Saying “Yes”

I’ve never been accused of being the smartest guy in the room. If I was on trial for the least crazy, there wouldn’t be much evidence to convict me. We’ve all got some crazy in us. I just happen to let my crazy show a little more than the next guy or gal. Who drives 12 hours total (6 hours one way) to attend a one and a half hour worship night in Nashville, Tennessee? That sounds all kinds of crazy and makes no sense. So I said “yes.” Truth be told, I didn’t just say “yes” because it was … Continue reading Saying “Yes”

By The Time You Read This

There are moments in life when we can either decide to accept the million reasons we shouldn’t do something or just chase that one reason we feel like we should. By the time you read this, I’ll be doing just that. I’m headed to Nashville for one hour and thirty minutes of worship. I’m not a huge fan of the phrase YOLO, but you know what…YOLO. There are a million reasons why I shouldn’t be driving 6 hours south for a night of worship at Cross Point Church. Yet there is at least one that makes sense and for that … Continue reading By The Time You Read This

My Little Girl’s Been Shaken

For a few months now the family and I have been attending an intensive study called “Wordstrong” at a local church. While the adults are in a seminary-type study, the kids have been studying various countries around the world. What has been surprising each week is that my daughters ask if we’re going back. They’ve asked because they WANT to go back, not because we’ve dragged them along. Last night as we were driving home, both girls were reviewing all that they learned but then the conversation changed and I’m still not sure what to do with what was said. Our … Continue reading My Little Girl’s Been Shaken

Healer

Last week I wrote a post about “wounds.” The response through email, text, facebook and on twitter was a confirmation that we all walk through seasons of hurting emotionally, physically and mentally. I received stories of walking through divorce, financial struggle, loss of a loved one and medical struggles. The truth is I hesitated to click “publish” on that post. Although I have a blog, I choose to walk through difficult personal seasons quietly and privately. I’m not often a guy that asks for prayer. It’s just the way I am. Yet the response from several that said “I felt … Continue reading Healer

Navigating Change

If I had to choose one word for the past 11 months, that word would be “changes.” Our family experienced our share of changes the past year and somehow we’ve managed to keep a relatively consistent home life. When you are the provider and protector for your family, it can be a little scary to look the others at the dinner table in the eye and assure them that all will be fine. Especially when you are not exactly sure yourself. I am certainly no expert in the area of parenting. I am VERY quick to point out that my … Continue reading Navigating Change

Leave No Doubt

On Monday I attended the funeral of my grandfather. Actually, he was my step-grandfather (I think that’s what you call it). He was my moms step-dad but I always knew him as “grandpa.” There are a number of ways I can take this post, but I’m going to focus on one simple thing, but it’s a big one…. The Pastor that performed the service didn’t know my grandfather. That in and of itself is worth a post or two. It also was my first clue that we didn’t know if my grandfather lived a life of faith. For those that … Continue reading Leave No Doubt

Laws of the Lighthouse

The following comes from the Max Lucado book “In the Eye of the Storm.” It’s an older book by Max (1991), but one of my favorites. On Friday we push off for our annual pilgrimage to “Gods Country” (aka Outer Banks, North Carolina by way of “Mecca” – Chapel Hill). It seems that every year when we make that journey, major decisions are weighing on my mind. I find it no coincidence that the beach seems to be a place where I do my best thinking. The noise is gone. The distractions are few. The reminders of a far greater … Continue reading Laws of the Lighthouse

What Do You Tell Them?

This image was taken on September 11, 2001. I will never forget the look in my one year old sons eyes as we sat stunned in front of the television. The world changed that day. We all changed that day. Obviously there is really no way to explain these events to a one year old. The reality is he probably wanted to know why we hadn’t put his favorite Barney video on. To be honest, I think that is what we eventually did. Not just for him. We put it on for all of us. Fast forward to this evening. … Continue reading What Do You Tell Them?

I Hope You See Jesus

Yesterday I read that Bebo Norman is retiring. It reminded me of this post I wrote a few years ago based on one of his songs (posted again below). Today I read an article on Relevant Magazine that caused me to pause and ponder a bit. The post was called “Stop Instagraming Your Perfect Life.” What I found fascinating about the article is I’ve been wrestling with this same concept all week. I’ve had the honor of meeting people “in real life” that I had previously only met through social media. I am always thrilled when they are who they … Continue reading I Hope You See Jesus

If We've Ever Needed You….

Well here we are. In just 5 days we will make arguably one of the most important decisions for our Nation any of us will ever make. Our vote matters. I will not tell you HOW to vote. I will not tell you how I’ll vote, but I will say we all must vote. Especially in this great state of Ohio. We have the freedom to do so, let’s use it carefully. For months we have been inundated with social media rants, pictures, thoughts and emotions. Our mailboxes are full of advertisements and our televisions show commercials at every opportunity. … Continue reading If We've Ever Needed You….

If We’ve Ever Needed You….

