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One More Day

It’s the end of 2012 as we know it, and I feel fine.

How about you?

What did you accomplish in the last 366 days? What do you look back on with pride? What’s the one moment from 2012 that you’ll always remember?

What do you regret from the last year? What would you go back and change?

Well, there’s one more day left. Use it to start something new. Get a head start on 2013.

I’ll see all of you next year.

December 31, 2012 Posted by | Past and Future | | Comments Off on One More Day

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Life can be very hard. Right now, many of us can find valid reasons to complain about the world around us and its effect on our lives. The economy is weak. Unemployment is rampant. National leadership is easy to question. Conflicts abound abroad and at home. Fear and depression can easily be the emotions of the moment, moment after moment, day after day, on and on. There’s a problem with that, though. We were made to be better. We’re not supposed to spend our moments complaining out of fear and worry. We have the gifts of hope and vision, and we need to remind ourselves of them, especially when life is very hard.
  • Christmas is a great time of year, because almost everyone thinks just a little bit more about generosity and charity. Here are a couple of opportunities that you might want to take advantage of. First, Jon Acuff wants to help fight poverty by providing goats to the poor through Food for the Hungry. If you’re looking for something a bit more personal, though, I’ve got just the thing. GoFundMe.com is a crowdsourcing site for personal projects and life events. It’s like KickStarter, but for things like weddings, memorial funds, babies, pretty much everything. I’m not endorsing any of the projects on there, but I am encouraging you to go look around and see if you can’t find an opportunity to be generous to someone you don’t know.
  • I’ve been struggling with keeping a steady income with my current job, and developing a new career around financial coaching. I want the latter, but the former pays the bills really well. That’s why Seth Godin nailed me with this post. Whichever of those two is getting my best energy is the one that’s going to flourish. If I say I’m taking the new career seriously, then my time, energy, and focus need to reflect that.

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.

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

Merry Christmas

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2:4-7

It’s early in the morning of Christmas Eve as I’m writing this, and I just want to pound out a quick note to all five of you who might take a moment to check in today.

The last few days have been a blur around my home, as it often is at this time of year. The house is clean. Some last minute shopping was done. There have been parties, and events (and even a little time with just the wife and kids) all wedged in there, too. I don’t expect the rush to end until after the sun sets on Christmas Day.

If this sounds familiar to you, and it probably does for most of us, I’d suggest you carve out some time in the whirlwind of activity to remember why we make such a big deal about this time of year. Remind yourself who the real hero of this story is.

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

I love the lights, and the tree, and the time with friends and family. I love the presents, and the parties, and the food we get to share together. I love the music, and the mayhem of the season. Christmas is a great time of year. It only makes sense that we’ve taken the moment that the world experienced such great joy and filled the days that we celebrate it each year with those things that bring us joy, too.

Have a great holiday season. Marry Christmas everyone.

December 24, 2012 Posted by | Christ and Church, Marriage and Family, Past and Future | , , | Comments Off on Merry Christmas

Quick Hits of the Week

  • We’re well into the 21st century, now, and some people are lamenting the lack of all the really cool technological advancements we once dreamed of. That’s pretty easy to explain, though. The more rules an industry has, the harder it is to have innovation in that industry. Energy and transportation are both pretty heavily regulated, so no flying cars or pocket nuclear reactors. It’s a price we pay for safety. However, computer technology and the Interwebs are mostly free from regulation, so we do have computers in our pockets that can connect us to anywhere in the world. And think about how you would explain Lasik eye surgery to a person who lived 100 years ago. We have had a lot of really cool technological advances, but the problem is that we just take them for granted.
  • In most areas of my life, I’m a fan of Occam’s Razor. Start with the simplest solution, move to the next most complex solution as needed. Not everything in life is simple though. Most things that really matter can’t be explained and understood in a 20 minute meeting. For example, learning how to create and keep a home budget for your family takes months to understand and years to master. Don’t miss out on opportunities to grow because they’re too complicated or time-consuming.
  • Here’s a patent application for smart handcuffs with a Tazer built in. Better yet, they’re also designed to deliver a substance through needle or gas to “achieve any desired result.” It seems a little overkill to me, but maybe the need to shock and sedate a shackled prisoner comes up a lot more often than I could imagine.

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.

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