Life Slides

21 02 2009

I recentlt had a picture of how God journeys with us through life. I watched a huge inflatable slide as fathers and sons got up and slide down over and over again. Each time the same wide eyed excitement and smiles filled the air. Occasionally there was the scared kid who cried their way down…but they were fine as they arrived at the bottom to a big embrace from their father.

The picture I saw through it all was an image of our heavenly father. How He goes down the slides of life with us. Gently bringing us to the slides that are going to lead is the right way, but ultimately letting us decide the slides we want to ride. Some slides lead us down to trouble. Some take us off track. Some lift us up and over to where we need to be.

One thing is certain, God our father rides down everyone with us. He’s there with a safe warm embrace on the ride that leave us in fear. He always there with us, enjoying the ride.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

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Balance

20 02 2009

Funny thing about balance, it requires a reference point…then constant adjustments to maintain it. This week has been a balancing act for me. In some areas the right adjustments were made and balance found. In too many areas I felt like this guy:
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How are you balancing this week?

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Don’t Click

12 02 2009

Words you don’t normally hear. Words that immediately have context and connotation to the web. Now enter a site that is breaking old models to website navigation….breaking habits that are ingrained in our web experiences. Enter a new frontier, just Don’t Click.

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Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Fear and Excuses

12 02 2009

We are taking a deeper look at the book of Hebrews in church. This past week was a close look at fear. As I’ve camped on it this week, and unpacked it even further in small group tonight I realized something about fear in my life.

Two fears I deal with at varying levels are failure and abandonment. Like I said, they come and go at different levels…and now I’m looking at my life this week in a different filter I’ve had a revelation about failure.

Failure will do one of two things. It will either motivate you or deter you. It will pick you up, or pull you down. People either run in fear of it, or…if you’re Thomas Edison then you embrace it…learn from it…and use it to make the path to success. In the words of Edison, “I have not failed, I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

I want 2009 to be filled with success…but I know failure will be a part of this year too. I will embrace failure and learn from it. In the end, there is no excuse…only lessons. My motto, my drink for the year,
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Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Steadfast Love

10 02 2009

Following God, being a true disciple requires committment, follow-through, and faithfulness. When you look in Chronicles, it’s easy to get all pumped up to make a turn towards God…a move to repentance. But, when we don’t lay it all on the altar, when we don’t look for all the false idols/distractions…when we don’t continue to crucify our selfish desires, we allow the enemy a foothold to creep back in. We fall back to being warm, not pumped up and hot for God.

As in Chronicles, it usually ends with a fall back to where we were. Which is always further away from God. It happens subtly, before we know it we are distant.

God’s love is steadfast…always red hot for us. His promise…is independant of anything we try to earn or achieve. His truth, His DNA, His charecter, is Love. We bow down to a God who is Love.

Breathe In & Smile Out
Chris





I’m Singing

6 02 2009

What is God taking you through right now? What have you gone through and come out singing? Great song, great testimonies, we are loved by a Great God!

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Last Minute

1 02 2009

I have been known to do things at the last minute, and while I don’t plan that way…sometimes it just happens. There are some companies who make a living on people who do things at the last minute, take a look at this one:

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What you don’t see in that navigation bar is, Music Business, Recording Studios, Tours, Publicity, Marketing…and I could go on and on. Because when it comes to professional services there is no room for last minute planning/execution. There are times when you have to adjust the plan real time to effect impact. There is no time for the last minute to become a moment when you decide at the last minute not to do it. The ensuing train wreck follows.

Be intentional this week…don’t wait to the last minute…follow through and do what you say you’re going to do.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris