Archive - May, 2008

Bragging Rights

From time to time, I reserve the right to use “Hey look, a chicken” as a vehicle to be a proud mama hen and display stuff my kids do. This is one of those times. Without further ado, I give you a poem written by my 4th grade son, Cameron:
I am William B. Travis
I wonder when this war will end
I hear screams of dead men
I see death
I want this war to end
I am William B. Travis
I pretend I am not here
I feel confident
I touch my rifle
I worry I might die
I cry to God I will be alive
I am William B. Travis
I understand that I must do my duty
I say I want freedom
I dream that I will see my family again
I try not to worry
I hope this war will end soon
I am William B. Travis
I’m a little vaclempt….talk amongst yourselves…..

My Lousy Excuse for a Blog Post

For those of you who read this blog on a regular basis (current estimates in the mid-single-digit range), I wanted to say thank you, and that I have several post ideas that I’ve been working on. And by working on, I mean that they’ve been floating around like tiny ships without anchors in the stormy ocean of my mind (feel free to use this amazing illiteration). Regrettably, none of said ideas pass the strict standards of excellence that I feel must be adhered to on “Hey look, a chicken!” (See Rob Bell/Chris Farley post). I promise to post something of substance (?) in the near future.

Today is the last day of school. I have been working on a few teachers’ gifts and a couple of canvases I agreed to give away as part of a Junior Achievment project. As I have honed my procrastination skills exponentially, I, of course waited until the last possible minute to finish these projects. This is what I’ve been doing for the past two days (and nights):

For clarification purposes, I should probably note here that the school mascot is a rhino. I don’t heart rhinos to a higher degree than the average person. It is not necessary to send me links to However, I do appreciate the thought. Which is, of course, what really counts.

I’m going to try and take a nap now….

Top Ten Things that your friend/signifcant other with ADD wants you to know, but keeps forgetting to tell you…

Everybody and their brother thinks that they have ADD these days. You can’t swing a stick without hitting 10 people who think that they would benefit from a prescription for Adderall, or at the very least, a significant helping of Ginko Biloba. But trust me, unless you have a green, “do not duplicate under penalty of law” prescription from your doctor, drink your Red Bull cafe latte and relax — you’ve probably just got too much going on.

I, on the other hand, am the Tanya Tucker of Attention Deficit Disorder: I was ADD when ADD wasn’t cool. I fancy myself a bit of an expert on the subject. Or at least, how it affects my relationships with the people in my life. I don’t introduce myself as, “Hi, my name is Kathy and I have ADD”. But if I enter into any type of meaningful relationship with another human being, I need to put that on the table. Otherwise, they end up getting pissed off or offended, or both. Please don’t think I’m trying to make excuses for bad behavior. If I realize that I have been rude (intentionally or not), I deeply regret it and am the first to offer an apology and try to make amends. The problem is “realizing it” part.

I also recognize that there are people who think that ADD and ADHD are just made up conditions to excuse people with poor impulse control, bad manners and lack of discipline. I would invite these people to spend a day inside my head and then get back to me with their in-depth analysis. Good luck with all of THAT!

For those of you who have friends, family and spouses who suffer from this condition and choose to love us anyway, first let me say thank you. It means the world to us. You are the rocks of stability that anchor our crazy, mixed up lives, and I think God has a special place in heaven set aside for heroes such as you.

Now, on to the list:

  1. We don’t mean to keep interrupting you. But if we don’t tell you what we want to say, it’s gonna fly out of our heads and be lost forever. And, by the way, it’s really important!
  2. That comment we just made makes perfect sense. You just weren’t in on the conversation we started in our heads a couple of minutes ago.
  3. When we tell you that something is going to take about an hour to complete, go ahead and add on the rest of the day. We suck at time management.
  4. Please don’t ever send us to Wal-mart for just one thing. There’s just way too many things to see before we get to the liquid detergent aisle.
  5. We’re really not sure how a loaf of bread, a half gallon of milk and a few other things added up to 87 dollars, but we’re pretty sure we needed that stuff. Okay, we already have 6 bottles of ketchup, but you never know when you’re going to need lots of ketchup.
  6. We think it’s really cool that you’re good at complex mathematical equations, but please don’t try to explain it to us. It’s very overwhelming.
  7. If you need us to run more than one or two errands within an allotted time period, please make a detailed, step by step list of instructions, then staple it to our foreheads. And be sure to call us and encourage us while were attempting to accomplish aforementioned errands.
  8. If at all possible, do not allow us to handle the family finances. We will either drain the bank account by paying every bill as soon as it comes in, or will forget to pay any of them until we get the “red” ones.
  9. We are actually very forgiving of what we consider to be your OCD tendencies, and hope that you will return the favor when dealing with our shortcomings. (We’re actually pretty amazed at what you are able to accomplish without any gnashing of teeth, and more than a little jealous.)
  10. We crack ourselves up. Seriously, we think we’re hilarious. Please play along.

