Archive for June, 2011

“TEXAS LONGHORNS & MOMENTUM”

June 15, 2011

Pam and I have been traveling to Austin for the past eight years attending Texas Longhorn baseball games on the weekend.  If we were closer, we would also attend the mid-week games.

Our route varies from time to time.  Sometimes we travel through Brenham, but most of the time we go through College Station.  In 2004 we noticed the beginning of construction for a new building in College Station.  The construction progressed rather slow for a year and then seemed to stop all together.  For seven years we have passed this building project and wondered what it was and what was taking so long.  Well, this spring, it was completed and we saw the name on the front of the building…MOMENTUM PLAZA.  This seemed like a peculiar name because the construction project appeared to have no MOMENTUM at all.

Well, my curiosity finally got the best of me after 7 years, so I checked into what MOMENTUM PLAZA was all about.  The building is 10 stories tall and after construction reached the top, the top floor was finished.  After this floor was finished, the remaining floors were completed…sort of a top down operation.  Most of the construction I had witnessed in the past was bottom up, not top down.  This new building will house American Momentum Bank, so that is the reason for the name MOMENTUM PLAZA.  The project was started in 2004 and the construction stalled.  The owner, cancelled the contract with the construction company and formed his own construction company to complete the project.  So, now after 7 years, the building is complete.  The reason the top floor was finished first is because the owners office is on this floor.  When MOMENTUM is lost, it is time to refocus on the goal and regain MOMENTUM.

This project has nothing to do with Longhorn baseball.  In fact, it is in College Station and the home of the TAMU Aggies.  A couple of weekends ago, The Longhorns hosted the Regional Tournament.  After winning the first game, they lost the second game and were then forced to play in the loser’s bracket.  One loss and they would be out of the tournament as well as the playoffs leading to The College World Series in Omaha.  It was time to refocus on the ultimate goal and reach down deep to find MOMENTUM.  They needed to win a doubleheader on Saturday to play in the Regional Championship game.  Their backs were up against the wall and came together as a team to win three games to be Regional Champs and host the Super Regional Tournament the next weekend against Arizona State University.

Last weekend at the Super Regional, The Longhorns lost the first of a three game series.  Again, their backs were against the wall.  It was win the next two games or stay home.  They needed to refocus on the goal of going to Omaha for a record 34th time and gain the MOMENTUM to make that happen.  It happened and it was a great thing to see.

I watched the other Super Regional Tournaments  and saw the winners in their “dog pile.”  The pictures (not very clear) below do not show a Longhorn “dog pile.”  The only time they consider appropriate for a “dog pile” is when they accomplish the goal of being Champions at the College World Series.  In 2002 and 2005, the Longhorns lost the first game of the Super Regional and won the CWS.  I am not saying that this is a sign they will win this year.  I am only pointing out that they came from being down to traveling the Road to Omaha.  It would be great if this happened again and it is possible if they continue to find their MOMENTUM and play as a team.

Getting ready to sing “The Eyes of Texas.”

The Tower was Orange Sunday Night!

Luke 7:46-49:

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:  He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.  And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately if fell.  And the ruin of that house was great.”

When we become troubled because we have lost our MOMENTUM, we must return to the firm foundation, Jesus, refocus on the goals that God has for us.  From the experiences of the past we are able to make the necessary adjustments and regain that lost MOMENTUM.  In doing this we accomplish upward MOMENTUM rather than downward MOMENTUM.  At this point we have come to a crisis in belief which requires FAITH AND ACTION.

“STRESS!!!”

June 1, 2011

Lyndsey is back home in Austin, Texas.  Pam and I traveled to Austin (not unusual) this past Saturday to give her some assistance with unpacking and decorating her new apartment.

I will have to confess about having a little distress about her move from Kansas City, Missouri, to Austin.  She had no help in all the packing involved in moving.  I guess parents just naturally want to be there to help with such things.  Pam reminded me that Lyndsey was not an amateur at packing and moving.  We have been able to help with her move to Austin to attend The University of Texas two days after graduating from high school.  Then she moved from her summer dorm to another dorm for the fall term…she could handle this move real well because there was not a lot to move.  The next year she moved to an apartment with three other girls and again she didn’t need help.  Pam and I did travel to Austin for decorating the apartment and later to carry an Armoire I had built for her TV and other entertainment gadgets with plenty of drawers for storing some of her clothes.  I had made this piece of furniture to her specifications to fit in a specific place in her bedroom.  After a year of too many girls in one place, Lyndsey moved to a one-bedroom apartment.  We help with this moved because she had begun to accumulate more furniture and decorations.

Just so this doesn’t get too long of a story, I will just give a recap of the other moves.  We moved her to Daytona Beach, Florida to work with the Chicago Cubs organization in minor league baseball.  After six months, she was hired to work in Stockton, California with the Oakland A’s organization and this was done by a moving company that did all of the packing and hauling.  We traveled by convoy from Jasper to Stockton and spent a week of vacation waiting for the arrival of furniture and the opportunity to again decorate a new apartment.  

After a year a Stockton, she moved to Lancaster (Los Angeles suburb) with the Red Sox organization and  handled this move without our help.  After a few months she called and was ready to come back to Texas.  She rented a large U-Haul trailer, packed it, and learned to pull a large trailer as she drove through downtown Los Angeles.

From Austin to Kansas City, Missouri, she again handled the move and pulled a U-Haul.  We met her in Kansas City before her job started and Pam again used to expertise in decorating.  Last fall, Lyndsey moved to another apartment and handled this  move alone…as well as the decorating.

So why should I be stressed?  She’s a real pro!

 We arrived in Austin about noon last Saturday and upon entering the apartment filled with packing boxes,  Pam and  I silently joined in with the stress that Lyndsey had been going through for weeks.

What I have found out over the years is that the job at hand is not really as stressful as it seems….before you even begin.  Well, as usually Pam provided the expertise for another decorating miracle.  She always provides the vision, Lyndsey approves the plan, and I provide the hard labor (repairing furniture broken in moves, hanging pictures, etc).  When we left Monday afternoon the apartment was looking good.  We still have a few things to do but that must wait until a new bed and couch are in place.

The first night, Pam and I had borrowed an air mattress from a friend and at bedtime the pump wouldn’t work to supply the needed air.  Now, this can give anyone a little stress.  Lyndsey didn’t say a word.  She just came with her air mattress pump and filled our mattress.  It wasn’t the right pump, so it didn’t fit.  But she just held it tight to the intake valve and solved the problem.  She wouldn’t even join our stress.

Do you feel like this when you are stressed?

So, what in the world can cause so much stress in our lives?

Isaiah 26:3, 4:

You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.

Trust in the Lord forever,

For i

Those who fix their eyes on the past, risk a severe collision with the future.  Those who see only the future hit much too hard the speed bumps of today.  Only those who fix their eyes on God can effectively negotiate the right pace of life.