Vision – Glimpses of the path

Back in college at Cedarville University I had this vision of my life taking the Bible to places it’s never been in ways it’s never gone before. In that glimpse, I figured it would be with a group like Wycliffe Bible Translators USA or JAARS or something like that. For years that dream lay dormant, even after I started listening and helping out at the Daily Audio Bible. It wasn’t until last year, when the DAB began broadcasting in Arabic, that I realized I was right smack dab in the middle of all I was meant to be. I thought my dream had gone dormant, had been a tangent, or simply something I might support with my other resources. But there I was, part of an organization that’s taking the spoken word of God, anywhere in the world, to anyone that will listen…. even in ARABIC. That’s fresh ground, and I’m helping till it. Today, I as reviewed some of the stats with Brian Hardin about how far this podcast has come in terms of terabytes, server counts, and all those other techy things, I’m reminded of how great my God is, how He loves to use my gifts and talents in a way that far surpasses what “I” would choose to do with them, and even how His sense of humor drives me to that place of knowing, without a doubt, that this journey I’m on is not a blind wandering but a trail worth following, a path laid before me, if I will only step up and follow...

2012 Dream List

I’ve got a list of life-long dreams around here somewhere, and it’s about time I get it out and look it over again, but today I spent some time thinking through some of the things I really want to accomplish this year. The list below is preliminary and probably needs to be whittled down or refined for the 10.5 months that remain of 2012, but it’s a starting point – which, by the way, was an action step toward the goal of developing key goals to accomplish this year… STA Run an obstacle course, probably the Warrior Dash. Launch the me2u website Give myself a raise. Organize and help lead a youth retreat. Bring in someone – hire or contract – to do a good bit of our programming / coding work. Go for a whole weekend camping / horse trip. Remodel a room in our home. Hit a home run at softball, as in a home run where the ball goes over the fence. Lead someone to jesus. Take each of my kids on an overnight trip, just the 2 of us. Take my wife on a trip, just the 2 of us. Take a step towards learning becoming a counselor for families and teens. Find a training partner with similar goals (at least on the physical side, but who knows, others as well) You know, maybe that really ISN’T that bad of a list. It covers a very broad spectrum of my life – most of the “pieces of the pie” if you can all it that, and none of them are all that “pie in the...

Tournament of Wants – Family

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Tournament of Wants – Physical

Tournament of Wants – Physical Purpose The purpose of this exercise is to look through all the wants, desires, and dreams I have listed related to Physical Development and find out “Which one is most important to me now?” That is the ONLY question I am to consider. Not “I have to do this first” or “I’ll want this in 10 years…” “Which one is most important to me now?” That’s it. Each round will take two wants and get a winner, and then those winners will face off, and so on until there is only one thing. Let’s see where this goes. Round 1 1.    Be able to see my abdominal muscles (8/3/10)2.    Be satisfied with my body composition. (Physical Development)Be satisfied with my body composition3.    Build an obstacle course. (9/9/10)4.    Build endurance without fatigue (Physical Development)Build endurance without fatigue5.    Build flexibility. (Physical Development)6.    Climb (or ride a horse) down and back up the Grand Canyon (7/23/10)Build flexibility7.    Cut pop out of my life (8/3/10)8.    Cut, rake, and bale a field of hay (8/17/10)Cut pop out of my life9.    Do a yearly walk/run event with my wife (8/16/10)10.    Find a personal sport or individual achievement to accomplish. (Physical Development)Find a personal sport or individual achievement to accomplish11.    Get exercise with my family on a regular basis (Physical Development)12.    Get my yard and landscaping under  control (8/18/10)Get exercise with my family on a regular basis13.    Hike the Appalachian Trail (7/18/10)14.    Hit a home run at a softball game (8/7/10)Hit a home run at a softball game15.    Increase my weight training abilities. (Physical Development)(BYE) Increase my weight training abilities16.    Lose...

My first “napkin” of new directions

I’ve spent the last several weeks doing some research over some new avenues I’d like to explore with my company. Well travelled roads that I’ve travelled with some long term clients, that I have long believed have a place in “the market.” I’ve been encouraged as I’ve done so, because not only have I heard “I think that idea would work” from every person I’ve spoken to, I’ve also seen the “buy in” in their eyes as they start dreaming along with me. Niches it could fit into. Opportunities it could create. Small changes here or there that would make a huge difference in it the value of the product we have to offer. So today I sat down with a whiteboard and started compiling my notes. Started dreaming “on paper.” It’s both enjoyable and invigorating to see an idea beginning to develop, a plan beginning to emerge, and “the next step” beginning to make itself known. I have much to owe to the men who have taken time over the last month to sit down with me and work through both details and big ideas of this concept. They’ve helped me see that now is the time to get moving, and that this is something that I don’t necessarily have to “perfect” before I take it to market. In fact, perfecting it in the market is going to be a huge piece of what we have to offer because it will allow our customers to have a big say in the final product, even though the core components already in place, either in code or in concept. So...