I’m sure you could add many more items to the list, but then it wouldn’t be a “Top Ten”. “Top 47” is not nearly as catchy! Since I like to add something about Jesus to my posts whenever I can, I’ll share with you my favorite quote from Him. It plays inside my head whenever I mess up (which is pretty regularly):

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

(2 Corinthians 12:9)


If you have Google set up as your default when you log on the internet as I do, why not take it a step further: Set up iGoogle as your default! It’s awesome! When I log on, it not only shows me if I have any new g-mail, but also my local weather, the latest youtube videos, breaking headlines, movie times, and a map of San Franciso. Granted, I haven’t been to San Franciso in 20 years, and have no immediate plans to visit the bay area, but it’s comforting to know that I have the map, just in case.

As an added bonus, iGoogle also offers me not one, but TWO “How to’s of the Day”. Today’s choices are: “How to Protect a Stolen Mobile Phone” and “How to Make an Origami Samurai Helmet”. Ironically, two things that have really been on my heart lately.

Thank you

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
(John 15:13)

Stuff Christian Like: The Wit and Wisdom of Jonathan Acuff

If you’ve never read the blog “Stuff Christians Like”, then stop reading this one and go check it out. Seriously, it’s sooo much better than mine. He’s actually got three, SCL being by far the most popular, but they’re all very good.
Until about a month ago, the only blog I ever read was my buddy Jeff’s blog (also very good, btw). But once you start blogging, a whole new world opens up to you. If you’re not careful, you can spend entirely too much time on the computer. (Okay, I know, I’m off topic again. Sorry.)

Since I’m part of a core group planting a church, I wanted to check out some church planter’s blogs and see how things were going, pick up some pointers from them, and try to avoid some of the many pitfalls of church planting I keep hearing about. Here’s what I found: There’s some helpful information on those blogs, but the ones I found were: a) geared toward lead planters/pastors, b) not very in-depth on the practical information side, and c) were sometimes written by some pretty self-absorbed pastors — “Hey, check out what so-and-so said about me!”, and “I’m doing a conference, AGAIN! You should really come check me out!” I’m sure most are not like that — I’m just lucky I guess.

Enter SCL. Written by an advertising guy who is also a son of a pastor. He’s funny, sarcastic and down-right goofy at times. Jon points out the ridiculous things we often do as Christians. More importantly, he gently reminds us all that we need to do better; we need to be followers of Jesus, not “church people”.

While Jon’s posts are great by themselves, the comments are my favorite part of the blog. Many of the folks on my blogroll are there because I read one of their comments on SCL, which led me to their blogs. When Jon writes his book, I hope he includes a special section just for comments, because they’re just the best! More about those on another post!

So… Why the name "Hey look, a chicken!"?

Many of you have asked about the origin of my blog name. And by many, I mean one: Wuddup, Jamielee in Georgia!
In a nutshell, I stole it off a t-shirt; and evidently, I didn’t even get the wording right. It’s also a funny, inside joke, kind of way of telling someone (usually me) that they are straying off topic. Pictured here is the aforementioned t-shirt, plus a couple others that I like.

Philemon: Biblical Goodnes for the Short Attention Span

Truth be told, this entry was going to be about Hebrews. I even have a rought draft floating around in my head somewhere and a title, “Why I’m lovin’ me some Hebrews”. But every time I sit down to write about it, I end up going down several rabbit trails and have difficulty staying on topic. (Yes, shocking, I know.) I promise I’ll write about it soon, because I AM loving me some Hebrews!

Distracted by all the things going on in my life right now, and knowing I couldn’t wrap my head around all the ways that Hebrews is helping me look at said life with some biblical clarity, I resigned myself to blog a couple of quotes or a quick Top Ten List. Just as I was closing my bible, I noticed the book right before Hebrews — Philemon.

