Skip to content

Breaking News!!!

November 19, 2008

The Edmond Sun discovers the key to fitness.

edmond-sun-fitness1

My Wants or Your Needs?

November 17, 2008

2 Timothy 3:1-5
1    But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
2    People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3    without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
4    treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–
5    having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
(NIV)

I keep coming across teachings on this passage and it has been slapping me across the face.  Paul says that in the end times people will be lovers of themselves.  It has really forced me to take a look at my life and fight the constant battle of selfishness.  I was studying and read one commentary that said, “lovers of self is the sewer pipe out of which all of the other garbage flows.”

Think about it.  Selfishness is the root of all the other sins listed in this passage.  Loving yourself causes you to love money, to think too highly of yourself, to treat others badly, to do only what you want, and the list goes on and on.

Lord, let me always focus more on others instead of myself.  As I live this life of comfort, may I remember to pray for those less fortunate.  As I don’t even have to think about where my next meal will come from, let me think of those who are starving.  As I choose what shoes to wear today, let me think of those who don’t have any.  Let me focus more on other’s needs ahead of my wants.  Lord, please help me to love others more than I love myself!

Pray

November 13, 2008

We need to pray for President-elect Obama.

Pray for Obama

I love this picture because it shows a positive image of Barack Obama.  It is time to put aside all of the negative images and stories that have been emailed around and start praying for the man that is going to lead our country.

50,000 Shoes in 50 Days

November 10, 2008

The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge

Today I am joining in with bloggers all over the country to launch a new campaign trying to raise enough money for 50,000 pairs of new shoes in 50 days.  Soles4Souls is an international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in desperate need.  The website for this fundraising campaign is www.50000shoes.com.  The Soles4Souls challenge begins today and ends on Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

Donating is easy and takes just a click and a couple of minutes.  The monetary donation is small. $5.00 will buy two pairs of new shoes. Shoes not only bring hope, but in millions of cases they can save lives.  It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unworn shoes lying in their closets while over 300 million children around the world have never owned a pair of shoes.

I donated last night and it is super easy.  It is only $5 and takes just a couple of minutes. Go now to www.50000shoes.com and donate and make a difference in someone’s life.

Resist Mediocrity

November 7, 2008

I have talked before about the search for excellence.  I talked about not letting your perception of a task determine how hard you are going to attack it.  Or don’t allow yourself to become mediocre if you feel it will still accomplish the task.

Seth Godin wrote a post today called, The sad lie of mediocrity.  I thought he nailed it with his analysis of mediocrity and its effects.  He says,

Doing 4% less does not get you 4% less.

Doing 4% less may very well get you 95% less.

That’s because almost good enough gets you nowhere. No sales, no votes, no customers. The sad lie of mediocrity is the mistaken belief that partial effort yields partial results. In fact, the results are usually totally out of proportion to the incremental effort.

Big organizations have the most trouble with this, because they don’t notice the correlation. It’s hidden by their momentum and layers of bureaucracy. So a mediocre phone rep or a mediocre chef may not appear to be doing as much damage as they actually are.

The flip side of this is that when you are at the top, the best in the world, the industry leader, a tiny increase in effort and quality can translate into huge gains. For a while, anyway.

Mediocre effort will not yield mediocre results.  Resist mediocrity in your search for excellence!

You can view Seth Godin’s original post here.

Call Me Humbled

November 4, 2008
tags:

Jordan had his last football game of the season tonight. Unfortunately, he had what was probably the worst game I have ever seen him play. Ever.

I was on him pretty hard during the game. And he is probably even harder on himself. After the game, as everyone was clearing out, I looked around to find him. I finally see him all by himself at the end of the field leaning up against the chain link fence.

I walked over to him and said harshly, “Jordan are you crying? Are you pouting?” He replied “No” to both of my questions. So I said, “Well, what are you doing?” Without lifting his head he said, “I’m praying!”

Well, at least one of us had their attitude straight. Humbled yet again by one of my kids.

Go Vote!

November 4, 2008

i-voted-sticker

Then go get some free coffee!