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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The Disciple Jesus Loved?

When you read through the book of John, you’ll see a specific individual referenced, but never by name…

“The disciple whom Jesus loved”.

Now, we know that this references the Apostle John, one of Jesus’ closest/best friends, but John never actually names himself… I wonder why that is? And we’ll get to that at the end, but think about it for a minute…

What a pretentious title to give yourself.

Imagine if I walked around calling myself “The citizen whom the president loved”. And not because he ever specifically said, “I love you most”, but because I believed that I was really loved by him.

You would think I was crazy, arrogant, and stuck up!

But that is not what John intended at all. Continue reading

This wild, crazy, beautiful roller coaster we call LIFE!

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Well, as you probably have noticed, I haven’t been blogging as much.

I’m sorry about that, but I have a very good reason for that.

Things are getting really busy.

When I said I was going to post on Tuesday and Thursday, I had nothing going on Monday or Wednesday night (when I would actually do my writing). Now monday I spend working on the documentary for Further Along The Road, and my time with that is going to increase in the next few weeks as we get out of clip watching and into writing, filming and editing interviews and putting it all together. And Wednesday is our men’s bible study group, which often goes late.

And on top of that, I have seen a huge increase in my role at work, and I have taken on a large leadership role at my church with our Sunday night service called “Deeper” as well as a leadership role in our Creative Arts Team at GCC.

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On top of all that, I’ve started a business called FlyTraffic Media.

Needless to say, blogging is hard for me to find time to do while keeping my sanity.

But I do really enjoy it, and sometimes I need to do it to keep myself sane.

So I can’t say that I’m going to blog on a schedule anymore, because I don’t know that I can keep to a schedule. But I will blog as often as I can. If you would like to follow my postings, I would suggest subscribing using the RSS feed, or sign up to get the posts by email.

Thank you all for reading over the years, and for your support and understanding as I go through this season of change in my life. If you have any questions, or would like to leave a thought or encouragement or something, please feel free to do so in the comments!

United We Stand?

So many times, we christians are our own worst enemy. We judge, argue, call names, ostracize, alienate, and belittle others, over little things in the name of Jesus. But that is so wrong. Continue reading

Life & Busyness

Life has been very busy recently. We are getting into the busiest time of the year at work, I have about 3 other side projects going consistantly and have a few more I’m going to be taking on, so when I do get some time to myself when I get home, I sometimes need to do nothing.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll notice that I haven’t been very good about writing my blog post both days the past few weeks. It’s just too much right now. So I’ve decided that until the new year, I will only be posting on Tuesdays. Once we get past January 1st, I’ll resume posting 2 days a week.

I hope you all understand, and thanks for reading faithfully!!!

The God of this City?

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
~ “God of This City” by Chris Tomlin

We sing these words, we raise our hands, and we close our eyes. And it’s a great song.

But do we believe it?

Do we really believe that He is the God of this city? Do we really think that greater things have yet to come & will still be done? Continue reading

The Edge of Your Comfort Zone

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

I don’t really like discomfort. I don’t think anyone does.

Some of us find comfort in different things, so things that are uncomfortable for me, are very comfortable for others.

But life is boring when you are comfortable.

Think about it. If you sit in a big, comfy, chair all day, every day, what happens to you? You get fat. You become lethargic. Apathetic. You stop living. You die early.

Getting up and running or doing something physical isn’t comfortable. But it is so necessary for life.

The same is true of us mentally and spiritually. If we never get up and do something to exercise our brains, our spirit, our souls, then we become comfortable, and eventually we get spiritually fat, lethargic, apathetic, and lifeless.

Your life begins at the edge of your comfort zone. You need to get out beyond what you want to do, what you feel comfortable with.

Take a risk.

Do something dangerous.

Be wild.

Be crazy.

It’s the crazy ones who push to the edge of their comfort zone, and beyond, that will change the world.

Your Life in a Flash

 

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” –Unknown

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. When I’m gone, what is the legacy I will leave behind? what will God say about me when I arrive in heaven? Continue reading

My Request is Simple…

Today, I’m not going to talk to you, I guess you could say it’s a guest post of sorts. Today, all I want is for you to take a few minutes and watch this video. Because SOMETHING needs to change. This man NEEDS to be stopped…

Now, I’m not saying to support Invisible Children. As a not-for-profit, only 32% went to direct services, the rest to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production, non of which is bad, but it’s less than ideal… Some people love Invisible Children and support it, and some are having major issues with them. I’m not supporting or bashing them. I do agree with their goals, though not their methods… My focus is on Joseph Kony himself, not the Kony 2012 project or Invisible Children. You do your own research on them and make your own decisions about those projects…

Life Without Revision

Well, for my New Year’s Eve post, I turned to Sleeping At Last for inspiration. Now, I return to them, to the same song, for today’s post…

the table is set and our glasses are full
though pieces go missing, may we still feel whole
we’ll build new traditions in place of the old
‘cause life without revision will silence our souls
~ “Snow” by Sleeping At Last

What an interesting thought, that last line, “Life without revision will silence our souls”. I first heard these words from my friend Cameron, when he enlisted my help in making something for a friend of his. I’d never heard the song “Snow” by Sleeping at Last before, but I instantly fell in love with it… Continue reading