Monday, August 30, 2010

Thank You...

Recently read these comments in an email and it sparked great interest:

It's the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Today is a new day, take time to thank those who are willing to serve so that we have the freedoms we do. Next time you stand to salute the Flag or sing the anthem remember those who are serving in dangerous environments because they believe that you are worth it. Thanks to all our service men and women who so diligently serve. God bless you.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Tale of Two Hares...

So I dropped off my kiddos at the babysitter's to head to work this morning and while I was scooting across this little back road I noticed two rabbits chasing each other back and forth on the highway. From about 200 yards off it seemed funny then the closer I got the more the reality of a squishy bunny set in and the chasing seemed to turn into mass confusion. The rabbits were just running in circles at one point then started to dart to the right quickly reversing direction and heading back to the left. I (out loud) said, "little bunnies you better get committed!" They safely darted off the road and into a field of lush green grass. Then it hit me, "Jimmy, you better get committed." So often we are like these two rabbits running in circles, either playing or in total confusion not sure what to do or where we are going. It's time we get committed and here are a couple reasons.

1. People are watching.

Just like that other little rabbit that was simply following everything the other was doing we are leading someone. I had a gentlemen I hold in high regard shoot me very straight the other night and for that I will be forever grateful. He said, "Jimmy, the reason they aren't doing anything is because they are watching you." I, personally don't want to be the one to lead my team, family, and friends under the wheel of a car because I chose not to get committed.

2. Your dreams/goals matter.

I don't know what that looks like for you. I don't know if it's material things or the time freedom, but what I do know is that it's YOUR dream and you are the owner. The only thing that stops you from achieving your dreams is you.

3. Your family is worth it.

I wake up every day with two little blessings and a wife who puts up with all my faults. If I decide to quit I'm not giving up on just me but my family and their dreams some not even born yet.

Don't live life running in circles waiting for things to change or someone else to get committed, you get committed and achieve your goals. Commitment = Consistency and Consistency = Commitment.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Second Day of Spring...

Wow, Second day of Spring 2010 and we end up with 10 inches on our porch! So crazy! Then on Tuesday they are calling for highs around 65. Jim Rohn who I consider a mentor always said, "You have summer, then fall, then winter, then spring, then summer...WRITE IT DOWN!" Cycles of life happens but there are always constants that we can count on. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. His final comment on the subject was, "if you don't like it that's fine when you get your own planet you can do what you wish." I am constantly in awe of God. I believe that as far as I can remember these may have been the biggest snowflakes I've ever seen, yet no snowflake is alike. Amazing. Have you ever thought about the true splendor of God? I'm amazed as I read through God's word how no one who came in contact with the Father or Jesus left the same person. Wait, I guess there were some. They were the legalism of the time, the law experts, Pharisee's, etc. Even though Jesus constantly showed them miraculous things they were so blinded by the fact of the laws being broken they couldn't see the beauty in the Father. The beauty that He was now sending His Son to abolish what they actually treasured more than a relationship with God which is what was supposed to be the point. How often do we get caught up in the law (typically ones WE created) and lose sight of the fact that the reason we were created was to love the Father...don't overlook the snowflakes.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Man boobs...

Okay, let me just start if you are offended at this post I'm sorry but it's life...I found a picture that I thought was "appropriate" for my readers. Here's the skinny, I don't want my 30's to involve these. Just the other day I was in the kitchen fixing some supper for the kids and Caleb made me laugh and for some odd reason at that very moment I noticed more than ever a slight jiggle on my chest. Now, I'm not ignorant I understand I have developed some flab on my stomach but to feel my chest bounce a sense of fear and sudden anxiety overtook me. It was obvious that even though MY world stopped everyone else's didn't. Caleb had noticed the sudden fear over take my face and posed the question, "What's wrong daddy?". What was I to say I couldn't say, "well son, you're dad is developing man boobs and it's his only fear in life...", that just wouldn't have worked out well. So I began to laugh/cry again to make things better. Honestly, one of, if not my biggest fears is to have a gut so big that I lose sight of my toes. So, tomorrow starts my journey of dropping the weight. It starts with better eating and continuing the exercising. Pray for me and my loss of man boobs.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thoughts on 30...

Okay so here I am, 30 years after God granted me my first breath and my mom held me tight in her arms. It seems to be a serious time of reflection to me today. What did my mom and dad think when they held me 30 years ago in an old hospital in Springdale? Mom reminds me often of how she hates the smell of tar because that day they were spreading tar on the roof of the old hospital and the smell along with labor was making her very noxious. My Aunt Cathy shared with me today her feelings of exuberance due to my head of red hair. Isn't it funny, I mean really. I have no fear of getting old. I don't desire to get weak or decrepit or die a slow death but age has never frightened me. I understand that with age comes wisdom and just one day closer to my eternal goal. For some reason this year, this day has honestly made me consider my previous 30 years. Tim McGraw has a song called "My Next 30 Years." Fittingly appropriate I listened to it this morning on You Tube and agreed with Tim. So anyways here's what I've learned in 30 years...

  1. Life is not all about the goals but the journey you take to reach your goals and who you become along the way.
  2. Two things that are most important on Earth. Credit Score and Integrity.
  3. If God is for me who can be against me?
  4. I am blessed and highly favored.
  5. Speak life into every part of who you are; family, friends, job, yourself, etc.
  6. Good books and audio WILL change your life.
  7. Work Harder on you than you do at your job.
  8. Drink more water.
  9. Good health and nutrition is important.
  10. Hug Ash and kids today b/c tomorrow's not promised.
  11. Leave a legacy.
  12. I am guilty but pardoned.
  13. Who we associate with will effect our attitudes, goals, family, and income.
  14. Butter still tastes good.
  15. I control my attitude and my actions, no one else.
  16. When I see the sun set in the west in all it's splendor at it's largest viewing, and darkness begins to set on my home, the sun, stars, and moon are only one tiny part in a vast space that God has set into motion perfectly and controls. Yet in all His splendor and creations He is most proud of me.
I love you, you are blessed even in difficulty, I believe in you, you will succeed, God is for you, He knows your heart, hug your loved ones, laugh, live. Looking forward to the next 30 with you.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Snow Days

So my job pretty well rocks. I get the opportunity to impact hundreds of lives of students while having a blast doing it, and, I get snow days. I'm like a little kid again. Everyone's praying for no snow and or ice and I'm just saying BRING IT ON! Okay, maybe not the ice but you know what I mean. We have had one of the coldest winters I can remember since I was a little kid. I haven't seen snow stay on the ground this long in years. With another "chance" of a snow tonight it might mean another snow day or two to finish out the week. Sweet. The high on Friday is 5...yeah, I said 5. Wow...looks like I'll be hitting up my new found Atari. Sure I could spend 300 bucks on a system or 50 bucks for 2 with 43 games and joysticks and paddles...yeah...that's right. Brad Paisley is right, welcome to the future. We thought that was intense and when Pit came out the graphics were astounding! Now we play games that are so life like I feel guilty for shooting someone. Anywho. Hope all is well in Blog land for anyone bored enough to have followed along this far. Good day and God bless. I mean that.