stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • The Spiveys have returned from a trip to Colorado to spend quality time with Emily’s side of the family. It’s such a blessing to have extended family on both sides of the family you cannot only tolerate, but enjoy.
  • The lowlight of the trip was our “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” experience on the night we left. A freeway closure in the snow led to a run on hotels and our staying at an unnamed hotel in Ash Fork, Arizona. When I say the hotel was “unnamed” I mean that literally. It simply went by, “hotel.” That should tell you all you need to know.
  • I’m not sure we can say we’ve handled the fiscal cliff when we’ve done virtually nothing about the deficit–and likely won’t. So, we owe 16 trillion dollars while the number grows by billions every day. Yeah, we dodged the cliff alright.
  • The two biggest church budgeting mistakes: setting goals to high, and setting goals too low. I’ll explain in a post this coming week.
  • Which is more difficult in planning an assembly: to cultivate a sense of awe or joy? I think it’s probably joy.
  • Two books I’ve wanted to read and finish I’ve never been able to complete because of providential hindrance: Big Sur by Jack Kerouac and Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Something has always happened to the books: they’ve been lost, ruined, or something else. Gilead is now safely in my tablet as an ebook. Big Sur is in a secure place, but I have this sense it’s days are, once again, numbered.
  • Materialism is so subtle and so responsible for so many of our problems–though not always the ones we think.
  • There are some great productivity tools out there these days, but none beat Nozbe and Evernote to me.
  • I still haven’t been able to find the time to see Les Miserables, and it bums me out.
  • If you’ve never seen Downton Abbey, you really should grab it on Hulu sometime. I will admit I was skeptical at first, but it has turned out to be one of those rare shows that combines great writing, acting, depth.
  • My early Super Bowl pick: New England vs. San Francisco.

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?