Monday, July 26, 2010

Jacks Fork River Trip

Went Canoeing this weekend with some friends...
Eminence, MO...Population of about 500...In the middle of nowhere Missouri. I am starting to get used to the new camera...but please bear with me as I am still a n00b.
Here are two of my favorite pics that kinda sum up the weekend:
Simply beautiful:



A flash from a simpler time:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Everything

Continued...
Doing nothing is a choice, and when used in moderation it can be a good thing.
We all need to unplug at one time or another (not just from the 'net). It is good for the soul and besides that, God tells us to do it so 'nuff said.

But then there is doing something. What are you doing? Are you doing enough? Too little? Working to the bone? Making lots of $$$? Building a house? Going to school? Laying around?

I think that there is truth in that HOW+WHY > WHAT+WHEN. Huh?
As a Christian, I have found that How I go about a task and Why I go about doing it is much more important (to me) than the What or When.
The What and When I speak about is in terms of business. It is, when one breaks it down, one of the essential business principles: Right place, right time (I leave out "right product" because I have been known to be lazy and it doesn't fit in to today's montage).
When I started in business, I wanted that perfect placement...right place, right time...I was willing to do just about anything to get it...chasing the dream, right? Provide for my family, put your head down and go...it doesn't matter what the cost...as long as you are moving ahead...

Long story short, I chased it for a bit, almost lost a marriage, weirded out my heart and realized that yes, God does answer prayers....and brings you close to Him, whether you are ready for it or not.
(Ask me about praying for responsibility and being a bull later)

Anyways, suffice it to say I have learned a lot about myself and God in the past few years..still learning, but at least I know my thumbs from my pinkies, most of the time.

Back to the How and Why..I have learned over the years, that I don't really put half a heart into anything. When I choose to do something, I go full tilt (I know a lot of people like this). I usually forget about the brakes and just hit the gas.
But I have found that I can go full bore for the right reasons, and work toward the right purposes to make a difference. I have found that by going about my tasks with God in my heart helps to guide my path...that I can put my head down and go full bore and not be knocked off the correct course.
Choosing the "Hows" and "Whys" of the tasks take care of the "Whats" and the "Whens". These are things that I do not have to worry about. God takes care of them and puts me exactly where I need to be, when I need to be there.
He may not place me there when I want, but he is never late.

More later, I have bored you enough...

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nothing

For the past 2.5 years, I have rarely taken a moment to breathe. Between school, work, spending time with KT and working with the youth my time has been taken...even before I could schedule something...This weekend has been the first time that I have forced myself to do, well, nothing. It is hard. I take after my father in that respect...always moving.

I am actually appreciative of doing nothing for a day or two. I feel that it has given me perspective on two things (a lot more really, but two things come to mind right now).
First, it gives me perspective on perspective. Funny huh. People tend to get busy. As we get busier, it becomes normal. We tend to just pile more stuff on and accept it as our normal pace. In terms of motion, it actually has a name.

Velocitation:
A verb meaning to become "speed blind". After traveling at what initially feels like high speed for a while (typically in a car), your brain become accustomed to how fast everything rushes past, so that it no longer looks fast. This leads you to subconsciously underestimate your speed. When you slow down to "normal" speed, it feels like you're barely moving.

How fast are you moving?

Who knows what Exodus 20:8-11 says? It's the 4th commandment. Care to take a stab? It comes before Thou shall not murder, adultery, steal...
It is To remember the Sabbath. To take a rest, to recharge...to do no work.
(I think that there is a provision for those in ministry that they can substitute another day, unspoken of course :-D ).
We forget about this one, but God found it to be so important, He put it right after Himself, before He talked about how to deal with other people. Mind you, the 10 Commandments are more for our good than His, if this commandment is second only to God, He must see it as an important thing.
Take a day off. Enjoy it. In today's world, unplugging is tough, near impossible, but ENTIRELY NEEDED.
Smell the roses...Ferris Bueller had some pretty good wisdom, granted God came up with it first.

The second thing that I realized, is that I don't like sitting around. I am happiest when I am moving...just maybe not that fast. I think that in their heart of hearts, everyone wants to be productive...positive...to leave an impression.
People talk of legacies, about leaving behind an imprint...a foot print, a hand print, a way for the world to remember them by. I don't know if I am content with that.
People talk of what they can leave their family, what stuff they can impart to their loved ones...problem is that whether they know it or not, it's not their stuff to begin with...It's His. Don't agree? Deal with it. You will figure it out sooner or later...but I digress..
I think that more important treasures are what we can impart to others...our knowledge, skills and findings from this life...
Give your time. Give your support. Give. Just give.
I have found through my time serving that I tend to learn just as much, if not more than those that I teach....

Anyways, this is long winded and I am leaving it half finished. I will write more to finish the second half of what I have in this balding bobble-head...

Friday, February 26, 2010

My First Official Weekend

I am kinda excited for this weekend, even though we are not doing anything out of the ordinary. This is the first official weekend of my new schedule. I am thinking that we might catch a movie, but I am actually having a hard time coping with the fact that I have a lot of extra time on my hands. Part of me wants to just sit and do nothing (staring at the wall is always an option), but another part of me is itching to start some projects (Honey-dos, if you will) that are long over do.
The problem is that it is still cold out...
So my HUGE idea is to see if I can convince the better half that it would be a GREAT weekend for a Lord of the Rings or Star Wars marathon...
I will update on my success/failure later.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Be Bold

Ephesians 6:19-20:

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Some may understand what this truly means. There are many people in my life that do not understand, do not comprehend and there are many that know, but deny it.

I cannot control anything in my life except for my actions, words and influence.
My prayer tonight is that I can perform my tasks with Christ always forefront in my mind and heart.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Home Stretch

So it is official. One last class. As of yesterday, I am officially Cisco CCENT, CCNA, and CCNA + IINS Sercurity certified...for 3 years, and then I get to take the tests again.
After passing the last test yesterday, I officially began my home stretch (in my own mind) for being done with school.
This is my last week that I will be pressed to have homework done on time, but after that I will only have 1 assignment per week for 10 more weeks. CAKE! (hope that I'm not jinxing myself).

Problem that I noted yesterday though: my body is breaking. I think that my subconscious can sniff the finish line and is starting to offload some of the stress...I woke up this morning having no idea what day it was or what I was doing out of bed at 5am (my normal wake up time). Anyways...weird.

I look forward to subjecting my faithful 1.5 readers (cumulative, round up to 2) to LOTS of rambling.

I haven't even gotten into what my plans are for working with the youth...that is a different post.

To tie all of this craziness together, suffice it to say that I am so very happy to see the light at the end.
BTW had an awesome day yesterday! Not ONLY did I pass the ccna stuff, BUT the Schwann man stopped by! FTW! Dilly bars? oh yeah! But one of my favorites is the bagle dogs...about as close to Portillo's as I will be getting for awhile..truly not even in the sam ball park, but I will take it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Can't wait.

Officially, 9 more days till I am done with school and Cisco training. Well..not done with school, but down to one single class. It has been a tough 2 years. Not only for me, but for Katie as well.
I am looking forward to a bit of free time to use as I choose. Most likely I will look into some web dev projects (Kustom Kate) and other stuff. Most of all, I think that I need to let my mind rest a bit.

I also have a few ecommerce ideas to figure out for myself...but anyways...
9 more days.