April 25, 2017 at 17:43
Thanx for letting us know you are at least alive, if not well. Paying for you, Bro.
April 25, 2017 at 17:49
I am actually well, too Don. I am sort of a “solve the problem” junkie. I am at my best when the odds seem slim. Like the guy said..some Marine. The difficult we do immediately, the impossible may take a little longer!
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April 25, 2017 at 17:55
Oh dear, that doesn’t sound fun at all
April 25, 2017 at 18:12
LOL..welcome to corporate America Lynn. I love it, but hate it too sometimes.
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April 25, 2017 at 18:32
Sounds our middle daughter when she lived and worked in NYC. Crazy. Hope it’s not getting to you, please, health wise I mean.
April 25, 2017 at 18:35
Well, it does have some impact honestly. Not sleeping good or eating well and stuff, too much coffee LOL. And my manager position is less physical than my old job, so less exercise LOL.
April 25, 2017 at 17:59
Ha! Feed me, Seymour! Thanks for checking in, Wally. Good to know you’re only being devoured by a carnivorous plant. I’m sure you’ll be making a giant salad in no time. 🙂
Yes, I am looking for a really big bottle of ranch dressing as we speak!
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April 25, 2017 at 18:06
Ah, Wally, good to hear from you! You have been missed ☺ I am pleased to hear that the Lord has given you so many opportunities to serve your neighbour through your vocation! May you do it all as unto the Lord. And hope to see you soon 😀
April 25, 2017 at 18:11
Ha thanks Anita. I love the spin you gave this. Oddly, the Lord and I had that exact conversation when I first started doing what I do almost 10 years ago and couldn’t understand why I was having to do it. What you just said was pretty much the answer!
April 25, 2017 at 18:14
Also, have you started your new blog yet?
April 25, 2017 at 18:26
I also meant to tell you I thought of you the other day, and to say thanks. We had a lady, who has been coming to church some, but not a member or really a long time visitor either. Been coming a couple of months. Anyway her husband died and she needed to go to California to get her kids but didn’t even come close to having the money. Our pastor brought it before the church, since we are a congregational style of church government. I could tell nobody wanted to commit to taking a position, for a lot of reasons. Not a member, questions about her personally…so on. I thought of all the things you have said about serving your neighbor and made quite the motion to help her.So, I owe you one.
April 25, 2017 at 19:30
Oh wow! What a powerful opportunity to demonstrate sacrificial, no-strings-attached love! May the will of the Lord be done among you as you minister to your new neighbour.
I’m glad you said something, because, really it is I who owes you.
I haven’t started the new blog yet. The Lord and I have been wrestling over it, lol. I don’t mind revealing that I’ve been struggling with my true motivation for wanting to blog about doctrine and theology. There are plenty of *good* reasons for having concern for what is currently being taught in the Church today (that includes my own church body) but if I’m being honest with myself, there’s a lot of underlying Pride going on too. As in, pride in the “correctness” of the theology I hold to.
How I approach this, how I present my thoughts to others matters a lot to me. I DON’T want to be a theological a-hole about it, you know? “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” This is a danger for me, and until God and I have resolved it, I’m not publishing a word.
So I very much appreciate you letting me know that something “theological” I said resounded with you. “Serving one’s neighbour” is central to the biblical doctrine of “vocation”, an insight that’s kind of unique to Lutherans amongst Christians. That’s the kind of stuff that I want to share. Not because I want to make y’all into Lutherans, lol. No, actually, I would love nothing more than if it simply helped others in living out their life before God, in Christ. I want to strengthen, not tear down.
Thanks for sharing your experience. It helps me move a little closer to resolution!
April 25, 2017 at 19:49
Great points there for sure . There are some theological a holes lol. I think your motivation is good . There is nothing like helping somebody in their walk in a practical way. Maybe I am a closet Lutheran!
April 25, 2017 at 18:44
I’m so glad I’m retired. Blessings to you, Wally and hang in there.
April 25, 2017 at 18:48
Well, given the way things have been in the Airline industry Sue, I bet you are glad to be retired!
