2012

December 18, 2012

December 4, 2012

December Baby


I've been married a year this month! What an awesome year with my super-awesome wife!

I also rode the train and skateboarded to work today and it was awesome! I feel great, and a little sweaty. This may become a regular thing though -- it's way more fun than sitting in my car!

A lot of notes this month...
  • Find a group of people on an adventure and join them. All you need is: an adventure, a map (bible), a tour guide (someone who's been where I want to go or lives there).
  • Paul was still trying to take hold of that for which Christ took of him (Philippians 3:12) -- he was never "there." We should never "arrive" either. If we have, we're just coasting (moving off of past momentum and wanting progress with no effort).
    • Telling God "I want" can be the first and most important step of faith.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5 "We Demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
    • I heard a sermon that touched on this from the Ecclesia series, Cultivating the Christian Life. What impacted me was the idea of taking thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. I hadn't thought of doing that to thoughts I shouldn't dwell on.
  • Fear makes us powerless. Faith gives us power.
  • If you keep doing what you're doing right now, will you end up where you want to be?
    • Can you keep doing what you're doing for decades?
  • What you are saved for is more important than what you were saved from.

I asked for God to light a fire under my butt and spur me onto action. The next day I listened to this by Christine Caine. Soo good!
  • It is amazing how many of us get saved from something, but it never comes out of us.
  • Doubt dies unborn if it's never spoken.

GIVING
  • What has God done for you -- love, faith, provision? Now give it away!
    • This is always done in the context of RELATIONSHIP.
  • What do others notice in you?
    • If you have something to offer, reach out.
    • Don't offer advice first, just listen.
 PEACEMAKING by Tim Chaddick
  • Sin is the vandalism of shalom
  • The Beatitudes are about lifting us up and sending us out:
    • 1st half is lifting us up
    • 2nd half is how we deal with others
  • A peacemaker is one that is working for healed relationships.
  • It's intentional, to bless.
  • Pursuing peacemaking:
    • Prayer ("...love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..." - Matthew 5:43-45)
    • Greeting ("And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?" - Matthew 5:47)
      • Greeting = engaging in a hospitable recognition of another
    • Reconciling (""Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." - Matthew 5:23-24)
      • We take responsibility to initiate
  • Greatest need = reconciling to God. 
    • The best way to be a peacemaker is to introduce people to the Prince of Peace.
  • Does not mean peace at any price, or offering "cheap peace."
  • Must always be in the presence of love, but never in the absence of truth.
  • Never pursue conflict.
  • As much as it depends on you, be at peace with one another (Romans 12:18).
    • What in my life depends on me?
  • The Problem for Peacemaking
    • Persecution
    • Opposition
    • Cost

THE JESUS MODEL Four-Part Series by Dann Spader.at the Christian Surfer's Groundswell Conference
  • Never less than God, Jesus chose to live never more than man.
    • Jesus was man as God intended Him to be.
  • Hebrews 2: Examples of why Jesus had to be fully human.
  •  Walking with God = realigning and re-prioritizing my life to the way Jesus lived His.
  • Because we think it's about us, we only ask God for a little more than we think we can accomplish. It's not about us though, but God working in us. So when we ask of God, we need to depend on Him to do really big things through us and not limit ourselves.
    • Summary: in order to do big things, I have to remember it's not about me!
    • Personal note: I LOVE this because I want so badly to do big things in life (probably partially for recognition from others), which makes it difficult sometimes to take the back seat and simply contribute to a greater cause rather than lead it. Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with "He must become greater, I must become less" (John 3:30). However, if this is how I view things, then God will do big things through me and I don't even have to worry about recognition or my own ego because it's not about me! It's win-win.
  • CORE VALUES OF A CHRIST-FOLLOWER
    • Holy Spirit P-O-W-E-R:
      • Holy Spirit: everything Jesus did was through the Holy Spirit
      • Prayerful guidance: Jesus often went off to pray
      • Obedient: obedience is God's love-language. Remember that it's short-term suffering for long-term joy.
      • Word-centered: Jesus had the entire scripture memorized, as a human. He taught from the Word.
      • Always Exhalted the Father
      • Relationships of love and integrity
    •  Which of these 6 areas am I strongest in? Where do I need to focus more time?
  • http://walkingasjesus.com

REACHING PEOPLE FOR CHRIST
  1. Accept personal responsibility -- there is no plan B. He's entrusted us with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).
  2. No more difficult than developing a personal relationship. It's all about LOVING PEOPLE.
  3. Share your personal story
  4. Give a personal invitation to church -- the pastor can't know your friends, but he can explain Jesus in a good way for them.

