Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Great Display of Honesty

This is what makes golf a sport unlike no other; you actually call penalties on yourself. If you notice you violate a rule you take action to make it right. It might cost you the a lot of money but that’s what the rules state. (article link) What a thought…being honest with yourself even though no one would have ever known! From a Christian standpoint, if we are going to be honest with God we must be able to be honest with ourselves. I wish Davis would receive more publicity for doing the right thing because I’ve seen firsthand the unfavorable implications of people being honest with themselves and God. Too often we (yes, myself included) look down at these people as if they are outcasts. We put on our facade that pretends that our life is in order ignoring the huge plank obstructing our vision.

These honest people should be praised for having the guts for calling out the sins in their lives. Thank you, Brian Davis for this real world example on honesty. Thank you to all the people who can see sin in their lives, call it sin and then do something about it. It might cost you pride, reputation even friendships but you are being obedient to God.

Photo: Brian Davis, left, of England, talks with PGA Tour Tournament Director Slugger White, right, after he hit a shot out of marsh on the 18th green during the playoff round of the Verizon Heritage golf tournament, Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Davis called a two stroke penalty on himself and later conceded the win to Jim Furyk. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Now back to focusing on the 2X4 stuck in my head…


Monday, April 19, 2010

Mustache March Finals

April is here, and it brings some sadness to my heart as well as a new found breeze on my lip. While we can all sit around and reminisce about 'staches of the past, we must look forward to what the future holds. A couple of positives:

1) Productivity increases due to less people staring at our faces like pandas at the National Zoo; waiting for our every move

2) Statistically, birth rates spike in the month of Jan (9 months after the end of Mustache March; you decide on the significance)

3) There is only 316 days until Mustache March 2011

I didn't win but I had a good time displaying my testosterone at home. The picture is of all the contestants that were man enough to keep their 'stache for the entire month. The winner is located sandwiched between gentleman in a flight suit and the one with the tie on.

One step at a time,

Thursday, April 15, 2010

How I am like a elite endurance athlete...really I am!

David Goggins is a rare individual. He was named a 2008 Runner’s World “Hero of Running”. Rather than butchering his accomplishments and his bio you can read it for yourself on Runner's World. He is like no other athlete I have ever heard of in that he doesn't like what he does so to speak. You would think that most athlete’s like their sport. They enjoy it and can’t wait to go out and showcase their talents. Not Goggins. In his own words, “I’m nobody special. Let’s be perfectly clear…I don’t like to run. I don’t like to swim. I don’t like to bike.” Yet he still does it because his motivation comes from something greater than himself. “I do this to raise money for the children of soldiers killed in combat.”

I can’t help from making comparisons between his life and mine. I’m sure that you see it too but let me explain that by no means am I an endurance athlete. The most I’ve ran is a half-marathon, 13.1 miles. That was about four years ago. Since then the most I’ve run at one time is five miles. I don’t own a bike. Newsflash: I am no David Goggins. However, I do see resemblance between his thoughts on motivation for his goals and the motivation for my Christian walk. Just as Goggins doesn’t find running, biking or swimming fun. For me pursuing a Godly life is not fun. I don’t like to do it as it goes against my sinful nature. (Romans 3:11, there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.) Please understand what I’m saying and what I’m NOT saying. By no means am I saying that living according to God’s word is not fun. It’s the daily pursuit of God’s will that reveals just how far I really am from what God has called me to be that I don’t find enjoyable. No one likes to be aware of areas in which you are not meeting the standards. However I’m sure that Goggins likes the outcomes of his training just as I like the outcome of the process of pursuing God.

I also agree with Goggins’ view of motivation. If we are focused on doing something for ourselves, we will simply fail. Why didn’t I continue with my running and complete a full marathon? Because training for the distance takes time, brings about sore muscles and I was running for me. But ultimately my motivation is to make sure that I can pass the USAF PT test (only have to run 1.5 miles and the required number of push-ups and sit-ups). Why do I refuse to give up striving to live a Godly life, even though I’m constantly reminded of my sin and short comings? It’s the death of Christ that has saved me from my sin that keeps me going. It’s his sacrifice that is greater than anything I can imagine. Sure it takes time and my spiritual muscles will be sore but His death provides more than ample amount of motivation.
What is your motivation?

One step at a time,

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book Review: The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

I recently read a book that helped refine my perspective on living a Christian life. In his book, The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley uses Proverbs 7:6-27 (as well as other verses in Proverbs) to bring home the fact that the decisions we make everyday will bring about certain outcomes. All too often I feel like the guy in the Far Side cartoon who know the concept but needs to actually apply it! In a nutshell, your attention determines your direction and ultimately your directions. If you notice the word intention is not found anywhere written here. Learning to apply this principle will give us a greater chance of accomplishing the will of God and avoiding a great deal of regret. This book has challenged me to develop a new outlook on how I plan my day, spend my money, what I watch and even what I eat. If you are looking for a thought provoking book that is easy to read pick up this one. You won’t be disappointed.

Here is a link to an interview with Andy Stanley that gives a better description of the book:


One step at a time,