We met at 1431 Cafe for the first phase of the BBB run this morning. We are only attending the first part today because we don’t own any actual firearms. At least not yet. Anyway the breakfast was very good, those 1431 Cafe cooks can really fry a mean egg, and biscuit, and sausage and gravy and pancake and… You get the idea. Had a good group, I’m sure they will have lots of fun out at the firing range.
One of my daily readings is My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It is actually designed to be a daily devotional, but I prefer to switch off days between it an the One Year Bible. This, just to say I am not on March 26th, but instead on February 18th. So as the title says, we are to take the initiative against despair. Rather than including the reading in full here, I will include a link to it on the Utmost.org web site; Go there, and come back when you are done reading because I have more to say;
Oswald says some pretty interesting things, first he defines what despair is, then he says we will all get into despairing situations, and finally he says that we shouldn’t stay in despair, but instead we must get up and move on. That is the overview, but the neat thing about it is the truth behind it, which is that Jesus doesn’t condemn us when we mess up, even if we mess up beyond repairability. Instead, he takes the initiative and comes to us and says get up, lets go. So how can Jesus forgive us when we have messed up beyond repairability. Well, first, we can’t do anything, good or bad that is a surprise to him (He is the alpha, omega, first and last), so it shouldn’t be a surprise to us that he is ready to move on. Second, while our particular mess up might be unrepairable, that doesn’t mean He can’t repair the effects of it. Perhaps a simple example is in order. Suppose Jesus asks me to witness to someone at a rally and I choose to stay home instead. If I don’t go, I can’t very well do what He wants me to do. But, that doesn’t mean I am surprising him or that he won’t have someone else in mind to fulfill the roll he wanted me to fill. I lose out because I don’t get to see Him working, as I would have if I had gone where He wanted me to go, but I am not lost, he just moves on the the next thing in his plan for me. I can screwup my own life, but I can’t screw up Jesus’ plan. Now you might wonder how He can be God if He is changing His mind all the time to make up for my choices. Well, the answer to that is He doesn’t change His mind, He already knew what decision I was going to make before I even made it. If all this makes your head hurt, don’t worry about it too much, just remember He is God, and you and I are better off when we participate in His plan. Oh, yes, and doing that keeps away despair, which is a good thing.
I went to the Bunny Run down at Sam’s Town Point this morning, and it was cooooold, at lest for me. I arrived around 10am, in time to assist with the spreading out of plastic eggs full of goodies for the kids. There is a nice multi-family owned private grass yard out back, and the five or six of us managed to pretty much cover all of it with prizes. The families with children started arriving at around 10:30, which was good, cause there is kind of limited parking. As you can see from the photos, the kids had a great time, and the parents enjoyed pointing out eggs to their smaller children. Fortunately it warmed up some by start time, so we managed to avoid the whole people popsicle issue. It was all for a good cause, to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank.
I went to Bike Night at Sam’s Town Point this evening, and I took the bike for a change. First stop was Wendy’s for a burger. Got-a eat. I’m glad I took the bike but it was touch an go for a bit, but more about that later. I arrived without incident, praying all the way for protection from all those cars, so I guess it worked cause I made it. I got there a bit before 7pm, and immediately encountered Johnny S. He isn’t an MC club member, but he has been “hanging around” for a while praying for myself and others. He has been a part time pastor for one of the biker churches in south Austin, and at the request of Sam’s Town Point, will be starting a biker church there starting April 28th. I told someone that it was starting the 28th of this month, but no it is next month. It should be pretty neat, church in a bar, or in good weather behind the bar. Sam’s Town has a nice outside seating area that should work great for a church service. Anyway, I got to say hello to lots of my friends, and listen to some great tunes from Andy and Tim. I asked them what their group was called, and they said “Andy and Tim”. Ok. Anyway, I guess they play there regularly, and they are really good, kind of laid back bluesy. Real nice. There was another group coming on at 9pm, but it started to rain around 8:30, so I waited for a bit of a let-up, and hi-tailed up north towards home. I must have picked the right time, cause it only sprinkled on me a few minutes and then let up the rest of the way. That was the touch and go part, the rain, in case you couldn’t tell. Enjoy the pics,
I attended the TMRA II meeting this evening, at the IHOP in Pflugerville. We had a good group this evening, and Don our chapter President joined us as did Steve the TMRA Area F Vice President. There is lots of political stuff happening, and some of our people went down at the Capital to testify on up coming legislation. We also discussed our annual benefit event that will happen October 11 this year. We are thinking about an Octoberfest theme, wonder how we came up with that. Can you say Freedom Dogs, or should I say Freedom Bratwurst.
Enjoy the photos,