And here's a cool video for you, just for fun:



November 21, 2012

Two videos


Here are two videos I want to share. The first is "Thanksgiving?" a sketch by the super-talented Peter Harmon. We've worked together on a bunch of stuff and I think this one's pretty good:



Thanksgiving? - watch more funny videos


And the second is one my good friend Bryan Mayer made. It's got a real pro wrestler! 

http://apps.facebook.com/crashthesuperbowl?page=watch&video=3728

November 13, 2012

Response to "Mercy and Justice"


I just listened to this amazing sermon from Christine Caine at Seacoast Church. She heads up A21, an organization that is working to totally end human trafficking by the end of the 21st century. She has some really, really incredible things to say. Usually I write good quotes from sermons down, but she said too many and too quickly so I wasn't able to write down much. Just do yourself a favor and listen.




This is especially poignant because I was at a friend's community group meeting last night and we prayed for God to "light a fire under my butt." This prayer is birthed out of a conversation with a coworker that made me realize I'm not living a life that proves God is real. I hear stories about people who do, and it's amazing, but I want that for my self and for my family.

 I feel like God is doing something awesome here...

"Doubt dies unborn if it's never spoken."

November 12, 2012

Justice and Mercy


For some reason I was thinking about this this morning...

A lot of times in the bible, God says he desires mercy and justice:
  • Micah 6:8 "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
  • Proverbs 21:3 "To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice."
  • Hosea 6:6: "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings."
It occurred to me this morning that all of this was a set up, or foreshadowing, for the Messiah, and a true example of God's character. God had mercy on us by forgiving our sins, but He is still just, and our sins required payment. The Messiah came and paid for the sins, and thus came this very physical picture of mercy and justice.

He exemplified the thing He desires from us. God set the example just like any father should for his children (because we all know "do as I say, not as I do" doesn't work). So all along, He's just saying, "be like Me and here's what that looks like." 

I struggle with the idea of justice and mercy sometimes, because they're almost at opposite ends of the spectrum. I'm not sure when it's appropriate for me to get riled up about a just cause, or when there are things I need to let God handle. When is it proper for us to enforce justice and when should we exercise mercy? It's a judgement call I guess; or ideally, God would let us know when each is appropriate.

Either way though, I think it's awesome that God says, "this is what I want from you" and then exemplifies it in the most sacrificial act ever!

November 6, 2012

October is My Favorite Month...


...for weather. Although this month was hotter than I would have liked. Yesterday was November 5th and it was in the 80's...crazy.

Here are some of the things I learned in October:

 PRAYER
  • God's desire to pursue us is greater than our desire to hear from Him
  • "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." - 2 Corinthians 10:5
    • Remember this when you're praying and getting distracted 

COMMITMENT TO TRAINING
  •  2 Corinthians 3:17 - Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty
    • Liberty is not found doing your own thing, but being where the Spirit is, with others
  • Are you available/ expendable for Christ?
    • Will you go anywhere in the world He tells you?
    • Will you do any job, no matter how base?
    • Will you work for/under anybody?
  1. Have a volunteer spirit. God isn't being done a favor by us working for Him, He's doing us a favor
  2. Must be free from entanglements: money, education, etc. (if you're not generous with your money now, you won't be later).
  3. Freedom from sin: God gives us a blank check as far as serving Him goes...it's up to us whether we are a vessel used for noble or ignoble purposes (humans have the same types of vessel, why wouldn't God?) - 2 Timothy 2:20 - 22
  4. Marry the right person
  5. Be available for training.

