Tuesday is Veterans Day. May we never forget the sacrifice of those in our military to give us our freedom. It is this same freedom that allows us to blog, to worship and to live in a country where we are free to do so much. For those that read this that have served our country, my family and I thank you for your service and sacrifice.
What a week it has been. I have always had a rule to leave politics out of my blog. I’m not going to change any of that now. Yet I sit here today with such a mixed bag of emotions. Reading articles and comments on blogs, facebook and twitter has been quite an experience. I go from inspired to disappointed. I go from angered to completely perplexed. All of these emotions have nothing to do with the election. They are all based on the posts and responses leading up to and following the election from Christian brothers and sisters.
I have tried to approach each commentary with an understanding and allowing that each has the freedom to say or do what they feel appropriate. But today I believe what saddened me the most is that we have allowed an election process to drive walls and bitterness between believers. At a time when those of faith should unite for a cause much greater than who is in the White House, we are fighting amongst ourselves. At a time when the nation needs to see the love of Jesus we cannot allow circumstances to take us from what we are here to do. Are we advancing his kingdom or setting it back?
The reality is that this world is hurting. It was in that state before last night and it will be in that state when the new President takes the office. The hurts are real. People are hungry, homeless, poor, broken and need the hope of Jesus Christ more than ever before. Are we expressing that message or doing it damage? Are we doing our part to usher in His kingdom?
The most important thing that I have tried to remember in this entire process is that there is only One man, and one Remedy for all that we seek. It is not John McCain. It is not Barack Obama. It is Jesus Christ. If the celebration in Chicago last night was anything, imagine the day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. Imagine the acceptance speech when the one that suffered for all of the sin in the world takes his rightful place on the throne!
Now that is change we can believe in. That is the hope we seek. That is the day I long for.
“Remedy” by David Crowder Band
Our friends lost their house
The co-worker lost her job
The couple next door lost their retirement
It seems that everyone is losing their footing
This scares us. This bailout with billions.
These rumblings of depression.
These headlines: ominous, thunderous-
“Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What Next?”
What is next?
We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right.
You told us this would happen.
You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money.
Greed will break your heart, you warned.
Money will love you and leave you.
Don’t put your hope in riches that are so uncertain.
You were right. Money is a fickle lover and we just got dumped.
We were wrong to spend what we didn’t have,
Wrong to neglect prayer and ignore the poor,
Wrong to think we ever earned a dime. We didn’t. You gave it.
And now, tell us Father, are you taking it?
We’re listening. And we’re praying.
Could you make something good out of this mess?
Of course you can. You always have.
You led slaves out of slavery,
Built temples out of ruins,
Turned stormy waves into a glassy pond and water into sweet wine.
This disorder awaits your order. So do we.
-A prayer for America by Max Lucado
It’s that time of the week again. This weeks “Four For Friday” happens to fall on the holiday of July 4th! Parades, Fireworks, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, friends and fun! Maybe even some good old apple pie! What could be better? Here are my VERY Random Four songs this week. Thanks to Mike for contributing last week! Agree 100% on the Casting Crowns song by the way. Was really disappointed in that CD when it first came out but it’s one of my favorites now. Especially after seeing them live.
1. Independence Day by Martina McBride – It’s not exactly about the Holiday, but “Let Freedom Ring”!
2. I Am Free by the Newsboys – One of my favorite worship songs. This song just gets you moving and celebrating the freedom we have in Christ.
3. Tremble by Audio Adrenaline – MercyMe covered this on their last tour with Audio Adrenaline. I have a copy on my iPod. I heard it while I was on a flight last week from Miami and contemplating our move to Charlotte and how real Gods presence has been the past two weeks. I was overcome with emotion. Bart explains it so well in this clip on YouTube. May we never lose that reverence.
4. Carolina In My Mind by James Taylor – The link actually takes you to a cover by the great Allison Krauss. Her beautiful voice singing the lyric “Signs that might be omens say I’m going, going to Carolina” get me every time.
A special shout out to My Sister today too. She was born on the 4th of July! Happy Birthday sis. Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th! God bless America.
I received an email this evening from a subscriber to my blog that has an opportunity for each of us to consider. It is my honor to share something this important through my site. Below is an excerpt of the email I received…
“I am subscriber of your blog…..I have enjoyed reading and listening your blog for sometime now…. Can you help me with something?
