Friday, November 30, 2012

Cats in Heat, Christmas and Lots of Questions

Christmas brings up a host of questions, none the least of which was made popular by a song about grandma and some reindeer. Do we open up her gifts or send them back? But there are other questions as well.

Who gets gifts and who gets cards? And who gets gifted an errand disguised as a gift card? Where are we spending Christmas? Do I have to share my eggnog?

If only those were the hardest questions to answer. Instead, the young ones want to know what the word 'virgin' means and why Joe wanted to divorce Mary at one point in the story. I can only send them to their mother so many times before she gets upset with me.

It reminds me of the awkwardness when the female kittens we had bought for our kids got a bit older. The cats started assuming a position of, umm..... uhhh.... expectation? And telling our midgets they were in heat didn't help matters any.

All of these questions lead to a host of other questions. How are babies made? How can babies come around if a mom and dad aren't married? How did Jesus get here if Mary and Joseph weren't married? Is it wrong to compare people to cats and refer to women as being in heat? Where do storks fit into all of this?

We've tried to always be open with our kids and give them only what they were ready for. But even that is often uncomfortable. Maybe that's because life, and the stories of real lives in the Bible, are often messy. If anything, it should keep us from fretting if this will be the perfect Christmas holiday. The original stories were messy, so if our celebrations are a tad frenzied and imperfect, we can be okay with that.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Woo!

Given the fact that my schedule has been a bit busier than normal, my blog and article reading has taken a dive, similar to my exercise schedule when close to the holidays. Serious. Nose. Dive.

This is not to say I haven't been reading. It's just been limited to books. So check out the blog on Mondays for all the recent reads.

As for who to Woo!, this one goes out to all of you. It's quite difficult to go through a 6-week sermon series on thankfulness (including the one I praught) and not find gratitude for others. So, if you are connected to me somehow, I Woo! you. (Yeah, that feels a little awkward saying it like that. Oh well.)

To the people who hold my heart, like family, thank you.
To the people who share secrets and likes and dislikes, like close friends, thank you.
To the people who work and worship and serve alongside me, like my church family, thank you.
And yes, even to those who are sometimes a pain in my side, thanks for letting me work on patience and humility. I do need that.

So here's to all of you out there. If you read my blog regularly, thank you. If you skim or skip, thanks for at least considering it.

To all of you, I say Woo!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nothing

This is [most of] something I shared with my youth group this past weekend.

If we’re honest with ourselves, this world can be pretty hurtful. We may attempt to ignore it or be stronger than it. We can speak proudly of overcoming obstacles, but sometimes we feel pain.

This world can feel pretty void of feelings. When we think of people at large, it seems like everyone is just trying to get what they want and feel good about themselves, even if it means making us feel like a loser.

I’ve talked about my days of middle school and high school before. It wasn’t pretty. I was in the band. But to be clear, for those of you in band, I was mocked by others in the band. Without realizing what I was doing, I also joined the chess club. It wasn’t until I showed up that I realized what dagger I had put into any social aspirations I had. Or used to have.

Names like dork, loser, and geek were not far from my daily life. And apparently bursting into tears and yelling, “I know you are but what am I?” didn’t exactly help. So what are we supposed to do when we feel like a nobody, a nothing?

After all, it’s not as if thinking about God makes the pain go away. After all, there’s 7 billion people on the Earth. Are we to believe God is thinking about us? That’s to say nothing of all the people who have lived in the past. How can we believe that God is thinking about each of us, much less that He loves everyone of us?

Well, the way the Bible talks about it, God lives by a different set of rules than we do. In fact, God isn’t shy about telling us that His thinking is better than our thinking and His ways of doing things better than our ways of doing things. And so I believe it is smart for us to consider how God views us.

The world has a talented way of making us feel like we are nothing. We are worth nothing. We are born nobodies and we will die nobodies. This is interesting, because God has displayed an ability to create stuff out of nothing.

Genesis tells us that God made the heavens and the earth when there was nothing. First He created light, which was smart. Gotta see what you’re doing, after all. And then He makes night and day, the Earth and sky, land, rivers, plants, trees, the moon and stars and animals. All out of nothing. Before God created, there was nothing. After God spoke…stuff!

