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What To Do With All Of Those Rocks?

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“Sometimes in life there just aren’t enough rocks” – Forrest Gump

forrest and jennyThose were Forrest’s words of wisdom upon reflection of Jenny’s rage of anger at her past as they stumbled upon the old house were Jenny was raised. Jenny unloaded every stone in sight on the structure, busting out a window in the process before slumping down in exhaustion to sob, maybe on that day once and for all relieved. Jenny’s childhood, from the glimpse that we saw in the movie, wasn’t all that wonderful. I’m guessing that her youth had a residual impact on her life, her pattern of running away from reality and years of reluctance to take the next positive step in the direction of God’s destiny and will for her life… a wonderful, albeit short, love that she would recognize and share with Forrest and their young offspring, little gumpster.

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Keep On Keeping On

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My first job out of college was with an international engineering firm, Law Engineering, Inc. Law was as old as dirt – they had several sages within the company that were seasoned professionals and pioneers in geotechnical¬†engineering. Based in Atlanta, the firm specialized in geotechnical¬†engineering, construction materials testing, and added to it “environmental” as this niche became fashionable due to the rise of Environmental Due Diligence, and in the wake of Love Canal and other massive environmental problems discovered during the 1970’s and 80’s. The company was an excellent place to learn the business. I worked a lot and advanced from a Staff Geologist to the Jacksonville Environmental Services Department Manager in 3 short years. My brief stint as a big-company guy was fun; visits to the corporate office on Abernathy Road, staging a well-attended leadership roundtable in Jacksonville with Jim Kammert¬†of Barnett Banks and Andrew Young, a Law company spokesman after he left the Atlanta Mayor’s Office, and leading the clean up of the former “Gator Bowl” area under the direction of Sam Mousa, then the City’s Public Works Director.

With all that going on, our Environmental Services Department (Dept #444) was pretty high-profile…

but we were NOT it.

Department 442, the Geotechnical Department, was by far the shining star in our branch.

Dept. 442 and its geotechnical engineers were the masters at “Keep On Keeping On.” They consistently and steadily turned in profitable numbers in Law Engineering’s profit-center accounting system.

So on the Happy Monday following Easter I decided to write today about how He continues to “Keep On Keeping On”…

how I need to remember what Jesus did…

not just at Easter…

but every day throughout the year…

and year after year…

Jesus came here to earth and walked in the flesh…

He was the only one to ever live a sinless life…

and then He died at the cross…

He died so that we could have forgiveness for our sins…

and eternal life…

I need to remember what Jesus did…

because He did it all for each and every one of us…

and for that I’m humbly grateful.


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