Daydreaming vs. The DREAM

ga-baseball.jpg

I told my son, Michael, the other day that when it comes to keeping your DREAM healthy, sometimes you have to lay aside the daydream and do the work that it takes to make the DREAM come true. The daydream has less value than the DREAM.

For instance if your DREAM is to become a great college athlete, you can’t daydream about it to the point that you neglect your education.  If you neglect your education then you will not be allowed to participate in the collegiate athletics.  Therefore, know when to turn off the daydream for the sake of the DREAM and turn all priorities to keeping the DREAM healthy.

Michael looked stunned and honestly, so was I by what I had just said.  I learned as much as he did after repeating this to myself.  Thank you God for teaching me and my family how to lay aside the daydream for your DREAM that’s in us.

Advertisements

O Jesus…Bring Down The Rain

hand-in-rain.jpg

Done! 

Jed and I finished writing it last night after band rehearsal.  This song has some deep and special meaning behind it.  We both have situations in our lives that need the healing rain of Jesus to pour over and give us hope and encouragement.  The victory is HIS and no matter what we are facing we can know that He cares and is with us through the difficult times. 

Bring Down The Rain – Coming Soon!

Andy Stanley – NPCC

npl_3_4_img_andy.jpg

Worship set for today:

All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises – Paul Baloche

Sing to the King – Billy Foote

How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin

All Over The World – Matt Redman and Martin Smith

Static our interpretive movement group was awesome and so was the worship team.  We haven’t done “All Over the World” in three months and not a bad job.  My cold made it hard to hear today.  It sounded like all of our music was out in the lobby. 

Today Andy Stanley was mentioned in the 8:30 and 11:00 services.  I couldn’t help but think, I wonder if the 8:30 service was waiting to hear something about Dr. Charles, too.

Go Jesus!!!

Adding Value To Others

1615713985_504f3b233d.jpg

In October of last year I attended Reverb – CATALYST 2007, a conference for business, ministry or any other kind of leaders.  There was a power house of leaders at this event.  There was my favorite, Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Rick Warren, Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, Reggie Joiner, David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons, Craig Groeschel, Dave Ramsey, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.  OK, Presidents Nixon, Eisenhower and Kennedy were’nt there, but if they could have been they would have been.

There was one individual leader who was recognized by all the other leaders in attendance with a Lifetime Achievement Award and that was John C. Maxwell, a great leader and representative of Christ.  A very humble John Maxwell, with tears in his eyes and a heart very grateful for the accalades from these great leader warriors, had a few great words himself and here are my notes:

  • Intentionally add value to people everyday
  • The greatest sin is to put ourselves first
  • We either add value to people or subtract value from people
  • Value people – for REAL
  • Make yourself more valuable
  • Care and listen to people
  • Do the things God values

WOW!  John!

His Love

j0422732.jpg

He loves us like a father, rescuer, savior, best friend, and he’s not embarrassed to let us know or share it with the whole world.  He gave His most precious gift and if we will receive it we can live with Him forever and never die.  All we have to do is ask Jesus to take over and let him be the Lord of our life.  Now that’s love! 

Do you love your family that way?  Do we love  the same people God loves that way? 

Jesus was the greatest gift of love ever.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 

Bring Down The Rain

rain.jpg

Get ready!  My buddy, Jed and I wrote a chorus tonight for the start of a new song that I personally love already.  When you need Jesus the most, you can ask him to “Bring Down the Rain.”  More to come on this….I can’t wait to unleash it and I bet Jed can’t either.

Jed-thro, good stuff, you da mang.  That’s what I know. 

GuiTarzan!!!

j0422721.jpg

My buddy, AO just called me on the road to let me know he bought his first guitar!!!  That makes me giddy…I remember the day I bought my first one.  A new venture, a new way to create, a great way to praise and worship God, a new way to hurt your fingertips and a great feeling to have your own geetar!

He’ll be a GuiTarzan before you know it.  GO AO!  You GO!