God Has More

Would you rather be busy or bored? Busyness is a tricky thing. Sometimes it drives us crazy, while other times it brings out the very best in us. The difference is of course how you view what you’re doing.

Recently I have been faced with some challenges that have kept me very busy. They are all good things, but my workload has increased and I have been forced to dig down deeper to focus and to get things done. Admittedly, this has been difficult. It’s like trying to have your head in the game, remember all the nuances and details and players and plays, and then turning around and getting into another game and keeping up with all of the same things.

Do you ever feel like that? It’s like you are a space traveler, frantically visiting all the planets of your little solar system trying to govern and manage all the individual necessities without any wars, riots, or catastrophic events. Yeah, me too.

The interesting thing about being busy is that we begin to grow in our capacity to carry weight. At least, this is what we hope will happen. Really the only alternative is failure. It’s sink or swim. Increased responsibility means either grow or go home. Continue reading “God Has More”

Video blog V.2 – The Power of an “I Can” Attitude

Here’s the next installment in my simple (and extremely informal) video blog. Today’s thought comes from the idea that we have the power to make a change if we simply believe that we can (along with the power of Christ within us).

Many people believe the lie of “I can’t.” We don’t do it on purpose, but in order to change, we have to change on purpose.

Try something today that you’ve always thought you can’t do. See what happens!

The Paradox of Direction

paradox |ˈparəˌdäks|
“a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.”

There are many paradoxical realities in life, but one of the most important is that of the direction in which we give and receive. Jesus taught us that it is more blessed to give than receive, and we might just be tempted to dismiss this statement due to its simplicity. But it is a profound truth that shouldn’t be ignored. Continue reading “The Paradox of Direction”

Shoutout: Ronnie Stanford

About three years ago I organized an audition for new musicians to be part of the worship team at the college ministry at our church. I walked in the room that evening and the audio tech was already there setting up. His name was Ronnie Stanford. I shook his hand and remember thinking that he was probably just another tech guy that I would have to be really nice to in order to get him to be nice to me (and not be grumpy). I remember he looked tired like he’d already put in a full day’s work before he got here (I’m sure he did).

Fast forward about six months. I had gotten to see Ronnie around the church here and there, but still didn’t know him well. All I knew was that when he ran audio, it sounded really, really good. When the team started to come together for our campus in Flowery Branch, I was thrilled to hear that Ronnie had agreed to come on board as our tech director. Since then we have not only had a great time working in ministry together, but I consider Ronnie to be a good friend and voice of wisdom in my life. What a blessing to have someone like that as a tech director!

If you have in any way benefited from, enjoyed, or appreciated the worship experience at our church, you have Ronnie Stanford to thank for it. He knows audio. Period. He probably knows it better than anyone I’ve ever met. Ronnie not only knows how to mix audio, but he works for the company that installed our system – trust me, he knows how to drive! (The company is Danley Sound Labs – Check them out here) Continue reading “Shoutout: Ronnie Stanford”

Video Blog V.1 – Relationships

Relationships are the most important thing we have in life. When you put it into perspective, it isn’t the money we make, the things we own, or what we have done that really matter. It is who and how well we have loved. I was thinking about this as I read Ephesians 4 today, and the things that particularly stood out to me were the concepts of speaking the truth, not sinning in your anger, and not grieving the Holy Spirit.

I have been thinking about doing some video blogs up here, so here are the rest of my thoughts for today. Let me know what you think.

A Favorite Verse

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 16:11. Check it out in the ESV:

You make known to me the path of life;

in your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This Psalm is packed full of some great truth, but I particularly like this verse because it reveals three truths I need to be constantly reminded of: Continue reading “A Favorite Verse”

Staying Alive

We all know how important it is to do what you love and love what you do. This applies to many if not all areas of life, and is especially important in work. What choose to do for a career is essential to your personal growth and the kind of legacy you leave behind you. Considering you spend over a third of your life at work, it seems very true that it should be something you get energy and passion from doing.