WHAT IS GOD'S PURPOSE/ CALLING FOR MY LIFE?
  • God is more interested in forming you than using you.
  • 3 types of calls...
    • GENERAL CALL: We are called to...
      • a Person first and foremost (God)
      • being formed in the image of Christ (be who Jesus is)
      • love others
      • do good works  (do what Jesus did)
    • PARTICULAR CALL
      • Find God in our past. Is He really faithful?
      • Find God in the present
    • SPECIFIC CALL
      • Call as a free steward of what we're given (talents, money, etc.)
      • You are bound by a particular call first
      • Often means surrendering stewardship to God
      • The purpose of the parable of the talents is not that the guy in the field who hid his money did the wrong thing, but that he did NOTHING! All of the others were rewarded exactly according to what they did.
  • People are the only thing worth investing in.
  • Sometimes we ask God what He wants us to do, then He asks what we want to do.
  • We have the option to say "no" to God and His calling and "yes" to fantasy
  • STEPS TO DISCERNMENT
    • Be open in community and with yourself
    • Trust what God has placed on your heart
    • Acts 15: "It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us..."
      • Sometimes it's not a huge thing where we need to hear God's audible voice. Sometimes it just seems good to us and good to God.

And don't forget to remember, remember the 5th of November...

October 9, 2012

Mourning September


Anyone ever heard of that band (Mourning September)? They had a song on The Effect Radio that I thought was awesome, so I bought the CD, only to discover that the rest of the CD sounded different, and not in a good way. It was a pretty monotonous CD, except for this one song, which was their single:



 Brings me back to my emo days...

September flew by. I was hoping that the end of summer would lead to a less-busy year, but not so! It was here and over before I knew it.

Being busy is both a blessing and a curse...I'm busy because I have lots of things to do with lots of friends, but when you're busy, time flies by way too fast. I want to find that balance between being busy for the right reasons and resting. It's October now, which is my favorite month as far as the weather goes. Let's hope it moves a little more slowly than this year so far.

Here are my notes from September's desk calendar:
  • "Deep-fried Twinkies are an abomination against God and nature" - Tom
  • Realization: I'm scared to ask God to do amazing things and expect them to happen because I'm afraid He will shake things up in an uncomfortable way for me. But then I complain about the monotonous nature of my life (mostly my job). I can't have both, nor would I want both. If it's up to me, I want God to shake things up in a good way, though it still scares me...
  • Devout Jews prayed to die reciting Psalm 22 and the Shema (http://www.jewfaq.org/prayer/shema.htm). Jewish tradition says that Rabbi Akiva was reciting the Shema while being tortured. One of his disciples asked why he was still following God when it ended up like this. Akiva said that if it was this bad while he tried to obey God his whole life, how bad would it be if he hadn't?
BEING A DISCPLE - From the "Dust of the Rabbi" Series by Ray Vander Laan
  • You can't be a talmid (disciple) alone
  • You will be asked by the rabbi to be a discple-maker (Jesus' Twelve had 3 years to learn to be like Jesus and then were on their own. Even before that, he sent his disciples out.)
    • The mindset is: I'm trying to be like Jesus, come be like me.
  • It's all about the text!
  • It's the only way to know Jesus the Rabbi
  • That's what Jesus used to teach (what he said is all an interpretation of the Tanah)
  • Rabbi Jesus knew the text
  • Rabbi's were expected to: learn the text, live the text, teach the text, pray the text, die the text...become the text.

Being available is important:
  • To Christ first
  • To others as a servant
  • To brothers doing the same thing

DISCIPLESHIP (3 "D's") - from a sermon by Jamie Winship - really good!
  • Direction: what/who's direction
    • Part of your time with God is about learning this
    • Confession and repentance ("God, I confess that I believe [such and such] about You. Tell me what is true about [such and such].) 
  • Decision: life is all about small decisions in the right direction 
  • Depth: depth of the decisions (If God says, "go talk to that person" - I don't know what to say, but I'll do it anyway)






September 4, 2012

End of the Month Calendar Notes


Here are all the notes I wrote on August's calendar. Check the blog a couple months past to see what I'm talking about.

So sad...summer is over in the cultural sense. It's okay though, because fall is rad and you can still surf in California.

