Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Smiling ear to ear

It's been a great day, albeit tough at times. I've had to keep a smile across my face all day, just praising the Lord with my smiling mug.

I broke up with all my imaginary girlfriends today. We really need to keep our thoughts going in the right direction, and it was tough staying in love with them all in my head. Good thing, too, because it must of been hard on all them sharing the space in my brain.

We are only days away from the second installment of The Princess Podcast. You've been so patient waiting for the next installment. Maybe some of you are hoping what I was hoping, that we'd get some really great questions that would better reveal this "complicated" situation I'm in. Well, apparently it's not as complicated as we first thought. The most juicy question I've got so far was regarding how a friend and I can get together for some coffee.

Don't y'all want to know if I'm a homosexual, drug-dealing pedophile? "When can we have coffee" is really the best y'all can do? Listen, the longer this thing goes on, the less and less I think this is really complicated.

I think there are organizations who just don't feel comfortable admitting to mistakes they've made in the past, and I happen to be stuck in the middle of it. That's why it's complicated. I'm perfectly happy discussing anything with any of you. The fact that no one is asking anything is quite telling.

I heard a great preacher talking yesterday on the Internet, and he was saying how there are just some things in life we're never going to understand. We're just not going to be able to figure certain things out. I agree with him, but I would submit that sometimes the reason we're never going to understand is not because the information doesn't exist, it's because no one really wants to talk about it.

If someone comes over to your house and sees your water hose faucet leaking, and decides to fiddle with it and it breaks it in the process, you may never know who did it. But, just because you don't know who broke your faucet, doesn't mean someone doesn't know the truth. They have decided you'd be extremely upset if you found out, so why not just keep quiet about it? See, it's complicated. They don't want you to know what the heck they did, so this is one of those things in life we'll never understand. We'll just never be able to figure it out.

Again, I'll answer any question you have. My e-mail is johntyler4@excite.com

Monday, May 18, 2009

A pleasant joke

Condolences to the University of Texas men's tennis team, for their loss today to USC. Maybe this funny joke would help liven the mood amongst the warriors?

An Aggie and a Longhorn were standing side by side at some urinals in a public restroom.

The Aggie finished up first, flushed his urinal, and began leaving the restroom.

"Hey," said the Longhorn, stopping the Aggie on his way out the door. "At the University of Texas we're smart enough to wash our hands after we go to the bathroom."

The Aggie paused before responding.

"Well, at A&M I guess we're smart enough not to take a leak on our hands."

Dream house and podcast comments

I trust you all are doing great, so I thought I'd say "hello" today. I just want to build all my readers up. You are good and faithful readers. The kind of readers I'd like to have over for a BBQ and get together when the new house gets built.

Yeah, of course, you could be invited. You really should be invited. I'll get in touch with the details when the time arrives. We still have some time to let patience work, so be patient.

Do you ever think about where your dream home would be located? Or what it would look like?

Today, I was listening to more of that fantastic music from years ago (Looking from a Hilltop) thinking about possible dream home locations. I thought about building a home that looks like a UFO, and implanting it halfway into the Hollywood Hills. That way, I could look from from a hilltop, in a UFO.

Too cool! I'd have you all over for a BBQ, party or Bible study, and require that everyone either dresses like an alien or an astronaut.

Maybe a UFO wouldn't be practical. How about something more like this? Of course, the Princess will have to help make these decisions, but it's something to start praying about.

I'll keep you posted. There is obviously more behind the scenes work happening to get everything prepared. Great days are ahead. You might as well get ready! God is about to reverse and restore everything the enemy has fouled up in your life!

Right now, it's important to keep our thoughts going in the right direction...positive, hope-filled thoughts of God's best. Like putting a shoe on the thieving, conniving devil's head. Bliss!

"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10).

What did y'all think about our very first Princess Podcast? I liked it, too, especially the part where I spoke directly to the Princess, telling her how gorgeous she is. Girls don't like it when you recognize how pretty they are without also telling them how smart they are. It makes them think you're only interested in the outer appearance.

So, angel, although your photo doesn't say it specifically, you're brilliant. I look forward to long talks filled with your deep, thoughtful musings on life. Oh, while looking into your face, because you are GORGEOUS!

