COC State Rally Well, the COC (Confederation Of Clubs) had their Texas State Rally this past weekend. I think most had a great time, though it was punctuated with some serious rain and lots of mud. Debbie and I participated Friday evening in the (first) rain event, but we decided to go home before the second event Saturday night. You can click on any picture for a larger version, or click the title above for a video:
A GREAT DAY
I had a great day yesterday. It wasn't so different from most of my days, and in some ways there were reasons that it shouldn't have been good at all. I woke up as usual, felt like crap, for reasons we won't go into, and then I worked my butt off, pretty much all day. It probably sounds familiar to many of you, though you may have different details, the results are usually the same. You get home in the evening, and you are exhausted, and you just want to crash. There were however, two things that were different about my day yesterday. First, I made (found, discovered, happened to have) time in the morning to spend time in prayer, and with God's word. Now I can hear you already saying "Well gosh Tom, don't you do that everyday?", and the answer is mostly yes, but I have been struggling lately to to "find" the time, and have been often taking it to work, where I try to take some time at the start of the day. Unfortunately it doesn't really work very well, work is just too busy. Second, at the end of an exhausting day, I went to an event at Great Hills Baptist Church to hear Eldon Wright speak about, and to hear directly (through a video) how Evel Knievel came to Salvation in Jesus Christ. Mr. Wright was a good friend of Evel, and witnessed to him in the 1970's, then after 30 years of living separate lives, Evel called him up and wanted to know more about this Jesus that Eldon had spoken of. Eldon was privileged to lead Evel to Christ last year, shortly before Evel pass away. Evel's testimony was broadcast from the Crystal Cathedral, and is now available for viewing on youtube. It was truly inspirational. If you want to see for yourself, you can just read the next entry below, and click on the links.
Bike Night at Great Hills Baptist Church
We had a great dinner, and met the man, Eldon Wright, who was blessed to lead Evel Knievel to Christ last year, shortly before Evel's death from lung failure. The program started with a BBQ dinner catered by Southside BBQ of Elgin TX. We then got to see a video about Evel, and a slide show with commentary by Eldon. We also viewed Evel's testimony as given at the Crystal Cahedral, to which I can only say wow! You can see the testimony video by clicking on the title above, or the links below: Evel's Testimony short Evel's Testimony full
Too Busy - UCOA message for April 16th, 2008
Is your life as full as mine? Do you have so many things to do, that you can never get to them all? Am I the only one that feels this way, or are you in the same boat, feeling the same pressures, running in the same circles? Within the past week, I have spent $500 on service on my motorcycle, $1400 on the brakes of my car, I am about to spend over $1000 on transmission repair on my wife's car, and I still have to spend another $1000 on my car to get it to quit leaking coolant. Why do all of my vehicles need to breakdown at the same time? Why does God allow all these pressures at the same time? What is He trying to teach me? Is it that He doesn't want me to think I have it all under control? Well, then I get the message. Or perhaps He knows that there are some of you that are feeling the same way, and He wants me to be able to understand what you are going through. I am sure you know that I don't think God causes these things to happen, but He does allow them. I think what God really wants, is simply to remind us that He is always there in the midst of our difficulty, and that we need only turn to Him in prayer for some much needed peace. He is always available, we only need to look up!
I am a Christian, Debbie is my wonderful wife. She is also a Christian, and my perfect helpmate. I have two adult children Pam & Chip, I have four wonderful grandchildren, granddaughters Chloe & Claire, and grandsons Ezra and Corbin. I am a Biker, I ride a 1999 Harley Davidson Road King, I am a member of the New Life Riders (Austin, TX) chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA), I am Chaplain of the United Clubs Of Austin (UCOA), I am the Author or Co-Author of several Forth computer language development systems including VIC-Forth, ColorForth (for the Radio Shack Color Computer), 64Forth (for the Commodore 64), F-PC (for DOS), Win32Forth (for Windows) and TCOM (a native DOS compiler), I am a Software Engineer for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Austin, TX, where I develop Windows C# applications for analytical instrument data processing and reporting.