The End of an Era (or So Long and Thanks for all the Fish)

The past three and a half years have been among the most challenging & rewarding times for me. There were days where as a staff, we would sit around and wonder “why are we doing this?”. I would sit there and think “I can’t go on, I can’t do this anymore.” It was in those moments, that my favorite quote from Lord of the Rings comes to mind (here’s the YouTube version, if you prefer it)

Sam: It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the ending, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr Frodo, I do understand… I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only the didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding onto something…

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo… And it’s worth fighting for.

But now that struggle has come to the end, and I find myself again wondering if it was worth it. If the time we spent mattered, or if it was all for naught. And again I find myself finding comfort and solace in the words of Samwise Gamgee. Continue reading

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Poor Money

“Some people are so poor, all they have is money.”

I saw this quote the other day and it struck me about the value of things. If you value money at the cost of all else, you lose sight of the things that are truly valuable in life.

As you are working, money is important to live, to eat, to put a roof over your head, but it is not the end/focus of life. Keep your focus on people, and your money will have so much more meaning.

 

Deeper

Well, since this is my last blog post before Sunday, I want to fill you all in on a thing I am helping to launch called Deeper.

Have you been going to church for a while, maybe made some steps towards Christ, either getting to know him, or trying to know Him more, but just felt like something was missing? Felt like it was to shallow? Felt like you wanted to go deeper? Continue reading

Leaders Can Do Anything, But Not Everything

“Every decision is a trade-off. Doing one thing means you can’t do another. Leaders can do anything but they can’t do everything. In deciding what you’ll do, you choose what not to do.”
~ Dr. Tim Elmore

This is something I’ve been re-learning recently. Sometimes you have to say “no”. You might really want to do something, but if you decide to do it, you have to be willing to say no to something else. Continue reading

Being Who You’re Not

We have this notion that being who we are not is a bad thing. And for the most part, I’d agree with you…

But not always. Continue reading

Video Production and Media Arts…

By the time most of you read this, I will be on my way, i not already at Innabah Program Center for Media Arts Camp, to help them get finished up on their project, to see some old friends, and in both, have some fun 🙂 Keep me in prayer, it’s going to be fun, but very tiring…

Strength and Honor

Strength and Honor

Anyone who has seen Gladiator knows this phrase pretty well.

Be strong, have honor. There was a day when people actually thought about such things, when people were moved by such concepts. Today, it’s a line from a movie. We hardly think twice about what it actually means.

What does it mean for us to have strength? Does it mean physical strength? Not specifically. It means you must have strength of the heart and soul and mind. Strength of your convictions & your beliefs. It means you work to grow, to get “stronger” at something. You never stop growing,  you never stop “working out”. It means you might be able to heft large rocks, but you shouldn’t bash people in the head with said rocks for cheap entertainment… No matter how much they may deserve it and how gratifying it might feel…

To be honorable is to respect yourself and others. To do what right for overtone. Honorable men (and women) are selfless, they stand up for the little guy. Honorable men treat everyone with respect. Not just those who we feel deserve it, or those who are easy to respect.

Everyone.

True honor also has integrity. When you say you are going to do something, you do it. If you do something, you do it to the best of your ability. You are honest, caring, and accept responsibility for your actions.

What would the world look like if we all (men and women) started living our lives with strength and honor? I think the world would be a much better place to live.

What about you? What does living with strength and honor mean to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Busy Busy Busy

I will be spending the day working on various video projects, so I won’t have a blog post today, but please pray for inspiration and focus for me as I work today, two of these projects are a lot of fun, but require my best work, and need a professional feel to the finish of it, so it’s going to take time for me to do them, and they are both due within the next week or two…

Thanks for reading and for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers, And please check back on Tuesday for a new blog post!