And then God makes man…out of dirt!

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. ~Genesis 2:7 

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. ~Genesis 1:26-27
God made everything, including you and me, out of nothing. This is okay because of what God has told us about us.

This is the height of the creation story. We are the ultimate of created beings, because God made us in His image. He gave us everything to rule over. Because we rule.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! ~Psalm 8:3-9 
David gives praise to God because it’s crazy to consider just how much God has done for us and how much He gives us when we think about just how big the universe is. And the universe is a lot bigger than David ever realized.

All of this is stuff we can nod our heads to and say we believe. But how does that help us when we’re feeling like dirt? How does this change anything when people tell us we are worth less than God says we’re worth?

I think the solution is in whose voice we listen to. If we constantly listen to the world’s voices and how they try to identify us, we’ll start to believe them. But if we listen to God’s voice and who He says we are, I think we’ll start to believe Him. It sounds simple but it isn’t easy.

We can choose to look at the reality of our lives and feel badly about ourselves or we can look at the reality that God made us and know that He loves us.

But I believe the hard work is done. We may have been made to feel like dirt by the world around us, but God can create using dirt. You may feel like nothing, but God is making something. God makes something out of nothing. If you are nothing, God can make something out of you.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Whatever!


There is no separation of the practicing of our faith and the everyday matters we all have to attend to. Our Sunday best should be a reflection of our work week and daily routine. Because anything less is a depreciation of Christ.

But when we exalt the name of Jesus as the name above all names, then we will fulfill this goal - “Whatever you do, do in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." ~Colossians 3:17

You see that the ‘whatever we do’ is based on a foundation of Jesus. But it is the last part that makes it difficult. It is doing the right thing with thankfulness in our hearts. We could do the right thing begrudgingly, and we often do. But this practice makes us no better than the ascetic, who punishes his body thinking it will please God.

This is foolish thinking, as anybody who has been a parent for more than 5 minutes can attest. It works something like this. We become teenagers and come to certain conclusions about our parent’s rules and regulations. We assure ourselves that when we have children, it will be different. Our rules won’t seem arbitrary and we’ll be so much fairer and we won’t lack common sense.

(Not that I ever thought this about my parents.)

We assume our children will happily agree to every rule or chore we assign because, after all, they have parents who have learned from the misdirected reign of tyranny of the previous administration. So then we are shocked when our children balk at our level-headed judgments. How can they not be dancing while fulfilling their duty to obey their parents? Why are their faces filled with scowls and disbelief?

They may obey, but they will show they are not happy about it. And I don’t know about you, but as a Dad, this bothers me. I don’t see myself as being unfair. It’s not as if my children are growing up on a farm or living in a factory. Why can’t their attitudes match the many blessings they have been given?

And then I wonder if my Heavenly Father is asking the same thing of us.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Broken


Do you want to be a rebel? Jonathan Fisk is going to give you lots of ammo to rage against the machine. In His book Broken: 7 "Christian" Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible, he unloads and unpacks seven worldviews that should be argued against.

I'll admit I wondered what I was getting myself into in the first chapter, as Fisk sounded more like an Old Testament prophet than a modern day writer. Not that I have anything against Old Testament prophets. When God calls you to be a voice, you gotta listen, right? Jonathan varied between waxing poetic and bringing needed wisdom quite admirably. By the end of the first chapter I was 2 parts intrigued, 1 part fearful, but all parts ready to continue reading.

Each chapter has a subtitle that left me wondering which direction he was headed. His illustrations were thought out thoroughly, especially when he turned from prophet to fan boy and weaved a Star Wars comparison through an entire chapter. I have to confess that his distaste of Jar Jar Binks didn't hurt his cause to win me to his side of thinking.

Battling worldviews is not an easy thing to do, especially when they are ingrained in society from long before we are born. Or start to care about these matters. But this would be a good resource to begin the dialogue with younger people. These are important details we need to be talking about and discussing.

I received this book for free from my good friends at Salem Publishing. They give me stuff and ask that I say what I think. You can out this book here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's More Than Turkey

The week began with plumbing problems. Granted, they were plumbing problems that I created, but nevertheless, I had problems.

