friday throwback: it’s gonna be a brighter day

6 03 2009

it’s supposed to be 70 degrees in nashville today and stay in the 70s all weekend, which has been a long time coming.  spring is on it’s way and i could not be happier.

today’s friday throwback isn’t too old, but it’s not necessary recent either.  but it makes me feel like spring is just around the corner.  as the green grass starts to push its way to the surface and new buds pop up on trees, so a new season is dawning in the lives of so many people right now.

funny thing about watching anything grow that started in seed form and has been planted… it has to push through a lot of opposition and obstacles before you even see it.  then, when you finally do see it start to emerge from the ground, you still really don’t see it, you just see what it looks like right now… but it’s only a matter of time…  just as every mighty oak started as a seed, so your life has yet to reveal who you truly are.  if you judge something based on what you see right now, you’ll get distracted and discouraged and miss it.

it’s gonna be a brigher day, ya’ll!  this is my jam!

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stand up!

25 02 2009

check out this amazing video that jay posted.  whoa.  i feel this!





are you dangerous?

6 01 2009

“all men dream but not equally.  those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.” – t.e. lawrence





what it was really all about a/k/a perception a/k/a less like scars

29 12 2008

2008 is winding down… lots of thoughts today.

what did 2008 bring to you? more importantly, how do you perceive what 2008 brought to you and how has your perception shaped your response?

“God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time.  but the right place often seems like the wrong place, and the right time often seems like the wrong time.”  –  mark batterson from in a pit with a lion on a snowy day (a book which i will be referring to a lot in the coming months)

sure, it’s cliche to say ‘perception is reality’, but it’s quite often true.  but the fact that your perception can often shape your reality can be dangerous, especially if your perception is skewed in any way.  if your perception is tainted, your reality will be twisted.

i love this song by sara groves called ‘less like scars’.  the essence of the song is that “time” is the great equalizer, and the perspective that it brings will often shine a light on what you thought “it” was, and reveal what “it” really was.

“less like tearing, more like building / less like captive, more like willing
less like breakdown, more like surrender / less like haunting, more like remember

and i feel You here, and You’re picking up the pieces, forever faithful
it seemed out of my hands, a bad situation, but You are able
and in Your hands the pain and hurt look less like scars
and more like character

less like a prison, more like my room / it’s less like a casket, more like a womb
less like dying, more like transcending / less like fear, less like an ending”

sara groves – “less like scars”

there is a lot of wisdom there, and that doesn’t happen overnight.  it takes time and a lot of spiritual maturity to get to the point where you can look back on the road that brought you to the place where you now stand and not only see it as purposeful, but truly believe that every moment was divinely deliberate, even though you couldn’t see it.  as ’08 comes to a close, can you look at what you thought afflicted you and see it as something that empowered you… can you see what looked like a scar and see it as character… intentionally and specifically designed to equip you for what you couldn’t see yet?

i believe 2009 is going to be an amazing and important year.  i strongly believe that if you look through the eyes of faith in ’09, you will see what ’08 was really about.





fear

14 12 2008

fear

when it comes to thinking about your life and the future… career, relationships, moves, life decisions, etc… i have come to realize there are two types of fear that are often encountered.

they are both rooted in “what if”, but they are very different.

the first is “what if it doesn’t…”, which can tend to have a paralyzing effect, keeping you tethered to the familiar.  the thoughts of it all falling apart keep a lot of people nestled in a comfort zone where, although not ideal, is consistent, predictable and safe.

the second and, in my experience, more powerful is “what if it does…”  this type can have an equally paralyzing effect, also hindering many people from cutting the proverbial umbilical cord, stepping into the unfamiliar and embracing the uncertain.  but here is where the road divides and the two are different.  rather than thoughts of it all falling apart, this type of fear brings with it thoughts of “what if it works and changes everything.”

i think it is the second type of fear that tends to be a catalyst to faith… when you no longer view your options as options at all, because quite often, options can be the enemy of faith.  when you realize that everything in your life could completely change and even though you have no idea what that might look like you are ready to embrace what’s next… that’s when things begin to happen.

