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Brain Dump – July 17, 2014

Mind - 01Once my schedule shifts into summer mode, I try to capture a variety of random ideas and thoughts into a weekly brain dump.

  • I’ve been learning a lot of chasing dreams. There’s an art to refining your dream and squeezing it into specific goals, steps, and actions. You can’t just make it happen; it’s taming the rogue side of a whisper. It takes discipline, passion, and a gut-drive to want to live for something significant.
  • Did you know that atoms are over 99% empty space? Just empty nothing-ness. If we took all the empty space out of all the atoms in the universe, the entire universe would fit in a ping-pong ball.
  • Speaking of being disciplined, one of the greatest disciplines is creativity. Anyone can throw chaos into action. It takes a disciplined artist to harness the collective scramble into intelligent creation.
  • If you’ve never heard of Eric Thomas, look him up! He is one of the voices I choose to listen to with following my dreams. Lions and zebras both wake up and need to run with everything they’ve got to survive. Are you a lion or a zebra?
  • Speaking of passion, I’m getting a little tired of lukewarm pastors saying, “I’m burned out.” For some pastors I say that’s impossible; you were never on fire in the first place. If you don’t have the fire of God’s message and heart for His people burning in your bones, it’s spiritually impossible for you to burn out because it just ain’t there! Where’s your fire?! Does ministry burnout happen? Absolutely. Don’t cheapen burnout by overlooking your lack of passion from the start.
  • How does the Church handle marijuana? That’s a great question and it’s one I’m hoping to launch into some great conversations with different pastors, believers, and other really interesting voices. August is when I’m hoping to dive deeper into the conversation.
  • To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, “You are you, there is no one who can be more youer than you, of this is the most truest of true.” So, stop trying to be someone else and be comfortable in your own skin. Don’t be the next famous so-and-so; be the first you.
  • I’ve just finishing up a six-month reading of the Gospels. A few things I’ve realized: the crucifixion and death of Jesus makes me more and more uncomfortable the more I realize the depth of my own depravity, and there’s plenty Jesus said that I understand less than I “understood” five years ago.
  • God still holds tomorrow.
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The blog turns four!

4th anniversaryToday marks four years I’ve been blogging. Some of the highlights:

  • 70,000+ views
  • 3,600+ shares
  • 523 followers (and counting)

And all while being a dude who blogs without ever wearing, or ever wanting to wear scarves, V-necks, guyliner, or skinny jeans.

Blog, I’ll be honest, there are times I’ve hated you. Between late night writer’s funk to the early morning sacrifice, you haven’t always been my favorite hobby. I’ve left you on the side of the road for weeks. I’ve been tempted to drop you like 4th period French, to scrap away everything and just chalk it up to external processing. Nope, not gonna do it. At least, not yet. You got a fresh facelift around Memorial Day and we’re back in business.

To those of you who are part of my faithful tribe, thank you for following. Your support, comments, push back, hate mail (thanks again, Grandma), and sharing in this messy, brain-barfing collection of my ideas, struggles, and platforms continue to be a valuable blessing to my life. Thank you.

The biggest blessing though has been seeing how my Savior and Creator continues carving and honing my heart through these postings. Some of the highest and lowest points of my faith and life are stitched into these words. I’m a strong man, follower of Christ, pastor, and thinker because of these past four years.

So, before I start shouting, “Four more years!” here’s to another year hitting “Publish” and knowing that if only God Himself chose to read this, it’s still His work in my life that makes this writing worth the while.

Happy 4th birthday.