Today I had one of those iTunes moments again. In the quiet of my office, my (VERY) random iTunes collection softly played in the background. The song “Like A Rock” by Bob Seger (which was played to death by Chevy in their commercials) came across the speakers. Something caught me. Maybe it’s because I just got back from visiting the doctor. Maybe it’s because I don’t feel like “a rock” anymore. Maybe it’s because I wonder if I’ll ever feel that way again. Maybe you feel that way too… And I stood arrow straight unencumbered by the weight of all … Continue reading Like A Rock
After recently completing the Columbus Half Marathon, the running calendar is now clear with no races on the horizon. Translation = I am not motivated to go for a run anymore. I have found that having another race on the calendar keeps me motivated to get out there 4 or 5 times a week. I have gotten out a few times, but it takes a lot more push knowing that there is really nothing out there to prepare for. Then it hit me today… Am I living my faith that way too? Not to be morbid here, but each and … Continue reading What Are You Preparing For?
I’m not sure what the pull is today, but I have this overwhelming feeling that I need to be honest. I need the permission to speak freely (thanks Anne Jackson). It all started when my iTunes played “I Hope You See Jesus” by Bebo Norman. Next thing I know the doors to my soul were open and spilling out on my keyboard. Maybe someone else needed to read or hear it. Maybe I’m giving the “gift of going second”. Whatever the reason, when this post is done, I hope you still see Jesus…. I hide. I act. I show a … Continue reading I Hope You See Jesus
It’s that time of year when every guys email inbox is filled with invitations to join random fantasy football leagues. It wasn’t so long ago that I accepted any and all invitations and had more teams than I could keep track of. I had a great team name too – “CBus Square Pants”. I competed with the best of them. Football, baseball, basketball. Believe it or not, we even drafted an XFL league the one year it was in existence. Then one day I realized it was time for me to retire. Over the years I have come to realize … Continue reading Why I Quit Fantasy Sports
Every summer, we turn on the AC and within a few days there is ice forming on the pipe that leads from the central air conditioning unit outside to the furnace inside. There is condensation in the basement and ice forming on the outside of the furnace. The temperature also doesn’t change much in the house. I was sick the day they taught anything related to home repair, so a neighbor came to our rescue… Neighbor: “Did you change the filter?” Me: “What filter?” Sure enough, we changed the filter and our house is cool and comfortable again. It also … Continue reading Time To Replace The Filter?
Thanks to the 4th of July falling on Sunday, yesterday was a “day off” from my employer. Like many others, I awoke to a day with no work on the agenda. Great day right? Not so much. The day was not a day off, it was an off day. Ever had one of those days? Ever had a day when you’re grumpy, don’t want to talk and don’t want to be talked to. You don’t want to be touched and you don’t want to touch anyone else. If there was a box that you could crawl into, you would. It’s … Continue reading Day off or off day?
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the following quote by the great philosopher “unknown”. “Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” -Unknown Many hours on the beach last week had me looking at life, challenges, struggles, joys, pains and of course….battles. I guess that is the driver for this post. Those hours in the sun with the waves crashing on the shore had me take a good hard look at some things I would normally not take the time to look at. They are chains to baggage that I carry around. My … Continue reading Some Kind of Battle
As Father’s Day approaches, I got a lesson in humility and a reminder that little ears are never too far away. Without going into a lot of details, let me just put it this way – if you need a disclaimer that says “what Mommy and I say here stays here”, then it is probably something that just shouldn’t be said. The problem is that as I have gotten older, I have become more opinionated. Maybe I was opinionated before, but now I am more vocal in stating my opinion. While it may be good to be “real” or “honest”, … Continue reading Me and my big mouth
This probably falls under “Too Much Information”, but I have got some ugly feet. I mean my dogs won’t be winning any “best of show” anytime soon. Part of it is that they are built like Fred Flintstones and the other part is the byproduct of running and half marathons. On one foot I have 3 purple toenails which will eventually fall off and be back to normal again. But “normal” for me is a very relative term. Truth is I hate this time of year. I’m jealous of all the people with really skinny feet that wear flip flops … Continue reading What You’re Hiding
I was going through email recently and found that our friend Matt Wojnarowski has set up a twitter account (follow him here). As I was going through my version of the morning paper (Google Reader), I read a great post by Lindsey Nobles regarding being an extrovert. All of this reminded me to do a post I have been meaning to get to for a while now. I might as well have called it “Why I use twitter”. The first time someone introduced me to twitter, I thought it was the dumbest thing I had ever heard of. “Who does … Continue reading Where’s Your Water Cooler?