The schedule continued to be thwarted by a sick spouse and a son in physical therapy to make his arm work right again. Although I have wondered what the point is in that, since he's probably going to hit his sisters with that arm? This is to say nothing at all of a normal week’s to-do list that needed to be done.

And on top of all that, I had a sermon on thankfulness to prepare.

(Sigh.) I suppose I should practice it before I preach it and this was as good a week as any to practice.

What is it about us that makes thankfulness one of the last things we get to? Even as Christians, we sing about the amazing wonderful grace that we can't possibly earn and yet, we also get stuck in issues of entitlement.

What is it about us that makes thankfulness one of the most difficult things we do? Even as Christians, we find ourselves complaining about first world problems and mostly temporary issues.

What is it about us that makes thankfulness something we approach with a ‘whatever’ (dismissive) attitude instead of a ‘whatever’ (willing) attitude?

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him. ~Colossians 3:17

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Of course, as Christians, our thankfulness should not be limited to a holiday when we stuff ourselves silly. We can try to motivate ourselves with pithy sayings and pursue the 'attitude of gratitude'. But a thankful heart is born out of contentment.

I continue to find it ironic that Thanksgiving, a time when we express our thankfulness for all we have, is followed by Christmas, a season where we list all the things we don't have that will make us happy.

Who knows? Maybe this year will be different. If it is, it will be because you and I make it different. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanks, But No Thanks

It’s November. And November is synonymous with inducing a coma caused by the tryptophan in turkey (the food, not the country). Or, as we in America call it, Thanksgiving. Ahh, that beautiful holiday when we gather together with family, eat too much, sleep through a Detroit Lions game and then go home. You know about the ride home, right? That is when you share with your spouse how her family bothers you.

I have to confess I feel a tad guilty being snarky about Thanksgiving. After all, it is a legit American holiday. Thankfulness is something that is encouraged in the Bible. It’s even the topic of our theme at our church this month (and 90% of other churches as well). Shouldn’t I just write out my list of things I’m thankful for and then move on to writing some devotional for next month’s church newsletter, something along the lines of a great gift of shoes I once gave my mom? Everybody knows that when you're writing about Christmas, you have to include lyrics to at least one inspirational Christmas song.

I wish I could. But alas, I cannot. The truth (and my senior pastor) compels me to write this article.

I think the problem I have is that November comes along and we’re all expected to turn on our holiday spirit. First, we become nostalgic and thankful; then, we buy stuff for everyone we are thankful for. But if embodying thankfulness is something we should be doing, then I believe it is something we should be doing all the time. Perhaps the reason we struggle and merely tolerate family at Thanksgiving is because we do not really live out thankfulness the other 364 days of the year.

In writing his young apprentice, Timothy, the Apostle Paul had some good advice on this subject. He’s warning Timmy about ‘hypocritical liars’ who teach against getting married and eating certain foods. (That’s 2 strikes for the pro-Thanksgiving crowd.) But Paul says this; “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5). Just one verse earlier he said this thankfulness was to be given by “those who believe and who know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:3).

So, do you believe? Then be thankful. But be careful about offering thanks for not being related to everyone at the Thanksgiving meal. I tried that once and it made for a very long car ride home.

This was originally posted on November 18, 2010. You may ask what gives with 2 days of leftovers?!? Don't worry, tomorrow is fresh stuff. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankfulness in Any Language

My kids love speaking Spanish. They only know 6 or 7 words, but for some reason it brings them great joy to speak Spanish. When Luke, my 7-year old, was first learning it, he insisted I have conversations with him in Spanish. Here’s how it would go;

Luke: Hola!
Me: Hola! Como esta?
Luke: Y tu?

When translated, it looks like this.

Luke: Hi!
Me: Hi. How are you?
Luke: And you?

I never said my kids were very good at speaking Spanish. When I pointed out where he went wrong, this only caused him to laugh uncontrollably and do it repeatedly.

My children are quite stellar at repeating things, especially when those things are my bad habits. I got to thinking about this because we are on the verge of repeating another round of holidays; Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas and New Year. And while I am not a bah-hum-bug, I don't exactly go running up and down the streets like Jimmy Stewart shouting 'Season's Greetings' to anyone and everyone.

