Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hangin’ with the CEOs


My, but it’s been a long time since I updated this blog.

I’m sure that one person – heck, maybe even two – has asked, “What’s that The Hawg been up to lately?”

Well, quite a bit, actually. I’ll get into some of that later, but I figure simply pointing out that I’ve been ridiculously busy lately reveals enough details for now.

One thing that has been going on in the past few months is the my wife (the beloved Marci Kay!) and I have found a church that we really enjoy. That would be Parkview United Methodist here in Benton, Ark.

The reason I mention this right now is that I had the rare opportunity to stand up in church and give the sunrise devotional this morning. The church has a tradition of picking a layperson to give the devotional and this year, for some reason, the pastor decided to pick on me.

Oddly enough, I’m used to public speaking but I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs while I was standing up there at 7 a.m. To see the devotional I came up with, just click here and give it a read.

What’s odd to me is that I’m due to speak to just about all the county tax collectors and a few people running for office on Tuesday about how to put together an effective media relations plan. That doesn’t bother me. Standing up in front of my church and talking about faith and spirituality, however, bothered me quite a bit.


At any rate, the crowd was fairly small at 7 a.m. What was funny to me is that a slew of people showed up for the 11 a.m. service. A lady who’s in church just about every Sunday identified the crop of unfamiliar attendees as CEOs – people who show up in church on Christmas and Easter only.

That’s absolutely brilliant.

I hope everyone had a great Easter.


Rebecca said...

I did wonder how you were. I check in with you from time to time, make sure you're staying out of trouble, eating your veggies, etcetc. I was concerned when I didn't see you around for a WHOLE MONTH practically!

I read your sermon and was totally blessed. WAHOOOO! Good news, indeed. It all reminded me of what is said in 2 Corinthians "We plead with you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be made sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

It's terrific that you found such a great spiritual family to fellowship with. I have studied the lives of John and Charles Wesley, and I greatly respect them for their work. The Methodist Church has a good heritage! :D I wish you well.

The Natural State Hawg said...

Thanks, Rebecca. Life gets -- overwhelming at times. I've found myself mighty busy these days, what with work, freelancing for a local paper (because I have a nasty habit of not turning down money) and staying busy with church.

It took a long time to find a church we truly enjoy. Now that we have, we tend to spend a lot of time helping out.

Still, I need to make time for blogging...