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Increase and Decrease

August 20, 2018 2 comments

Somewhere along the way I quit trying to build an audience.

Oh, I used to try all the tricks.  I commented on other’s blogs.  I tried to guest-post on certain blogs.  I would wake up at 4:30 so that I could write blogposts, read and post.  I really wanted my blog to blow up.

Then I gave out.  I was worn out.  It exhausted me.

I wonder if that’s what happened to John the Baptist.

He was called by God to tell Israel to repent because the kingdom of God was at hand.

John drew a big crowd.  People repented.  He baptized a lot of people.

Then he was done.

Jesus came along.  People began following him.  He made some comments about a political figure’s lifestyle and he was imprisoned.

His attitude throughout that?

I must decrease.  He must increase.

His time was over.  Sure, he wondered a bit in prison, but he pretty much knew that he had done his job.

I wonder if that’s why Christians get tired, worn out and burned out.

We try to do a whole lot of stuff that really should be up to Jesus.

We try to win people with our own skills and rhetoric instead of the word and Holy Spirit.

We try to work at everything.  We try to become the big fish in a little pond.  We can go on and on.

We try to increase ourselves, our ministries, our work, our blogs.

What if we really tried to find our lane and our niche.  What if God wants you to help park cars at church?  What if God never wants you to be an upper level manager?

What if?

What if he increased and we decreased?

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Getting Back In Shape

July 16, 2018 1 comment

I’m struggling.  A few months ago, I was running three miles in the morning and then walking one for a cool down.  Everything was cool.  My fitness level was improving.  Then I fell off the wagon.

I had a layoff for a little while.  Now I’m trying to get back at it and I’m not anywhere near that fitness level.  Maybe it’s because it’s a lot warmer at 5:30 in the morning during July compared to March, but I’m hitting a wall.  Mentally I’m wondering if I’ll ever get back.  Will I ever be able to run 5 miles or 9 or a 15k (all current goals)?

This is not unlike my blogging. This is my second post back. Would it be smart to jump back to writing a post every day? How about one a week? Then two and three. Then more if it works.

I think that it’s like that in our spiritual lives.  We go along really well for a while.  We’re reading a ton of scripture.  Our prayer life is awesome.  Then life happens and we begin to slack off.  Not excure for it, but it happens.

Then we want to get back at it.  We start reading the Bible.  Genesis and Exodus go well, but then we run into Leviticus.  Or 1 Chronicles.  Or Job.

We’re not ready for all of that.  We’re not in “shape.”  We can’t read the Bible that way or for that long or whatever parameter we want to put on it.  We can’t pray for hours or take on nearly as many things at church as we did before.

We need to do what we can.  Run a mile and walk one.  Read the Bible for 10 minues.  Pray for 5.

Do what we can.  Ask the Lord to help us do more as we’re ready.  Rinse.  Repeat.

Now back to getting in shape.

Hey Everybody

It’s been a while since I posted.

I couldn’t give you a really good answer as to why I fell off the map when it comes to blogging.

I kind of got burned out. I got a little tired of it. I used to do 7 days a week, then 5. Then I dropped down to do less and less.

I got to the point that I didn’t like what I was writing. Not necessarily the point, but how I came across to myself. I felt I was a little preachy.

I got to where I felt like I did’t sound like myself. I sounded like everyone else. In fact, this led to me not only stopping my own writing, but I quit reading other blogs as well.

I started hating how the unwritten and written idea was that you had to do this kind of thing to promote a business and market yourself. When I started blogging, I did it for fun.

So, that’s what I wat to start doing again. Write for fun. Write for me. Just being an average, everyday, little old me.

I’m not going to promote this a gazillion times a day on social media and I’m not going to try to sell you anything.

I’m not going to make any promises. I don’t know how often I’ll be doing this. I haven’t posted since December anyway , but I do want to be a little more regular than that.

See you back here soon.

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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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Why You Should Blog (Or Do Anything Of Value)

February 1, 2016 1 comment

I have been blogging for a while now.  In fact, it’s been just over seven years since wrote that first terrible post.  Many other terrible posts, of course, followed it.  Like anything else you are aren’t very good when you start.  You work yourself up to not too bad with the hope eventually you will be good.  At least that’s my experience.

The question some might asked is why?  Why do I, or anyone else, sit down to write these posts day after day, week after week, for years?

My motivation began when my friend, Matt, encouraged me to blog.  It was a way for me to unload ideas that I had no other forum for.

Then, as I’ve mentioned before, I began to use this opportunity as a time to grind my ax.  Or axes in some cases.  Not the wisest of choices.

How about now?

Maybe I’ve learned my lesson.  Maybe I’ve found the real reason to write a blog.  It really comes down to one thing.

Adding value.