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The caveat is that we need at least one group of 250-300 to support the film with a verbal commitment and then tell me personally what theater is preferred and I will see to it that theater get the film at once…
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For more about “Expelled” check out the preview (HERE)
Let’s do what we can to get “Expelled” back in our towns this summer! Thanks in advance for helping Tripp with this important message.
The Girls (Heather and Amanda) and my man “D-Rich” completed another race yesterday. The order of the day was a 5 mile race run for the Armed Forces Honor Run in Westerville, Ohio. As always I was proud of the ladies, but “D-Rich” stole the show with his pre and post run interviews. Check out the quick bit we put up on youtube to mark the occasion. While we had some fun joking around about it, there is something to be said about getting out there and running 5 miles for a good cause. As for me….I’m bringing lazy back.
Hey…someone had to watch the kids…
The news this morning was unbelievable. I had to read it twice to make sure I understood what I had just read. As this day has gone along, I’ve read the other posts, seen the reports and I just couldn’t bring myself to post anything. Not even sure I want to do it now. It is at times like this when I have to be real honest and say I don’t get it. Once again, my finite mind trying to understand an infinite God. I’m sure you have heard already, but Steven Curtis Chapman lost his little 5 year old girl in tragedy yesterday.
If you’re like me, the artists that you really appreciate and listen to become a part of your story and life. Their songs play like a soundtrack for moments in your life. It’s as if when you hear them, a slide show runs through your memory of exactly where you were when that song spoke to a memory. Perhaps more than any other, Steven Curtis Chapman songs hold the soundtrack to many of those moments for me. Most recently is the song “Cinderella”.
Music has a way of healing. Music can move our emotions to places we could not make ourselves visit on our own. The only thing I can cling to today for the Chapman family is in the lyrics to his music. Steven has written songs about hope for those who have lost loved ones. He has written songs about understanding that “God is God” and he is not. Most recently, with “Cinderella” he wrote of the importance of capturing moments while our children are still young. I believe that Steven lives what he believes and that he understood how precious that time is.
My heart is heavy today. While I have never met Steven Curtis Chapman, his music has been like family to me. Based on the reactions and posts elsewhere, I would guess I am not the only one. As I stated on a comment on another blog, I now look forward to a day when we will be there to rejoice as the Chapman family reunites. It will be a day when an Infinite God can make those things that finite minds don’t understand clear. Until then, we can only look forward “with hope”……
I have to print a retraction to a statement that I made last night. Actually, I really just need to retract the statement from my wife since she is the only one that heard me say it. I was watching the coverage of the final 3 outs of the no hitter that John Lester threw last night and I simply said “that is what makes sports great”. Big deal right? Let me give you some context.
In case you missed it, John Lester beat cancer last year to return to the mound for the Boston Red Sox. Incredible story. To watch a man that has beat cancer complete one of the toughest things to do in baseball was inspiring and moving. His personal victory was on display for the entire world to see. That is why I made that statement. Take nothing away from John Lester. His achievement is incredible. Yet there are people that live right next to each of us that do the incredible every day. There just aren’t any cameras around to capture the moment.
That is why I must retract that statement. There are Husbands, Wives, Fathers, Mothers, Daughters and Sons that are fighting the battle of their lives. They face chemo treatments, surgeries, scans, tests and tough decisions. They work, raise families, support friends and find a way to persevere. Beating the odds, making a comeback and doing the unthinkable is not just what makes sports great. It happens every day. It happens all around us. It happens in hospitals, operating rooms, homes and offices every where.
Congratulations to John Lester. May his story inspire those that are fighting this same battle every day. May his victory remind us all that there are millions of people, many right next door, that are facing the same challenge each and every day. They just aren’t on ESPN.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…shall we?
For those that have followed this thing since the beginning, you might remember when I wrote a post 3 years ago about a dilemma I was having (HERE). Matter of fact, last time the Tar Heels played for a championship, Heather almost had a baby…literally! (Details HERE) So it just seems appropriate that we are steamrolling our way into Final Four weekend and the Karma is everywhere. See if you can follow the bouncing ball on this one.
You might have noticed that I am trying to discern a major decision which involves the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Unrelated, but well documented is my undying love and devotion for my beloved Tar Heels. My son has the same sickness…maybe worse. The Tar Heels play in the Final Four this weekend and
should they, if they, when they win, they will be playing for the National Championship on Monday night. I can’t think of anything better than celebrating Brynn’s birthday and watching the championship game with my son on Monday night. (deep breath) Here’s where it gets “messy”.
