NFL

September 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

This past Sunday I went to my first ever NFL game with my son and my father. It was my dad’s 60th birthday gift as he has been a life-long Broncos fan. It was an amazing experience all around. It will be hard to watch a football game on TV anymore actually, as it was such a cool experience. It was a good and exciting game, and of course I would have rather had the Broncos win, but it was pretty exciting. The referee issue has bothered me since the start of the season, and this game did not help any. The officiating situation is clearly terrible and the outrage, while overplayed like most things in our culture is legitimate. Roger Goodell is not a leader, and his greed may get the best of him this time. The issue is not fairness, money, or the game itself in my mind. Yes, it is just a game. The two core issues from my perspective are integrity and order. Without somewhat consistent (and all officiating is imperfect) and clear officiating, there cannot be order. When there is not order, chaos takes over, often giving way to much worse things (such as violence). Without order, the game takes longer, there is confusion and enjoyment is sucked out of the whole experience. The greater issue at hand is integrity. The game has become a joke in so many ways and its all due to a lack of integrity. Sports need integrity and ironically its one of the few places left in our culture that some (albeit only a little) integrity is built into the system itself. The lack of integrity in our culture is a huge problem, and this very small problem with the replacement officials only magnifies the problem of integrity in the game and in our culture. There is too much money in football, and while I do not support any of the greed, lets just pay these lowly officials whatever it is they want and move on to some real football. In the meantime, I won’t be watching  near as much (if at all) until we can get this resolved.

Relationships

September 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

The start to my week was interesting. Sunday was good, but exhausting as I had a lot of events and was leading all three services by myself this weekend. Monday was a pretty crappy day because of a variety of things.  I also think that I have lived in Colorado so long that I too now get grumpy on cloudy day. Yesterday started rough with the morning and the family, but the day did get better (although it was crazy full). I was able to have some very enjoyable, honest and yet relaxing conversations with friends and colleagues. It was a great reminder of how wonderful and important relationships truly are and how much more we need to value them; not just the most important ones, but all relationships. I encourage everyone to take some time to think about some of the relationships that have helped you on your own cloudy days.

Fall

September 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

It’s a very cool day today (and raining) and the first real daytime sign of fall. Fall is my favorite season for the sights, smells, tastes (pumpkin) and the weather! It’s a great transition season and I love the temperatures especially. My preference is the 55-68 degree temperature, which happens the most in fall. I do love each season (spring the least) for what it brings, but fall is my favorite. I am ready for jeans, hoodies and my fireplace!

Long Weekend

September 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

The long weekend that comes with Labor Day is not something that I usually do much with or even notice for that matter. This year was certainly different. We were able to fill our weekend with a lot of great things; a baseball game with fireworks on Friday night, the hot air balloon night glow on Saturday night, time with best friends out of town Sunday afternoon-mid Monday morning, then time in Estes Park on Monday with friends from Indiana. It was a good weekend with a lot of different, enjoyable and simple things. Ironically, it has taken me all week to recover from the weekend. I am tired and also find myself playing catch-up a lot at work, which I do not enjoy so much. That is the great irony of time off, it is enjoyable and relaxing and yet you pay double for it when you come back to the many things that you did not do while you are gone. Just another sign that we are too busy as a culture!