Archives For Goals

There are certain things in life that should not be touched.

Especially by nobody other than your spouse. Yes, you may have to “adjust” it from time to time, but then again…you really shouldn’t be playing around with it anyway.

Some like to refer to it as their “secret place”, but whatever you like to call it, it must be protected. I’m talking about your “private” times with Jesus.

Of course..

So much time and money is spent on us presenting ourselves well publicly. This isn’t necesarrily a bad thing. It just is what it is. It’s a good thing to shower, wear deoderant, and brush your teeth!

As an old man with little regard for being politcally correct once said, “if the barn needs painting…paint it” (that is of course unless you’re not going for the whole make-up thing…but whatever…do you boo boo)!

The bottom line is this, we daily invest time, energy, and cost into being publicly presentable while we often neglect, cancel, and even avoid spending time with God, who is the “Sustainer of Life”.

Our souls may be a hot mess, but we look FABULOUS!

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I love going places! I love visiting new cities, meeting new people, and I particularly enjoy experiencing new restaurants!

That’s almost exactly the order of my questioning when I’m going to speak, teach, or lead worship at an event. “Tell me about your city. Tell me about your people. Where are we going to eat? BAMM! LET’S GO!”

Anywho, as much as I like to go places, I’m not a huge fan of the travel, and I HATE DELAYS!

When I first started traveling, just the packing itself would drive me crazy. I’ve had my share of missing or misplaced bags, so I try to avoid checking a bag if I can. However, trying to decided what to pack on a three day trip when I’m only taking a carry-on can almost require a word of prophecy. I would start recalling lessons from my mom about making sure I always have plenty of clean underwear. Then I’m making sure my shower gell and toothpaste tubes meet the proper size requirements as to not alert the TSA agents.

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3SecretsToChange

I don’t care how old you are, how young you are, how extroverted you are, or how introverted you are; everyone wants to know that what they do in life matters. Inside every one of us is a deep sense that we were made to make a difference on this planet.

We want to make an impact. We want to make a change.

In my experience as a child, I remember hearing these ideas all the time from Disney movies to after school specials that I could make a difference. Michael Jackson was telling us all, we needed to “make that change”. The movie “The Sandlot” (one of the greatest movies of all time) lit a fire into many a kid that they could be a “legend”! However, a few years later I would find myself working in a hot distribution plant, placing labels on boxes, and boxes on a conveyor belt, and thinking, “this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind”. This job certainly didn’t feel legendary and my warehouse manager didn’t look anything like Wendy Peffercorn!

I began to understand during that time in my life that “making a change” may look a little different in “real life”. Continue Reading…

WHY “THE RISE”?

January 30, 2014 — Leave a comment

20140130-150853.jpgWhat’s good?! We are so thrilled to see how many amazing people have backed our worship project!!! A couple weeks ago we got to introduce one of the new songs from “The Fall” EP at church and the response was incredible! We are convinced more than ever that God is going to use these songs in an amazing way!

As we move closer to our KICKSTARTER deadline I wanted to communicate more of the vision and expectation behind “The Rise” & “The Fall”. The video below offers a look into part 1 of the 2 EP project, “The Rise”.

Please check it out and join us in making this project a reality!

 

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CREAN EGGS AND HAM

March 12, 2013 — 3 Comments

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As an IU fan, Sundays epic battle between two B1G monsters in Indiana and Michigan, was UH-MAZING! Not to mention the heart gripping ending and the conference championship implications.

When that ball aka “The Rock” fell off of the rim, after having hung there for what seem like forever, I jumped, screaming, and lost all regard for whether a baby was asleep in my house or not (thankfully none were). However, when I saw the flood of emotion that came over Victor Oladipo and the amazing shot of Tom Crean sharing that moment with his shooting star of a guard, I thought…this is why I love sports and specifically college basketball. The PASSION that streamed down their faces screamed to everyone watching…this matters…we care.

As a fan, the win gives me bragging rights, makes me want to spend some money on IU gear for me and the boys (Kelley is from Lexington, KY and bleeds UK blue so I have given up her allegiance), and puts me in a good mood for the rest of the afternoon.

For Tom Crean and that IU basketball team, it “mattered” beyond what any casual observer, band wagon fan, or even the most dedicated alum could ever understand.

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The Art of Cutting

March 7, 2013 — 3 Comments

I am a man, quite familiar with blades.

What does that mean, you may ask? Am I a professionally trained knife fighter? No. Do I strategically place weapons around my house in the event of an incursion (ala Dwight Schrute)? Perhaps. Did I start taking iceskating lessons as a young lad by a hard-nosed Canadian minor league hockey coach which lead to me denying my first love and the sport of my youth. Um…NO!

The meaning is two fold.

First of all, I am a hairy man.

The BeastWhen I was a baby faced naive at the age of 17, I remember asking the Lord to allow me to grow facial hair so that I would not look like a 13yr old. I’ve often tried to break that self imposed word curse over the years that has lead to me sowing greatly into the likes of “Gillette”, “The Art of Shaving”, and badger hair…yep…badger hair.

Due to this fascinating rate of facial hair growth, my face has been very accustomed to the feeling of blades (usually four) coming across it…lest I become the urban duck commander.

Every now and then I like to grow out the beard to a nice frothy length or at least until Kelley threatens to never kiss me again. When I take clippers and blades to such a beard, it’s amazing the sense of accomplishment that can result. You can SEE the transformation in a matter of minutes. My favorite is to shave my face, add a little moisturizer, and then go to Kelley so she can populate the cleared space with kisses that seem to say…well done my good and faithful…husband.

Fresh shave

This is the kind of cutting that is easy. I control the shave. I get a quick result. Myself and others can SEE the change immediately. The reward is quick but short lived.

Then there is the second kind of “blade work”. One that I am equally familiar with, but has an infinitely greater weight to it.

This kind of cutting is what I call internal pruning. It’s the kind of cutting that God uses to make us exponentially more fruitful in the long run. It’s the kind of cutting that is often beyond our control if done properly. It’s the kind of cutting that will undeniably change me, but the quality of transformation will ultimately be tested and confirmed over time. It’s the kind of cutting that a few may notice, a couple may recognized, and most will never see. However, it is more real than anything that will ever happen on the surface.

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Isn’t She Lovely!

April 15, 2011 — 5 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the one and only Aria Joy Owens!!!

A few short months ago when Kelley and I were at the doctor’s office for the much anticipated “is it a boy or girl” visit, I remember looking at the ultrasound, realizing we were having a girl, and saying, “I’m not ready to be mush”. Well, ready or not…mush.

I love my boys!!! I love wrestling with them, dancing with them, kissing them, tickling them till they turn beet red. I feel so honored and excited to train up two young champions that will love God, be great husbands, and great dads (in Jesus name).

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