Image by kharied via Flickr Now that spring has started to sprung (poor english intended), it has been so good to hit the streets again for a run. The “dreadmill” was a blessing to have, but believe me when I say it is no way to train for a half-marathon. Outdoor training is just different. Running outside also offers changes in scenery, smells and different terrain. It was during a recent run that I was reminded again of something I am just not good about. There is a training loop that both my wife and I do that involves running … Continue reading What’s Behind You
Image by kharied via Flickr Now that spring has started to sprung (poor english intended), it has been so good to hit the streets again for a run. The “dreadmill” was a blessing to have, but believe me when I say it is no way to train for a half-marathon. Outdoor training is just different. Running outside also offers changes in scenery, smells and different terrain. It was during a recent run that I was reminded again of something I am just not good about. There is a training loop that both my wife and I do that involves running … Continue reading What's Behind You
Like most of the rest of the world, I just watched the streaming video of Tiger Woods statement of apology. Unlike most of the internet world, I am not going to offer an analysis, judgement or opinion. There is a family in need of restoration. There is a marriage in need of repair. There is a man in need of help. Any words I put on this blog are not going to change those things. As a man who has personally been shown more grace than I could ever repay, I offer Tiger nothing but the same. I won’t stand … Continue reading Thoughts on Tiger
This post is not about me. This review is not about me. The subject and the story leading into my review, however, are about me. More specifically, the subject is something that I would venture to guess many of us deal with on a daily basis. So let me begin by being real transparent about that elephant in the middle of the room called fear. It is real. So real that Max Lucado, one of my favorite authors has blessed us all by writing a book to remind each and every single person that reads it who is in control … Continue reading Fearless Book Review
Nearly one year ago our world was turned upside down. If you’ve been following along that long, you will remember that if we could hit reverse on the DVR, there would be a “For Sale” sign in our front yard. There were boxes in our living room and plans were being made to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina. Fast forward the DVR about one month and you find that the entire process went full circle. No boxes were ever packed. No trucks ever loaded. The “For Sale” sign was gone and one song became an anchor for me as to … Continue reading City On Our Knees
I have lost count of the amount of times I have posted this song. It should probably tell me something that literally EVERY TIME I hear it, I pause and consider the words. It happened again today while cutting the grass. Right there by the shed, I had to stop and think about the phrase Just how close can I get Lord, to my surrender without losing all control? It gets me every time. This morning when I heard it I was reminded of something the lead singer of Casting Crowns, Mark Hall, posted on twitter while he was writing … Continue reading Somewhere In The Middle
Have you ever restored something? I can remember when I was in High School, it was a really big deal to find an old car and restore it. While I have personally never done that, the Mustang would have been my car of choice. I wouldn’t even know where to start, but I would know this… Restoring something takes time Restoring something takes patience Restoring something removes the imperfections Restoring something makes it new again Restoring something, sometimes, makes it stronger than before Now take those things we know about restoring something and place them over the hurts of ours … Continue reading Restore To Me….
There was one other quote that I had to commit to memory from the book “The Difference A Father Makes” by Ed Tandy McGlasson. When I read it, it practically jumped out off of the page and tapped me one the shoulder. I think it hit a fear that many of us have as parents. As my son has gotten older and we can communicate further why we do things like discipline, I have taken a new approach. I have recently let him on to the secret that “this is my first time at this too” and “I’ve never been … Continue reading The Foundation
I was checking out my reader feeds tonight and this post on digg.com caught my eye. The post was dedicated to the “10 movies it’s okay for men to cry at“. To be honest, I have never even seen a majority of them. I got to thinking about my own list of such movies. As I was putting this together, I watched a few of the trailers on Youtube or IMDb and got a bit misty eyed all over again. I know there are more of them, but 10 is all that I am willing to admit to. Below are … Continue reading Something in my eye
I usually keep my Friday posts pretty fun but this one captured me today. I was surfing YouTube for something totally different and got caught up watching clips of “The Jerk”. While this movie was wildly funny, this clip left me feeling pretty guilty. At the beginning I was laughing. At the end I was sole searching. Funny how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. As to not take anything away from the clip, I’ll just frame it for you. When I think of the disciples, they are usually brought into the story by “leaving all … Continue reading I'm A Jerk
I usually keep my Friday posts pretty fun but this one captured me today. I was surfing YouTube for something totally different and got caught up watching clips of “The Jerk”. While this movie was wildly funny, this clip left me feeling pretty guilty. At the beginning I was laughing. At the end I was sole searching. Funny how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. As to not take anything away from the clip, I’ll just frame it for you. When I think of the disciples, they are usually brought into the story by “leaving all … Continue reading I’m A Jerk
“My heart’s so low, I’m so much to manage. I think you should know that I’ve been damaged” – TLC I once read the book “To Own a Dragon” by Donald Miller. I really like Donald Miller’s writing. In this book, he told stories of portions of his life that left him “damaged”. I have to admit that I am damaged too. I would also admit that in the course of my life, I’ve done plenty of damage. What is dangerous is there are times when I will re-visit those “damaged” times in my memory. It’s even more dangerous when … Continue reading Damaged
Somewhere along the road of this “journey to nowhere” (Charlotte), my good friend and mentor Denny said something I have not forgotten. When we were discussing what all of this could be about, he said; “Aaron you have to be willing to lay down your Isaac. Maybe God is asking you to give Him your Isaac. You need to determine what that is and be willing to give it to Him.” What Denny was referring to was Genesis 22:1-15 where Abraham showed God he was obedient by laying his son on an altar. At the last moment, God provided a … Continue reading What's Your Isaac?
Somewhere along the road of this “journey to nowhere” (Charlotte), my good friend and mentor Denny said something I have not forgotten. When we were discussing what all of this could be about, he said; “Aaron you have to be willing to lay down your Isaac. Maybe God is asking you to give Him your Isaac. You need to determine what that is and be willing to give it to Him.” What Denny was referring to was Genesis 22:1-15 where Abraham showed God he was obedient by laying his son on an altar. At the last moment, God provided a … Continue reading What’s Your Isaac?