On The Bench

What do we do when our “normal” routine gets interrupted?

Waiting

Have you ever had something side line you from your normal routine? Something like:

  • An extended illness
  • A car “challenge” that left you without transportation
  • Losing your job
  • Being dumped by your significant other

Our routine is interrupted; our lives are thrown out of sync.

Olln Hall Bench
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This Summer

This is kind of how I feel this Summer. I’m not where I was. I’m not were I had planned to be. But here I am.

So what can I do?

 

Redeem The Time

We can make good use of this time. We can be productive. The key is to be creative.

So, what I’ve done is to get very involved. I’ve stepped up my service in a number of areas. I’m serving a whole lot more in almost every organization to which I belong. I’ve gone to two, sometimes three, events almost every weekend. I’m continuing to be sensitive to when God speaks into my life. In the mean time, I’m having fun.

Question

Have you had a time when your “normal” was interrupted? What did you do?

 

Copyright, Fair Use, and Trust

An Awesome Service

This past Sunday our church had an opening song that was great. An ensemble of ten very talented vocalists sang the Queen version of “Somebody to Love.” They did a fantastic job! I knew ahead of time how wonderful it would be so I showed up with my new camcorder. I got a fairly good capture of the performance.

Of course, I uploaded my capture of the performance to YouTube as any good video pirate does…

A New DVD
I bought a new DVD the other day. I was excited that I got it “fresh off the presses.” I told some friends about it. One friend wanted to borrow it so I loaned it to him “to watch.” He gave it back a week later.

Later I found out that he had ripped a copy to his laptop’s hard drive. He then used it as a part of one of his programs. I asked him why did he copy it and his reply was that he was “planning” to buy it.

I felt I had trusted him to not break copyright law by copying the the disk but he had. I felt my trust in him was betrayed.

Conviction

Now, our church is Very Particular about copyright. They go to great lengths to protect copyrights. They pay much to the appropriate authorities to use and broadcast rights for the music that they do.

Once I processed what my friend had done, I realized that I had not been much different from my friend. I had broken my church’s implied trust. I couldn’t be angry with my friend when I had acted similarly.

I took down the YouTube video.