Before making 101 new (or probably REnewed) resolutions for 2006, consider the words of Dorothy Sayers:
Work is not primarily a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or should be, the full expression of the worker's faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental, and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.
Just in case you missed it, I am working on a new design. It seemed time to change things around a bit and add some creativity and a bit more color. I hope to have the changes complete over the next couple of weeks and in place for blogging 2006. I will be adding a some more content, a cool banner and probably a different picture of yours truly. A picture that captures my best feature - as soon as I find one. Leading as best feature right now is the third rib on my left side. It is awesome!
And Mary said, I'm bursting with God-news; I'm dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened—I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It's exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now. (Luke 1:46-55) The Message
Hallelujah! Sing to GOD a brand-new song, praise him in the company of all who love him. Let all Israel celebrate their Sovereign Creator, Zion's children exult in their King. Let them praise his name in dance; strike up the band and make great music! And why? Because GOD delights in his people, festoons plain folk with salvation garlands! Let true lovers break out in praise, sing out from wherever they're sitting, Shout the high praises of God, brandish their swords in the wild sword--dance-- A portent of vengeance on the God--defying nations, a signal that punishment's coming, Their kings chained and hauled off to jail, their leaders behind bars for good, The judgment on them carried out to the letter-and all who love God in the seat of honor! Hallelujah! (Psalm 149) The Message
Each year when we break out the Christmas decorations, included in the boxes are creations from my daughters from when they were younger. One of the prized items is a book of poems that my youngest daughter Elise wrote when she was in 2nd grade. It was given to Carol Ann and I as a Christmas gift. It includes ten poems and here is my personal favorite:
I am Balls
I am a soccer ball that gets kicked around
I am a basketball that gets pounded to the ground
I am a bouncy ball that goes real high, it makes me sick
I am a volleyball that goes over nets
I am a walley ball that gets hit against the wall
Hopefully, this is not how she felt about her life when she was seven!
Yesterday, Elise, who is now in 9th grade had to create an Italian Sonnet or something like that. Sounds like food to me. Anyway, I thought what she wrote was very cool and something I should share.
OK - here is my attempt and my opinion on who is the greatest athlete in any sport, to wear (or maybe drive) a particular number. Does that make sense? I hope so because here are my selections for numbers 00-9.
00 - Jim Otto. Growing up a Broncos fan I remember he and the Raiders destroying the Broncos twice each year. My how things have changed! Honorable mention should go to Robert Parish.
3 - Babe Ruth. This is the easiest selection of all. (Some NASCAR fans may disagree) Interesting fact, back in the day baseball players wore the number that corresponded with where the batted in the lineup. Thus Ruth wore number three because he batted third. Guess who batted fourth?
4 - Lou Gehrig. Yep Gehrig hit fourth behind The Babe. Bobby Orr (famous pic) should get some props here also.
There you have 00-9. Eight baseball players including 5 Yankees. One player each from football, basketball and hockey. What do you think? Did I leave somebody out? Too many Yankees? Let me know what you think and be looking for numbers 10-19.