Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings

Monday, August 01, 2005

  Wow, what a ride!

Hundred miles per hour, holding on for dear life and screaming at the top of my lungs.

This is a pretty good description of how my life is right now. I have to have a medical procedure in a few weeks, I am not looking foreword to it either. While the doctor told me I was going to have to have this procedure he also said I need to find a way to manage my stress or get a new job. He said the stress is killing me. Funny, I don't feel stressed. At least not until he told me I was going to have to miss a few days of work because of this thing he is going to do to me.

Then today the president of my company calls me into his office and tells me he wants me to consider a new job position. Or rather, take the job because my exsiting job may not be there in six months. Hmmm, no brainer. Looks like I will be working in the sales department in a few weeks. Other than that, everything is smooth sailing, at least for the time being.

Remember, don't tell God how big your storms are, tell your storms how big your God is!

God bless, Joe

Wow, what a ride!


At 7:50 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Joe, keep hanging on to the hood of that car! I love your positive attitude and sense of humor. I'll pray for the stress levels you didn't know you had until today - and I have been praying for "the procedure". I think just having that looming in your future is causing a lot of stress, you'll feel better when that's behind you. The anticipation is often than whatever it is we have to go through.

At 5:45 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Take the doctor's advice...find a way, whatever way, to reduce the stress or to learn to re-channel it.

Some folks think Christians should never have any stress, if they're walking in Him.

Just wait. Every one of them will get there.

Stress is real. Stress happens to everybody.

With Well Woman, I agree. Your attitude and humor keep us coming back. (Plus you have good things to say.)

At 11:46 AM, Blogger whaaaat! said...

I had a similar experience with my job where my position was being moved to the corporate offices. I initially was going to be without a job, so I stressed about what to do and looked and stressed some more and then my company "created" my current position which includes several resp. of a guy who retired. It has been a great job with a lot less stress. God really took care of us. Maybe this new position for you will be an answer for you too. Keep looking to the Lord for provision and for peace.
Matthew 6:34, I Peter 5:7

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Paul said...

"Remember, don't tell God how big your storms are, tell your storms how big your God is!"

Like it. BTW, congratulations, going by your photo, on being such a young yet accomplished blogger.

At 7:18 PM, Blogger captain_howdy_girl said...

funny for a religious blog :)
good luck with the procedure

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Nancy said...


I will be praying for "the procedure".

What a weird comment, funny for a religious blog. Oh, that's right us Christians aren't funny. We aren't allowed to have a sense of humor. I forgot that we are supposed to act reserved and stoic, because there isn't any joy in the Lord.... whatever!

We should be the happiest people on earth, even through trials we know the love and joy that the Lord has for us!

People can have such warped views, I'm not being judgemental by the way, it sadly is a fact.

Take care and God Bless

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Just Wandering said...

If taking a few days off work stresses you out, it's definitely too much stress. No one is that important that they can't take a few days's always what I try to remember.

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Kurt said...

Well Joe, it looks like you could use a few days off. I'm sure the medical side of things will work out, I hope the stress doesn't get you down.
Speaking of a few days off, I'm about to get the first ones I've had in six months. I should be home in early September. I'll have to yak it up with you some time. I saw the pic of Seth and the rest at the bridge, really made me a little nastolgic (spelling's a little off). Those guys sure have grown. In about nine months I'm getting out, and I should be home a lot more often. Hopefully I'll be able to be around the church more too. I know that I'm still looking forward to a career in the ministry, probably foreign. I just wanted to tell you hey and that I like the look of your new site. I hope the wife and kids are doing great too. Give 'em hugs for me.
Also through the rough times, I can't tell you how thankful I've been for your prayers. Now that those times should be nearing an end, I'll be sure to return the favor. Stress can really kick you square in the mouth if you don't dial it back once in a while.

Take care man,

At 1:44 PM, Blogger cassie-b said...

Thanks for the good advice. Sometimes I think we forget that. And good luck with your procedure. I hope it goes well.

The stress thing is hard - sometimes we just get in the habit of being stressed. Good luck with that too.

And don't forget to ask for help.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Joe, send us an ya doing????

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Meseidy said...

I love your blog and your sense of humor. Nice to know I am not the only one. :) I can totally identify wiht this pic. I hold on to God just like this kid is holding on to the hood, but I have to take comfort in knowing no matter how scary the ride, God will get you there safe and sound. :)


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