It was recently brought to my attention that I never posted this one on my blog. My apologies to all who have been waiting.
On another note, several people have commented that they have missed my more serious and indepth blogs. I will return to posting things like that in the near future, but not posting blogs of that sort has been intentional. For awhile there many or most of my blog posts were very serious subject matter, and I felt that I was running the risk of taking myself too seriously. Some of the best advice that I have ever received came from a sweet older lady in a church where I used to work. One weekend after I had spoken from the platform, she came up to me and said:
"Son, I usually love to hear you speak. But today, I felt like you took yourself way to seriously. God has a big plan for your life, and he is going to use you in great ways. But always remember, you are not all that important. Don't ever take yourself too seriously."
On that day I vowed to never take myself too seriously. For those of you who don't know, "Smooth" is not my legal name. It is a nickname that I was given as a kid that stuck with me (in fact, my whole family has nicknames). But on the day that I made this vow, I decided that I would be intentional about keeping that name, because it acts as a constant reminder never to take myself too seriously. When I graduated with my Master's degree, a professor asked me if I was going to stop going by "Smooth" now ("Smooth Via" is the name that was on roll through my seminary career). I asked why I should do that? He replied, "Well, now that you have your Master's and you're on your way to get a Ph.D., don't you think there is a level of respectibality to which you should rise, that there is a certain 'aura' that comes with acadamia?" I politely told him that I rejected that mentality, and that I was working hard not to become one of those kind of people.
So in honor of my commitment, here is the moment you've all been waiting for: me putting ice down my pants.