On Tuesday morning, I have to be in, you guessed it, Charlotte, North Carolina for a presentation at 10am. The original thought was that I would book in a little extra time for some further visiting, investigating, praying and discerning while I was there. I figured I would celebrate Brynn’s birthday and watch the game with “the boy” in Columbus Monday night, fly in Tuesday morning, attend said meeting, stay the night and then fly home late on Wednesday. So far so good.
The airlines and car rental clearly missed the memo regarding my plans. They were no cooperation at all. That’s when the extreme measures kicked in. It’s 8 hours to Charlotte and the game is over around 12am. I could drive all night, catch a quick nap and make the presentation. Or I could drive down on Monday, watch the game with a couple of thousand other Carolinaholics and call “the boy” and Brynn on the phone. Neither of those sounds appealing.
I have a room at a Charlotte Courtyard reserved for Monday and Tuesday night. Should The Heels lose on Saturday, we will celebrate Brynn’s birthday on Sunday and I’ll leave on Monday afternoon. The point of the whole story is the thing I am hoping for most in this world (a Tar Heel win Saturday) is the very thing that will throw my scheduling into a complete mess. To which I say, BRING ON THE MESS! We’ll figure out “the details” later!
Nothing like the love of your daughter, your son and the Tar Heels! Stay tuned and GO HEELS!!!
Wow…where did March go? A new month must mean that this Saturday is another All Pro Dad day. The topic this month is “Caring for the less fortunate“. We are privileged to have a guest speaker from Faith Mission in Columbus, Ohio with us. He will share a little bit about Faith Mission, but even more exciting is what will happen between our meetings in April and May.
Based on the information from our guest speaker, Dads and kids will have the opportunity to spend the month gathering needed items and raising awareness of the less fortunate in our community. For our May meeting, we will meet briefly to have some breakfast and spend some time with the kids. From there we will caravan to Faith Mission to deliver the items that we gathered throughout the month to those less fortunate.
Dads, this is your opportunity to get creative with your kids and teach lessons that they can carry with them for a lifetime. It is my hope that we can give our children a glimpse at one way we can be “Hands and Feet” in our community. If you have yet to attend one of our All Pro Dad days, this is a great time to start. If you are interested in attending, feel free to send me an email for more information! See you on Saturday.
After some emails and phone conversations, I guess I need to answer some questions that have come up regarding my previous post. Sorry it was a bit cryptic, but to quote Brian McKnight “in all things time, time will reveal“. While we all wait, let me answer a few of those questions and put some rumors to rest.
1. I am not going to build a baseball field in my backyard. I don’t even own corn.
2. I am not going into business with bornandbreded.
3. I am not going into the ministry.
4. I am not quitting my job, or leaving my current place of employment.
5. I have not lost my mind nor have I been visited by little space people.
6. I am not going to leave everything I have to follow John Waller on his current tour.
That should be just about clear as mud. I do think there are a few clues in there, but since I know what it is and others don’t it might seem to make more sense to me. There is much, much more to come on this thread.
1. “90 Days in Heaven” landed at the library today. I’ll pick it up tonight.
2. The new Michael English CD hit the streets last week. Review coming soon
3. Tomorrow is Primary Day in Ohio. Get out and vote.
4. Really looking forward to the Casting Crowns concert on Thursday.
5. Pray for my friend and brother Stef this week. Especially on Thursday. Refuse to Lose brother!
6. I’m honored to be a part of Daily Blessings “Friday’s are Full of Blessings” starting this Friday.
7. What can be better than UNC vs. Dook on Saturday night at 9:00. Short of the rapture…you know where I will be. Revenge will be sweet and yes…I’m still bitter.
There has been much talk about the movie “The Bucket List” (which I have not seen yet). I don’t really have a Bucket List, but if I did, I think the number one item would be this:
To break up a parade by jumping on a float and singing “Twist and Shout” ala Ferris Bueller. If nothing else, I would at least like to be a part of the dance crew on the steps. The only condition is that it would need to include TBDBITL.
This song and dance is everywhere. After seeing some little kids performing it while I was at the Ohio State Basketball game tonight, I am determined to teach it to Brynn. Since the last dance craze I know and can remember is the electric slide, I went looking for some help. Who else to have as your personal dance instructor than Lebron James himself? For those that have missed it (I might be the only one)…here’s how to “Soulja Boy”