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A Year Later

September 25, 2017 3 comments

Tomorrow, it will be a year since I last posted. That seems kind of crazy as I look back. Once upon a time, I posted seven days a week and, then, five each seven days.

So, I guess, the question is why? Why have I gone 365 days without posting?

There are several reasons. Some are personal, but regarding the blog, I kind of lost my way.

I really didn’t know what to write about anymore. I seemed to be all over the place regarding the subjects I wrote about.

I didn’t have writer’s block, but I did kind of burn out.

I needed to focus on work.

My daughter got married.

Finally, though, I’ve been getting the itch. I’ve wanting to create pixels on the screen. 

So, here is the beginning of a restart. I’ll see you next Monday.

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Why You Need To Take A Day Off

September 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Jan and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary a couple of days ago.  We did the normal things, like going out to eat at a special restaurant.  However, next year is the big one and it deserves something special.

We began tossing around some ideas and if we do what we talked about, it will take some planning.

That’s the thing about a lot of things in life.  They take planning.  Vacations.  Buying a car.  Weddings (yeah, my daughter is getting married next year).  Life.

Yes, life takes some planning if you want it to end up the way you want it.  That’s why I’m taking a day off today.

I’m going to spend the day planning my life.  I’m going to start with the end in mind.  I’m going to plan my funeral.  Who I want to be there.  What I want to be said about me.  How I want to be remembered.

Trust me, I’m not there yet.

Then I’m going to define my values and what’s most important to me.  My priorities.  My life accounts.

Finally, I’m going to write my purpose statement.

None of this is anything original that I have come up with.  I’ve attempted this before based on some seminars I’ve attended.  The latest motivation to do this is the book Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy.  I commend it if you wake up one day and realize that you are drifting way too much in life.

Now, I could encounter some push back.  Someone could say that they just want to live free and by the Spirit.  I want to as well.  Trust me, I’m praying my way through this.   Plus, I tend to see that God gives life plans to His people in the Bible.  That the life plan comes from the Spirit.

I don’t know if you are interested, but I commend this type of exercise to you.  Take a day off.  Get out of your normal routine and surroundings.  Quit drifting and plan your life.

Summer’s Gone (Or Something Else I Did On My Break)

September 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Happy Labor Day.  It’s the unofficial end to Summer.  Sure, we have a few more weeks until the season is truly over, but let’s face it.  Our Summer plans are over.  We have moved into a new season that I like to call football season.  Summer’s done.

Today I want to delve into some other things that I did this summer besides just be busy.  The big thing is that I did a lot of thinking and reflecting.

I spent a lot of time thinking about who I am.  Not that I don’t know, but life is in a bit of transition these days.  My daughter is engaged and getting married in a few months.  My son is starting college.  My life is changing.  I’ve been asked to take on a position at my church that I’m trying to get my arms around.  All of this is really causing to me to look at who I am and what I should be doing.

The other thing that I did on my break was question the existence of this blog.  Should I continue it?  Should I change the focus?  Should I start an entirely new blog and do something completely different?  Those were just some of the questions I asked.  What did I decide?

I’m not sure.

I think the big thing is that I want the focus to be something like this:  A real guy pursuing a real God.  Maybe that’s what I’ve been doing for the past five years or so, but maybe I just want to slightly shift the focus.  What I realize everyday is that I don’t have this whole thing figured out.  Whatever I write about is usually what I’m trying to figure out.  Sometimes I’m trying to discover what I think about my topic, even as I write it.

So, that’s another brief glimpse into what my summer was like not writing this blog.  Let’s move forward now that summer’s over.

Now get out there and doing some grilling on this last day of summer.

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Superman, Ali and Jesus

June 6, 2016 1 comment

Most of us are aware at this point that Muhammad Ali passed away a few days ago.  There has rarely been as controversial figure in recent history.  Whether you loved or hated him for his braggadocio, his conversion to Islam or his refusal to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, it is difficult to recall anyone who was more of a lightning rod for controversy.

I loved Ali as a kid.  I didn’t really watch boxing as a young child, but I would see him on Candid Camera and get excited any time he was on.  This caused some conflict with my Vietnam serving father.  Despite, and perhaps because of, my dad’s strong feelings I continued to like Ali, maybe just to spite him.  That’s another story and the subject of another day.

The bottom line is that, for a time, Muhammad Ali was the most famous person on the planet, accomplishing the rare feat of the being the most loved and the most hated man alive.  He even fought Superman.

DC Comics published an over-sized comic entitled Superman vs Muhammad Ali.  In order to defend Earth against an alien invasion, Superman and Ali fought.  Superman temporarily gave up his powers and Ali won the fight.  The plot isn’t really all that important.  What’s important is that Ali was so famous that he fought Superman.  The closest thing most people could compare it to would be Michael Jordan being in Space Jam.

I’ve seen a lot of opinions on Ali since his passing.  Some were in tribute.  Many vilified.  There was no middle ground.

I tweeted that what Ali did in life, ultimately, wasn’t important.  What was important was whether he knew Jesus.  What would Jesus have said to Ali if He had met him?

I think I know the answer.  Or answers.  They would have all been variations of the same one.

The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe in the gospel.

It’s the same for me.  It’s the same for you.  It’s the same for everyone.

Ali may have floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, but if he had followed Jesus, he wouldn’t have felt the sting of death.

It’s easy to make strong, bold statements about someone like Ali.  It’s easy to call him a draft dodger or a great humanitarian.  But in Christ, there is neither draft dodger, nor humanitarian.

Someone responded to my tweet that Ali was a professed Muslim.  This is true.  Unfortunately, there will be plenty of professed Baptists dying in the same state as Ali, not knowing Christ.  Plenty of whatever brand of Christianity we are part of will do the same.

My plea to you is to not die without knowing Christ today.  We who follow Him can do all sorts of things to make this Christianity thing complex.  It’s really simple.

The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe in the gospel.

 

The Friday Question – 5/27/16

I listen to a lot of podcasts. One that I listen to is 5 Leadership Questions. One of the questions they ask, and in turn ask you, is this:

Who are you learning from?

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The Friday Question 5/20/16

The most popular tattoo in the world is,  wait for it, the Harley-Davidson logo. 112 years of building a tribe has led to this.

If you had one product to have tattooed on your body, what would it be? Don’t worry, this is hypothetical. I won’t hold you to it.

Mine would be the DC logo. I love comic book movies and I would go with this one instead of Marvel.

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The Friday Question #1

When I go see a college baseball game, the players have a walkout song that plays before they come up to bat.

Of course, this has been common in professional wrestling for years.

What would be your walkout song?

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