18. August 2011 23:46
Have you ever had one of those days when the puzzle pieces just fell together? We had one of those today in our household. It's not one of those great days of revelation, but rather some slow and steady things that have been simmering for some time but just hit 212 degrees and have started rocking and rolling.
I wrote the other day about vision. About how I'm coming to learn that vision is not something you do, but something you have. In the world that I live in, mans plans of any sort are secondary to those of my Father in Heaven. And while His ways are not my ways, and His thoughts are not my thoughts, He does want us to be able to follow him. I think I used to to believe that if you just looked hard enough, you could find God's will. But I don't believe that anymore; as I read in a book earlier this week, we can't find God's will; it must be revealed.
A few months ago, I started a set of strategic business planning and entrenprenurial leadership coaching with Mark Sturgell of th... [More]
17. August 2011 20:19
Linkin Park is one of my favorite musical groups to listen to while I run, work out, or just drive and need some noise. As I was listening to them while on a run yesterday, though, I remembered another reason I like them... They ask some hard questions, they deal with the real mess that is the life we live with. I have no idea of the spiritual state of these guys, but the fact that they're a rather popular band (especially a few years ago I think) means they're connecting in some fashion to their audience, and I think, if we're honest with our hearts, it's not just because of their sound. They deal with real stuff.
So I was thinking as I ran that I wanted to blog about a song or two of theirs, to just listen to the words and digest the heart of the matter... not so much the answers they're providing, but rather, the questions they are asking. Because those same questions are the questions many of those I have a heart for, and a bit of influence over, are dealing with. So I picked th... [More]
15. August 2011 14:59
Our church is doing some major remodeling right now so we're meeting in the Fellowship Hall for a few weeks for our services. This has led to some new seating arrangements with chairs, piano, and pulpit placement falling victim to "wet paint" signs, stacks of construction equipment, and even a radio-active warning back by the nursery... whatever THAT's about. It kind of reminds me of camping, which I really like. Everythings in limbo, and everybody knows it, and very few people care. We're all just glad to be there.
One thing you can do with this temporary seating arrangment, depending on where you're sitting, is see a lot more faces. Instead of everyone staring at the stage and the pastor, you can actually see the faces of the people you're worshipping with. I will actually miss this piece of our temporary arrangement when it's done. Because one thing I like to do is watch faces. The looks we give - to others, to those we're listening to (or ignoring), and even to ourselves, in a w... [More]
11. August 2011 22:35
My wife and I have been on a bit of a journey over the past 3 months. It has not at all been a thrill ride, an adventure we would have chosen, or a path we would have chosen on our own. But it has been good, and looking back, I believe we have "walked with God." He's taught us patience, hope, trust, clarification, and even boldness and courage. As a tribute to God's faithfulness and my lack of memory, I want to get some of the story down here.
Last May, Erin went off a Women's retreat in Tennesse modeled after Captivating by the folks at Ransomed Heart. I stayed at home with the kids and she and a friend made the 300 mile, 4 day trek down south. There really was no sign of what was just beyond the horizon. These retreats are awesome; I go to one of the men's retreats (Called Wild at Heart Boot Camp) each year with a group in Southern Indiana. They are about so much more than just song time and teaching... true healing, discovery, and brother and sisterhoods are built. I wouldn't tra... [More]
1. August 2011 12:23
I just finished reading Tony Dungy's latest book - The Mentor Leader, while laying on the couch in our rental travel trailer. My wife and son are playing on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico, and my daughter is (finally) getting a good nap in the back of the camper.
What a book this was! I am an avid student of the concept of mentoring, as it's something I very much desire as a trait that defines much of what I do, especially in relationships I have in which I have the opportunity to truly share life, as I call it. Whether it's with the teens I teach and hang out with at church, my staff, my customers, my family, or even myself, I believe there is much to be gained in sharing life with one another on a daily basis.
The end of this book could not have come at a better time for me. While on this 10 day vacation that we're on, I'm having the opportunity to live on "island time," to put the clocks away and schedule by daylight, amount of heat, rain showers, and naptimes. It's been a wond... [More]