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October 12, 2004

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Mike Morrell

Woo-hoo! Morrells shall inherit the earth. We are everywhere, lurking in the shadows...ahem. Sorry Ashleigh, sorry Mark, my elation is getting away from me...so how old is your brother? Believe it or not (my maturity doesn't exactly shine in HTML), I'm 25. : )

Ashleigh

Whoa~ I saw a comment by Mike Morrell and thought that my brother had been here. lol!! I guess there is more than one Mike Morrell in the world. :)

Mike Morrell

Yeah I really remember Y2K. I was sort've sad for those Christians who thought of it in terms of some end-times scenario (sigh); but I took it seriously. I was a freshman in college in '98 (oops! I mean 1998!! That's what got us into the mess!) at Berry in Rome Georgia, but then I took calandar year 1999 off to get a job, buy dried food, etc. Now, I was no dummy: I did a ton of research, and figured it was at least _probable_ that there would've been global technological, economic, and social meltdown. And I'm with you, Mark; a part of me would've liked it, the slowed-down pace. I could've caught up on reading the bazillion books on my shelf.

But Y2K came and went with way more of a whimper than a bang (another kind of bang, unfortunately, was to hit our shores a year later), and we're left to find our own simplicity. "

Lord Jesus, help us discover the simplicity of knowing you."

Mike

Wendy

Nice to see you back...looking forward to seeing you in Fayetteville.

I get interrupted all the time and I'm amazed I get anything done in my life!

Keeping you prayed up while out on tour!!!

MarkLee

Boo Radley's - that's the one.

RonT

Glad you are back Mark. I have missed your messages. Sure wish this tour was bringing you all back through Spokane. I finally saw the store I think you have said you liked, and now I can't remember it's name. It is just across from the park downtown. Take care.

Ron

Corrine

Thanks Patrick. And yesly vote Bush! ;)

patrickwitherow

Vote Bush!

patrickwitherow

Wow Corrine, nice entry. You said it best.

Corrine

I don't know about anyone else, but I feel much better about myself after reading this entry. I'm constantly doing the same thing. This time I thought I had a plan that would really work. I loaded it into my computer's calender, with the intent of putting it on my handheld, so there'd be no missing what I was supposed to be doing at any time, during any day. Well, I've not yet found a "normal" day that I could even start my plan, let alone keep it going.

Our lives may not have the big interruptions like wars, famines, or droughts, but every day is filled with irritating little interruptions. Things like illnesses, a car that breaks down, or a kid that needs help with a huge school project, even the fun things like a vacation or evening out can throw a monkey wrench into our plans, and throw us off of where we think we should be. (That's where the guilt comes in, but that's another blog for another time.)

But I guess that's what life is, a series of stuff that happens and needs to be taken care of, not the plans we make. As John Steinbeck said in his novel Of Mice and Men, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Actually, if you can get past the Scots dialect, the original line from Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse" says it better,"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft agley (often go wrong), An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy." (Ah, there's that guilt again.)

I've often heard it said, "Plan your work, then work your plan." I guess in a perfect world, one with no interruptions, that would actually be good advice. Unfortunately, it would have to be a world where we lived with no other people and nothing ever went wrong. Reminds me of that one episode of The Twilight Zone, the one where Burgess Meredith just wanted to be left alone to read his beloved books. I guess the moral is, "Be careful what you wish for," or "be thankful for life's little interruptions, for they are the stuff life is made of."

Jesus had the right idea. Although I know He had a definite goal, He didn't seem to make plans. I mean, He walked through every day, just handling whatever came His way. How awesome would that be to just wake up in the morning and say, "Okay Father. What's on the agenda today?" I don't think that would work for us, though, unless we sold our houses and got rid of all our responsibilities.

So I guess I'll just go on clicking "Dismiss" when those reminders pop up on my computer that say it is now time to stop helping people on the boards or helping my son with his homework, and go clean the part of the house that is on today's schedule. I'm thinking that when I get to heaven, God will be more interested in how I handled those interruptions than in how many times a week I vacuumed.

Now all I have to do is to get over the idea that my life would be perfect if only I was caught up with the things I think we should be doing, and just enjoy every day, interruptions and all. (Can you tell this subject is something I fight with myself over everyday? LOL)

Lee Anne

I have to agree with Lennon...

Sometimes it is really nice to be reminded of this though...thanks for sharing your thoughts! Been coming by your blog for a few weeks (right before you went out of town I guess) and good to see you back...you have an interesting site.

joanne

Good to see you blogging again Mark. Your post sounds like my life, and a lot like parenthood. Hope you had a good time off with your family. Your musings were missed.

patrickwitherow

Welcome to the madness...Welcome Back man!! 3D is coming to Savannah (my hometown), yet I can't make it b/c I've got a college class that Thursday night. The first 3D show I've ever missed when they are in the area :( I'd like to come earlier that day and see if I could catch you walking out of your tour bus and get a picture or a 'real' autograph instead of a 'virtual' one. Is that possible or will Andrew kick my rear-end back to I-16 for stalking? Anyway, I'll take my chances..hope to see you on the 4th!

www.patrickwitherow.com

Ashleigh

Good to see that you're back to posting Mark! Hope all is well with you and that you had a nice trip with your family before the tour started back up. The Atlanta show was awesome! (as always) It was great to worship with you guys standing beside my precious 7 year old nephew. He loved it! (it was his first concert) Looking forward to seeing you guys again in Charlotte in two weeks!

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