Well here we are. In just 5 days we will make arguably one of the most important decisions for our Nation any of us will ever make. Our vote matters. I will not tell you HOW to vote. I will not tell you how I’ll vote, but I will say we all must vote. Especially in this great state of Ohio. We have the freedom to do so, let’s use it carefully. For months we have been inundated with social media rants, pictures, thoughts and emotions. Our mailboxes are full of advertisements and our televisions show commercials at every opportunity. … Continue reading If We’ve Ever Needed You….

Women and children first

Gut check time guys. Much has been made of the 3 boyfriends that gave their lives shielding their girlfriends in the tragic shooting in Colorado last weekend (as well there should be). Remarkable stories of heroism in the midst of chaos and tragedy. These three guys were following what Mark Driscoll said so well a few years ago: How about it guys? What say you? Would you do the same? Would you willingly give yourself up for your wife and children? As I sit comfortably in my home office, I easily say “yes”. Without hesitation, I say “yes”. Yet I … Continue reading Women and children first

Love Continues To

I’ve told you about my huge admiration for Bob Goff and this book more than once. In case you missed it, you can read my full review (HERE). This book continues to just mold and shape me long after that review. Something happens at least once a week that reminds me of things I read in the book. I’ve told countless people about it and even got a few to read it too. I won’t stop talking about it. I won’t stop buying it for friends and sharing it as a gift. I have a firm belief it will change … Continue reading Love Continues To

Whip it!

I’m a “take the high road” kinda guy. I’m not much into conflict. It doesn’t mean I don’t care. It DOES mean that I don’t care to tell the world each and every single feeling I have when it comes to world news. I’m literally a little worried about some of the folks in my facebook and twitter timelines. It’s getting pretty heated up in those places. Seriously. Can we all just hit “pause”? Maybe take a deep breath? I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve typed but never hit “send” and how many tweets never made it live. … Continue reading Whip it!

Thank you for being a friend…

It’s been a long day. I’m exhausted. I spent over 6 hours in the car doing the commute thing today so my mind might not be as crisp (notice I didn’t use “sharp”) as it normally is. I almost did it though. I almost pulled the plug on Facebook. I was literally “this close” to doing it. The reasons are several. I find it exhausting anymore. Especially now that we are in a political year. I find it more irritating than positive. People have every right to post what they want. I have every right to not read it, or … Continue reading Thank you for being a friend…

With Grace

We just got done watching the Olympic Qualifying coverage on NBC. The Olympics are always a great inspiration and carry incredible story lines of courage, perseverance, failure and achievement. Now that we have an aspiring gymnast under our roof, that set of events gets major airtime in our home. As I just watched, I couldn’t help but think of one word to describe the moment… Grace In case you missed it, an American sweetheart from the 2008 games, Nastia Liukin, was making one final push for the 2012 games. She’s not the favorite any longer. In a sport where the … Continue reading With Grace

Tyler Zeller is Second

I’m not going to lie, I’m still pretty cheesed that the Cavs totally dropped the ball last night in not drafting Harrison Barnes. Obviously I am biased. I bleed Carolina Blue. Even if you removed that, you’ll be hard pressed to find many sites today that think Dion Waiters was a good choice there (besides Cavs.com). Even Thomas Robinson would have been a beast in the low post next to Tristan Thompson and the guy you’re about to meet. I’ll get over it, but trust me when I tell you that Cleveland will regret that 4th pick last night for … Continue reading Tyler Zeller is Second

When Passion and Opportunity Collide

As I type this, I’m sitting with my feet up. Behind me is a pool. In front of me is a beach and the Pacific Ocean. The current temperature is around 70 degrees with a beautiful breeze occasionally blowing. I’m pretty sure that life doesn’t get more beautiful. Or does it? I’m at this incredible location for a seminar all week for work. We purchased an additional ticket so my wife could join me. Since our 15th anniversary was just last week, this has been a wonderful opportunity to just spend oodles of time reconnecting, talking, laughing, listening, dreaming and … Continue reading When Passion and Opportunity Collide

Fearfully and Wonderfully

I’m color blind I have male pattern baldness My ears stick out like open car doors I have an zero attention span The length of my torso and the length of my legs don’t match I have a tooth that my wife refers to as my “midget tooth” I never reached 6 feet tall, but my feet are sized 12. I have an awful time finding jeans because my waist and, well, my “seat” don’t match. I could go on and on and on and on, but you know what…according to Psalm 139:14, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Let … Continue reading Fearfully and Wonderfully

Review – Fearless by Eric Blehm

Last week I received a copy of a book called “Fearless” by Eric Blehm to review. Little did I know when I started this book that by the end of it, I would be moved to emotion like I rarely am. This book is a game changer on so many levels. I honestly won’t be able to find the words in this review to express how much I wish people would get a copy and read it for themselves. It is the remarkable story of one man, his story, his struggles, his humility, his family, his addictions and oh, by the … Continue reading Review – Fearless by Eric Blehm