Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Life Has Potholes!

You know, I was thinking. Have you ever been traveling down the road of life and hit a pothole? You know how it is, you've got the cruise control set, you're jammin' to some tunes, when all of a sudden..............BAM! You get that little jar that get's your attention. You wonder if you might have broken something. So you stop give the tires a quick look and since you don't see anything that is obvious, you get back in the car and drive on. But now you're driving a little more carefully and you are actively watching out for those things that can cause harm or damage. WELCOME TO MY WORLD! God has a way of getting and keeping my attention. Just as I start getting comfortable in life whether that is in my job, ministry or personal life, God sees to it that He gets my attention.

Right now my life is full! I have been so blessed in so many aspects of life that I can't even begin to list them all. I feel joyous and afraid all at the same time. I am able to continue forward because of the love that God has for me and because He has blessed me with some great friends. Pray for the Pudgeman today! God has blessed me so richly and fully, but I sometimes fear that "I" will get in His way. I don't want that. I am excited about the new ministry challenges. About the future of NewSong and about my personal future.

Know a couple of things for sure today. The first is that God loves you unconditionally! He has set you free from all of the chains and battles that life might bring. Secondly, you can do ALL things through Jesus because He has given you the strength to do it. May God bless you beyond belief today.


At 8:45 AM, Blogger Hawkman said...

Pothole can also be the sport of exploring vertical caves as a synonym of caving

The city of Los Angeles is famous for its large potholes.A pothole (sometimes called kettle and known in parts of the Western United States as a chuckhole) is a type of disruption in the surface of a roadway where a portion of the road material has broken away, leaving a hole. They are typically formed when water seeps into small cracks in the road surface and freezes to ice, exerting great pressure as it expands. Automobiles that travel over the weakened roadway can break off small pieces, causing further damage. If a pothole fills with water the erosion may be accelerated, as the water 'washes away' loose particles of road surface as vehicles pass. Potholes tend to become most apparent during spring months due to daily freeze-thaw cycles, standing water, and general difficulty of repairing potholes in cold or wet weather. However, potholes are a frequent occurence anywhere in the world, including in the tropics, where poor construction or maintenance may be the main cause.

The number of potholes that appear in any particular stretch of roadway largely depends on the type of pavement used. Surfaces that absorb less water are generally less susceptible to the problem.

Potholes can grow to feet in width, though they usually only become a few inches deep, at most. If they become large enough, damage to tires and vehicle suspensions can occur.

There is also a geological formation known as a pothole, which is essentially an unusual form of cave.

There is also a formation in rivers called a pothole caused by a whirlpool eroding a hole into rock.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Doug E. Pudge said...

Tom, you know that this was not meant to be a literal pothole right. Save the unimportant, extemporaneous, irrelevant and off topic non-sensicle statements for the Semper Fi blog! No soup for you! :) B4T Love ya bro!

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Hawkman said...

actually, sir pudge, if you follow the metaphor through the lengthy definition, you may find some continuing parallels....think about it dear sir.....deeper than what's on the surface (pun intended)....

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Doug E. Pudge said...

Ah, the battle of wits has begun! Yes I did see the metaphorical similarities in your abundantly lengthy comment to a simple yet elegant post! Verbosity seems to be your strenth here instead of concise commentary! I guess some of us are just gifted with original thought while others must seek out information to share how they feel! Either way, your comments however loosely shows that even on "life's" highway there is sometimes a deep Pudge to cross! Love you bro! Your turn. B4T By the way, you have now been Pudged twice! You hold the record.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger ryan said...

And here I just thought that were holes that you try to dodge around makeing a sport of it. I myself have and still fall into these sometimes, but mainly large potholes but when I tend to stick my head up usally another large thing comes barreling down at me which in turn drives me farther into that hole and wanting less to come up for air. Doug what great post it was feeling along that same path today. be blessed yet for another day my friends

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I thought that the Pastor did a wonderful job Metaphorically describing Potholes in the road of life, I actually got what he was trying to say!
Why bust his Chops?!!
Good post too, very relavent to whats going on with me also!!

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Swinging Sammy said...

I love to watch a double pudging, so rare!

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doug, do you ever think of anyone else but how blessed you are? Do you ever stretch outside your comfort zone, your circle of friends? God cares not how blessed you are but how have you left your comfort zone and blessed others! He wants to see you/us/me go into the world and teach the gospel (the gospel is not telling others how blessed you are or are not). So are you teaching a different gospel? One of blessings. Remember those who followed Christ and spread the gospel were persecuted for their teaching. How are you sacrificing your time outside yourself, your circle of friends or your church? If you are a leader then lead as Christ led, Sacrifically.


At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus never promised blessings, but He did say that the world will hate you because of me (Jesus).


At 7:58 AM, Blogger Doug E. Pudge said...

Digger, I appreciate the fact that you feel the way you do but I do disagree with you on one major point that you made. Jesus did promise a blessing to all Christians. He said in Matthew "Go into all the world and preach the gospel...and I will be with you always even to the end of the earth". That is Jesus' blessing in our lives. You see, whether or not things are going good does not determine a blessing. I have been blessed just as greatly though trials and struggles. Seeing Jesus in the midst of termoil is a blessing. If your definition of blessing is that it can only be what people refer to as "good things" then your definition is wrong. A blessing from God is simply to experience him in your life. BTW, I spend a great deal of time "outside of my box" bringing Jesus to the lost but I have a specific calling that I personally believe that God has put on my heart. That is to encourage and teach. I appreciate your thoughts though and I praise God that you have blessed me today.

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Hawkman said...

Now when he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are perrsecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Seems to me like Jesus is very concerned with others being blessed. I could cite at least 42 other passages that deal with Jesus' concern about His followers being blessed...but thought this to be sufficient.

The amazing thing about sacrificial service, which the Pudge is constantly engaged in, is that it results in our being blessed! Wow, it comes full circle again! We can't stop it!

Thank you Pudge for all those you serve both those of the family of God and those who are not (but we pray soon will be).

It truly brings glory to God when we acknowledge how He blesses us.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Doug E. Pudge said...

Thank you Hawkman! Your words ring true this morning and you are so very kind! God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! I'm almost sorry I double Pudged you yesterday.........almost but not. B4T

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it looks as if I am being tagged teamed. My misunderstanding of your "B4T". Please accept my humble appology, and thanks for clearing it up.




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