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12 Reasons to Start Twittering

Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson, Inc., lists 12 reasons to start using Twitter.  They include:

1. It will enable you to experience social networking first-hand.

2. It will make you a better writer.

3. It will help you stay connected to people you care about.

4. It will help you see a new side of your friends.

5. It will introduce you to new friends.

Read the other 7 reasons here – see you on Twitter!

No More Friday Night Lights For Awhile

Well, the casting office called and the numbers for tomorrow’s scene have been “reduced drastically”, and they had to cut Nola and me. I’m kind of bummed, because it’s fun to do, and I know Nola would have enjoyed it; but it’s “opened up” Saturday, and I have a lot I can do around the house. So, hopefully the writer’s strike will end soon and we can do some more with them after the first of the year.

Friday Night Lights

I got in a little while ago from doing another night as an extra in the stands for “Friday Night Lights”. I always enjoy doing it – though I much prefer the days we shoot location scenes, which are usually indoors and only 4 hours or so (plus it’s easier to see yourself on TV when the show airs!) But it’s an easy $56 (plus about $13 tonight for overtime), and very interesting to get to watch all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes.

Nola is going with me on Saturday; we’re going to be “churchgoers” – not exactly a stretch. This is the last week they’ll be shooting, until the writer’s strike gets resolved. I hope the show makes it; it’s a blast to do, and the cast and crew are genuinely nice people, from the PAs to the principal actors. In my opinion, the show really captures what Texas high school football towns are like, good, bad and ugly, without glorifying the bad or over-romanticizing the good.

I Should Have Known

One thing I’ve learned about standing before a group of people (in my case, youth) and opening the Bible and teaching from it, is that very often God gives me the chance to “put my money where my mouth is”, so to speak. Last Wednesday, we looked at being thankful, especially “in everything” (1 Thess. 5:18). We talked about why we don’t do that, and how to overcome it. I proposed that when the hard times in life come, we tend to lose the perspective that God is sovereign. His sovereignty does not mean only that He’s “big enough” to handle anything that happens; it means that nothing even happens apart from His perfect will. To depict Him only as some kind of incredibly talented, supernatural multi-tasking manager that can fix anything that comes along is not a biblical view of God.

I also suggested that we tend to forget that God is not only sovereign, but He’s righteous – that everything He does is right, whether we understand it or not. Because He is omniscient, just, and omnipotent, His will and actions are always perfect in every way. Even when life hurts, we can take comfort in knowing that He is righteous.

And wouldn’t you know it? The very next day, I get the opportunity to practice what I preached the night before. And actually, I’m glad, because I’m finding out that it was right. I’ve had the opportunity to be worried and fretful, but I’ve also reminded myself that He is sovereign and righteous, and realized that this is above all else an opportunity to glorify Him, which is the most important thing. The problem is still looming, but it’s O.K., because He is sovereign and righteous, and does all things well.