Great read and fits my mindset at this point in my life. A favorite line of mine was this…
"Then I got to thinking. From a certain perspective, a minivan is respectable. In fact, not only respectable, but cool. At my age, I’m no longer fast nor furious. I run in business-oriented author-circles, and I’m not trying to be elite street-racer/ ex-convict Dominic Toretto. Frankly, I don’t have his abs.
So what’s respectable about the minivan? It correctly fits the stage of life I’m in right now. A confident man knows who he is, and isn’t trying to be anyone other than his authentic self.
That knowledge goes a long way toward a man feeling good about the vehicle he owns."
This passage fell on me hard this morning.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
The most painful and deepest penetrating weapon the world has even known is the words of mankind. Understanding and trustworthiness can overcome the hurt that is otherwise inflicted by belittling and slandering. A challenge to us all.
Walking through this chronological reading plan, it’s neat to come across the Psalms intertwined in the timeline of David’s life to see how they all fit together. It’s encouraging to see the things he wrote and the circumstance around when he wrote them.
Psalm 26 was apparently written in and around the time of his struggle with his son Absalom and possibly even after Absalom’s death. To me, this Psalm by David reads as a voice of motivation for staying course and a prayer to God to help in keep that steadfast faith. It was an encouraging passage for me this morning, and maybe it could be the same for someone else out there…
1 Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
test my heart and my mind.t
3 For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.
4 I do not sit with men of falsehood,
nor do I consort with hypocrites.
5 I hate the assembly of evildoers,
and I will not sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence
and go around your altar, O Lord,
7 proclaiming thanksgiving aloud,
and telling all your wondrous deeds.
8 O Lord, I love the habitation of your house
and the place where your glory dwells.
9 Do not sweep my soul away with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10 in whose hands are evil devices,
and whose right hands are full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on level ground;
in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.
This is just plain ridiculous tuning by Hennessey. Impressive numbers, but who will buy this thing?
Here lately I’ve been infatuated with all things design. Clean, simple, technology, performance, design. Once such place where I am able to dive into this field and browse is a new blog that I’ve been following at Yanko Design.
Sometimes I come across things on there that are just flat out good ideas. Sometimes they features design that are overly futuristic or other-worldly. But sometimes they features pieces or designs that I actually want to own myself. These two features from this morning are the latter.
1. The Quad by Bell & Ross
Four Dimensions of Time | via Yanko Design
An awesome, simplified but stylistic, automotive style spin on a watch that makes for an impressive timepieces. I could see this on my wrist.
2. The Frames Wall by Gerard de Hoop
Monocoque Cluster | via Yanko Design
As the article says, frame clusters have made a comeback, but this merger of function and form is an impressive display and efficient use of wall space. I could see this in my office.
I hope to share more from this blog in the future. Good stuff!
Sometimes work can be a bit overwhelming, and other times it can feel like the world is beating me down. I’ve been going through bit of a rough patch at work, and whether it be moments of self-applied or outwardly affected work related stress, this message spoke to me today in ways that I can understand. Sure, I’m not in the same situation David was as the Philistines were battling him at Gath and his life was literally in danger, but in my own context this message can apply to me.
The big verses that jumped out to me in my circumstance where…
(Ps. 56:1-3) A prayer for me to feel God’s grace in a gloomy circumstance and a reminder to put my trust in Him.
1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
2 my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
3 When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
(Ps. 56:6) A relative note on feeling that your every move is being counted against you and weighed.
6 They stir up strife, they lurk;
they watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
(Ps. 56:8) A reminder that God is aware of our conflict.
8 You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
(Ps. 56:11) Confidence that He is in control.
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
(Ps. 56:12) A reminder to do what I do for Him first, and not foremost for the pleasings of man. After all, He gave me my salvation and I owe it all to Him…even my career.
12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
This is a great story and a even greater cause. Reaching out to a monster corporation to deal with a real life issue for those with a daily struggle. Support the movement at #NikeLetter
Here’s a link to a blog posted today on The Resurgence. It was pulled from Perry Noble’s blog (a pastor at New Spring Church in S.C.). The 8 points could easily be spread across the spectrum of how we interact with people day to day in the workplace, church, or simply friendships. Give it a read, I know I needed it.
When I was six, a big event occurred in my life. I became a big brother. I remember my Dad coming to pick me up from Maw Maw Jean’s house and saying “Let’s go meet your sister.”
Ever since that day when I first met Lainey, I’ve been on this sort of sub-conscious mission to be a good example for her and teach her things along the way. It’s not something that I proclaimed to do at any specific moment, just something that looking back now I can see. There are similarities in me and both of my sisters, Lainey and Celeste, and I’d like to think it’s because I’ve been a good example.
Was I, or am I, a protective big brother? I can’t say that I ever have been overly protective of Lainey or Celeste, but I have always wanted the best for both of them and have always hated to see them hurt. That being said, it should still carry some weight when I say that I’ve never been wary of the thought of Lainey spending her life with James. He has always presented himself as a humble and honorable sort of guy. I respect that.
My prayer for them as they begin their lives together as husband and wife is that God would look on them with favor and reveal Himself to them in ways they can understand from day one. I pray that He would give them a glimpse of His will for them. And, in the words of my Dad at the rehearsal dinner, I pray that they will follow the legacy left for them by our grandparents and parents and raise their family in a Christian home and approach every decision in prayer.
I said before that I seem to have been on this sub-conscious mission to teach her things and be an example for her from the first day we met over 24 years ago. Now, that decision is a conscious one and I hope that I can show her, by my example, what a Christian home looks like and what it means to approach every decision in prayer. I’m up for the challenge and by God’s grace I’ll succeed.
I love you Lainey and James. Congratulations and blessings.
This blog post contains excerpts from an interview conducted by Mark Driscoll with Lecrae (a rapper who happens to be Christian).
"Looking at Acts 17 and definitely looking at Paul’s model- seeing what he did on [the Areopagus,] Mars Hill, how he familiarized himself with the sayings, the teachers, the poets, the authors, the gods, and the idols of the day. That’s a necessary thing to do. Also using the Bible as filter and saying, “What does the Bible advocate? What does it not advocate? What does it speak against? What doesn’t it speak against?” So if I say, “Oh, rap, making words rhyme, essentially, is that wrong?” I don’t see anything wrong with that scripturally. But the exaltation of self, the exaltation of self-glorification and money and fame and things along those lines, yeah, the Bible speaks out against those, so in those areas I say, “OK, these are red flags, these are issues that are contradictory to Scripture.”