Saturday, January 29, 2011

Some of my recent regular inspirations:

National Geographic Magazine
The Art of Manliness Blog
David Platt's Secret Church Lessons
Relevant Magazine
The Bible
Thoughts From The Diary of a Desperate Man
Ragamuffin Soul Blog
East of Eden by Steinbeck
John Piper on Romans
Guitar Pedals
Joseph Guay's Art
Building a Bookshelf
Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head
Mumford and Son's Sigh No More
Radiohead's OK Computer
The Killer's Live at Royal Albert Hall
Being snowed in a house with people I need in my life
Old Pictures

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I did one of the best things I have ever done this past weekend.

Often we recognize the value of a moment after it has already passed us.
For me, this experience was different.
I felt the importance and weight that it would speak to my soul as I walked through it.

I hung out around a campfire with a bunch of friends and we shared conversations of pure encouragement to each other. We complimented each other on what we were doing right and spurred each other on to continue to pursue a life of pure obedience and adventure. I've written often about my longings for moments like these. It is cool to write about one that actually happened.

Often times people you know well don't know how well you know them.
They don't know what you notice.
The greatest encouragement can come out of just telling people what you notice them doing well.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My dad gave me an heirloom gift for Christmas.
It's one of the most unique and awesome gifts that I've ever gotten.
Yes, it's an axe.

It makes me think, what am I passing on?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."
-Calvin Coolidge

So often the "everything" list becomes so long that it eventually falls into a pile of nothing.
I am a person that is prone to wander.
I know now why that is.
It's because my mind tells me I cannot do one thing unless I do everything.
Here's the thing...without doing something you never do anything, much less everything, and all the things end up sitting in a pile of nothing.
So we need anointing...anointing with the belief that we can start by just doing something.

And the starting always happens now.

Friday, January 14, 2011

So I was reading a magazine and found one thing I want to do this year:

"Turn a trip into a quest.
You don’t have to plan an exotic or expensive getaway to generate good stories in your life. You can easily turn a few day trips into a full-fledged quest—to find the best chimichanga in the tri-state area, to visit your great-great grandfather’s grave, to see both the Creation Museum and the Smithsonian’s Human Evolution Exhibit, to hike to each of your state’s top-ten waterfalls, to take the highway instead of the interstate, to visit every drive-in theater within a 200 mile radius, to get a picture in front of the church where your parents got married. Trips are about getting from Point A to Point B. Quests are about doing it in style."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


What was once a symbol marking the graves of saints is still a stamp of death.
Those who died for their faith were buried in hidden graves in catacombs.

Today, our graves are not so hidden.
We display our tombs for all to see.

You could say they are just a heap of metal, but it's so much more than that, isn't it?
It is a symbol of our status, success, and self-worth.

We mark our expensive cars with the same "fish" that was once reserved for graves.
Are these markings not still placed on the graves we create for ourselves with our consumerism?

Now, in America you need transportation.
You need clothes.
I'm not trying to be naive or judgmental.

I'm just trying to ask myself where my amazement lies.
Is it in momentary distraction aided by tangibles or in things actually worth basking in?
It just might be that the best way to fix this problem is to refocus our amazement.

We are all dying.
It's just is what we are dying for worth it?