This could mean starting off doing what you love, or learning to love what you do. Maybe you’re on a journey to that dream job and right now you’re just getting by. Whatever the case may be, I think one of the best things you can do for yourself is love your work. Even in the most mundane tasks, investing fully in what you do brings great return.

Now, that being said, once you find that thing that you love you do have to work at keeping your love for that thing alive. It isn’t a once-and-done discovery. Much like in all areas of life there is a natural tendency to take things for granted, or maybe we’re just forgetful. It seems like it’s really easy to forget why you love what you do (probably because even when you love your job it’s still hard). But take a moment and remember. It will be worth it.

There are certain parts of who I am that are directly influenced when I love my job. Continue reading “Staying Alive”

Shoutout: Brian Jonick

Brian Jonick. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is about this guy that makes him so great, but I just know that he’s a great person and one of my best friends. Maybe it’s his quiet demeaner that covers a truly wise interior. Proverbs 17:27 says “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.”

Yep, that’s Brian.

I first met Brian about a year ago when he came in to audition for the worship team as a bass player. I have this strategy for bass auditions: pick a really hard song and see what kinda chops they’ve got. In this case the song was “Salvation is Here,” which has a pretty aggressive bass solo part. Brian sauntered his way into our rehearsal and absolutely murdered that bass solo. I still remember trying really hard not to grin ear to ear at the awesomeness I was hearing. I even tried to downplay it and shook his hand afterwards and said “Yeah, I’d love to have you on this team.” Secretly I was thrilled to have him! Continue reading “Shoutout: Brian Jonick”

Letting Go to Get More

I love golf. No, I really love golf. I’ve been playing the game for close to two years now and even though I’m still pretty terrible at it, there’s just something about this game that keeps me coming back. I don’t think I knew this, but from the first time I played I was hooked. And while I’m already sold on it, a recent incident has given me a new appreciation for the game in a new way.

If you’re a golfer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. There is something mysterious and magical about it. Maybe it’s the way golf contains echoes several real principles that are also true of life in general. Here are a few:

  • No matter what situation you find yourself in, your greatest enemy or your greatest ally is yourself.
  • Whatever situation you find yourself in, there is no shortcut to get out of it. As much as you want to undo what’s been done, you simply have to move forward and accept your mistakes.
  • There are always a thousand different things that can go wrong. Stay alert.
  • Attitude is everything. Keep your cool.
  • You only get out of it what you put into it. If you show up unpracticed, you can be sure that it will show. The things you have practiced off the course will be revealed on the course. No way around it.

While not listed among the cheapest of hobbies, nor the least time-consuming, I still love to play. As much as I can I get out and practice and play with friends and colleagues. Recently I had to… “review” my golf spending habits with my wife and we arrived at the conclusion that I have been spending a bit too much on this favorite past time of mine. Needless to say, I was a little upset. I felt as if all my hopes and dreams of continuing to enjoy this great sport and time-honored tradition were being flushed right down the drain. I didn’t want to have to put limits on something that I already felt was extremely limited. Continue reading “Letting Go to Get More”

Checkout Line Creepers

My wife and I often talk about what we like to call “checkout line creepers.” These are the people who like to keep inching closer and closer to you as they wait behind you in the checkout line, apparently unable to contain their excitement about what they are about to buy. This is less irritating to me than it is to her, but I don’t really appreciate people invading my personal space bubble because they can’t be patient. Are you that eager to leave the store with your diet coke and toilet paper? Please let me finish my transaction and then it will be your turn.

It’s kinda like the people who fight rudely to win the closest parking spot available. Really? It is seriously five more steps from that parking space over there to the door, is that too much for any of us to manage? I guess it’s true that we live in a convenience culture, and it is easy for us to get swept up in this convenience mentality. Continue reading “Checkout Line Creepers”