Back in Town

May 12, 2010

Jessica and I have returned from showing off our daughter McKenna to our family and friends back home in Michigan.  And of course, they loved her!  How could they not?

This trip was by far the best time Jessica and I have had while in Michigan.  The relentless pressure from our parents and grandparents for our return to West Michigan made us feel loved; however, can’t say just yet that moving back is God’s plan for us.

The reality is–with the arrival of McKenna–the desire to move back home has increased (our family is taking full advantage of our temporarily weak mind setting).

I understand that we experience one life, and one life only on this side of Heaven, and family is beyond important to Jessica and me.  As much as I want to settle down and buy a house and spend the rest of my life comfortably positioned in West Michigan, I can’t help but think that there is so much more to this life.

Christianity in many ways has lost its edge.  There is no adventure, no excitement, no fun.  Is that a result from the comfortable lifestyle that many Christians want?  Buy a house, work hard, don’t complain–much anyways? 

I can’t stand by and watch my life fade away little by little while God is looking on–shaking His head thinking “if only you knew the greatness I desire for you.”  I believe God wants to do something amazing and He is looking for this generation to step up and conduct a movement of God that has never been experienced.


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?

Baby Christian

April 28, 2010

Life is completely different with a newborn.  Holy crap! is about all I can say to adequately describe how I feel.

One very cool thing about having a brand new little baby girl is the amount of praise given out in my home.  Everything she does is amazing, and never sisyphean.  Every time McKenna lifts her head up, hoots and hollers go off!  Every time she burps, I yell “that’s my girl!”  Every time she passes some gas, I praise her by telling her she takes after her mom (hahaha–I’m in trouble for this one :))

So now I am asking the question “is this how God feels about brand new Christians?”

Is God cheering every little thing a new believer does?  Each good decision?  Each attempt to pray?  Each time they go to church?  If they read the Bible 2 times in a month, is God yelling at the top of His lungs, “THAT’S MY BOY!” 

An even bigger question…”Does God ever stop cheering for His kids?”  Even now, after growing substantially in my faith I can sometimes feel God cheering.

Greatest feeling in the world–when we fall down, pick ourselves back up and God is right there with a “THAT’S MY BOY!”

Sisyphean–after a king in Greek Mythology who was cursed to push huge bolder to the top of a hill, only to watch it roll back down and had to repeat this forever…so you can prolly guess what it means, endlessly fruitless.

Can’t imagine why people dislike Christians so much…read this by Steven Anderson’s wife (couldn’t find her name anywhere).

Sodomites visit Saddleback in honor of Father’s Day

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church (which I had renamed “Brokeback Mountain Church” years ago) and author of the book “The Purpose Driven Life” (aka “The Pervert-driven Life”), hosted “The American Family Outing” at his church yesterday in honor of Father’s Day.

One of the two “clergy leaders” includes the tattoo-covered son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jay Bakker.

The seven “lead families” include three gay couples, two of which have children. There is one straight couple with children – talk about balance!

I think the only person more disgusting than all these is Dr. Jack Schaap of First Baptist Church in Hammond, IN, who calls himself a Bible-believing Baptist and yet condones Rick Warren. According to Dr. Schaap, there are things we can learn from Rick Warren because he knows how to lift up Christ, as evidenced by the large crowd of followers he has.

Ok, back to the way more awesome writtings of Aaron Lewis 🙂
Sorry you had to hear that Rick…I think you’re awesome.

Thanks for explaining this in a way us dumb Christians can finally understand.

Thanks Richard.

Not a spiritual posting today…good thing, that last one took a lot out of me.

Today I got a hair cut at Great Clips (6.99 special).  I walked in and was greeted quickly…sat down in the spinney chair and this older black woman began cutting my hair.  Now I know that doesn’t seem all that revolutionary but it was to me.

This lady was a master of the art of conversation–a dying art that kids are not learning.

Now, to brag about myself for a second, I think of myself as a pretty darn good conversationalist.  I make it a point to ask lots of questions and keep the dialogue off me (most people love talking about themselves).  “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is a great read and as far as I am concerned, should be required reading in high schools…but I digress.

The conversation as I was getting my hair cut flowed nicely, there were no awkward moments of silence, and she seemed to have a real interest in who I was as a person.  I didn’t realize how many chances at great conversation we are missing out on.  I walked away from a simple hair cut feeling better about myself and ready for the day.

All because a lady knew how to conduct herself in a conversation.

Needless to say, I will be back at Great Clips…even after their prices go back up to $11.

Jesus Fish Christianity

April 16, 2010

The arrival of our baby girl has got me thinking a lot about my relationship with God.  Mainly I think about how I can best guide my little girl toward the creator of everything, and help her to have a relationship with Him.

There is power behind a person who walks closely with God. 

People see something different within you, and they want it, and they are not sure how to get it, even if they know what it actually is.  (Did you follow that?)

My desire is to have a authentic relationship with God.  Not that “I have a Jesus fish on my car” Christianity, but real Christianity.

I desire to walk through suffering while my little girl watches.  I want her to see her daddy trust God and believe in the power He provides.  How powerful would that be, and what kind of character would that produce within her?

It is my prayer that McKenna is a great woman of God, and my desire for her to make a difference in this world for the only One that matters.

Lord, help my family and I live life differently.