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Favorite Movie Tag

I have been tagged by Mr. Conrad over at to post a clip from my favorite movie of all time. It is so hard to pick the best part of BTTF, but this is definitely a “best part” of the classic…


A Different Generation or Different Person?

hard-work.jpgI had an interesting point brought up to me the other day that I would like your opinion on. There was something said to me by an older co-worker that initially bothered me, but the more I think about it, the more I’m actually not so bothered about what she said.

What she said was that I am from a different generation with a different view of work. (Boy, that sounds quite derogatory, huh?) What she meant is that her job is so important to her that she will work long hours to keep her job and excel in the workplace at the expense of time with her family and loved ones. She basically stated that my generation doesn’t have the dedication to our jobs that previous generations have/had because some of us don’t have the same priorities as she.

However, I got to thinking about what she said. I realized that I work just as hard as she does, but to me no job is worth keeping if I am taking away from other areas of my life: My God and my family especially. Now I understand the Biblical perspective of the family where the man is responsible for providing for his family, and it is thru hard work that this is accomplished. But my question is to all of you, because my priorities are 1) God, 2) Family 3)Work, and not 1) Work 2)Whatever 3) whatever, am I getting a bad rap? Is it really an X-Generation thing, or is it Christians getting a bad rap in the workplace? (Or both?)

What do you think?

Eye opener

This week has been an interesting one for me as a coach. One of my 15 year old boys suddenly lost his mother on Monday. As one who has pretty much had a “typical” experience with death (pretty much older family has passed as expected – grandparents, great grandparents, older celebrities, etc.), I was not one who lost a close family member at an early age. I did have a friend in high school lose his battle with lukemia, but that was “handleable.”

But seeing one of my guys lose his mother at 15, made me think about what would I do if something happened to someone close to me? Am I ready for “unexpected tragedy, or am I gonna get blind-sided? Will my girls be taken care of if something were to happen to me?

This brings me to the thought that we don’t necessarily need to be living scared that we or someone we love is going to pass, but are we prepared to face it? Have we told those we love about Christ while we HAVE THE CHANCE? Or are we living comfortably with where we are in life and leaving the “spiritual talks” up to other people? I know I am not one to face confrontation, and definitely don’t like rejection or awkward-ness between me and someone else.

What a lame excuse when talking about someone’s eternity…

For the Guys

Here’s a little humor that I know all guys with a significant other can relate to. Enjoy!

eggs.jpg*Fried Eggs* 

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband.

Suddenly her husband burst into the kitchen.”Careful .. CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh Good Grief! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh Good Grief ! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful … CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!”

The wife stared at him. “What on earth is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?

The husband calmly replied, “I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.

Are you committed?

I came across this verse this morning:

Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed.

—Prov. 16:3

It made me think about what my plans are that I have committed to the LORD. I know I have been earnestly praying about my long-term career plans, but this verse isn’t exclusive to just long-term planning. It is talking about all we plan to do, today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or even the next 5 minutes. Whatever I am planning to do, I need to make sure God is part of the plan. If I do, I am sure blessings and success are certain to come.

“God, I ask that you will help me seek your will in all my plans. I commit to you all I will do today, that it may please and glorify you.”

Tent for Sale

tent.jpgWell, my family and I survived our weekend tent camping experience. The girls did better than expected sleeping in the tent, and I only had to fight off 1 bear-sized raccoon at 2 in the morning on Sunday. The weather was very pleasant, and there was so much to do that kept the girls busy.

This weekend was our family reunion in Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana. It is one of the nicest parks I have ever been too. Besides camping, there is Lake James that invites swimming (just ask Abigail!) and boating, horseback riding, a Lodge with a pool, plenty of hiking trails, and a lot of good times.
However, even though it was a positive experience, Abigail and I decided we are probably not tent campers. Just not us. Too much dirt. And mosquitoes. (You know, you can cover yourself from head to toe with 10 layers of bug spray and those little blood-suckers still get their lunch from you…) So, anyone want to buy a once-used family-sized tent?

Be Quiet!


He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

— Psalm 23:2-3

Feeling tired, worn out, or just plain exhausted? Is life too noisy and full of distractions?

I remember a place down the road where I grew up that was my “get away and think” place. It was a river bank that was off the road, down a hill, out of the way where few went. I remember going there many years as a young teen, and just sitting and listening to the soft water sounds that seemed to take everything away. I remember feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after sitting there, talking to God and just listening. It truly “restored my soul” when it needed it most.

I miss that place, but I know God has “quiet, rejuvenating waters” for us when we need them. All we have to do is ask when we feel the noise and burdens of life weighing us down. He has a spiritual “riverbank” waiting for us any time we need.

This Month’s Verse:

"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

-- Isaiah 9:6-7

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