Sunday, November 28, 2010

Am I "Christan" Enough

I listen to the radio ...alot. And while driving through the night I heard a familiar song by Sheryl Crow. Are you strong enough to be my man. I dont know why it got me to thinking but it did.. I started thinking "Am I Christian enough to be yours, God?" And on top of that I started thinking, What exactly does that mean? "Being 'Christian' enough?
I'd like to just put it out there, I LOVE God and thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus I have a more intimate relationship than I ever did before, as well as a deeper understanding about relationships with my family as a whole. I am not perfect and I dont have to be. so when I think of being 'Christian' enough I dont think I fit the world view. While I'm not known to be a drinker I am not afraid to have a drink now and again. I never wanted my kids to look back and remember their Dad always having a beer in his hand so I just didnt drink other than the occasional social situation.
Ive been an off again on again smoker since I was 18, prior to that I was a tobacco chewer. I grew up in a small town and thats what you did. I am a Truck Driver and admittedly I have a truckers mouth. While I think I'm getting better at controlling my language, I'm not gonna lie and say I havnt cussed out a few other motorists recently.
Despite these flaws I consider myself a Christian.. or rather "A Follower of Jesus" (the term Christian has really gotten a bad rap lately)
When I think of being Christian enough I think of PTL Club and all the so called religious right yahoo's that honestly in my opinion give real Christians a bad name..
I was reading in John 6 and Jesus was asked point blank "what must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?" in vs 29 Jesus replied "to believe in the one whom he has sent, That is all God requires of you"
I was blown away at how simple that is, to just Believe. Why do we get so bogged down in the notion that we have to do alot of things to be saved? All those things that people do, like, serving in food kitchens, going on missions trips etc.. We dont do that to be Saved.. we do that because we ARE saved. Its not how we are dressed or how many things we like to point out that we are doing for the cause of Christ..Its about believing in the One that God has sent and in turn sharing that Good News with others.
I serve with an Online Church on a regular basis and its the best experience for me and i really feel a part of something other than myself. My "In-Person" church is expanding in my city and we have grown so fast that we need to open a seperate location less than a mile from our current place due to the overflow. Im gonna start serving there too. does that Make me 'Christian' Enough? I dont think I even know what that means.. But I do know that I want to help others have a better understanding of my God and what his Son has done for me.

Trucker Trey

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Reunions, Reconnecting and Reminscing

Recently I attended my 25th Class Reunion. Admittedly I get alittle misty eyed when it comes to my old high school friends. I come from a small town and most of the people in my class have been together since kindergarten. So a class reunion is really more of a family reunion cause its not just "hey how are you?" its hows your mom.. whats your sister been doing?" As a matter of fact alot of the parents showed up for our get together. And to top it off a handful of the faculty showed up.. Including The Principal and his wife who was also our 8th grade English teacher..

I was pretty involved in high school.. I was a year round athlete involved in a variety of clubs, Drama etc.. I have alot of memories.
Its funny really cause as much as I was active I have almost zero photos of myself out with friends or doing stuff with others.. just an observation not really a regret..

The reunion was a success.. and if I could have that feeling of happiness in reliving some moments in my life with people who were there when i was young i would do it.. but everyone was there, away from their jobs their lives just for this moment and if I moved back .. well it just wouldnt be the same as a reunion.

I thought I had alot more to say on this.. but im gonna end it here..
Later TruckerTrey

Sunday, August 22, 2010

God's Provision or "How Twitter Failed me"

Recently I had a load that took me to Nashville to load 500 Guitars from Gibson. On the way to Nashville I noticed my voltage meter was low. Like on 12 volts. It normally runs at 14 volts so I knew my alternator had quit working.. I noticed this in Calhoun Georgia. about 180 miles from Nashville.. I had a plan, It was very important that I make my appointment for 6pm at Gibson, I would continue my trip to Nashville and get an alternator from the Freightliner dealer, take my break and replace it. Sounds like a good plan. Right?

