Thursday, January 13, 2011
Sunday, January 31, 2010
- * buying my first lawnmower
* filing my own taxes
* watching Lady Gaga and realizing that I just don't get it
But this newest life marker makes me feel more proud than old. My son Corbin was born Feb. 1st, 1992. It really doesn't seem like that long ago, and I remember clearly many details of that fascinating event in my young married life. It was a great moment, one that any parent can agree is difficult to put into words. (And frankly, I still don't understand how those who don't believe in a Creator God can go through that experience and still think its all just an accident. But that's another topic).
Today, our family celebrates our 18-year old son. We probably don't tell him enough that we're proud of who he's become. That we're proud of what he stands for, the great friends he's chosen, and how he allows God to penetrate his life. He's certainly still growing, maturing, refining. And we can't wait to see what the future holds.
So Happy 18th Birthday, Corbin.
And go clean your room.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
OK, let me say that differently...I need to lose weight.
I've been heavy for a long while. A number of years ago, I was able to start a regimen that allowed me to lose over 50 pounds, get in shape through exercise, and maintain for a while.
I don't know how it happens, but it just does - I become more sedentary, lose focus, and eat a lot. Not just a lot, but a lot of the wrong things. I'm not gaining weight by over-eating salads. It's chips, pizza, fried this or that, breads, cookies and the like.
I'm troubled by it all for a number of reasons. First, I feel like crap. I didn't just start feeling lousy today. It's been around for a while, so you would think I would see the correlation and do something about it. But its so easy to get busy, unfocused, and undisciplined. Clothes don't fit well, you get winded easily, and self esteem sometimes takes a hit. All which works together to make me feel lousy, mostly in a physical sense.
Second and perhaps most importantly is the bad example. I'm heavy because its my fault - its not genetic, etc. I've spent a good bit of my life developing myself as some sort of leader. But the example I'm setting for those in my sphere of influence - not to mention my own children - isn't a good one. I must do better. I will do better.
Many Mondays have come & gone where I've said 'today is the day that I hit it and make a change.' Funny, that worked once. Can't put a finger on it, but I just resolved that I was going to make changes, and I did. And it worked. But the many times in the past year I've tried have come up short.
Here's my plan: write about it often. Sure, very few (if any) read my blog anyway, but I plan to start mentioning on Twitter and FB that I'm blogging and see if some come over. I think it could be an interesting way to find some accountability. But speaking of accountability, I plan to seek out someone this week to help me in person, face to face. I'm praying about who that person is.
I plan to count calories like before, and follow the Body for Life workout program. There are lots of ways to go, but I know this works - I did it before. And I remember how good I felt as the lb's came off.
I owe this to myself and to my family. And I owe it to God to be everything I can for Him. Added responsibilities and interesting twists & turns of life make it important that I be healthy and full of energy.
Your prayers and encouragement are valued and welcome.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Here’s a list of assumptions that I’ve been thinking about for a while that I finally wrote down on paper this past week. I’m giving very little context for why my thoughts have been moving toward these ideas, but take it for what you will! I think these are pretty “safe bets” though:
- It’s safe to assume that you will probably never make a full-time living off of being a Christian Blogger.
- It’s safe to assume that you will be misunderstood theologically from pretty much every camp, including your own.
- It’s safe to assume that you will never have the “numbers” like a secular blog does that may in fact cover the same scope and content.
- It’s safe to assume that your family, friends, fellow staff members, congregation, and pretty much everyone has or is reading your blog.
- It’s safe to assume that your pastor has read your blog (and has some thoughts about it).
- It’s safe to assume that God doesn’t need you to be a blogger.
- It’s safe to assume that you aren’t blogging about something that’s entirely original, both in coverage of content and theologically.
- It’s safe to assume that you’re probably not doing good enough of a job attracting non-Christians to your obviously overly-Christian blog.
- It’s safe to assume that if you’re blogging under a pseudonym that you will ultimately and inevitably be discovered.
- It’s safe to assume that you’re going to have to work harder, smarter, and better to increase your readership than in other industries.
- It’s safe to assume that much of your readership is probably technologically backwards, to varying degrees.
- It’s safe to assume that you’ll eventually question whether it is “God’s Will” for you to be a blogger.
- It’s safe to assume that you’re not as good of a blogger as you’d like to think that you are.
- It’s safe to assume that pride is ultimately not a sustainable mechanism for success in Christian Blogging, so probably best to ditch it.
- It’s safe to assume that your blog design looks light years behind the industry standard for taste, appeal, and quality, so you probably should spend more time (and money) on it.
- It’s safe to assume that some people will actually be impressed with you and it’s your job to remind them that you’re just as human as they are.
- It’s safe to assume that the world would be just as bad (or good) without your blog content. See #6 again.
- It’s safe to assume that people will misinterpret your motivations for being a Christian Blogger.
- It’s safe to assume that God intends to use the web and blogs to further His Gospel Message, be encouraged.
- It’s safe to assume that God will get His Glory regardless of whether you’re a blogger or not; whether you blog about Him or not.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Oh, and on a side note of great importance...Starbucks WASTES over 6 MILLION gallons of water EVERY DAY!
I know this controversy isn't new - others have pointed it out long before me, and much more convincingly. Doesn't seem to change much of what Starbucks is doing with Ethos. Funny, the definition of Ethos from Websters is 'the character, customs, and habits which distinguish a people or community from another.' Well, with Ethos, Starbucks doesn't appear to be distinguishing itself from anything. Just another way to make a buck and make us all feel like we're helping in some way.