April 25, 2017 at 19:18
Ohhhhh you have no idea.
April 25, 2017 at 18:49
Awesome Wally! I’ve been stuck in that machine myself, it’s brutal!
April 25, 2017 at 18:52
I sometime feel ambivalent about it Tricia. It is, after all, the machine that fuels wealth, which ultimately helps people; and offers anybody a fair chance at success. But, sometimes……..ugh. It also heartless.
April 25, 2017 at 23:37
I have those same exact conflicting feelings Wally and sometimes ugh is exactly right. Those moment sure do offer some good teachable Jesus moments though eh Wally? Without Him I surely would have exited the workforce years ago, probably not by choice. 😉
April 26, 2017 at 07:20
That’s a awesome point your last one Tricia. I have been a manager for decades now. In fact, it’s mostly what I have done. In the past, I have not dealt with in in a positive way. So, for about to years I stopped. This time has been different. I find Jesus and the Holy Spirit keep me under control.
April 25, 2017 at 19:14
throw it a few flies Wally to keep it occupied while you escape!
April 25, 2017 at 19:22
Flied? I need something bigger that flies!
April 25, 2017 at 19:27
hummmm….maybe a hippo or two–or take a page from my son’s pla book—he just quit his job…with our blessing, albeit nervous blessing—a shark of a company that kept sweat shop hours and acted like the Wolf of Wall Street—a party hardy millennial company that is a Fortune 500 company yet not conducive if you’re married, conservative or a practicing Christian…now it’s back to square one—and lots and lots of prayers!!!
April 25, 2017 at 19:45
He has them for sure. I feel a lot of mixed feelings on the issue. Profit is what drives a successful economy or at least that is what I believe anyway. But some times it seems heartless. As if they want to keep raising the bar so high that everybody bails out and they start from zero. Honesty they practically throw money at us; all we have to do is make them money. But every so often they shake it all up so that you have to be what used to be too performance just to stay even. As a manager it gets tough because the field managers have to deal with the guys who are actually the ones who generate the profit. It’s a real balancing act of explaining, encouraging and sometimes enforcing. There are 26 of us field managers in the company and I promise we of the 700 or so employees we take it on the chin more than any.
April 25, 2017 at 19:57
I understand Wally—it is all truly a balancing act. But as I’ve told you before—you are an example of something and of Someone who is greater than all of the profits and all of the hard managerial tasks and of all the CEOs —how you act, and more importantly react…will be what you are known for and by some, remembered for….
prayers for insightful guidance Wally—may the Holy Spirit direct your path and the paths of those under your charge….
April 25, 2017 at 19:59
It is indeed an opportunity to show just who I really work for. Thanks Julie for that reminder. You are a good teacher
April 25, 2017 at 20:24
And you, the excellent student 😉
April 25, 2017 at 20:42
April 25, 2017 at 20:06
We are all cogs in the machine in one way or another Wally. Glad you are still around brother.
Funny post, btw 🙂
April 25, 2017 at 20:11
All in all…we’re just…another brick in the wall lol and thanks James
April 26, 2017 at 06:13
Miss ya buddy. I was gonna email you the other day but decided to give you a little room. I had a feeling that the new position was keeping you busy.
April 26, 2017 at 07:24
Hey Patrick thanks. Yeah it spun a little out or control LOL. Id does that about two or three times a year in our company. They change the entire world, and for a few weeks everybody goes nuts. I almost messaged you the other day, but I had to make a flying trip. To tell you how stretched out I am, for the last couple of weeks at least one of my guys has been down your way working. At the same time I have guys working as far north as Stuttgart, AR. Map that LOL.
Anyway, I made a flying trip to Minden to get my guy some equipment he needed. Next time if its not a drive by, lets have lunch.
April 26, 2017 at 10:11
Hey Wally! I was wondering why I hadn’t seen you around the blogging block lately. I’ve missed your posts!
Hang in there… Corporate America is tough, but God is tougher! 😀
April 26, 2017 at 10:22
Thanks Elihu! Love that last line!
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