Just ask my wife how I react when she reminds me it's time to put up the Christmas tree. I respond as if she's asked me to clean out a septic tank. But that's going to change this year. This year I will not only consider all I am thankful for, I will choose to live that gratitude out. I will joyfully set up a tree, thankful that I have the freedom to celebrate my Lord's birth.

I will elbow my way through crowds, thankful I have means to shop for loved ones. I will say goodbye to nights normally quiet to attend Christmas parties, thankful for friends that I can celebrate with. I will cut wrapping paper and tear tape, appreciating the smiles from those who will open their gifts.

My life will reflect Colossians 2:6-7 "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."

I will choose to be thankful for every part of this holiday season and beyond. Y tu?

This was originally posted on November 23, 2010. Consider this Turkey leftovers before you celebrate. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Don't You Want to be a Real Pastor?

"What do you do for a living?"

It's a question I dread. First, people act weird around a pastor. But when they find out I am a youth pastor, it's all of the follow up questions I know are coming that cause me headaches. Chief among them is, 'When are you going to become a real pastor?'

The question takes on different forms, but it does come down to this idea that every other form of pastor is merely a stepping stone to the real deal. So I thought I would do all youth pastors a favor everywhere and provide a guide of different ways to answer this question. Because if you haven't been asked this question yet, you will. Just wait until you have turned 30 and people assume you are ready to stop 'playing games with teens.'

'Do you want to be a real pastor?'

1. I took philosophy classes in college. Am I a fake pastor? Are you saying I don't exist? Can you prove that I don't from the perspective of Renee Descarte?

2. Does this mean I'll get paid more? Will I get more than a folding chair in my office? 

3. Wait, 'fun' is what I have been having?

For those that think snarky is not a love language, I have three other answers. You could try these and let me know how they work. I can't vouch for these in actual conversation, because I normally opt for snarky.

1. I am a real pastor. I went through the same schooling that your senior pastor went through, especially for those of us that went to college before youth ministry was a major. (You probably shouldn't use this one if you didn't do college and seminary.)

2. Consider me a specialist. No one asks a pediatrician or an oncologist if they want to be a general practitioner, or a real doctor. In fact, specialists often have to get more education to do what they do and usually get paid more. I suppose that's just a pipe dream.

3. Please ask that question of public school teachers and high school counselors and administrative staff. Oh, you wouldn't? Why not? Like many other people in education fields, I have chosen to dedicate myself to educating our children. I do believe children are the future.

Have you been asked this question? How did you respond?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Woo of the Week! November 15, 2012

This is written to youth pastors. But it should be written for anyone, anywhere.

Because no one should go through life alone. 

Woo!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christ's Bodily Functions and Our Identity


We are not defined by our part of the body, but by being part of Christ’s body.

It could be easy to read 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul talks about how each of us are members of one body, and assume that we are just parts of one finely tuned machine. And while I want us to understand that we are not the whole, I don’t want anyone to get all worked up over which part they are.

Am I an eye? Am I a finger? Am I the middle finger? (Sometimes I think I would be willing to be the middle finger of the body of Christ.)

How exactly does a spleen work for Christ? A kidney? If I was the appendix, does that mean I could be removed and nobody would notice a difference?

Paul’s point, of course, was that the whole body works together and, just as a physical body is not as great without every part working together, so it is with the body of Christ. But I wonder if we sometimes miss the most important part of this.

We are members of Christ’s body! Our treasure is that we belong to Christ. The prize is not our bodily function but our connection to Jesus! (Yes, I just said bodily function and Jesus in the same sentence.)

When we talk about any awesomeness we have, it is because of the Awesome we are connected to.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Are You Drunk?

Granted, there are many stories in the Bible that cause me to shake my head and wonder what was going on. In fact, the Old Testament is downright entertaining for anyone who has ever channel flipped and landed on The Jerry Springer Show and not been able to look away.

Not that I have ever done that.

But if there was ever a Top Ten Crazy Moments in the Bible, then I would like to submit Acts 2 for your consideration. Acts 2 is when the Holy Spirit is introduced to the Church and the result is a big party. It's the kind of party where a DJ just happens to show up with all of his equipment and pushes one button and instantly has a dance floor hopping. 

