Monday, October 30, 2006

Monday, Monday...

Today is Monday.


Time for weigh in!?

Friday, October 27, 2006

And so it begins...

A client has just brought us FRESH, HOT Krispy Kreme Donuts. UGH!!!!

Well only 2 hours 45 minutes until I am off work and can not smell them anymore.


Does anyone have a pair of unused noes plugs?

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Slim Jon...?

So to put myself out there for ridicule I have borrowed/stolen and idea from Lane Widick, Fat Man, and started my own blog to document my attempt at changing my lifestyle and losing 80 lbs.

So check it out and leave any type of comment, encouraging or sarcastic, and check in on Monday's to see what the new weight is. BIG Daddy

Thursday, October 19, 2006

State of Mind

The problem is not that I have made a decision to quit viewing sexual images that cause me to lust but that I have too many in my mind already. Because I was once naive and allowed myself to view anything my eyes desired I now have a huge battle before me to banish these thoughts and images out of my mind, but how does one go about getting rid of images that are already in ones head?

The only analogy that I can equate it to is this...If a sewer main breaks and spills sewage into the drinking water and the utility company fixes the source of the leak it will take a while for the sewage to run out of the system...so it is with our minds, but can we speed up this process? I believe so, through prayer and replacing the garbage with good things...Read Phil 4:8

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things"

If your minds thoughts could be broadcast on a TV screen that followed you around how would you act?

Everything else dealing with sexual purity is of a 'physical' nature. We watch movies, TV shows - Deal or No Deal & Dancing with the Stars were shows I left off of the list of shows to watch that have bimbo's on it-, magazines, etc. There are the scantily clad women during the summer, or the co-worker who wears clothes a little to snuggly or revealing. But what about the mind? No one but you knows what goes on in there. I mean no one but you and God know what goes on inside your mind.

"Don't worry", you say " I can handle it." I am mature enough to be able to see these images and not take them any farther. That maybe true, and if it is, I applaude you for having conquered your sexual desires. This is what we are striving for; to be able to do as 2 Cor 10:5 says...

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. "

But until we reach that precipice why do we continue to watch such things and voluntarily let them into our homes?

If we are supposedly "mature" then why do these images, the ones that we are "mature enough to handle" pop into our minds during the Lord's Supper, while we are driving down the road, or even, it could happen, while you are being intimate with your spouse?

We need to setup a defense mechanism in our minds. A "corral" so to speak. In this corral the only female that has 100% right to be there is your wife. Any other women that enter your mind must be banned from entering your corral, likewise any other women that are already in your 'corral', i.e. past girlfriends, co-workers, etc. need to be kicked out and placed far far away from it. Unfortunately there will some women that hang out around your 'corral'. These women will be your friends wives.

How do you handle those situations? Tell me some of your guidelines for interaction with your friends wives.

As far as old girlfriends go, is it harmful to 'wonder' about what life might have been like with that person?

As far as female co-workers go, is it wrong to avoid any and all friendships with them?

Monday, October 16, 2006

47 things you always wanted to know...

1. FIRST NAME? Jonathan
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? nope, parents just liked the name
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? October 2, 2006
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? yes, until I try and read it later.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? hickory smoked ham
6. KIDS? Lawson, 22 months old, Jordan 2 months old
7. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? of course
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? yes, personal one at home and this blog.
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Do you use to much if your wife has to ask you if you are being sarcastic or not?
10. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? yes
11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Yes, head first so I wouldn't feel anything
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cap'n Crunch
13. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? yes
14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? yes
15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM ? County Fair Winner from Kaliedoscopes
16. SHOE SIZE? 13
17. RED OR PINK? red
18. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? my weight
19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? my family, friends in Montgomery
20. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? it would be fun
21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? black suit pants dark burgundy shoes
22. LAST THING YOU ATE? Honeynut Cheerios
23. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The A/C blowing in my office
24. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? blue
25. FAVORITE SMELL? Jordan/Lawson after baths/Stacy's hair
26. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? a client
27. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO: teeth
28. FAVORITE DRINK? half cran-apple juice/half ginger ale
29. FAVORITE SPORT? football
30. EYE COLOR? hazel
31. HAT SIZE? big enough that one size doesn't fit all, 7 7/8 or 8 depends on if my hair is cut
32. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? no
33. FAVORITE FOOD? sausage balls, chili, rotel dip, steak, gizzards
34. HAPPY OR SAD ENDING? happy
35. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED AT THE MOVIES? World Trade Center
36. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? lavender, Stacy picked it out
37. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter
38. HUGS OR KISSES? depends on who
39. FAVORITE DESSERT? oh, tough one, brownies, pineapple upside down cake, Sunny's choclate pie, peach cobbler, Chili's molten lava cake
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Case for Christ, Financial Accouting and Reporting CPA Exam Review
41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Harding University
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Baseball, Amazing Race
43. FAVORITE SOUND? Lawson laughing, Jordan cooing
44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? beatles
45. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? Olympia, WA
46. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? I can fix just about anything
47. WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN? February 22, 1979 Kansas City, MO

