We had the Bunny Run this morning at Texas Mist. The festivities started at 11am, with the egg hunt for the kids. It might seem odd to have an egg hunt in a club, but I can tell yo tag the young ones didn’t mind at all. The $5 entry fee goes to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, and included a hot dog, chips and a cookie. Nothing like a light lunch before running around searching for eggs. The adult egg hunt was to begin at Noon, where you ride around to specific destinations looking for eggs. Everyone had a good time, even the adults 🙂
I got off work a bit early so Debbie and i could head down to Sam’s Town Pont for the memorial for Bandido James. I must say I clearly didn’t get off early enough to beat any of the traffic, but I guess an hour to go from north Austin to South Austin isn’t too bad. Anyway I did enjoy having the opportunity to take a photo of the train as it was slowly driving by in the opposite direction as we sat in traffic. When we arrived at our destination, we had no problem finding a parking place, so I guess we were early enough. Not that attendance was light, it wasn’t. Motorcycle parking was available, with road guard duty courtesy of the Companeros. It was a good think that the “party” lasted from 2pm till 10pm, cause we saw pretty much a continuous stream of bikes arriving and later leaving, to make room for more people to arrive. Food was provide, with a pretty good selections of various types of salads, and casseroles. I managed to get the last scoop of a potato, cheese, corn flake topped casserole, and it was very tasty. We did of course talk to lots of people, and express our condolences to the family. I must say that the atmosphere while somewhat subdued, was certainly punctuated with laughter and lots of pleasant conversation. We are all sad that James is no longer with us, but we were able to hear stories about him being shared, which is a good thing. I don’t know if God has a race track, but if there is a race track test team, I am sure James is on it. Go James.
Well, since we have such great weather today and I just got a new camera, Debbie and I decided to drive downtown for a wander around photo shoot. First stop though was the Kolachi Factory for a late breakfast. Then it was down Mopac hoping the traffic wouldn’t be too bad at SXSW with the bad weather. We were right, hardly any traffic, and we managed to park down around 7th street and wander over a couple of blocks to see the sites. I go Debbie to hold the umbrella several times so the camera would’t get too wet. We ran into one of the fellows in our community at a music venue (you know how bad I am with names). The poor guy was working security and had to stand right in front of the band. It was destroying his hearing, and ours as well as we tried to talk with him. We wandered off, but I felt bad for him that I didn’t have any ear plugs on me to give him. Later, after all the picture taking, we stopped in another venue and asked if they had some ear plugs they could give us. They did, so on our way back we dropped them off to our friend and received a big smile in return. SO, if you happen to get a gig doing security at SXSW, be sure to bring along some ear plugs. Believe me you will think me for the advice. We left downtown and drove down Lamar to EZ’s for a burger and then stopped at Precision Camera for my “camera drug fix”.
I know that many of you enjoy the photos, as well as the chaplain’s moments that I post. I am amazed and I praise God that He has given me the opportunity to join together all these different things I enjoy so much (knowing God and having a personal relationship with Him, riding motorcycles, taking pictures and having great friends like all of you).
As I mentioned last night, at the end of my Moment for UCOA;
If you don’t have a personal relationship with God (and Jesus), and you would like to, you can talk to me, one of the other Christian club members, or the chaplain of your own club. But, if you would like to go directly to God, right now, you can with this simple prayer;
God, I agree with you that you are perfect, and I acknowledge that I am not. I believe that Jesus is your son, and that he gave his life to a death on a cross so that I might have this opportunity to come to You. I believe Jesus rose alive from the grave as proof that he is God and that he has power over death. I ask you now to come into my heart and I give you my life. In Jesus Name I pray. AMEN
If you prayed this prayer, just now, and you believed the words you just prayed, then you, in that moment have become a christian. Your eternity is secure and the angels are rejoicing. The Bible tells us that we should do one more thing, and that is to let someone know about our decision. I would appreciate it if you would let me know, so I can be praying for you as you begin this wonderful new adventure.
If you think about the friends you have, you will see that part of the way they became your friend, was through conversation. It might have happened around a camp fire, it may have been at the stops during a road trip, or it might have been in a bar while drinking a beer. Whatever way it happened for you, your friendship grew over time from just a nod or a grunt, into sharing major parts of you lives with each other. I think it is useful to think of God in this same way. He isn’t just some super powerful guy in the sky that flys around and saves people. He is the God that loves you, enjoys talking with you and wants to get to know you and share Himself with you every day. The best way to do that is just to talk to him. Some people call this prayer, but it is really just having a conversation with God. You can do it out loud, or silently in your mind. However you do it, God loves to hear from you, and He always has time for you.
One last thing before I go. Once you have accepted Jesus as your saviour, as you have today, there is nothing you can do or say that will make God upset, or angry with you. Jesus died for all of your sins, not just the ones in the past, but the ones in the future as well. So, you aren’t going to surprise God with a sin that He forgot to forgive you for. When you accepted Jesus, he gave you a new heart, and like the heart in a new born baby, your new heard needs to grow and develop, and that takes time.
Talk to God, and listen for his whispers in your ear, and enjoy the trip, it’s going to be a great adventure.
We had our March meeting for UCOA at Texas Mist this evening. There was a kind of somber atmosphere given the loss of Bandido James this past weekend, but it was really good to see Bandido Santos there briefly to express his appreciation for all the prayers and donation to help him though his recent accident. Santos talked about James being very well taken care of, and being with his Saviour. AMEN to that brother. There were also a bunch of event announcements that I will let you know about as they approach. The next activity I know of though is the memorial party for Bandido James at Sam’s Town Point next Tuesday from 2pm till closing.