Sunday, September 30, 2012

Making Memories - September 2012

- taking the kids on a hike at Waterford Bridge (learning to pee in a bottle)
- preaching at Quarry Church on 'Breaking Camp'
- lunch w/ the Hohm's
- Annual Labor Day weekend root beer floats with the neighborhood
- DJJD dinner and rides
- Jacob's birthday dinner at George's, Raider football game, Applebee's for snacks
- DJJD Rodeo with Uncle Jason, Aunt Janelle and cousins

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Culver's and Conversation

My son Jacob is playing in a flag football league twice a week.  He's having a blast running around the field with his huge orange mouth guard in his mouth, shouting and encouraging his teammates.  He's not the fastest running or the most 'game smart' but he loves it and he does an awesome job cheering on others.

After the game I took him to Culver's and we enjoyed a concrete mixer and some conversation.  It was a nice time just being together and talking.  I tried to engage him and find out about what was going on at school or anything else he wanted to talk about.  We didn't get into the weighty theological conversations I was hoping for, (smiley face), but we did have fun talking about sports, friends, and how to treat others with kindness in all situations.

I'm a believer that there is huge gains to be made in small deposits of time and energy into children.  However, I don't do mini dates nights like this with my kids enough.  Tonight was a good reminder of the importance of short, focused, one-on-one time with my kids.

What fun things do you like to do with your kids that make positive deposits in your relational bank with them?

Monday, September 10, 2012

17 Leadership Laws

These seventeen leadership laws are from Pastor Mark Batterson's blog.

1. Tough decisions only get tougher.
2. Negativity is cancer.  Kill it or it will kill you.
3. No Margin = No Vision.
4. If you listen to God people will listen to you.
5. Don’t let your budget determine your vision.
6. Everything is an experiment
7. If your life is interesting your messages will be interesting.
8. Don’t just dream big. Think long.
9. Put your family first
10. Who you’re becoming is more important than what you’re doing.
11. Work like it depends on you. Pray like it depends on God.
12. If you have something to say, say it.
13. Be Yourself
14. Don’t live for the applause of people.
15. I’d rather have one God idea than a thousand good ideas.
16. You cannot break the law of sowing and reaping.
17. Enjoy the journey

Sunday, September 09, 2012

C.S. Lewis on When Friends Let You Down

Thoughts from John Piper and C.S. Lewis about 'when a friend lets you down',
I think what one has to remember when people “hurt” one is that in 99 cases out of a 100 they intended to hurt very much less, or not at all, and are often quite unconscious of the whole thing. I’ve learned this from the cases in which I was the “hurter.” When I have been really wicked and angry and meant to be nasty, the other party never cared or even didn’t notice. On the other hand, when I have found out afterwards that I had deeply hurt someone, it has nearly always been quite unconscious on my part. 
- C. S. Lewis, Letters to an American Lady, Grand Rapids, 1967, 57
Proverbs. 19:11, “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” 
And we should keep our eyes fixed on Jesus who was abandoned by all 11 of his apostles, and was denied by Peter. Then he built the church on them!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

10 Random Thoughts

1. Writing sermons is hard work.
2. Happy for my Dad who retired August 31.
3. My wife HATES being in nature.
4. Proud of Stephanie for running the Women Rock 10K.
5. I married a great gal. (overlooking #3)
6. Opening a new Walmart store is exhausting.
7. Notre Dame football is back baby!
8. I'll miss Canvas Church tomorrow.
9. I miss the Shull family.
10. Had fun with the kids today: hiking and downtown Northfield trips.