Excellence in All Things

April 30, 2010

I desire to be the best.  Plain and simple.  The greatest, the man, the most awesome, the most awesome greatest person that ever existed.

Man, glad I got that off my chest.

My wife made a little comment to me yesterday that smacked me in the face (I hate it when Jesus uses her to show me things that are right in front of my face, I would rather Him use a complete stranger).

She said, “You know, you are always saying ‘do your best, be the best, out work everyone else, ask Jesus for something amazing'”  The list could go on.  Then she told me that I expect the absolute best out of myself with everything except in class.  I am perfectly fine with a B.  That is pretty much my goal. 

Not an A, but a B.

I asked myself why this was.  I came up with–it is not worth the extra time and effort to receive that A.  That’s it.  Not that I couldn’t do it, but I just don’t want to put forth the effort.

What part of your life are you settling for a B because you just don’t want to produce the effort necessary to get that A?


I listened to an old school Southern Baptist preacher this morning and he made the comment that we must die with Christ each morning.

If you know me at all, you know that I have a low tolerance for old school preaching by preachers who can’t seem to get a grip for what’s going on in the world–which is exactly what this guy was.

I do believe, however, that God can and will use all types of people to speak into your life as He sees fit.  Today, God saw fit that this dude would speak to me a truth of God that I really never fully understood.  1 Cor 15:30-31 says,

“And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.”

For whatever reason, this verse stuck out and captured my heart like never before…I desired to die with Christ.  I thought to myself, “self…I am a Christian, I accepted Jesus, I died with Him already, so what are these feelings?”

The last little word of the second sentence…daily.  I can say that I do not die with Christ daily.  I usually die with Christ on Sundays (obviously) and some Wednesdays (because that’s when we have our worship service for students). 

As I get closer to Jesus and as I take steps in ministry I am finding that more is expected of me spiritually (and rightly so).

Two years ago, God would have never convicted me of this…while today I am eager to listen to Him and do whatever He desires of me. 

Beginning now I am dying with Christ each and every day.

Family Vision

March 30, 2010

Living Christianity is difficult.  Living Christianity as a family is even harder.

I have a hard enough time motivating myself to communicate with God or act in a way that is pleasing to Him (when I don’t feel like it).  Sometimes, I am the ultimate Christian but other times I really struggle.

The question I have been throwing around is:

“How can I instill a vision into Jessica and my children that motivates them to be all Jesus knows they can be?”

I want my kids to understand who God made them to be, how they fit into our family, how to have a relationship with God, and how to live in a way that displays all of the above.

In order for this to become a reality you need to have what I call a family vision–that is a motto or statement that drives everything your family does.

The vision of my family can be summed up in 3 words–Live Life Differently.

Next blog post is about the importance of a family vision–don’t miss it.

Lead and Invest

March 20, 2010

I have a sink or swim mentality.  I prefer to jump into things and figure them out as I go along.  Well that is all fine until your speaking about being a father to a little girl.

EKKKKK!  I know.  No way do I think that a first-time father should figure things out as they go–so I read a ton of books written by “fathers of the years.” 

I dove into these books and found that the number one quality of a great father is someone who is connected with Jesus.  The overarching theme of all the books I read is that the father must be the leader of the household and give everything they have to the family (in terms of time, love, investing in their children).

Sounds like common sense I know, but in the post-modern era we live in now common sense is not so common.

Fathers: Lead and Invest

Listen More, Talk Less

February 26, 2010

Lots of changes in my world…

And a friend of mine took about 20 mins and completely focused on me, asking me questions. 

They were the dreaded “how do you feel about…” questions that men are scared to death of, but to be honest I wasn’t sure how I felt about things until I was voicing my thoughts and yes…feelings (don’t judge me!) to him.

The time he took to care about me and love on me meant a lot. 

I can say that God used him to confirm some things He was telling me.

With how much of an impact this had on my life, I think we should all start to listen more and talk less.  I am.

The reality is we all need cheerleaders in the stands.

Not the cheerleaders at NFL games (preferably someone who is fully clothed), but someone who is there to give us some recognition once in a while.

It is in Christians DNA to give glory to God (even if it is fake).  That is what we do.  All glory, praise, honor, ect. goes to God.

So, we need to be careful that we don’t forget about volunteers.  We need to show our appreciation to volunteers and give them a well done or a great job.  I don’t think God is afraid of Pastors or Churches giving praise to people, but we tend to get uneasy when the “praising of people” thing is discussed.

I think that we should take Romans 12:10 to heart.

“Honor one another above yourselves.”

Point # 3 — If it’s deserving, GIVE IT!

Can’t Get Enough of…

January 28, 2010

We all need volunteers and guess what?  We’ll never have enough volunteers to complete our vision (if you do, then you may want take a closer look at your vision).

 Point # 1 — Don’t Beg

Either way, begging for volunteers is not a good idea.  People are attracted to ministries with a vision, and once we resort to begging for help we are sending a message that our ministry is dying (that’s the appearance).  I am not saying we don’t ask for volunteers (that is just stupid), I am saying we need to be more calculated in the way we present different opportunities.

Point #2 — Simplicity is Key

The next thing I have noticed when dealing with volunteers is that they get overwhelmed.  What we tend to do when our volunteer base is low, we ask more out of our volunteers.  What we need to remember is that when responsibility gets to complex or appears impossible, people have a tendency to ignore it.  You may have to take a complex ministry role and turn it into 2 or 3 smaller, simpler roles.