The Holy Spirit unleashes in such a big way that outsiders start asking if the believers are drunk. And that's when the Church's first spokesman takes a mic. Peter stands up and says that 9am is way to early to be drunk. He didn't say that there might not be times that they would be drunk. Just not at 9am.

Now, Pete does go on to explain the positive reason, explaining the power of the Holy Spirit. But still, no one denied that the believers looked drunk.

It makes me wonder if there should be more times when we appear drunk to non-believers. Shouldn't our actions make people question? What are those people doing out there, serving in this bad weather? How can they forgive when they were so deeply hurt? Why are they constantly being humble and passing up on the glory offered?

Are you out of your mind? Has some drug altered your thinking so much you are acting like this?

If we are full of the Holy Spirit, we should probably appear to be drunk more often.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Woo of the Week! November 8, 2012

Admittedly, I work for an organization that doesn't always make sense. I am speaking of Church with a big 'C'. It's not that my local church community does everything right, but as long as we are casting blame, we might as well include everybody.

And if I was somehow made Super-Ruler and Big-Time-Decision-Maker of the Church, there are a bunch of things I would probably do differently than are currently being done. I suppose everyone could say that.

But Fred Antonelli really hots the nail on the head when he discusses our view of sin and grace. It's a bit of a lengthy article, if you're accustomed to reading tweets, but it's worth a look.

Woo!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

God First, Even When You're Dead

Insignificance.

It sounds easy, right? Well, yes and no. After all, being a nobody doesn't exactly take a lot of work. I happen to know from personal experience. On the other hand, it's not easy to accept until you understand that you don't lose like the world understands losing. When you come second to God, you end up fulfilling all the backwards sayings of Jesus. You know, the first being last and all that.

But even this isn't as easy as it sounds. And why? Because we haven't added the suffering.

A good example comes in John 11 when Lazarus dies. Much has been said regarding this story and what Jesus was doing. At two different moments, Jesus says it is for their belief and for the glory of God that this happened.

Sop and let that sink in. Lazarus didn't die because he was healthy. He got sick. He suffered. He breathed his last (or so he thought). His sisters tried to help him. They even turned to Jesus for healing. When nothing changed, they mourned his death. Anyone losing a close loved one understands this was not a Sunday School lesson with fuzzy animals on a flannel graph.

This was sickness. This was death. This was insignificance experienced for the sake of the glory of God.

God comes first. We come second. When it feels good. Even when it doesn't.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Greetings


Greetings are important. What we say and how we say it will determine where the conversation goes. For example;
If I say:                                                 
"Hey!" very largely and with a smile, you might assume I’m very excited to see you.
"Hi", mumbling and very softly, you might ask what’s wrong.
"Oh, it’s you guys…again", you might assume I don’t like you.
"Sup?" while coolly nodding my head, you might assume I’m cooler than I actually am.
Greetings are important. Which is why I think Paul was purposeful when he began his letter to Tim. In the very first verse, we learn who Paul is and what he is about.
1 Timothy 1:1
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,”
An apostle – this is not just any joe writing with some thoughts.
An apostle of Christ Jesus – you have to know who you work for.
An apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God – Paul didn’t apply for this job and beat out other applicants with an impressive resume. He was an apostle by the command of God.
But the greeting doesn’t stop there. Who is Paul writing to?
1 Timothy 1:2
“To Timothy my true son in the faith:”
Tim is Paul’s true son in the faith. We skip over that too quickly. We tend to read that with a bro-ski mentality. Yeah, Tim is that cool preacher dude who had that cool older friend who likes to write letters.
We mentally skip over what it means to be a son. But for followers of Jesus, being a son had taken on great meaning. A son shared the characteristics of his father. But it was more than simply having the same hair color or body type as your father. This was being of the same essence as your father.
This is why it was interpreted as blasphemy when Jesus claimed God as Father. It meant that Jesus believed He shared the characteristics of God the Father. Which He did!
So why is it so important that Paul calls Tim a true son in the faith? It’s because of what Paul was about to write. He had warnings for false teachers. He would share the gospel. Later in the letter, he will give instructions on worship, church leadership, and give advice about relationships.
But who was going to read this letter and then actually teach the Ephesians? Back in the day, letters were read out loud to the churches. Who would read this letter? It would be Tim. And when he taught some of these difficult matters, people might ask, ‘Well, who is Tim to be teaching us?’ After all, he’s just some punk kid!  
Timothy is the true son in the faith of Paul.
Who is Paul?
Paul is an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God!
Now let me ask you something. Who are you? You might point to your earthly heritage and tell me your parents’ names and your grandparents’ names. But you have a spiritual heritage. You have pastors and teachers. Who are they? True sons of faith of their pastors and teachers.
We have a long ancestry of pastors and teachers, each passing their faith along to the next generation. It all points back to God our Savior and Christ Jesus our hope. God commanded Paul. Paul passed it down to Timothy. And the gospel of Jesus has survived and been carried along to this day, where it now rests with you, true sons and daughters of the faith.
And so I greet you. May you continue to pass on the gospel message that has been passed on to you. You are nothing less than messengers of the greatest story ever told.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Radical Question / A Radical Idea