Not as many notes as last time:
  •  Listen to: Shmunks For You (punk/hardcore band)
  • "Only do those things that only you can do." - Dawson Trotman
  • The definition of humility is embracing your unique design.
  • What do I do well and with satisfaction?
  • We have fewer miracles today because we don't try to depend on God, but rather on ourselves.
    • The deeper the Israelites got into the desert during their 40 year wandering, the more miracles occurred.
    • The tougher life gets and the more we depend on God, the more we'll see Him work.
These notes based on a sermon by Jamie Winship from Luke 5:
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
  •  Is Jesus even in your boat? That's the first thing to ask.
  • What do you say when Jesus says, "Push out?"
  • What about, "Throw down your nets," because in a sense He's telling you what to do about your job (something you already know how to do)?
  • When you say, "Depart from me, I am a sinful man," what are you afraid of? What is your identity?
  • If Peter had told Jesus "no" to anything He asked him, his life would have stayed the same forever. He obeyed though, and became who he was destined to be. What will I say when asked to "push out?"
I love this passage -- such great teaching. I think the sermon can be found here...worth the listen.

You can probably tell I've been listening to a lot of stuff on  identity and what my mission in life is. I've been doubting a lot of what I came out to Los Angeles to do, but today I realized I'm not sure why...

...more on that later.

August 1, 2012

Green Acres is the place for me?


I was on an awesome vacation with Katie's family last week on the East Coast. I've gone east several times this year, and every time I miss it more. The green, rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sultry coasts of the Carolinas in particular seem to be calling me home. And that's the best way to put it -- it feels like home.

It's got me thinking, and rethinking, about a lot of things: why I am where I am, what I'm doing here, how long I'm supposed to be here? Basically, God's call; because I do feel called to the entertainment industry and Los Angeles, at least for now. But I can't help but long to go to my eastward home.

But what is home? Are we really ever at home on Earth? Isn't Heaven supposed to be our home? A man told Jesus he would follow Him wherever he went. Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

So to follow Jesus, means we really have no home on Earth. As Switchfoot said, these bodies are just a rental.

So is it wrong to feel at home here? Or is "home" to us just a glimpse of Heaven? And what about family? Every time I board that plane to go back to Los Angeles I can't help but wish for just a few more days with my family in the green, humid spaces of the East Coast. I long to live near them so that I can see the people I love more than just twice a year.

But then again:


While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
  - Matthew 12: 46 - 50

And how about:

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple.
  - Luke 14:26


I know there are a lot of interpretations of that second verse, but it still presents the truth that, in order to follow Jesus, we need to be ready to leave our families. I don't think we're called to neglect our families, because Jesus called out some Pharisees who were doing just that (Matthew 15: 1 - 20). However, sometimes we're called away and it is a tough call to follow.


Like I said, I do feel called to be here right now, and the call was recently reinforced by a stranger I met on a plane back from Georgia (a story for another blog post). But I can't help but have a desire to leave this wonderful, but also difficult and sometimes downright ridiculous city, and move back east. Maybe one day Katie and I will end up like these folks:





July 13, 2012

Ryan's Roses


I'll admit it: I've been on a bit of a Top-40 kick lately, which means whenever my CD player doesn't work or I get tired of the CD's I have in my car (I won't lie, sometimes I even turn to it on purpose...), I will listen to the two Top-40 stations saved on my radio buttons. Because we're in Los Angeles, one of them is hosted by Ryan Seacrest, which is a big step from Two-Girls-and-a-Guy on 95SX back home.

Every once in a while, he does this thing called Ryan's Roses where he calls up a dude who is suspected of cheating by his girlfriend/wife. They call him and tell him he's received a dozen free roses, asking him where he wants them delivered, to whom and what he wants the card to say. If the guy gives him to his lady, then he's probably not cheating, but if he gives them to someone else, he probably is.



Yesterday I was listening and this is the first time I've ever actually heard the Ryan's Roses thing, although I've heard about it before. This lady suspected her husband of cheating with a co-worker, Kelly, because they both had the same necklace, given to her by her husband. At a work party, the wife asked Kelly about it in friendly conversation, but she quickly became awkward and told her it was a Valentine's Day present and then changed the subject. The wife also found the credit card bill was a little over twice the price for one necklace, so she suspected he was cheating with Kelly, or at least got her the necklace.

