Archive for January, 2009

Jan 30 2009

After-Lunch Breakdance – January 30, 2009

Published by under After-Lunch Breakdance

For those of you new to After-Lunch Breakdance, WELCOME!! Check this out to know what’s going on.

Pizza Party
I went to a party this week that rocked. While we were there, someone ordered a whole mess of pizza. That was real cool but only about 70% real cool. Let me say: I’m thankful for whoever ordered and paid for the ‘za but (no knocks on people who love this) about 30% was Garden of Eden Veggie Supreme. It looked like a tossed salad on a pizza pie…a mountain of vegetables on a plateau circle of bread and cheese. So no one ate that pizza and there was, later, a shortage on the italian sausage. NUTS!

Rand McNally
This video is to setup a reference later in the post. I feel bad for this girl. I really do. It makes me uncomfortable to watch this. You’ll be uncomfortable, too. But you will also say some of these lines later tonight. People around you who have seen it will laugh and you’ll meet those new people you may not have talked to otherwise. Thank me on Monday.

Are You Ready For Some Football?
Oh, sweet weekend! Do you know what happens on Sunday!? For some people, church. For other people, the Super Bowl. For others of us yet, both of the above PLUS SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS!!!!!

I’ve said it before and I’ll surely say it again in the future, but I LOVE commercials. Truly. I don’t know why, but I do. They have such potential to be mini-movies, but so many ad agencies screw the whole thing up. Super Bowl Sunday is the one weekend a year where the ratio of good:bad commercials weighs in favor of the good! Today, for your viewing pleasure, three of my all-time favorites.

Terrible Terry Tate

Wazzup?

What Are You Doing?

Free Music!
I’ve got 2 ways for you to win music today.
1. $10 iTunes Gift Certificate. Just leave a comment and let me know you were here. You’ll be entered in the random drawing. Deadline on Fridays is Sunday at 11:9pm (since I give away more music on Fridays – see next).

2. To mourn the Tennessee Titans’ not being in the Super Bowl, I’m giving away an additional 10 free tracks – of MY choosing! :)

There are a couple musicians here in Nashville (which is in Tennessee for those of you who are U.S. Americans and don’t have maps) – Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes – whose music has made me happy for years. Leaving a comment will include you in THIS drawing, too. I’m giving away 5 of Wertz’s song Carolina and 5 of Barnes’ song All That Noise. You winners will enjoy them!! If you already have all those guys’ stuff, I’ll get you hooked up with an Andy Davis or Rob Blackledge track (also here in Nashville).

Think about life a little this weekend. Smile at someone you don’t know. Dance at least once. Peace, friends!

If you want to tell your crew about ALB (FB status or Twitter or email), try this:
after-lunch breakdance. http://tinyurl.com/d3o5ov

23 responses so far

Jan 30 2009

After-Lunch Breakdance: January 30, 2009 (Intro)

Yo yo!!! Ok, so here’s the deal. With the advent of After-Lunch Breakdance (see the orange text on the right), Freekypants Friday is going to be suspended. I’ll do giveaways during ALB and post goofy things then.

Normal Friday mornings will probably just be another regular post. But this morning isn’t a regular Friday morning. I would have one for you right now, but I was busy last night with non-writing activities. I know I don’t need to apologize, but I wanted to let you all know what’s up and to say that 1PM CST it’s on. Unlike Donkey Kong.

The Why Guys Aren’t Asking You Out series will be completed next week. I had mentioned I didn’t want to be exhaustive – and I don’t – but I DO want to be as excellent as I can be and I just haven’t gotten the final 3 parts into good shape yet. This weekend will give me the time!

I have 2 more weeks of work left. :) Last day is February 13. Like my About Page says, I’m glad to have you along! See you at 1!

No responses yet

Jan 29 2009

After-Lunch Breakdance – January 29, 2009

Published by under After-Lunch Breakdance

A new feature of my site is born today! Welcome to the world, little guy!

This is After-Lunch Breakdance! It’s going to be something that happens every day. It takes place after lunch. It’s a break from your day. And I like breakdancing. I don’t know HOW to breakdance, I just like to IMAGINE myself breakdancing. MMM-HHHMMM-HAAAHH (those are the noises I make when I imaginary breakdance).

I asked you to vote about this on Monday-Wednesday and this is what you said:

breakdance-poll

Do It To It
So we’re going to do it! Here’s how it’s going to work. Every weekday after lunch at 1pm Central time, there will be a post here that contains random stuff – maybe a YouTube video, goofy pictures, some funny tweets (Twitter) from the previous day, random observations, music suggestions, or links to other blog entries that are especially good.

You’ll come here and get your laugh on. Leave a comment below to let me know you were here. Every day (until I decide not to do this anymore – but I’m committed for at least 1 month!), I’m giving away a $10 gift certificate to iTunes. Every day. So at 7pm Central time, the registration for that day’s drawing will end. That night, I’ll draw a name at random, contact the winner for their iTunes email address, and send your gift certificate. Wham. Bam. Thank you, officer! (NOTE: I’ll never use your email for anything other than contacting you. Won’t be selling it. Ever.)

YouTubes
In honor of the dancing theme, I present the first 2 YouTube videos in After-Lunch Breakdance history – Carlton Banks from Fresh Prince doin his thang!

