, saying, “Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain” (Ezekiel 22:27). I hope that any findings indicate that no inappropriate influence peddling has taken place, but even if so I am afraid that such a conclusion would reflect an exception in politics rather than the rule.
And lastly, let me conclude this fairly themeless blog entry with one more comment that fits in well with its theme of themelessness: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg is a fantastic stop between Charlotte and Nashville. The kids had a blast and, honestly, my wife and I did too. We all differed as to our favorite aspect of the visit, but for me the Shark Lagoon Tunnel was the highlight. Being so close to those toothy critters and seeing them from all sides was phenomenal. (When my children start their own blogs, they will be free to publish their own opinions.)
[I suppose this makes two unintended “advertisements” I’ve given in the last couple of days: one for the Gaylord Opryland and now one for this aquarium. I wonder if they are interested in sponsoring a blog? 1 Corinthians 9:14 might have something to say about that…]
OK, I’m spent! I hope you are in the middle of a wonderful day. If not, then I hope it is looking up!