Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Stamp of God

"Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God." -Oswald Chambers

Well said Mr. Chambers.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Quote from The Uprising

"Leaders of integrity don't simply lead by example; they lead by essence.These leaders call others only to choose the life they have already chosen.They don't point the way down a certain path; they pave the way where no path exists. They inspire others not only by their words and actions, but by the promise of the kind of people we can become. A person of integrity never lies about the journey. He acknowledges in humility where he came from, who he is, and where he hopes to go. His accomplishments, as great as they may be, never overshadow his character." -The Uprising by Erwin McManus

Monday, August 21, 2006

A Quarter Century Hath Past

Today I am officially an old man. I have begun the downward spiral after heading through the first quarter century of life. I actually caught myself beginning a thought recently of "when I'm 30..." Wow, I never would have had that type of thought several years back. Ah well, youth was good but now I must embrace the older and wiser part of life. Maybe I'm actually an adult now.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Recently Read Books

Three by Ted Dekker: Excellent writing, kinda blows your mind at the end in the 6th Sense sort of way.
In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham: gripping account of Gracia and her husband's time as hostages of radical islamic militants in the Philippine jungle. They are modern day martyrs
The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers by James Citrin: good advice on things to think about when defining a career path.
TwentySomeone by Craig Dunham and Doug Serven: all about that crucial decade which directs the rest of one's life.
Cure for the Common Life (Living in Your Sweet Spot) by Max Lucado: more of the previous two above books in Lucado's great illustrative style.
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt: an economist takes a look at crazy things like cheating in sumo wrestling, teachers cheating in the classroom on standardized tests, and a variety of other wierd things
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond: the classic children's story, since I'll be living right next store I figured I should read up on my neighbor.
The Millionare Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko: great common sense information about what it takes to be a millionare and how those who may look prosperous may just be fronting.
Blink by Ted Dekker: good novel on an American genius and an Arabian princess.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

In Management- for God

From July 28ths, journal entry: Recently, I got a better picture and perspective on being a manager of that which You have entrusted to me. This is not me and mine but rather Yours. It puts a whole new view on things when I think of managing God's money, God's car, God's apartment, God's time, God's guitar, God's body He has given to me, It helps to bring to light much more the spirit of a partnership. You've entrusted these things, talents, abilities, etc. to me and want to work with me to bring glory to your name and consequently prosper me in my walk with You.

The master/servant relationship seems to have some what of a negative conotation. I don't think it is intended to be taken as a "lording over" type of relationship but really more that of co-laborer, friend, and counselor. Ultimately, yes, master but a master willingly and joyfully served.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Quote of the Day

"Money is like manure. Left in one pile it stinks. Spread around in piles, it grows things." -Dave Ramsey

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Endurance 50

Check out this guy at . He's going to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. That is what we call a feat of mack daddy proportions.
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