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It’s time to check-in and reflect on progress (or lack thereof) in the Battle for Purity.

HOW AM I DOING PHYSICALLY?

I have to say that I am feeling good today.  I am enjoying a successful recovery to the knee surgery I had in December.  That means I can run again and get that physical exercise that I need for an overall feeling of wellness.  I have also been sleeping well and that, too, helps me to feel good.

HOW AM I DOING EMOTIONALLY?

I am happy to report that I have been feeling good.  I have been very busy at my job.  This past year, and the past couple months in particular, has been a period of incredible productivity.  I have had major responsibilities for new marketing concepts and have experienced an increased sense of purpose and joy.  Of course this has also brought increased stress and anxiety.  But this is the sort of stress and anxiety that I can deal with.  It definitely beats the stress of not having good projects or enough work.

HOW AM I DOING SPIRITUALLY?

I don’t know.

I have really been struggling spiritually.  My prayer life has been dry and I have not been experiencing the sense of commitment, focus, and obedience that I have had at times in the past.  I have to acknowledge that this is a concern for me.  My goal is to be a man of God and to serve Christ.  But I don’t think you would see that in my life over the past several months.

This is where success at work can be a two-edged sword.  I am happy for the success and feel affirmed by the success, but I think it also leads me to divert my focus from God to myself.  I am in danger of forgetting that God is the source of my gifts and the giver of my success.  There is a great temptation to credit myself for these successes rather than acknowledging my Lord.  And I fear that this will cause me to lose the path of purity that I have been trying to walk upon.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

You are the giver of all good things.  You are my maker, my provider, and my Lord.  I give thanks to you for family, work, and the gifts and talents that you have given to me.  I thank you for my co-workers, friends, and accountability partners.  And I give thanks for the gift of free will.

Father, my desire is to follow you.  I offer to you my body as a living sacrifice.  Although you have given me the gift of free will, it is my desire to give myself to you in obedience.  I no longer want to question your ways or your commandments.  Instead, I seek only to know your will and to do your will.

Father, if it be your will, grant me the gift of purity for today.  Grant that I may seek to follow you instead of promoting me.  Grant that I may seek to love and serve others rather than seeking their love and approval.  Grant that I may seek you with the same heart as your Son, Jesus.

Amen

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THANKS, FUN POLICE!

The Fun Police have crashed the party and this turtle’s posting will be interrupted.

As of today, my employer’s network administration has blocked out WordPress.com as a social networking site — so I can no longer access this blog while at the office.

So my posting will likely be diminished and I won’t be able to respond to comments as quickly.

But don’t worry, slow is a good thing for a turtle!

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Yesterday was the Great Crash of 2009. D-Monk’s work computer was hit by a virus [“sysguard.com”] and crashed hard. I am amazed that a virus this reckless could get past the IT security set in place for one of the fifteen largest countries in the world, but it did.

And my luck was BAD. My boss’ computer was hit by the very same virus last week, and while it pretty much wiped out her hard drive, the IT department was able to recover most of her files. Not so for me. My data is all gone.

And, unfortunately, because my work computer is a laptop, I have been in the habit of storing lots of personal files on the computer. So I have lost a significant portion of our family’s pictures from the past two years (maybe more).

And then there is the time loss. I can’t do my job without a computer. I research, write, and answer questions via telephone and e-mail. I do ALL on the computer. So yesterday was a completely lost day. The computer crashed at 10:00am and I did not get a replacement computer until 4:00pm. On the plus side — I now have a very clean office!!

This morning has been mostly lost time as well. I have spent the morning configuring my new computer, re-establishing links and other preferences for the internet, and installing software. Soon I will have to return to being a productive member of society and get some of my work done.

But I am grateful today. Grateful that all I lost was information. Grateful for an IT department that could get me a replacement lap top. Grateful that nothing vital was lost. Grateful that I am still employed by a company I love working for.

Yesterday it was Crash & Burn.

Today it is Rise from the Ashes!

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Cube Warrior

Cube Warrior!

Cube Warrior!

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Dilbert.com

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Woke up, got out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up, i noticed i was late
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat

– Beatles, “A Day in the Life”

D-Monk’s day started in record fashion. I woke up. Saw it was 7:18am. Leaped out of bed, ran to the bathroom, brushed teeth, and got dressed. Ran downstairs, grabbed my bag, and was in the car by 7:25am. Drove to the Park-n-Ride and was on the bus by 7:36am. And here I am downtown and in my office at 8:00am.

That’s some fast wakin’ up!!!

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WORK
(Jars of Clay)

Do you know

what I mean

when I say

“I don’t want to be alone”?


What I mean

when I say

I don’t want to be alone“?


+ Jars of Clay, “Work” (Good Monsters – 2006)

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