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Brain Dump – July 23, 2014


  • God keeps providing new clients and opportunities to connect more with great personalities through Keynote Content. At least four big opportunities are on the horizon and they’re big, I mean, huge. I’m praying for God to keep opening doors and giving me clarity to keep building His business the right way.
  • If there’s one thing I’ve been reminded about this week, it’s that the average person doesn’t know anything about Hamas, Palestine, Israel, ISIS, Syria, and what’s really going on in the Middle East. In more than one way, things rarely change.
  • I love the message of Colbie Caillat’s new music video “Try”. It’s a great conversation starter on how mirrors and media are some of the worst perspective-setters.
  • An idea with organization is called a plan. Know the difference between an idea and a plan. Ideas are cheap. Period. Anybody can come up with an idea. Ideas are usually organic and messy and disjointed. The hard part is taking an idea and putting boundaries and purpose behind its future and then the real mastery is earned.
  • We were made by a Creator to be creators in imitation of Him. Our art and design needs to take more lessons from creation. Nothing that’s the color white in the natural world lasts very long: snow, clouds, teeth, waves, etc. God put us in a vibrant world for a reason. Take a tip from creation: expand the palette of your life experience by adding color where you can.
  • Kara and I got to spend the weekend up in Estes Park connecting with different summer camp staff and leaders. I’m humbled and amazed at how God carries on opportunities I was blessed to help start seven years ago. And guess what? It’s growing and changing lives without me, another great reminder of the small part I get to play in God’s massive plan.
  • The Gospel is the greatest message you could ever share. Why does Christ’s sacrifice makes such a dynamic change in your life? It takes practice and guts to share something as beautifully polarizing and personal as your story of faith.
  • God still holds tomorrow.

Be a voice, not a parrot


Have you ever heard someone talking and it sounds like they’re just stringing quotes together? It’s pretty obvious. Nothing sounds original. You almost want to put air quotes on either side of them to set the right context for what they’re saying.

I’ve been “the quoter” before. For the record, there’s nothing wrong with quoting someone else. It’s more valuable though that I can articulate my own reaction to what a quote means. If I’m just using quotes to sound smart, then I’ve missed the whole point.

With so much verbal noise today, it’s tempting to just parrot back different trendy quotes or ideas. If I was meant to be a parrot, I’d have wings and feathers. Whenever I do that, I miss the most important part: why did those quotes strike me in the first place? It’s my responsibility to figure out where I stand with ideas I engage, even if I ultimately realize, “I don’t know how I feel about that.”

There’s a massive conversation going on about God and faith and the Bible and church and culture. And we get to be a part of that conversation.

In that conversation though, we each have a responsibility: be a voice, not a parrot.

You don’t have to be a super genius, or even be absolutely certain what you believe about other opinions and ideas… but you do have to be yourself. You may not be the most recognized, smartest, most educated philosopher of today (it’s okay, I’m not either!), but you get to share your unique perspective on other people’s ideas.

We don’t need the next Albert Einstein or Plato or Thomas Edison; we need the first you. Share your ideas. Share your perspective. In your own way and to the best of your own ability, know what you believe and why. Have your own voice.

And don’t be a parrot. Parrots are noisy. Parrots say what people train them to say. You were made for more than just a pretty bird; you’re made in the image of God capable of original critique and thought.

Be a voice, not a parrot.