The Bald Goat

Hello, 2013!!

Almost 2 years ago I decided to write a blog post every day of Lent. It was one of the hardest things I had done to keep this daily discipline. Once I finished I took a break…for almost 2 years.

I admit this hiatus has been a bit more extended than I had anticipated. I fully expected to decompress like…a week.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize I fell off the face of the earth. Completely dropped the ball. Lost my mojo.

I really like to write and blogging is one of the easiest and fun ways to practice the art of writing.

So, I’m gonna dust off this old blog and get back in gear.

Not daily…that, for me, was insane.

Weekly is my goal.

- To get better at this art.

- To share my thoughts and experiences.

To anyone who reads my blog I want to say thank you…and I’m sorry.

Thank you for taking the time to read and maybe even comment!

And I’m sorry because this blog is not for you. It is for me to get better at sharing through the art of writing. I’m not gonna say that you won’t get anything out of this, in fact I kinda hope you do get something out of my blog, but that is not my purpose in blogging.

I look forward to this next year of writing and sharing. Thank you for joining me on the journey!


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My philosophy of life is that, if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out.

– Ronald Reagan
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It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.

– Helen Keller
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One ship drives east and another west
With the self-same winds that blow
‘Tis the set of the sails and not the gales
Which decides the way we go

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox “Tis the Set of the Sail”
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He sat in the roadside Rest Area, full of angst & worry.

Why wasn’t it working?

Finally realized, it wasn’t a Restful Area.

He moved on.

– Patrick Mead (@TravelingMead)
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Happy! Easter!

Easter EggsIt’s that time of year again!

Time for chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, and playing hide and seek with an imaginary bunny. Time for girls to wear pretty new dresses and boys to wear a tie that makes them look like angelic gentlemen…(if only for a few hours!) A special time of festivity and celebration that only happens once a year!

Oh, and the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and returning from the grave to save our souls. Almost forgot about that part…

I am being sarcastic, but we do have the tendency, especially in America, to give in to the commercialism and secular festivities of the season. And I do it, too. I look forward to seeing Piper in her new dress and our boys dressed up in their little man clothes. To hide eggs and watch our kids go and find them. To consume large amounts of marshmallow Peeps and chocolate. 

I am ok with these traditions. I am even ok with not trying to find some way to Christianize these traditions to make them acceptable for a religious holiday. (I do not like you Resurrection Eggs!) They are fun and happy times. But I do think we need to be careful not to lose the “reason for the season”. I don’t think we have to chose. It is not one or the other, to egg or not to egg. I think God likes to watch his children have fun just as much as we like to watch our children have fun. His love for us is incredible!

I think one of the most healthy things we can do is to enjoy our traditions and allow them to be just that, traditions. Have fun and laugh and smile for the camera as we make memories that will last for years to come. But then, never let these joyful things overshadow the amazing joyful event that this day marks for us to remember, the resurrection of Christ and the power of God to overcome all obstacles to save our broken world. Remember this event. Share it with your children and with each other. Be intentional about this part of the day and when your children ask, “What does the easter bunny have to do with God?” you can say, “Nothing. It is just one of those crazy fun things we like to do.”

Lord, I thank you for happy times and fun for the sake of having fun. Let tomorrow be a day filled with laughter and joy. Let us remember the events of 2000 years ago and what it means for us today. Tomorrow let us celebrate the origin of the grace that we embrace every day of the year.


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My Centennial Post

100Hello everyone and welcome to my 100th blog post!

I began putting my stories, thoughts, quotes that make me think, videos and even a recipe online a little over 2 years ago and I am finally reaching post number 100!

This statistic is actually kinda weak…

Since March 9, 2009, over two years ago I have only manages to put out 100 posts and 44 of those posts have happened in the last 45 days! I must say that when I began thinking about my 100th post I became a little excited because that seemed like a real milestone. A true accomplishment, but when I look how long it took to get here I kinda feel pathetic.

But that has been part of my purpose for the Lent: My 47 Day Challenge. I would never complete a blog post because I didn’t have the discipline to sit down and write. I would think about an idea forever until it magically went away and never got posted. There are so many things I could write about and I am learning to actually sit down and do it. I am learning how to look around at everyday things and see ideas and things that inspire or motivate me. 

I try not to get hung up on the analytics of a web site like this. But I can’t tell you how loved it makes me feel when someone says, “I read about that on your blog!” Or when someone leaves a comment about a post. When someone takes the time to read my random thoughts and weird ramblings I am truly, deeply honored.

So in all of this I want to say thank you for joining me on my blog. Not all the posts are gems, but I believe nothing will ever be worth reading if it is never written. (Whoa! That was profound!) 

I also do believe I have reached a milestone that has nothing to do with numbers. I have learned the discipline of writing. I have broken through the barrier and pushed past the struggles. Blogging is not something everyone wants to do, but it is something I wanted to do, but until I stepped up to the challenge I never devoted myself to the discipline. 