Well Freightliner didn't have an alternator in Nashville, but the dealer in Chattanooga did and it was 352.26. I had been running on battery alone for 3 hours now, so I was wary of driving on the batteries all the way back to Chattanooga, a good 2 hour ride at best. Freightliner closed at midnight. it was now 8pm.
I send out a Tweet, I need a ride to Chattanooga and back, I have gas money.. just need a ride.
I get alot of re-tweets cause my twitter network is awesome, but alas re-tweets is all I get.
So I make a decision. I will have to drive back to Chattanooga, so i set out on my way.. I get halfway there and it gets too dark to drive with out lights, so I am forced to cut the lights on. This puts a drain on the batteries even more about 20 minutes from the Dealer in chattanooga I hit some construction and its stop and go traffic. Everytime I hit the brakes the lights flicker and the warning buzzer tells me "Low voltage", Like I dont know already.. but then I'm 10 miles from the parts dealer and the truck completely the middle of Interstate 24 Milemarker 181.
It is 11pm, I have an hour to get to the parts counter, I try not to panic. I let the truck roll backwards and I guide it onto the shoulder out of traffic as best I can, I set out my Triangle Markers and with a flashlight in my mouth I start to remove the Alternator.. I finally get it off. Its 11:30 I have some Twitter friends that live in Cleveland Tn about 30 miles away so I tweet again.. I'm stranded.. need a ride.. No answer.. well I'm not gonna be able to make it by midnight walking so I climb in the bunk and go to bed.

I wake up at 530am.. I ready myself to walk the 10 miles.. so with alternator under my arm I start walking down the interstate, Thumb out. A truck pulls over, I run up glad to get a ride, only to find out that the woman driving didnt even see me hitching a ride. She had run out of Gas.. I explain my situation and tell her that I have a gas can in my rig. I will walk back get the can.. buy some fuel off the exit and bring her gas if she can give me a ride. She agrees. As Im walking back to my rig a D.O.T rescue truck pulls up behind her and gives her 2 gallons of gas and she gets me and we go.. well she runs a "break truck" stopping at work sites and sells sandwiches and drinks, etc. She tells me that she will get me to where I need to be, but, she is on a schedule. LOL. Folks I end up riding with her for 4 hours.
I had an opportunity to talk to her about family,life and more importantly Jesus.
She finally gets me to the Dealer at 10am.
Do you think she just ran out of gas by accident? I think God sent her there just at the right time.
I walk inside to buy the alternator. the one for 352.26 well guess what its only 241.50.. I save over 100 bucks. I am blessed. I walk out the door to a gas station on the corner and there waiting for me is a Church Van from Ormond Beach Florida. They Give me a ride back to my rig and I put the alternator on. but the Batteries are too dead to turn the truck over.. After a half an hour of trying with a car to jump start.. a roadside rescue truck pulls up and they have the 24 volts jumper. sure they can jump start me.. but its 85 dollars plus Tax.

Isn't God Good?
I only had 375 dollars to begin with, I saved over 100 on the alternator and here the money saved is paying for the jump start.
God provided the rides to and back and the money for the jump start.

Oh and by the way.. the Twitter friends that lived locally.. tweeted me around 10 am saying they couldnt help me ..thats okay..

God Always Has My back..


Friday, January 8, 2010

Superstars for Jesus

There is a term used in my volunteer circle. That term is Rockstar. Rockstar is used to create excitement and enthusiasm in our our volunteer community. To be honest, what we do, in being the "hands and feet" of God is exciting. To share the Love of Christ with people from around the world is a great honor. I use this term rockstar alot because I do want people to be enthused but I was thinking recently that if you are told you're a "Rockstar" enough you begin to believe it. Dont get me wrong, Since Ive started serving my church in an online capacity I know my faith has increased in doing what we are commanded to do as believers, Spread the Gospel of Jesus. But do I really want to be a "Rockstar"?

Recently Francis Chan told his congregation that with the success of his books "Crazy love and Forgotten God", that he is more determined to stay as the Pastor of Cornerstone Simi because it keeps him grounded. He could easily leave his post there and become more of a featured speaker but he does'nt want that kind of "Celebrity" throw upon him.

Jesus is the Rockstar.. Not me.. not you.. I would rather be the bass player, or even better, the "Roadie". I dont want to be the center of attention cause its not about me. And its so easy to get caught up in the feeling that you're important. I like behind the scenes. I enjoy being a small part of making it happen. And I rejoice in how that makes the true star Shine..