Love in the Lunch

I was at work the other day and it was time for lunch.  I went to the fridge in the break room and took my lunch out. I opened the bag and put my container in the microwave to warm up my food.  When it was done I went to my desk to start eating.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  However, when I looked in the bag I saw a note.  It was a yellow sticky that read, “Have a good day at work babe.  I love you.”  Did I mention that my fiance was here visiting? Well, she was.  She was here for 10 days from Wednesday before Father’s Day until yesterday morning.  Normally, eating leftovers isn’t really a big deal but, there was something special about what was in the bag today.  She put love in my lunch.  This may not seem like a bog deal to some of you out there reading this but, to me, this was extra special.  For starters, I didn’t know she slipped the note in my lunch bag.  Second, she did it when I wasn’t really expecting it. Third, I wasn’t in the best mood since my car is acting up, yet again.  All I know that there was not in my bag that I did not expect and it was right on time.

This makes me think of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.  “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Cor 13:1-2).  You see all throughout life we have the opportunity to do things to and for people.  We have the chance, every single day to do something good.  The key is that you have to do it in love otherwise, what’s the point? If I tell you that I am going to do something for you just to let you know that I did something for you, that’s not what it’s about.  If my service to humanity is insistent upon itself, I’m not doing what Paul, more so what Christ has been trying to teach us.  In fact, it’s just a bunch of noise for my own gratification.  Not cool at all.

I said all of this to say that I love the Love in the Lunch.  It really made me feel special and it definitely made my day brighter.  I’m looking forward to more of the same and can’t wait until I can’t return the love.

Bucket List: A Review

A friend of mine had been hounding me on seeing the movie, The Bucket List. “It’s a great movie. Trust me, you’ll need tissue”, she says. I told her I would check it out because I’m always up for a great movie. Well, being the procrastinator that I am, I hadn’t gotten around to watching it–even though she kept reminding me. Well last week, I come to work and find a copy on my desk. She has actually gone and bought one! Now there was no excuse…lol. So, I made it my business to definitely watch this movies that will supposedly jerk my tears and pull on my heart-strings. Here’s where it gets interesting. I had to attend a funeral for a friend and classmate of mine this past weekend. Sometime on Saturday afternoon I got a phone call from my friend “apologizing profusely” as she put it, about trying to make me watch this movie that apparently had some dealing with death as part of the premise of the movie. Since this was Easter weekend, and since I had to work late on Monday, I decided to watch it Monday morning.

I watched the movie and was definitely not disappointed. In fact, I really enjoyed it! To answer your questions, no I did not need tissue because, like I told my friend, “I cried when Bane broke Batman’s back in Dark Knight Rises and not for stuff like this” (insert snicker). I did admit, however, that I was very moved by the movie and was definitely worth her investment. Actually, I was very appreciative that she got a copy for me because I probably would not have bought it. She gets major Kudos for this.

Now, back to the post. After watching this movie, I realized a few things. First, EVERYONE should have a bucket list. Second, everyone’s list will be different. Third, the list itself does not have to be big but should be powerful enough to have some meaning to your life. Last, do your absolute best to complete it. In the movie, Jack Nicholson’s character had a list that was mainly fun and was to be exhilarating while Morgan Freeman’s character had a list that was more rehabilitative (think 12 steps). Jack’s character wanted to skydive while Morgan’s character wanted to “witness something majestic”. By the end of the movie, it was as if their lists traded writers. One thing that stood out though, was that they each had a respect for each other’s list. I don’t want to give too much of the story away but I will say this–each one of us wants to adventure and each one of us wants closure. While one may be greater than the other, sometimes the two can be intertwined or, relative, as it were. If you take anything from this, make sure it’s the part about making The List. It may do you some good…

Getting Ready for a Marathon

Hey folks. I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was great! I’ve had my coffee intake for the day and it’s slowly wearing off.

I have been given the awesome task of preaching for the entire month of March. Our Pastor has retired after over 35 years and the other Associates, along with myself have been asked to do an entire month of sermons. When I said that I am gearing up for a marathon, I seriously mean that. I have dome some big things in my adult life but, never have been given the opportunity to preach the Word of God for one month straight!! The Word says that “to whom much is given, much is required.” The Army told me, “with this rank, comes responsibility.” Either way you look at it, the calling that I was given was not for everyone and I am in now way saying that I am above anyone, “Saint” or “Sinner”. The bottom line is that I have a lot to do pretty shortly and while I feel I may not be ready at times, I have to accomplish my goal.

We all have felt this way at one point or another. Just when we think we’ve got it all figured out, BAM!!! Here comes another one! Here’s hoping that the BAM that you hear is the sound of you finishing what you started…

So, What’s Your Story?

We’ve all gone to movies at least once. There is always a story that is being told and sometimes there is even a happy ending. Well I was looking at one on Netflix the other day and, as the movie went on, I thought for a second I focused on the extras in the background. They are usually carrying on some sort of conversation or simply just walking by. I thought to myself, “I wonder what their story is. I mean seriously, what’s the deal with the couple at the next table? Are they going through something or are they happy?” The truth is, I really didn’t know what their deal was. It really shouldn’t have made a difference to me nor should I have been concerned but, the fact remained that it kinda bothered me. Not to the point that I lost sleep per se but, think about it; everyone has a story in their own movie. My job wasn’t to judge them in any way but I was definitely curious. I guess we all have at least one scene or another where others can see us without being too transparent. It’s actually kinda cool when you think about it. Your story could easily be a movie. Your life can be on the silver screen or, at least on DVD lol. There’s joys, sorrows, heartache, happiness and even sadness. The good thing about this is that we have the opportunity to write the ending. It may not win an Oscar but it not any less important than anyone else. The point I’m trying to make here is that you will always have to go to different scenes in your life but, the key is to keep making the scenes. While in your scenes, do your best to give your best performance. You never know. Someone may be watching your movie…