What does the future hold?

Well, I still have a couple more posts until the challenge is over and then I will set a new goal. I have finally cleaned off the dust from this site, pulled down the spider webs and settled myself in. It is a comfy space once you get used to it and always open for visitors.

Love and be loved,

Jeremy


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Greatest Hist Collection

musical mindWe had a pretty interesting conversation during lunch today as we sat in the back of our big box truck at a 7-11 and chowed down.

This scene reminded me of Donald Miller’s description of a memorable setting in his book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”. (Amazing read!) This was no ordinary location and places like that make the scene memorable. This whole paragraph does nothing for the conversation I want to share. It is simply an interesting detail that I thought was cool.

So, Brian had been listening to Pandora as we mowed lawns today and he heard a song by an artist that he had never heard before. He thought, “I wonder how many other songs they have recorded that we have never heard because they were not chosen for an album or the radio.” I wondered how many songs never even get recorded. They are simply ideas jotted down in a notebook or scribbled on a napkin. I have heard of artists who have dies that left thousands of unrecorded material behind. These could all be great songs, but they never saw a studio. 

Brian moved our conversation to  think about the most uplifting times or most spiritually impacting times as big spotlight moments, but there may be other moments that are just as important that hardly get our attention. What if a quiet time moment was huge or a time of service to someone in need. What about that good deed that you did that you didn’t even think twice about doing. You didn’t think about it because it was just something you did. Because that is who you are.

Do you think that someday as God is looking back over our lives he will want to reminisce all those awesome Sunday morning worship services you attended and felt moved? Or do you think he will say, “Remember that time when you stopped and helped that guy you didn’t know unload a refrigerator. That was really cool.” At which point you will say, “Oh, I had forgotten about that.”

Some of your greatest moments in life may be the times when you are simply walking with God, living a life that pleases him and allowing him to live in you. The little things, the insignificant things, the things that you do that come naturally because you are allowing God to live through you. We sometimes get hung up on trying to have “Greatest Hits” worship moments that we fail to realize the gems we have in the life we live out in our day to day walk.

Lord, open my eyes to the life that pleases you. To the life that honors you and gives you glory. Help me to see and live the life that is worthy of a greatest hits collection.


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Empty

mowingI have nothing for today.

My mind is blank and even the thoughts I have don’t go any deeper than a thought.

Nothing rises to the surface as anything that can be shared. Only random thoughts that I am sure have merit…just not now.

We have been working extremely hard and it seems that every minute is wrapped around God’s Care. I am not complaining. I believe we are building something special and I am proud to be a part of it. I have just deleted four sentences that I thought would come next, but they just led to dead ends. 

I need to be recharged.

I need more than just rest and comfort. My body is strong and I am blessed to be able to physically handle what I am doing. It is my mind that needs to reboot. I have come to a place where it seems full and empty at the same time. 

Lord, get me out of this hole I am in. I thank you for the realization of where I am because I believe that if I am at this place it is because you are shifting me. Whatever it means, shift away…


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State of Mind

I love this song by Raul Midon! You need to watch this video twice to really appreciate it. The first time is simply to watch his hands and enjoy the music. He is an incredible musician. Then listen again and read the words below. This message is so important. He is singing about being rich…and it has nothing to do with money.

Used to sit and worry about the future
Worrying about the future don’t change the past
Used to think that tomorrow would be better
But now i know that i’m doing the best i can
I’m just a man trying to find the reasons why i stand
Took some time to realize that i am what i am
And i wanna be rich, i wanna be happy
And live inside a love that shines bright enough to last a lifetime
I wanna be rich more than a fantasy
Ride the winds and climb, cause it’s all a state of mind

Wake up in the morning and i turn the pages
Don’t understand what’s going down
Everybody’s acting so outrageous
It’s gonna take a lot of love to turn things around
I’m just a man trying to find the reasons why i stand
Took some time to realize that i am what i am
And i wanna be rich, i wanna be happy
And live inside a love that shines bright enough to last a lifetime
I wanna be rich, more than a fantasy
Ride the winds and climb cause it’s all a state of mind

Hear people talk about going to heaven
Grab a little bit of heaven right here on earth
Troubled times lead to healing times
I was sad now i’m feeling fine
It’s the taking and the giving that makes this life worth living,
Makes this life worth living
I wanna be rich, i wanna be happy
And live inside a love that shines bright enough to last a lifetime
I wanna be rich, more than a fantasy
Ride the winds and fly,
Spread your wings and fly
Cause its all a state of mind

Ride the winds and climb,
Spread your wings and fly
Cause its all a state of mind

When we think of being rich or wealthy we typically think of money. It is woven into our american culture. But we must change our state of mind and set our sights on riches not of this world. Love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control. This list from Galatians should give us enough to get started. 


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