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Topic: Journaling

I suck at journaling. I once bought a Moleskine journal, the super nice Hemingway ones, and thought, I’m going to journal. Nope. It didn’t help. This blog would be the closest thing I’ve got to written record. And take a look at how sporadic the posts are and you’ll see a common theme, I suck at journaling.

I see the benefit, however. Just the other day I went back and read every blog post I’ve ever written…good thing I’m pretty sporadic, that could have taken some time. Looking back I can see just how faithful God has been. I’m blessed.

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My Dog

Topic: Tahoe

Tahoe. Her name is Tahoe. She was named after a truck. Shortly after Kellie and I got married, she started wanting kids. I was scared, so I got her a dog. A puppy. Something that she could love and care for, something that would make her feel secure when I wasn’t there with her. So we bought a 6 week old Golden retriever, and named her Tahoe. We were pretty obsessed with the Chevy Tahoe’s at the time. We thought that getting one would make the day a bit brighter, but we were young, and trying to do the right thing, so we decided that we didn’t need that truck. So that’s how our little loveable puppy got her name. She became the Tahoe we never had.

She’s spent some time with us, then lived with my parents for a while, now she’s back with us. She’s 9. Getting old. But I love that dog, more than I could ever love a truck.

Draw 4

Topic: The merging of Uno and important decisions in life.

In 2001 I learned a new game, speed Uno. I don’t think that it’s a true legit game, but that night in my cousin’s house, we laid down some speed Uno, it was awesome. Here were our basic rules. If you can play, then be the first to play. Draw +2 and Draw +4 combine, so whomever the last one that throws down, the person next to them is pretty screwed. Draw 8, 16, I think someone drew 32 cards that night. It was insane. Then it was over.

Such is life.

In my short 32 years on this planet I’ve learned a few things. One is that opportunities are typically short. Get in, get out or get run over.  Secondly, when it rains, it pours. Thirdly, it all ends pretty quickly.

So when it comes to living life, I think I’ll play my hand. I’ll win some, I’ll lose some. I’ll have fun.

Your Turn.

I finished 30 days of blog. Here’s how I did it. I made a list. It looked like this:

I stuck to the list. It gave me an outline of what to blog about. Now it’s your turn. In the comments field below, list what you want me to blog about. It can be a word or a thought, it could be whatever you wish for it to be. Have you wondered my take on a certain subject? Or maybe you want to see what I could come up with by blogging about a particular idea. Whatever. Hit me with your best shot.

I haven’t gotten more than 9 or 10 comments on one blog post, so lets see if we can beat that. Let’s shoot for 15. I’ll blog about the first 15 submissions.

Go. Make it good.

#30blog

I did it, I successfully blogged for 30 days in a row…kind of, I did miss one day but that was because we had friends over, and real friends, trump blogosphere peeps every time. It’s been a good ride. I only bailed a couple of times with a video or a short post, but most of the 30 days I pushed myself creativly and tried to look at things through different lenses. All in all, it’s been good. Really good.

So over the past 3o days, I’ve had over 1,100 hits, 17 comments, almost 7,000 words, and one guy even said I inspired him. Nice. Here is a word cloud of my blog over the past 30 days. Thanks for joining along for the ride.

Start

I’m going to start a Non-Profit. One day I will start a church. I’m a big fan of start.

There aren’t enough people out there using their God given talent to create, make new, to start. You need to create. We were born to make stuff. It’s built into us, it should drive us.

I used to think that it would be tough to create. I’m not smart enough. I don’t use big enough words and I don’t have an arts degree.

Then one day, I just went for it. I don’t know if I’m doing it right. But I’m doing it. Soon V Necks are for Girls will launch, giving love and hope to girls all over the world. Then one day Echo Church will launch, with the desire to bring light to a dark city.

I’m going for it and you can too. Start a new thing. Be smart. You don’t have to be a genius, just create. Change the way you look at things. Push the limits. Be you. Simple is the key. To prove my point, every word in this blog is 6 digits or less. If I can do it, so can you.

Feet washing.

I grew up in a church where we did feet washing. I admit, it’s pretty weird. Actually, it’s very weird, and truth is I hated it every time I had to take part. They got it from the book of John chapter 13. Basically Jesus was about to be betrayed before his time on earth would end.  He was hanging out with his crew, and after dinner He jus got up and started washing their feet. They objected. He went on to tell them that it was now their duty to wash each others feet. Boom. Gross. Especially back in Jesus’ day. People walked everywhere with only sandals, no paved roads, just a lot of dust. I can image that their feet were super nasty. Peoples feet are gross, really gross. So for those of you have never been subjected to this Biblical act, let you in on a secret. Washing other people’s feet is disgusting, but manageable. Having someone else wash your feet, may be the most humbling thing you’ll ever be involved in. Don’t believe me, try it.

Washing others feet is less about cleanliness and more about humility. Jesus demonstrated humility, commanded us to follow him. Be humble. Pride won’t work in this Christian life. I hope that I never have to take part of another church service feet washing, but I also hope that I don’t let pride take control in my heart, but be humble in all things.