Keep Our Eyes on Jesus

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy  awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:1-2)


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Photo Credit: Brian Craig Photography

 

P90X…my continued test in perseverance

Many of you know that I’ve spent the last 2 months going through the P90X workout from Tony Horton.  This is my second time through this workout and I can honestly say it’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done.  The first time through it, I lost 15 lbs. and felt great.  Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the last month and probably could have seen even better results!

I sit here through 45 days of my second time through and I’m finding the same excuses as I did the first time starting to creep up.  I’ve lost 13 lbs. this time, I feel stronger and I can see results.  My challenge of late has been the motivation to get up at 3:30am to do my workouts!  Yes…I know getting up that early is crazy to some of you but given the schedule I have for work and the desire to spend evenings with my kids and wife instead of working out, I sacrifice some sleep and early mornings for my health and fitness.

This 90 day work out is a test of perseverance.  Am I able to continue with this schedule and achieve the results I set out for myself when I began?  If you ask me what my goals are now in the final 45 days, I’d tell you is to lose another 12 lbs., get stronger and more definition.  This is where all of you can come in and support me.  Would you be willing to support me by holding me accountable by making sure I’m following through with this?

For those of you that are still wondering what this workout is all about, see the video below from the P90X YouTube Channel.  There are a ton of other videos and testimonials that will make you believe this work out is for real AND effective.

The Victorious Secrets – WINNERS!

Fox Sports Detroit had their annual April In The D contest this past week.  I’m happy to report that The Victorious Secrets won this year’s contest with their version.  What’s cool about it is some of the members of the band are on our Arts Team at Kensington Community Church.  I’m fortunate enough to get to hear them play weekly!  So congrats to the fellas!

The Victorious Secrets: Danny Zott, Danny Rossi, Bryon Rossi, Steve Saputo and Mike Mulliniks

If you haven’t seen their video, check it out below!

Social Media in schools

Today I met with Randy Speck, Superintendant of Oakland Christian School in Auburn Hills, MI.  He and I got to know each other when we began to send our kids there.  He also coached my daughter’s basketball team at the YMCA for a couple of years.

He has great plans for the school over the next few years and I walked away impressed and eager to help out in anyway I can.  The reason for our meeting this morning was to figure out ways Social Media could be used to create buzz about what OCS has in store for the next few years.  I was excited to share with him my thoughts and flattered that he would want to brainstorm with me.

Our discussion lead to some great ideas that I hope we can explore and dig into more.

We talked about companies that do social media well.  Best BuyFord.

We talked about Social Media experts we knew.  Chris BroganErik Qualman.

He is already ahead of most businesses that I know of with the use of Social Media and I’m truly excited to hear about his desire to take it to the next level.  It also helps the excitement when he asked me to be a part of the process!

This truly confirms what I’ve known all along.  Social Media works in most any industry if you invest the time and effort into it.  More to come.  I’m hoping to make this a succesful case study!

Thanks for the opportunity Randy!

Life in a dumpster

On the Friday after Thanksgiving I spent most of the day at the house of my wife’s grandfather.  He is now recovering from a broken hip and living at my wife’s aunt’s house.  The family decided that given his age, it’s probably best that they sell his home of over 40 years.  In order to sell his house, we obviously needed to clean it up and make it “sell ready”.


When we were there a few weeks ago and started this process, we realized that taking out trash to the curb wasn’t going to cut it.  The family decided it would take a dumpster to get the house clean enough to put on the market.  As we regrouped on Friday and began to clean things out, we were all amazed at the amount of “stuff” was packed in to that tiny home.  My brother-in-law made a comment along the lines, “it’s a shame that after 40 years, much of their life is in this dumpster.”


It got me thinking about how much value I’ve placed in “things” during my lifetime.  Now that I’m married and have kids, I’ve begun to realize (pardon the cliche) that there are more important things in life than things.  The laughter of child and their endless energy.  The smile on my wife’s face when she knows how much I treasure her.  These are the things in life that matter.

I realize that this isn’t a new concept and I’m sure there will be others to share this same thought but it was a pleasant reminder to myself that as we enter this Christmas season, the amount of presents we receive shouldn’t outweigh what the true meaning of this season is really about.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Matthew 6:19-21)

The Words That I Would Say – Sidewalk Prophets

From time to time, I’ll hear a song on the radio (XM) that will resonate with me.  This morning, I heard the following song from Sidewalk Prophets.  I decided to look them up on their website and in their “About” section, they say that they “integrate worship with real life…one of the simple truths they have learned to live by.”


This has been my “mission” over the last year.  How can I live out my faith in all areas of my life and not just on Sunday and Wednesday when I go to church.

As I was driving to work this morning, I envisioned God sitting next to me in the car saying these words to me.  It was a great way to prepare me for Thanksgiving and the Christmas season.  I hope it does the same for you.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Three in the morning,


And I’m still awake,
So I picked up a pen and a page,
And I started writing,
Just what I’d say,
If we were face to face,
I’d tell you just what you mean to me,
I’d tell you these simple truths,

Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You’re going to do great things,
I already know,
God’s got His hand on you so,
Don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don’t forget why you’re here,
Take your time and pray,
These are the words I would say,

Last time we spoke,
You said you were hurting,
And I felt your pain in my heart,
I want to tell you,
That I keep on praying,
Love will find you where you are,
I know cause I’ve already been there,
So please hear these simple truths,

Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You’re going to do great things,
I already know,
God’s got His hand on you so,
Don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don’t forget why you’re here,
Take your time and pray,
These are the words I would say,

From one simple life to another,
I will say,
Come find peace in the Father,

Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You’re going to do great things,
I already know,
God’s got His hand on you so,
Don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don’t forget why you’re here,
Take your time and pray,
Thank God for each day,
His love will find a way,
These are the words I would say 

What is in a greeting?

This morning I posted as a status update the following:

“How do you greet people? Good greetings set the stage for positive and healthy interaction. They can make people feel important and valued.”



The inspiration for that came from a book that I’m currently reading, The Love Dare.  For any married couple, this is a great book to remind you of the reason why you got married in the first place.


So what is in a greeting?  I started to take greetings for granted and was reminded just how important they can be.  You never know what kind of day someone is having or about to have when you first see them.  Why not begin the conversation on a positive note and see where it takes you.