Carlton Dances

Carlton Dances to the Oprah Theme

Randoms

  • People say to eat chicken noodle soup when you’re sick. Does it actually make you better? I wasn’t a straight B student and didn’t care for biology, but I don’t understand how chicken or noodles helps the immune system.
  • When people are really anticipating something, they say, “I’m sitting on pins and needles.” Can you imagine how bad it would suck to actually sit on pins and needles?
  • A washer washes clothes.
    A dryer dries clothes.
    A hamper hamps clothes.

If you’re interested in the $10 gift certificate, comment below. Just write “here.”

After-Lunch Breakdance! Drawing later. Music 4 ever! Holla back!

28 responses so far

Jan 29 2009

Rethinking If You Want To Make God Laugh, Tell Him Your Plans

Published by under Life,Theology Reloaded

At the moment I’m writing this, I wish I was back at my mom’s house in Michigan. On the second floor, I have the second room on the left. My high school choice of navy blue carpet still covers the floor. And on a bookshelf in the corner is a book covered with wallpaper.

Whoa, Nelly!
I went to elementary school at Nelly E. Bird Elementary. Couldn’t make that name up if I tried! In second grade, we wrote a story about things we’d like to do in life. We wrote it on special paper and personally illustrated each page. The books were then bound by a real book binder (no spiral binding) and given a wallpaper treatment for a book cover.

My writing back then was simple, my drawing poor. I consistently sketched myself looking like a big, skinny tree with arms and box feet. It was clear my talent didn’t lie in art.

The reason I wish I was at home is because I would like to scan the pages and put them up here, but a description will have to suffice for now. I only remember two pages. In one, I am riding a motorcycle because I’m in the old Nintendo game, Excitebike. In another, I’m playing in the Super Bowl. That page has a picture of a really big tree (me) running down the field with a football in one hand and a carrot in the other. The page reads something like, “I’m going to play in the Super Bowl and eat carrots every day because they give you good eyesight.” I showed such intellectual promise as a 2nd grader. Unfortunately, that one sentence was probably the highlight of my entire educational career.

Isn’t That Cute?
You’re picturing me as a 2nd grader, aren’t you? You see my little head and want to ruffle my hair and say, “Aww, you’re so cute. You want to play in the Super Bowl.” Little kids don’t know they’re being patronized at that age when someone says that to them. But as we get older, if someone jokes about our plans and dreams, we don’t like it too much. In fact, one of the most common things you’ll hear professional athletes say after winning a big game is, “Nobody believed in us! We had to come out here and prove them wrong! We shocked the world!”

Knights
Yesterday night, I was talking with my friend Paul about how God views our dreams. There’s a phrase that’s pretty popular right now that tries to summarize: “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” Now, I’m about to get medieval. So if you love that phrase, I want you to know that the remainder of this blog is intended for instruction in God’s nature! It is not an attack on you!

Rethinking Dreams
The problem with the saying is that it’s just not biblical! There are only a handful of times in Scripture that we’re told God laughs. Each time, He is laughing at wicked people who are opposing Him – not at His children. In fact, the Proverbs tell us a totally different story!

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
(Proverbs 16:3)

In essence, this verse negates the popular phrase we use today. It says, “Yes! TELL GOD your plans, and they will succeed.” Now there’s a caveat to this a couple verses earlier…

To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.
(Proverbs 16:1)

In other words, “Go ahead and plan things, but the Lord will be the One who ultimately decides what happens.”

There’s no laughing going on here!

(NOTE: If you’re interested in a firm biblical example, read Nehemiah 1-2:9 and look at how Nehemiah makes a plan to speak with King Artaxerxes about rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, communicates that plan to God, speaks with Artaxerxes and, ultimately, has success.)

Keep the Baby, Lose the Bath Water
Our popular saying – “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans” – is well-intentioned, but communicated poorly. There is a truth that phrase attempts to convey, but it does so too generally! We’ve seen that plans are encouraged by the Lord! But there are at least two instances where our plans are not received well by Him.

World Traveler
How often do we tell people things like, “I’ll see you next week!” James says, if done wrongly, we presume too much when we speak those words.

Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
(James 4:13-16)

If we plan our lives without acknowledging God’s control over the details, James says it’s bad. Remember Proverbs 16? “…but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.” He is in control of our lives. As a Christian, to plan apart from Him is to be a boaster and bragger – to pretend you’re in control. This is one way we can plan poorly.

Wrong Motiver
Earlier in the letter of James, he says, “You do not have, because you do not ask. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 3:2-3).

Imagine you make a plan. And you tell God about that plan through prayer. “God, I want promotions at work so I can have an enormous house and all the material things I desire.” James asks, “What is your motive here? Is it so you can invite the poor or lonely into your home? If that’s your plan, God is probably going to bless you. But is your plan purely to satisfy yourself? If so, that is why your plans are constantly frustrated.” (NOTE: I’m NOT saying that God ONLY frustrates plans when we’re being selfish. He does it for other reasons, too).

The End
Biblically, brothers and sisters, God will never laugh at your plans! He laughs at the wicked who oppose Him! He’s not going to muss your hair because you want to play in the Super Bowl or bring drinking water to 1,000 villages in Africa or speak about Jesus to a tribe in Papua New Guinea or run a company that devotes its profits to His work or express your creativity in a way that makes Him look great! He’s not laughing, He’s listening! All we have to do is align our plans and dreams with His heart and what He’s trying to do on the earth! Speak your heart to Him! Tell Him what you want to do. And wait for His reply. He wants us to dream big dreams and make big plans to do great things! God is bouty bout all that! He’s looking for guys and girls to do His work! He wants to hear our plans!

19 responses so far

Next »