I like reading books because they make me think. Sometimes they make me think a lot. Sometimes they change my thinking. And sometimes all that thinking makes me uncomfortable. That's because sometimes it makes me stop and wonder just what I've been doing.

That is what happened as I read The Radical Question / A Radical Idea by David Platt. It's two books in one, which means more bang for your buck.

The Radical Question is an introduction to David's book Radical, which is just that, radical. It asks the question that every Christian should be asking themselves.

What is Jesus worth to you?

A Radical Idea takes the main points from Radical Together. Here David contemplates "the force of a people who come together to enjoy God's grace in the church while the extend God's glory in the world." These books are just small portions of David's books on the topic. So reading these vignettes could cause you to want to read the whole thing. Just as likely is that you will be forced to ask yourself the important questions found here. 

As a Christian, I normally ask the first question about Jesus' worth to me. But as a pastor, it was the radical idea that pushed my thinking. Why does the church exist? Jesus gave us that mission long ago. We can argue all we want about philosophies of ministry and methods we prefer given the society we are a part of. But at some point we have to ask ourselves if we are willing to set aside our comfort and preferences for what will actually be effective. 

Reading radical ideas is the kind of stuff that can ruin you for the normal that you've become accustomed to. Thanks for that, Mr. Platt! 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. You can follow the links for more information. I highly recommend you do so.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Mr. Fix-It

I have repeatedly asked my wife not to give me home projects. It's not laziness. It's a lack of experience and knowledge in the expensive areas.

But does she listen? About as well a I do when she's talking about....about....whatever it is she's always talking about.

So she asks me to take care of the seemingly small fixes. Like a bathroom drawer that fell off the track. I took it apart and discovered the inner parts were broken. Now this might have been a small afternoon project for most husbands. But maybe you haven't met me.

For me, it meant taking a broken inner part to three different hardware stores, all to no avail, before realizing I would have to install a new drawer slide. For those inexperienced like me, that's the long thingy the drawer slides on. At least, that's how I described it to the hardware guys.

While fixing the drawer, I pulled the bathroom counter top away from the wall so I could reach the wall easier. Every guy out there who has any experience at all already knows what I discovered next. I finished the drawer only to find I had busted the drain pipe.

See, the counter top is connected to the sink. The sink is connected to pipes. It's where the water goes. Thus began my crash course in plumbing. With the help of a friend, and after a few more trips to the local hardware store, I finished replacing the drain pipe.

All this has lead the wife to believe I can fix stuff. After all, now the sink is fixed and the drawer as well. You might assume all is well now.

About an hour after I was done, while I was still beating my chest and grunting, my oldest daughter came to me and told me there was a problem with the other bathroom sink.

Sigh. At least I know how it all goes back together.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Woo of the Week!

I'd like to give a Woo this week to my son. I didn't name him Luke just so I could say I was his father, although that was certainly a bonus.

But after wiating 9 long years, I finally convinced him that we should portray another, perhaps more famous father and son. I also convinced my wife I would find plenty of uses for a black cape from the costume shop.

Win and win!