some people have lived in a certain way or pattern for so long and have become accustomed to their particular situation.  they believe they have options and might do something different “someday”.  they believe that it is what it is, and fear of the waves keeps them on the shore.

then there are the kind of people who choose to shed the notion of options and embrace the challenge that comes with encountering the second type of fear, where the fear of the shore keeps them riding the waves.

i believe this was the kind of man Jesus encountered in luke 18.  how long he had been blind was immaterial.  when he heard Jesus was passing by, he knew his only other option was to continue to sit and beg… blind, and that really wasn’t an option at all.  surely he had built a lifestyle around his situation, one that catered to his particular disability, but he was tired of that.  staying the same was no longer optional, so he took a risk.    he called out to Jesus.

the bible says God has “planted eternity in the hearts of men,” and there is something about encountering that pivotal moment that connects with the eternal seed planted in each of us which challenges our limitations and dares us to do something we thought we could not do before.  something like… telling a blind man to see.

i love this piece by marianne williamson.  it speaks of the second type of fear… the fear that dares you to move, take a leap of faith and reach to embrace what has always been just beyond your grasp.  so, what if it does work and everything changes?  i dare you to find out.

our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. it is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. we ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? actually, who are you not to be? you are a child of God. your playing small does not serve the world. there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. we are all meant to shine, as children do. we were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. it’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

marianne williamson





are you singing?

5 12 2008

my client kari jobe just kicked off a really dope thing today…

she has a new single out called “i’m singing”, and we’ve been getting some great feedback from people on the song.  along with that, we’ve been hearing a lot of people’s individual stories… stories of pain, joy, trials and triumph, and everything in between.

so kari decided to ask people to share their story… those things that we sometimes think divide and make us so different from everyone else… bring those stories together and discover the common bond that we all share in the midst of interchangeable circumstances… that although we will experience the spectrum of life on different levels, we are not alone and regardless of what life brings, we still must choose to sing and praise God, who is the author of all life.

the stories will be compiled in a special “i’m singing” video and shared around the world.

check out her video blog explaining the idea, then go to her youtube page, share your story and connect!

i absolutely love it when i get to see ideas connect and bring people together!





catching up and being the middle…

11 11 2008

i know it’s been quite a little bit since i’ve actaully blogged something other than crazy youtube videos.  trust me when i tell you that it has not been for the lack of things to blog about.  my life is crazy and there is rarely ever a dull moment.  those of you who are close to me pretty much already know all this stuff, but for the sake of those on the fringes, let me give you the skinny on the goings on of the last few months on my life…

  • i resigned from my job with israel & new breed over 3 months ago.  i love israel and my season there was incredible, but sometimes you just know that it’s time to move to what’s next, even if you aren’t exactly sure what that may be.  i am thankful for the wisdom to know and the courage to step out when i had no idea what was next
  • after being in houston for 9 months, i knew it was not the place i wanted to plant my life.  so i left.
  • i left nashville close to 4 years ago to move to dallas and work with kirk, but moved back to nashville 12 days ago, and couldn’t be happier
  • i have started my own company… more on that soon.  🙂
  • there is more new music flying around than i know what to do with, but i am doing my best to keep up
  • my life has changed drastically in the last 4 years… 3 years… 2 years… year… 6 months… 2 months… if you blink, you might miss what’s going on right now
  • i am so overwhelmed at how God is faithful to deepen my life by the people that he brings into my life.  there are relationships i have today that are very purposeful and strategic from an eternal perspective that i didn’t necessarily have even a year ago
  • i have come to realize that as people of purpose, we will spend much more of our life in “the middle”… and “becoming” than we will actually “being”.  and that the journey defines us more than the destination
  • i love people.  file everything else under that…
  • i am blessed beyond anything i could have ever imagined… i am getting my life back, and running in the path that God has for me… there have been some really crazy and even rough times over the past 4 years… 3 years… 2 years… 6 months… 2 months… but i wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.  i am becoming… i’m in the middle, and i find comfort in knowing i am surrounded by so many who are working the middle in their life, too
  • word to your mother