Hi, this is Pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Get Charged Up!
The other day I was working on a project in my back yard. As part of the job, I needed to install nearly 50 bolts with their complement of washers and nuts. I needed to drill holes for all of the bolts to be inserted in their respective places. In years gone by that task would have required getting a drill and because of the distance from the house I was working, several extension cords. It is times like this when I am especially glad for the invention of the cordless drill. In fact, because of their convenience, I have a multitude of cordless tools. I have cordless impact drivers as well as various styles of saws. All of these tools are wonderful improvements over the old corded type…most of the time. (more…)
Hi. This is Pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Tea Anyone?
There is little doubt for those who know me that I am a confirmed coffee drinker, but occasionally I really do enjoy a good cup of hot tea. My personal favorite when I make that choice is Earl Grey with a healthy dose of sugar. When tea is what I desire, the aroma wafting from the cup as I lift it to take the first sip is almost as satisfying as the drink itself. When I want a good cup of hot tea, nothing short of that is going to satisfy. (more…)
Hi, this is Pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Go Be Awesome!
Each week I end both my ‘Monday Marriage Message’ and ‘Thoughts on a Thursday’ podcasts with the encouragement for you to “Go Be Awesome”. Someone asked me recently why I chose that phrase to end each episode. In response to that inquiry, I offer the following explanation.
Most of you know that I am the counseling pastor at our church. Serving in that role, I counsel all sorts of people for all kinds of reasons. While most of my counseling falls into the overall category of marriage, I do spend some time ministering in other areas as well. A few years ago I was walking alongside a couple as they navigated their way through a particularly difficult marital issue. The nature of the trauma in their lives had necessitated that the duration of their counseling had come to span several months. As they were leaving my office after a remarkably difficult session, I was at a loss of what encouragement I might leave them with that might bolster them until we met again the following week. As they silently passed me as I held the door, I spontaneously uttered…”Go Be Awesome!” Almost as soon as the words cleared my lips, I thought, “Why on earth did I say that?” As I considered it, I began to realize that with those three simple words I was encouraging them to be everything God wanted them to be. Shortly thereafter, I was starting to encourage many others as they left my office to “Go Be Awesome!” as well. These days, there are not many who exit my office without hearing that same encouragement. It simply seemed appropriate then that when I began producing a podcast, (Thoughts on a Thursday was the first of those) that I would end each edition with the same phrase. About year ago when I added the ‘Monday Marriage Message’ I asked my wife Lynn if I should end it the same or come up with a different finale, she replied that I was beginning to be associated with the phrase and she thought it best if I just continued to use it. Even my grandchildren parrot that same phrase when they see me, doing their best to mimic my inflexion and cadence as they have heard me sign off after each episode. (more…)
Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…lessons learned while being unplugged.
This past weekend my lovely wife and I headed for the hills. We spent four glorious days nestled in a deep green valley high up in the Blue Ridge mountains. For some reason, though we had the ability to make calls and send and receive text messages, our phones were not able to easily connect to the internet. Because of that, and the fact that we have never had T.V. in our little home in the hills, we found ourselves literally unplugged from the world at large. For four days we had nothing to watch, were aware of no news, and yet…somehow…we survived. Actually we thrived! We spent much time talking with one another about the current events of our lives, and the lives of our family, and all without a bit of help from social media. We shared with each other plans and dreams of things yet to come, both in the short term and the more distant future. We enjoyed each other’s company and didn’t feel like we were missing a thing. In fact, we didn’t miss a thing. As we took rides in the mountains purely for the entertainment value, we noticed nearly everything and found most of it fodder for conversation. I’ll tell you this, you sure feel connected to the one you are with when you are unplugged from the world around you. (more…)
Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is once again upon us. This holiday weekend has come to mean so many different things. For some it is considered to be the beginning of the Summer season. Living near the eastern coastline it is definitely the official opening of beach season. If you love the beach this is the start to a great season. It certainly will mark a notable increase in traffic in my area of the country regardless of the cost of gasoline. Soon there will be so many out-of-state cars filled with beachgoers headed east toward the shore on Friday evenings that one might think they are giving gas away somewhere in that direction. For others it is simply the beginning of the warmer days and the opportunity to be outdoors more enjoying gardening, yardwork, and the occasional picnics with family. This Memorial day is the official start to the 2022 season of Bar-B-Que. Hamburgers, and hot dogs will most certainly be the stars of the menu this coming weekend. (more…)
Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Being Content…With The Content…Or Lack Thereof
Those who know me and or those who have been listening to my podcasts for a while know I love a good pun. I enjoy being able to play one word upon another especially if I believe it strikes the nail on the head and will drive my point home. A little sarcasm here…a little irony there…any clever play on words is fun for me. The title of this episode is no exception, and yet it is a necessary understanding if we are to live lives free of worry.
Contentment is the antidote for worry. If we are content with what we have, we do not worry about what we don’t have. If this is true, and it is, then the reverse truth (another thing I like to consider as often as is applicable) if we are experiencing worry, we need to practice more contentment. The consideration of this reverse truth is especially applicable here because I find most people have learned to be content with some things while other issues make contentedness seemingly elusive. (more…)