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Huntsville Inner City Learning Center

65%

Any guess what that 65% means?

That is the number of kids that drop out of high school in Huntsville, Alabama. That's right Huntsville, the highest earning per capita city in Alabama has a higher drop out rate that that of Dallas, Texas (58%).

25%

Wanna take a shot at was this represents?

The principal of Stone Middle School (Old Butler High) followed a class of her students all the way through graduation. 25% is the amount of kids that graduated high school.

0%

The number of the above class that graduated from Huntsville High School.

Nothing.

What has been done about it to this point.

I am neither from here nor do I pretend to be but it is pretty clear that these statistics are swept under the rug. Ignored. If we ignore it then it doesn't exist right? Right. WRONG.

6 out of 10

The ratio of black males in Huntsville who, within 3 years of their class graduating, will have been involved in the judicial system.

3 out of 5

The ratio of black males who, after dropping out of high school, will have fathered 2 children.

Ever wonder why you have to pay so much for car insurance in good ole' Huntsville? What about your home owners insurance? Little pricey? Well, it isn't because Huntsville is such a nice town; it’s because of the above statistics.

We had a meeting at that Inner City Church building about a month ago. After it was over I escorted several women to their car for fear that something would happen to them. These are grown women who have been down here, as far as I know, only once and they are nervous about walking around after dark. What about the kids that to live with this EVERY DAY? What about the mother who was bent over changing her baby's diaper when a drive-by shooting occurred and a bullet stuck in the wall where her head would have been had she not been bent over changing the diaper? Any we get mad that the trashman didn't come today? What can we/I/you/us do?

Once the street has a kid it is highly unlikely that you will get him back? Why should he/she want to come back? What can a 27 year old guy making under 50K a year, driving an $800 car, and has so many student loans that I could claim them as dependents say to a 16 year old kid who has more money in his/her pocket than I do in my bank account, nicer clothes than I have, and the latest cell phone. Not much...

What can I do for an 8th grader who can't read on a 4th grade reading level? I can teach him/her. I can give them hope for a future. I can show them that you can break this cycle. I can show them that you can have self-worth, self-confidence, high self-esteem. But I can't do it alone.

Art Leslie has named me head of advocacy for the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center. It is a Non-Profit organization that has been formed to take back the inner city from this debilitating cycle and give its residents hope and a future. All I can do is help one kid by myself, but I can tell everyone I know about it and have them help 1 kid and they tell someone else and they help 1 kid...get the picture?

We also need money. So I am going to write Oprah, Shaquille O’Neal, Denzel Washington, Dell, IBM, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Scholastic Books, and anyone else I can think of to help us get this going. Honestly, do you really want your child to have the same or even less than what you have? The parents (most likely parent) don’t want that either but they need help in doing something about it. That's where we come in.

Mon thru Thursday, 3:30 to 6:30 , we will bus some 30 children from the 'inner city' schools into the Learning Center and help them with their general studies and have some one-on-one time to help with their reading skills.

The goal is to eventually expand into an organization that will not only contain the Learning Center but a health center, food pantry, and a job skills center. The idea for this came from Central Dallas Ministries.

I have discovered that I couldn't care less about what people think about me, mainly because I feel that for too long I resisted callings from God for fear about what people would think about me? Hebrews 13:6

So here it is? If you can, we need your help, yes we need volunteers to help teach the children, make dinner for the kids to eat while they are there, and clean up the Center to get ready for the next day, but most of all we need your money. It will be tax deductible and it will, I assure you, be put to good use.

If you want to donate to this cause or to find out more information you can send/write to the address below:

Huntsville Inner City Learning Center, Inc
c/o Art Leslie
309 Seminole Dr SW
Huntsville, AL 35805

Thank for taking time to read this and send it to as many people you know.

In Him,

Jon Stacy

Philippians 4:8