July 25th, 2003


Bye, bye pager!

I am no longer carrying the pager. All in all, it's been a really slow pager week. This is because of two reasons -- the system has been running with good stability lately and I'm getting better at knowing what the system does. I didn't even let the fact that I was carying the pager keep me from doing fun things like go to the shotgun range this week. Regardless, even though it was an easy week with the pager, I'm glad to let it go and be untethered. For one thing, now that I'm untethered, I can go to Raleigh tomorrow!

FridayFive (http://www.fridayfive.org): My Life As A Movie

This week's FridayFive is full of some really cool questions. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if my answers will end up rising to the occasion of the questions. I might actually have to ponder these questions a bit instead of giving them the usual quick treatment that I churn them out with. I love movies (becoming a filmmaker is a not-so-secret dream of mine) and am very intrigued by these questions. Making a movie is difficult enough. Tying my life to a movie is more so. Let's see how it goes.

1. If your life were a movie, what would the title be? The Journey, but the studio would probably come up with a better, more appropriate title in post-production.

2. What songs would be on the soundtrack? Probably nothing with lyrics. Orchestral "background" music that does a good job of complementing the screen action without really being noticible. And it would also sound epic.

3. Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why? Live action. I really dig the process of filmmaking and would want my life depicted with some realism that only a camera can provide.

4. Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc? The entire cast would consist of relatively well-known character actors. There wouldn't be a big name that the studio could use to draw people in, instead the movie's strength would be in the cooperation of a great ensemble cast.

5. Describe the movie preview/trailer. It's one of those "teaser" trailers -- composed of several two or three second clips and dramatic music. An ominous voice over would say things like "Work. Sunday School. Cooking Supper. Organizing shooting expidetions. There's a time in every man's life when something's got to give. What will it be this week?" After watching the trailer, you'll think that your in for a film of epic proportions about every day stuff.

Job 6:22-30

Job 6:22-30 will preach a great sermon. I came home for lunch to work on my Sunday School lesson preparation (I am not going to be unprepared this week.) and really found myself writing a lot of notes about searching for sin in our lives based on Job 6:22-30. Pretty quickly, the notes started to almost take the form of a sermon outline.

I'll have to keep that in mind in case I ever have an opportunity to preach on that.

The great news is that I've been looking at chapters six and seven of Job for over a week now without many ideas on how to present it to the class on Sunday. It's really falling together well now. I had originally planned to do both chapters at the same time, but I'm developing enough notes on chapter six that I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish talking about six and move into seven before time's up. I typically will cover two to four pages of notes per Sunday School lesson. I already have two pages of notes for chapter six, and they are very full pages. As in, I know that I'll be lecturing a great deal based on just a sentence or two that I wrote down. We'll see how it goes.

Needless to say, I find myself humbled and encouraged again. I'm almost to the point of thinking that I don't even need to show up -- God will teach these lessons to my Sunday School class with or without my help. I'm thankful, however, that I can be the instrument that He's currently using to do so.

Workplace Conversation: Shotguns

I just came upstairs from getting a Diet Coke and walked past a conversation two of my coworkers were having about appropriate hearing protection for shotgun shooting. This incident led to the following IM conversation:

drmellow: We have turned into the shotgun team.
drjekyll: ah yes
drmellow: Everywhere I go, someone's talking about something related to shotguns.
drmellow: It's a beautiful thing.
drmellow: Almost a dream job, as it were.
drjekyll: let's have a bring your shotgun to work day!
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