So I got the story and then the wife gave Ryan permission to call in a fearful voice. As they dialed and the phone rang, I became very nervous. It was so strange to me that half of Los Angeles was listening to what could potentially be the beginnings of the end to this marriage. What's worse is that I think it is supposed to be entertaining! Not for me (although I didn't turn the station so maybe that makes me guilty of something) -- maybe it was because I was there when my mother went through so many of the same emotions this lady was feeling. Either way, I was incredibly nervous; my head spinning as I drove down the 110 freeway.

The phone rang, he picked up. He found it odd that he won these roses, but went along with it anyway. The tension rose as they asked who he would give it to. He asked if it could be sent to the office. They said, no it had to be to a person. He thought, and then said...Kelly.

My heart sank! This poor lady! Listening to the most important relationship in her life crash and burn on live radio! They asked for a message for Kelly and he said, "Thanks for the good times." After that, Ryan came on and confronted him. Then the wife chimed in. It was chaos as he made up excuses and Ryan mediated. They attacked him with claims concerning the necklace. He said it costs $1400! They said it was only $600 and looked it up online. They asked why he gave the roses to Kelly and not his wife. He said she did a good job and their sales were up. The wife told him to get his story straight and that she was heading down there, then she hung up. The husband said, "I don't even know you people. What is going on here?" and then hung up.

I was so disturbed by this, and still don't know how I feel about it. Yeah, the husband was cheating or at least heading in that direction. But should it come out on what is probably the biggest radio show in the country? I don't know. Probably not. Still, I listened to a marriage crumble during my drive to work -- what a way to start the day, huh?

June 28, 2012

If my calendar could talk...


I have a calendar on my desk at work. I listen to a lot of sermons and have a lot of thoughts throughout the day, so I usually write them down on my calendar. I used to use sticky notes, but decided it would be more environmentally friendly since this big piece of paper is in front of me all day anyway, and blankly ripe for writing.

At the end of the month, I write down all of the worthwhile stuff in a little notebook, and this month's seemed particularly good because I have been listening to a lot of sermons on manhood. Here's some of the stuff:

  1. Manhood = we will see, we will act.
  2. We are strong for one reason: to give it up for something greater than ourselves.
  3. Women's magazines have so many things for them to be doing all the time (how to cook, how to lose 10 pounds by Friday, how to please your man in bed). The reason is because women are so devalued in society, so they either have to do everything to have purpose, or they have to become sexual creatures. We need to value them for being women -- as God created them.
  4. Manhood is about initiative.
  5. A real man is under authority.
  6. REAL MAN (the acronym): Rejects passivity. Expects God's reward - a greater reward. Accepts responsibility. Leads courageously.
  7. Men have a will to obey, a work to do, a woman to love.
  8. If I ever think that I am without sin, or at least don't sin that often, remember that Adam's first sin was that he stood by idly while Eve ate the fruit. It was a sin of passivity. A failure to act.
  9. We love because Christ first loved us. If we are to love our wives as Christ loved the church, then we must be the first to love, and lay our lives down as a savior does for our wives. 1 John 4:19
Men are consumed by strength. Even if we're not physically strong, we desire it in some sense. Or maybe we just give up and accept roles as passive human beings that exist in a state of self-preservation, getting our danger-kicks out in online video games. Whichever you identify with, man is almost synonymous with strength (at least it's supposed to be), but why? What is the strength for? To protect? Defend? Fight? Yes, and each involves laying down our strength for a greater cause. That stirs my heart to purpose and action.

Initiative is something my dad always told me to have, but it's something that does not come naturally for me, making it one of those words I dislike (I also dislike the phrases "unacceptable" and "PB&J"). To hear that it is something I need to have to be a man...well, that's a challenge.

The will to obey, work to do, woman to love thing is an extension of some of John Eldredge's words in Wild at Heart -- a really amazing book.

Number 8 is something that occurred to me in a really powerful way. Not that I think I am without sin, but I usually think that I'm not that bad (probably a sin in itself). However, if a failure to act is a sin, man's first sin in fact, then I am guilty on a daily basis. That cuts me deep.

