Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sometimes you just have to . . .
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Playing Not to Lose
Found this post over at Pastor Steven Furtick's blog and thought it was great!
A phrase you hear all the time in sports is “playing not to lose.” This refers to a team who is either winning a game or is better than its opponent, but is so afraid of losing that instead of going for the win, they play it safe and simply don’t try to make any major mistakes. Not surprisingly these teams rarely amount to anything. They’ll win an occasional game, but not much more. And when they lose it’s usually in the final minutes of a game they could have easily put away much earlier. But now it’s too late to stage a comeback.
I think this attitude and mindset extends beyond the playing field. I would say that most people play not to lose. In other words, most of us live in such a way that our main focus is on not ruining our lives with some kind of a major failure.
Typically ruining your life is associated with a big decision that you make. You make it actively. Definitively. Maybe you do something completely stupid with your money and go bankrupt. Or maybe you have a major moral failure and devastate your personal life.
Most of us are so afraid of these things that we focus all of our energies on not doing them. And none of us should want to. We should be careful not to ruin the lives God has given us.
But there’s something that’s just as dangerous and more subtle that we should be just as afraid of. And that’s wasting our lives.
In fact, wasting your life has the potential to be more destructive because you don’t realize it’s happened until it’s too late. You wake up one day and your life is gone. You might still be able to make something of it, but you won’t be able to regain the time you’ve lost.
God hasn’t placed you on this earth for the sake of simply avoiding making mistakes. He put you here to do something. Something significant. Something lasting. The measure of your life isn’t in the mistakes you don’t make but in the measurable impact you leave.
The people who should be most afraid of ruining their lives are the ones who aren’t wasting them. They have the most to lose.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Cheerwine Krispy Kreme Doughnut
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Across the Stage
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Driving by Feel
Monday, March 29, 2010
Not Funny Any More!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Race Weekend Highlights
- Going to Olive Garden on Friday is definitely a tradition that I don't want to give up. I love going to OG, but going with a group of friends is awesome! It's also guilt-free - knowing that you can eat a lot and burn it off running in the race!
- Love staying on the ocean front where you can hear the ocean in your room and see the sunrise over the water.
- Reminded that I'm glad we don't live in an apartment. Loud neighbors at 3am would get old.
- It was fun watching Todd, Corrie and Danny run on Saturday. I hadn't watched many races since I'm usually in them - it was fun trying to find them in the crowd. It was also fun watching those that won the race - they basically sprinted the whole race.
- Saw the craziest thing - after the 8k, runners were stretching out so they wouldn't get stiff. One of the runners - a guy really in shape - was stretching while smoking a cigarette! No one was with him, so that meant that he carried his cigarettes with him for 5 miles. Crazy!
- Our race began Sunday morning at 7am. We left the hotel at 6:30 t0 walk to the start line. It was weird to be walking while it was still dark with thousands of others.
- Along the race course was several were water & Gatorade stops. There was even one place where people were handing out beer to runners.
- It was fun to hear folks yell out your name and cheer you on. (my name was on race # that I wore).
- After finishing the race, it is quite satisfying for the next few minutes to soak in the knowledge that 1). the run is over 2). I finished it 3). it's time to relax.
Friday, March 19, 2010
How'd You Do?
Monday, March 15, 2010
Change of Routine
Friday, February 12, 2010
Big Stone Gap - Friday
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Big Stone Gap - Thursday
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Big Stone Gap - Wednesday
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Big Stone Gap - Tuesday
Monday, February 8, 2010
Big Stone Gap - Monday
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Sledding in the Swamp!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Sunday Night Download
- New experience this morning. When I got to the church at o'dark early, I was surprised to find someone asleep on the steps of our side entrance.
- Great worship this morning, especially at our second service. Have been preaching this month on God's principles for handling money - probably have had more people contact me to discuss this sermon series than any other. Hmmm.
- Similar note: we had more people to show up at Financial Peace University this afternoon that we had expected! Like . . . twice the amount. Awesome!
- Heading off to Big Stone Gap, VA in a few weeks on a mission trip. Getting excited.
- Had fun this afternoon watching my boys and some teens try and do some Dude Perfect videos. Here's one of their shots. Here are some more.
- One of our teens was hurt on Thursday and had to be hospitalized. It was awesome to see him in the 8:30 worship this morning. God is good!
- Looking forward to hanging out with some pastors tomorrow in Greenville.
- Glad the Colts won! The Super Bowl should be good - no matter if it's the Vikings or the Saints against the Colts. For the third year in a row . . . I'll be away on a mission trip, but we'll find a TV somewhere.
- Boys are talking about some wings to go with the Vikings/Saints game . . . sounds good. Peace out.
Monday, January 18, 2010
- It started early with meeting with some guys at 6:30am for a time of prayer. I look forward to getting with these guys and starting the day and the week!
- Went for a nice, 4-mile run. Perfect weather. Not too cold. Not too hot. Just right.
- Took it easy around the house for a while with the family.
- Spent some time at the office doing some sermon prep for this Sunday.
- Had several conversations today with folks about yesterday at Bagley Swamp! Great stuff! Life change is happening and is becoming contagious.
- Spent several hours on the road today, driving to my parents in Winston-Salem. Listened to a book via my new Kindle. That was really cool!
- Stopped by Dicks Sporting Goods and purchased some new running gear. Found the running pants I've been looking at for a while for 1/2 the price.
- Went out to eat with Mom & Dad at our favorite Japanese place. Looked forward to it all day. Was not disappointed.
- Got Mom & Dad's cat to chase a laser for a long time. Cats can really be funny.
- Looking forward to a good night sleep. For some reason, I always sleep well at Mom & Dad's.