If you’ve never read Philemon, you should. Go get your bible and read it. I’ll wait right here………………Pretty good stuff, huh? Wedged between bible heavyweights Titus and Hebrews, Philemon is a short letter from the Apostle Paul that packs a punch. Now, Philemon is a friend of Paul’s, a model Christian, an active worker for Christ, and a slave owner. While imprisoned, Paul meets Philemon’s runaway slave, Onesimus. Onesimus has apparantly stolen something from his master and has fled to Rome. Under Roman law, Philemon had every right to put Onesimus to death.

Paul writes this letter to his friend to convince him not only to forgive this runaway slave, but to welcome him home as a brother in Christ. There are a whole lotta lessons in this short letter, but to keep me on task, I’m going to focus on one train of thought.

“Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I appeal to you on the basis of love. I then, as Paul — an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus — I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and me.” (2:8-11) Because Paul was an elder and an apostle, he could have commanded that Philemon welcome Onesimus home with open arms. But instead, he chooses to appeal to his friend’s Christian commitment. He wanted him to want to take Onesimus back, not as a slave, but as an equal in the Body of Christ. I don’t know about you, but when someone tells me I have to do something, my mind goes into overdrive coming up with all the reasons why I don’t have to. When you counsel a friend about overcoming sinful behavoir, do you blast them with bible verses, or do you appeal to what you see as their strengths? Do you give them some wiggle room and trust that the Holy Spirit will have a say in the matter? I hope we all do that.

“I am sending him — who is my very heart — back to you. I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced. Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good — no longer a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.” (2:12-16) Paul is saying, “This is a great guy, I’d love for him to stay with me, but because I love you both, I’m sending him back so that you can be blessed by what he has become. You haven’t lost a slave, you’ve gained a loyal friend and a brother in Christ. But again, the ball’s in your court.” Again — ample wiggle room.

“So, if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back — not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.” (2:17-21) When you know someone that’s new to the faith, do you personally invest in their lives? Do you “cover their bets”, so to speak? Or do you give them a big hug, welcome to the family and say, “Good luck with all of THAT!”? You wouldn’t teach your child to swim one day and then let them go to the pool by themselves the next. You hang out in the shallow end, cheer them on as they tread water, and make sure you’re there in case they get into trouble. Which, by the way, the ususally do. Trust that people will do the right thing, but don’t be offended or surprised when they don’t. Forgive them as Christ forgives you, help them up and get them back on track.

There’s a whole bunch of good stuff in this little letter; many rabbit trails I could go down, but for now, It’s enough for me to reflect on just a few of them. We never learn how the homecoming turns out, but I imagine a really cool reunion, where we see Onesimus walking toward Philemon (whose hoping that Onesimus will find his way back, but doesn’t know for sure). Philemon looks up from what he’s doing, recognizes Onesimus from a distance, stands up, starts walking toward his old slave and new friend. The camera zooms out for a wide shot, then fades to black….think last scene in The Shawshank Redemption.

Rob Bell/Chris Farley: Separated at Birth?

In the interest of full disclosure (whatever that means), this post is basically me repeating a comment I made on one of my favorite blogs, But since I’ve got nothing else in particular to write about today, and I’m kinda lazy like that, Here’s my stellar observation:
Is it just me, or does watching a Rob Bell video remind anyone else of “The Chris Farley Show” of SNL fame? Here’s what I mean:
Rob Bell:
Do you remember the story,
when Jesus walks up to those dudes,
and says,
“Follow me,
and I will make you fishers of men?”
and then,
the dudes, like
drop their nets,
and follow Him?…
That was awesome!
Now before anyone shoots me a comment about how Rob Bell is just the coolest, most relevant dude of the 21st century, and shame on me for making fun of him, I’m not dissing the message, just the delivery. I only say this because I once shared this observation with a youth pastor friend of mine and he looked at me like I had just said, “Jesus sucks!” And let’s be honest…he does kinda talk like that! Thoughts?

Top Ten Reasons not to Tithe

10. I’m trying to pay off my credit cards.
9. I’m not completely comfortable with how the church chooses to budget its funds.
8. I’m sick of hearing sermons about tithing. It’s like we’re being pressured into giving, and that makes me uncomforatable.
7. I tithe my time. I work in the nursery/kids church/donut committee every week.
6. I give to other charities.
5. I’m confused about whether 10% means “net” or “gross”.
4. I’m unclear about how the money is spent and where the church tithes their money.
3. I’m working towards the 10%; I’ll get there eventually.
2. The church needs to spend money on (insert need here) instead of wasting it on (insert unneccessary ministry here)!
1. I just don’t see how giving money to church equates to giving money to God. God doesn’t need my money.

Why You Should Tithe:

– It’s all His anyway. It’s not about you.

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