I don't like how I stammered occasionally. My faith never stammers, but my vocals did on my first podcast. You never know who might be listening. The President of the United States, Larry King, Jeff Van Gundy or Tony Blair might stumble onto my blog somehow, so I have to always be at my best.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Princess Podcast, Vol. 1

Without further ado, here is the 1st volume of The Princess Podcast. Any questions should be sent to johntyler4@excite.com

Saturday, May 9, 2009

That would be two basketball teams, two coaches, two referees and a fan

I will only run for president if you guys want me to. I learned some things about this dude when I Googled myself.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Relax at the ballpark...I'm not interested in employment with the Astros

Great organization, great people, no complaints. But I think we all know that would have happened a season or two ago if that was going to happen.

Besides, we all know the sports reporters in this town would have no part in that. None of us wants to put up with that goofiness. And J.D. doesn't particularly care for me.

Let's just enjoy the baseball games and not involve whether or not I'm going to work there, because we all know I'm not. Now, having said that, can we please start winning some ball games?

Thanks for your time.

Having a challenging day? God is doing something amazing in your life

"Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told" (Habakkuk 1:5).

Have you considered the reason you're having to let patience work so much during this season of your life is because God is doing greater things behind the scenes than you first thought?

Habakkuk had that situation happen in his life as well, so you're in good company. In Habakkuk's time, some pretty bad folks were really making things difficult for him and his people, and he spent a little time complaining to God about it.

Justice was seemingly paralyzed because of the highly oppressive nature of his foes, and he was a tad frustrated with God. At least, that's how I read it.

God's response is interesting. The first thing God does is remind Habakkuk that he needs to look beyond the current situation. Not to ignore his current circumstances so much, but to be cognizant of the fact that God is working out a greater manifestation of His power and glory as a result. It's sort of like Jesus enduring his cross for the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).

God was trying to increase Habakkuk's vision, getting him to recognize that God was in control and had amazing things in store, no matter how persistent or overwhelming the problems appeared in the natural realm.

Maybe you have been in an incredibly unfair or difficult situation for a long period of time. Maybe you feel like God has forgotten about your cause, or that he is unwilling to sympathize with you or unable to bring about the desired end you've been waiting on.

Why not look beyond the temporary discomfort, and believe the greater things He's accomplishing on your behalf? He's apparently doing something so amazing you wouldn't even believe it if He told you. That's a promise in His word. Even if you have to do it in faith, why not believe that he is always faithful, even when in the short term it might not seem like it sometimes.

If it feels at times like life is stuck somewhere in the first four verses of Habakkuk, read the next verse. This time is not a waste, and His plans for us are greater than the ones we even have for ourselves.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Try again, Hillary

I'm afraid that is inaccurate, and anyone who said it is needs to be escorted out the front door with a cardboard box and their belongings.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Lakers just aren't that entertaining

I can't remember which of the L.A. Times sports writers said it, but they hit the nail right on the head. The problem with the Los Angeles Lakers is that they just aren't that entertaining.

The Rockets bleed. The Rockets have to be escorted off the court with a knee injury and then talk the trainers into letting them back in the game. The Rockets shave stuff on the side of their head.

The Lakers...I'm not sure what they do. Watching the Lakers play basketball right now is like trying to force yourself to read a really bad book. You can do it, but you've got to really concentrate or you're mind will drift to other things.

Sure, Kobe is going to show up and be Kobe at some point. That's a given. But will that be enough to overcome the most obvious problem facing the Lakers? The NBA's Hollywood team is boring, and the Houston Rockets are exciting to watch.

What do you want to see in the Western Conference Finals? The yawning festival they call the Los Angeles Lakers, or the best and most interesting basketball team on the planet, the Houston Rockets? I think the question answers itself.

And did you know Yao Ming is from China?

The L.A. crowd can be a tough crowd, I would assume. They know what it's like to be entertained. How will they react when their basketball team keeps falling short, not only losing, but doing so in a boring fashion that even has Jack Nicholson sitting on the sidelines with his arms crossed much of the game?

Rockets in five or six.