From the The Highest Form of Hope
I read through the Bible cover to cover in my graduating year of high school and twice more during my two years at Bible College. But since then sporadic (or maybe non-existent) would be the best word to describe my commitment to this discipline. It’s certainly a little guilt-inducing that I would much rather read what someone else writes about the Bible than reading it myself.
The rest of the post continues to state, very closely to what I feel is the main reason why I too, have problems reading scriptures regularly. I must admit that I have a very very sporadic method of reading scriptures. In fact, I like to bing when I do read, by that I mean reading alot in one sitting. One quote from the post which I really love is ,”Devotion is more important than doing devotions.” This is something I have held onto quite tightly as I feel passionate about my devotion to God and to pursuing the life that God has for me. While I am far from perfect and need much improvement in both my reading of scripture and my devotion to God, it is this reality that maybe helps me to avoid tackling the deep issues of the scriptures.
This issue, along with a disciplined prayer life, which I believe is doing better than this issue, are the two biggest hurdlest in my spiritual growth as a believer. However, I must add, that being in full time ministry and interacting alot with others in ministry is where the body of Christ is holding me together. It is these people in my life to dialogue about these issues with that keep me grounded in learning more about who God is, and what His plan is. I would also say that being free to share on this blog is also a way in which I grow as it encourages me to share, question and avoid that ‘fake’ Christian torch that we can become to carry if we aren’t careful.
Now I think I need to go and read some scripture.
Yes I am going to talk about hockey in this post. And no, I would never call myself a hockey fan. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I even watched a hockey game. But in an effort to become more utilized in my work here at YFC, I am going to be running a hockey themed club. Let me repeat that for those that are too shocked, me, Daryl Grunau, basketball loving, ultimate frisbee player, who knows next to nothing about hockey, is going to be running and leading a hockey night. There I said it. It is now official. (Okay it was probably official when I created the Facebook Group for the club, but I don’t want to nit pick here)
Starting Jan 29th, at the YFC Building, I will be leading a hockey club, that watches NHL games on big screen, playes XBOX 360 hockey games, Wii Hockey, and a new hockey card game. To prepare I have found myself starting to actually pay attention to NHL highlights, when I normally would ignore them or even turn them off. While doing alot of work for the hockey card game, I looked at TONS of player stats, (at least 300+) and reminised while looking through my hockey card collection from my childhood. Slowly I am starting to put together some knowledge, but it will still take alot of “faken it” to really pull off that I like hockey. I think the ticket for me rests solely in this new card game.
The game was pioneered by some members of Gil Klassen’s family many years ago. With just some alittle tons of work we updated it with new cards, a new scoreboard, and some new twists. While it is hockey themed, one doesn’t have to know a thing about hockey to play and enjoy it; and for the hard core fans, you will have the fun of debating over whether my rankings of the players is accurate or not.
Let me know what you think.
While I wasn’t official tagged for this meme, I did find it interesting when reading these entries at The Eagle & Child and Living in the Gray so I thought that I should really write my own.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I went out on a limb and printed my own T-Shirt Designs to sell as a fundraiser for relief in Africa. Unfortunately, I really only broke even on that and still quite a few shirts. Anyone want one for $20? They are the first three designs over at www.poeticindustries.com
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never made any. They are lame.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister did.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My last Grandparent, my Grandma Heppner.
5. What countries did you visit?
United States, boring huh.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Hmmm, maybe more design work, although I did alot of that. But more importantly, what I really want in 2009 is another kid.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Probably finding out my Grandma died.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
The website I built over at www.cornerstone-church.ca
9. What was your biggest failure?
The fact that I lost way to many connections with students I work with.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. In fact, I can’t really remember the last time I was actually sick.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Of course this has to be my iPhone 3G.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My daughter. I love her to death and she is my little Princess.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I won’t mention any names here.
14. Where did most of your money go?
To pay for my house and renovations.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Unfortunately, it will probably be the really annoying Katy Perry song, “I kissed a Girl” simply because it was so over played as well as the Wired 98 BillBoard conflict. If you don’t live in Saskatoon and drive down Warman Road you won’t understand, but I trust you understand my dislike of the song.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Probably no change on happier or sadder; thinner abit due to playing 4 nights a week of Ultimate this past summer; and of course poorer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Loved other people.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sulk and complain
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Since I am abit late on this meme, I spent Christmas with family in Saskatoon and at my folks farm in Waldheim. It was a blast seeing Libby and her cousin Taylor play together. As well it was awesome having Dawn’s folks come to Saskatoon for Christmas, thereby eliminating our driving this past December.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I am always in love with my beautiful wife, Dawn and my daughter, Libby.
22. How many one-night stands?
hello, I’m married. come on.
23. What was your favorite TV program?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope. I’m pretty laid back, so I don’t really hate anyone.
25. What was the best book you read?
Probably Wide Awake, by Erwin McManus, but I can’t really remember as I am not a big reader of books.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That indeed I am not musical.
27. What did you want and get?
I wanted an iPhone and I got it. See above
28. What did you want and not get?
A 2nd Child
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
In, Bruges and The Dark Knight.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I can’t really remember and it was only a couple months ago. I am 27 now.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Probably if I wouldn’t have had to cancell my Dimension Four program and join up with the D4 Group because our numbers were so low.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
I wouldn’t. I would ask someone else to describe it cause I don’t know what I am talking about.
33. What kept you sane?
My wife and daughter.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None, they all seem pretty boring to me.
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Anything related to economy or low income families such as myself.
36. Who did you miss?
My Grandmother Sarah who is in heaven.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmmm, that’s a hard one, I don’t think I could boil that down to one person. It would probably be all those members of Irish Smzmigielskis, or anyone new that I met who is know coming to my small group on Monday Nights. You know who you all are. If you are reading this. Please let me know.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Perserverance, perserverance, perserverance.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Can’t think of one right now.