It was without question one of the most difficult weeks of my life. I was a freshman in college and my world seemed to be collapsing around me. School was more difficult than I had imagined (even though I had been a good student in high school). The adjustment of living away from home, on my own, and living with strangers was exasperating. The stress and demands of playing college football was at times overwhelming. And then, when I thought things couldn’t get worse, a late night knock on my apartment door sent me whirling. One of my football coaches stood at the door and told me that the Athletic Director and the head coach needed to meet with me the next morning. He gave no more details. After a restless night, I walked to the AD’s office. In the moments that followed, my world was rocked! “Your drug test came back positive. Therefore, you are on athletic probation.” My chin dropped to the floor. NEVER…and I mean NEVER had an illegal substance entered my body. I was infuriated and embarrassed. I demanded another test…immediately! However, I was denied. I was told I would have to wait 8 weeks. Read more!
A Gomer Pyle Moment
If you’re old enough to remember Gomer Pyle, or if you are young but suffer from insomnia, you might remember one of Gomer’s favorite sayings. When confronted with anything unexpected, he would proclaim, “Well, surprise, surprise, surprise!” Got to thinking the other day about one my personal Gomer Pyle moments.
A number of years ago, I was assessing a church in northern California that had an interesting affinity-based small group. I had never seen one before, and sad to say, I have not seen one since. Maybe there are lots of them out there and I have merely been travelling in the wrong circles. Read more!