A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Vacation Week

My family and I are taking a well deserved trip to California, so I’ve decided to take a week off from my blog and rest with them. I’m going to miss posting, but my wife and kids deserve my undivided attention for the next few days.

I’ve loved how things have been going this year. There have been some weeks with some great energy as I’ve been writing, and there have been others where I’ve had to push through and just make it happen. I’ve learned a lot about blogging (the main thing being that I have so much more to learn). I’ve also learned a lot about myself (ditto).

Lately, I’ve been feeling the need to plan further ahead. I’ve been more or less writing the topic on my head and heart from the last week every Sunday evening, and that has had it’s advantages, but I also know that writing things at the last hour limits the quality of my posts, and keeps me from writing about certain topics altogether. If I want to get better, I need to be scheduling what I’m going to be writing about weeks, and even months, before time.

I could go on, but there’s a beautiful night, a courtyard, and quality time with my wife waiting for me. Have a great week, and I’ll be back to it next Monday.

September 29, 2012 Posted by | Marriage and Family | 3 Comments

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Have you ever had the joy of working for a micro-manager? I think that most of us have. If you’re stepping into leadership, learning to delegate authority and trust your team is vital.  Take a look at this list of micro-managing habits by Dan Rockwell, and evaluate yourself against it. See anything concerning? Time to make some changes.
  • Last week, our space shuttle program finally came to a close. There are good reasons to mourn the end of this era. We have so  many fond memories. It taught us so much. It’s a lot like attending the funeral of a grandparent whose time was long in coming. Times change, and dynasties end. Rising in it’s place is private innovation and adventurism. I welcome that. So does California, it seems. Maybe Virgin Galactic will get us back to the moon. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

September 27, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week

Crazy Vision

I started reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan this week. It’s not my first book by Chan, I read and reviewed Forgotten God a couple of years ago, so I knew that it would be a challenging and inspiring read. I didn’t expect him to get there while I was still working my way through the Introduction.

I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them. I believe He wants us to be known for giving—of our time, our money, and our abilities—and to start a movement of “giving” churches. In so doing, we can alleviate the suffering in the world and change the reputation of His bride in America. Some people, even some at my church, have told me flat-out, “You’re crazy.” But I can’t imagine devoting my life to a greater vision.

Francis Chan

That’s a huge vision, a crazy vision, and he expressed it perfectly. I feel that down to my very core.

Almost four years ago, when my wife and I started working our way out of debt, I didn’t know how that one decision was going to change our lives. As I look back on this journey, I am floored by the grace we’ve experienced. Taking control of our finances was the pivotal step towards becoming free to respond to God. We can be more generous, and more available to serve, simply because we don’t have any payments tying us down.

That’s not a life lesson you keep locked down and hidden to yourself. You stand up and shout about it. It’s the reason why I coordinate Financial Peace University classes. It’s the reason why I’ve started doing financial coaching. It’s the reason I’m dreaming of doing more.

“Giving” churches are made up of generous individuals with the vision of serving their world. I want each individual to be able to become more generous. I want each individual to be able to see the possibility of their lives being available to God. I don’t know how many lives can be touched through me, but I can’t imagine devoting my life to a greater vision.

Question: What crazy vision are you devoting your life to?

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Christ and Church, Work and Money | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Being a politically active Christian can equal an open door to some of the worst kinds of sin. Not worst because they’re extra grotesque or heinous, but because they’re the ones that are pernicious and go unchallenged. “Not only are believers excused for their political indiscretions, but they are often applauded for committing them.” It’s time for us to stop living the lie that every Christian follows one political party. We each have been formed differently and are moved by different kinds of pain and injustice. We should each follow those ways that God has called us, while finding common ground with each other in the church.
  • Bicycles became popular after the automobile did. That seems backwards (as simple, man powered locomotion should have preceded the complex combustion engine) until you realize that for bicycles to be popular they need smooth roads and inflated rubber tires, both of which were brought on by the advent of the automotive age. The lesson is that inventions and innovation become accepted and popular spontaneously, when the world is ready for them. We shouldn’t look for inventions before their time. What does that say about new energy technologies?

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week