If I’m not adding value to someone’s life, then this really only become an exercise in vanity, a chance to prop up my ego.

It’s the same as anything else.

Why teach or lead a class or a group at church?  You had better be adding value to someone’s life.

Why take a leadership role in your business?  Adding value had better be part of the equation.

If you aren’t, you are only focused on yourself.  You will find that you are aren’t really leading anyone.  You may be telling people something.  You may be conveying information.  But you won’t truly find yourself leading anyone.

I encourage you to pause for a second.  You can do that right now.  I’m in no hurry.  I’ll wait on you.

Take a look at yourself.  Examine your motives.  There’s nothing wrong with some that improve your own life.  They just can’t be the only ones.  There better be some that include someone else.

How are you adding value to others?

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Stoking The Fire And Sharpening Knives

January 28, 2016 3 comments

Over the last month or so I have been sporadic about writing and posting to this blog.  I explained a bit about that the other day.  As of today I have posted each day this week.  A funny thing happened as I watched this play out.

I didn’t have many ideas for writing over the last month.  I managed to find something to write about, but I didn’t have a strong flow of ideas that I write about.

That changed this week.  I’ve written every day.  It is almost like a faucet was turned on and the ideas began flowing again.  I captured several ideas yesterday and plan to write about those ideas in the coming days.

Why did this happen?

I think it’s like a campfire and a knife.  If you sit around the campfire it will burn nicely for a while.  It will keep you warm.  It’s comfortable.  Eventually, though, it will go out.  You have to add wood to it.  You have to stoke the fire to keep it going.  It’s the same thing with ideas for blogging.  You have to do things to keep the ideas coming.  You have to read.  You have to look at the world differently.

My son has been out of school over the last few weeks due to Christmas and inclement weather.  He has spent a lot of time with his grandfather.  One of the things they have done is sharpen their knives.  A dull knife is of little use.  They sharpened the knives to the point they would shave the hair off their knives.  It’s same with this blogging thing.  You have to keep the knife sharp.  You have keep yourself in working order so that when the opportunity comes you are read to write.

What’s the common denominator?  You.  You have to work at it.  You have to grab another log.  You have to poke the fire a little.  You have consistently hone the knife to keep it sharp.

You have to do this for yourself to continue writing and blogging.  You really need to do this in every area of your life as well.  You need to do this in your spiritual life.  You need to do this for your family.  Your career.  Your finances.  Your friendships.  Your health and wellness.  Your mind.  You have to keep stoking the fire and sharpen the knives in all areas of your life.

What are you doing to stoke the fire and sharpen the knives in your life?

My Love-Hate Relationship With The Blogosphere

January 26, 2016 6 comments

My friend, Bill, wrote a post about envy yesterday.  I imagine that we all fall into the trap of envying someone from time to time.  Not saying it’s a good or innocent thing.  Just saying it happens.

When you prowl around the blogosphere like I do, you can find plenty to envy.  It happens especially when I read some the “successful” bloggers out there.  Insert your own definition of success, of course.

The problem is that too often these bloggers, whether intentional or not, can make others feel like losers.  Well, maybe loser is a strong word, but they can definitely make some feel like they aren’t successful.

There are plenty of blog posts and articles out there that talk about how you can build your platform or your tribe, start your business, and make your fortune.  All you have to do is follow the formula from their book or their course.  Then you can work from home for the rest of your life free from the confines of Corporate America.

Except.

Except for the one thing that these posts and bloggers don’t take into account.

What if you should stay in your corporate job?  What if you are wired for that particular lifestyle?

Don’t get me wrong.  I learn a lot from these folks.  I just think they go a step too far in the direction they are fleeing from.  They create these scenarios that seem to indicate people should flee cookie cutter jobs for the freedom they espouse.  Yet, they then create the cookie cutter of following their plans.

How do I know this?  Because I’ve been guilty of it.  I’ve gotten to the point where I dreamed of what they were selling that I wasn’t focused on what I should have been doing in my career.  I’ve coasted thinking that writing these posts would somehow lead me to being something else.  The problem is that I didn’t stop to question if that what I wanted or even should do.

You look in the Bible at what people did and there was a variety.  You had shepherds, prime ministers, government officials, fishermen, tax collectors, tent makers, preachers and everything in-between.

The problem I faced, and what many of these well-meaning people missed, is what does God want me to do?  Or you.  Or anyone else.

So, yes, I have a love-hate relationship with these type of blog posts.  There has to be another way.

I say seek the Lord first.  Not just what the Lord wants you to do, but the Lord himself.

Then ask Him what He wants you to do.  Does He want you to work a day job? Does He want your day job to be your dream job?  Or does He want you to strike out on your own?  Ask Him.  He will let you know.

Then do it.  Do it with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.  Do it with everything you’ve got.

You’ll be happy if do that.  Whichever way you