We had the TMRA II State meeting at Hanovers in Pflugerville today, along with Freedom Dogs and cakes for two birthdays, Kerry and Paul. Hanovers was very cordial, and everyone had a good time. Better before noon, as it was cooler. Fortunately we had some breeze, so the 100 degree temperatures were tolerable. I must say cake makes a great desert for Freedom Dogs for lunch.
We had our monthly TMRA II meeting at La Palapa this evening. We had especially good attendance and a very good meeting. We heard about an excellent meeting in Las Vegas, where TCOC & I met with MRF, ABATE and other Motorcyclist rights associations while constructing for a more coordinated and cooperative relationship between the groups so we can all get and keep what we really want, which is our right to ride motorcycles without excessive government regulation. If you ride a motorcycle, or know someone that does, getting involved is the only way to keep big government from regulating you out of existence.
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We had our monthly UCOA meeting this evening. It seems summer is up on us, though you couldn’t tell it by today, since we had some rain and it cooled things down a lot. The meeting went well, two clubs made donations to J. W. Rock from their recent events, and we heard about several events coming up. Be sure to check out the http://www.ucotexas.org web page and calendar for details of up-coming events. Oh, yes and one of my Bandido friends was showing off a real snake skin hat, real nice, and finally we had a beautiful sunset this evening.
Warning: This Moment deals with a subject that you may find disturbing, If you are a christian, and a recovering alcoholic, your use of alcohol is between you and God. This is only an example.
Ok, I have this idea, that says Jesus is always with me, and what I mean by that is he is with me every moment of every day. So, if I am sitting on the couch, watching my favorite football game, I can imagine He is sitting there next to me. Ok, so if I am sitting there, and I want a beer, and I say Jesus, would you get me a beer? My guess is that he won’t do that, maybe he is more interested in the game. So, if I decide to get the beer myself, and I say, Jesus, would you like a beer? He might actually say yes. After all, they had wine back in those days. Now, I would also add, that he probably wouldn’t drink the whole thing, but he might have some, just to be sociable. Ok, stick with me. So, if I decide to have another beer, is he going to stop me? Probably not, though He might say something like; I was hoping you would call your friend in the hospital this afternoon and encourage him. Now, as it turns out, I really want that beer, so I turn away, and go and get it, along with a third for good measure. Ok, so Jesus is still sitting there, and I am now in no condition to call anybody, so he says; Can I use your phone? I say go for it. He dials up another friend of mine, and says, are you enjoying the game? to which they answer yes. He then asks if they have time to call our mutual friend that is in the hospital. They say, sure, it is almost half time anyway. Jesus says, ok, thank you, and they hang up. Meanwhile, he is still sitting with me, although I have fallen sleep after my third beer. He looks over at me and says (quietly); Enjoy your nap. You see, we each have a choice, we can do what we want, or we can listen to His suggestions and act. The good news is, He is really patient, and He almost always gives me another opportunity to listen, to act and to be used to encourage or help someone that needs it. And when I do listen and act, I get to experience the joy that comes from being use by God. That is indeed my desire, although sometimes my old self still desires that extra beer. How about you.
The point I am trying to make here, is that when I turn away from Jesus and make the choice to have that extra beer, I am not following my true desires, but the desires of my old self. It all comes down to who am I listening to. So, even though I may not always make the right choice, Jesus doesn’t condemn me, he just waits patiently for me to turn back around to him, because He is always there.
Everybody knows Dave and Busters, good for and games. We met there today for lunch on the special occasion of Janice’s and Dina’s birthdays. Don’t know how old they are, but I can say with great confidence that the sum of their ages is still younger than me (ok, that might be a stretch, how about the average of the sum of their ages 🙂 ). Anyway, the food was good, and they have this sort of special deals where you buy lunch and they include a $10 games card. Ok, the lunch might be a bit high, but when you add the card in, it is a pretty good deal. We all snapped it up. The food was really good, and then we shade dover to the game area. Lots of stuff to do, and you can win tickets that you trade in for prizes. Everybody loves prizes. We all had a good time, and I won enough tickets to buy my desert (a couple of pieces of laffy taffy).
Note: I edited this entry to include Dina. Sorry Dina I forgot you when I originally posted this. 😦