Most of these thoughts/ quotes are from sermons I listened to on this site, which is an incredible resource I stumbled across. It's helping me learn how to be a good husband and a good man - living and loving sacrificially and for things bigger than myself. This is all part of a reprioritization that's going on, which I may detail in another blog post later on. Until then...


June 1, 2012

Know Thy Refrigerator


I woke up this morning to a puddle around my refrigerator. At first, Katie and I thought it was broken (or at least I did). Turns out, something pressed in the spout on our Brita filter and the water leaked out everywhere. At least it was filtered water that I found all over our floor -- maybe it's cleaner now...

Anyway, in my clean up, I learned that the shelves in the door of our refrigerator are removable! It got me thinking about how refrigerators aren't the kind of thing we really explore when we get one, so we don't even know what we have. It's not like a new car where you drive it and try to find every cup holder or figure out how to fold down the seats in three different configurations (Honda Fits are amazing...). Or like a new camera with fifteen different picture settings. Or even a washer/drew where you always wonder what would happen if you try Permanent Press. Which reminds me, I have to go change my laundry. Excuse me...

Resuming this a day later...anyway, the whole point of this is birthed out of an effort to find existential truths in everyday happenstances -- always asking what I can learn from even the mundane.... In this case, I can see a parallel between our refrigerators and us. How? I wonder what untapped talents or abilities we may have just because we never look for the extra features.

"I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..."
  - Psalm 139:14

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
  - Ephesians 2:10

We were made for good things, already prepared for us by God! Paul wrote in Galatians that he was set apart from birth to first know Christ, and then preach Him to the gentiles. So if Paul has a purpose that he was created and destined to do, then do we?

Why not? I think we all do. How do we figure it out? Ask the Person who put them there and try things out (refrigerator parallel = read the manual and explore!).

So let's ask God what it is and then be willing to take the risk to follow His promptings. Think about actually knowing what we were made to do...wouldn't that be awesome? It would allow for such focus, and eliminate all the things that distract us. Then lead us to that "fullest life" Jesus came to give us.

So go ask Him. And not men necessarily...

"But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus."
  - Galatians 1: 15 - 17 (emphasis added)

Paul knew. For sure. From God...So why can't we?


April 2, 2012

Twenty Four


I've been thinking about this song today:


In particular, these lyrics:
I want to see miracles, see the world change
Wrestled the Angel, for more than a name
For more than a feeling
For more than a cause
I'm singing Spirit take me up in arms with You
And You're raising the dead in me
 It's been tough for Katie and me to get out of bed lately, and I think the reason is because our days lack something spectacular to look forward to. It's not that we don't have good things -- we have an awesome and new marriage, tons of friends, creative projects to work on, good jobs and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess to beat -- but it's still not enough to make us excited to wake up (I know, that game came out 5 years ago, but I am always two steps behind in video games).

Anyway, I think this is all because we were created to see God work, and if we aren't seeing God work in tangible ways, then there is something crucial missing from our daily lives. And what we do (not just us, most people probably) is replace God's work with our own jobs, aspirations, marriage and even kids. I thought today that maybe we should have a kid! Neither of us really want that right now, so where did that thought come from? It was likely birthed out of discontentment, and a kid would be something more meaningful to do every day.

I don't mean to demean my marriage by this at all either. Katie and I are way in love. But the fact that both of us don't want to wake up every morning is evidence, I think, that we are experiencing discontentment in this area of our lives. And I'm a morning person too...

I know if I were a part of what God is doing at my job, every day and in new ways all the time, things would be different. The same is true for Katie. So I'm praying that God does something today to make this happen. I need to see some fruit at work, because otherwise, what am I doing here?
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 
- Jesus (John 10:10)

February 22, 2012

Shelf & Pot-rack


 Here are pictures of a shelf/ pot-rack I made recently:




This was quite the project. I didn't pre-drill some of the screws and ended up cracking the wood. I thought it wouldn't be strong enough to hold any pots, but put it up for a book shelf. Turned out to be pretty sturdy!

Learning lessons in carpentry...always pre-drill with wood!

Pictures taken with a Canon 60d, 50mm lens.