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Thursday!

StarbucksIs it me or does Lady Gaga’s song, “Born This Way,” make absolutely no sense?

I like Dunkin’ Donuts.  I love Starbucks.

I’m brainstorming, “NOVA’s Largest Easter Event.”  What do you think about a skydiving Easter bunny?

Did anyone else notice how freaking awesome the weather was today (at least in NOVA)?  Heaven will be like today, only every day.

I wish I could afford to fly to Japan.

My legs still hurt from a leg workout I did on Tuesday.  Guess it’s been a while since my legs were forced to lift some weight.  I’d like to thank my brother-in-law, Josh, for nothing.  Nothing but pain.

Today was a long day.  Dropped my sister and her husband off at the airport first thing in the morning.  An hour and a half in DC traffic, followed by an hour in DC traffic to get to work.  Two meetings (which were both good) followed.  Knocked out a couple projects at the office.  Headed home.  Hung out outside for a while because as I stated earlier, the weather was freaking awesome today.  God descended on North Virginia in 70 degrees, a slight breeze and a lot of sun.  Grilled some burgers for dinner.  Now, off to hang with some guys and watch some March Madness.

Nothing much spiritual here today, only a small glimpse into the wheels turning in my head as I went through the day.

Lent 2011!

I have never done anything for Lent.  Never fasted.  Never sacrificed anything.  Nada.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.

I always thought Lent was some weird holiday for Catholics (just being honest here).  But it’s more than that.  Lent is simply a time of preparation.  It’s a 40 day preparation, leading up to the Holy Week (the week of Jesus’ death and resurrection).

Lent

I was out running tonight with a group of guys.  I get together with them once a week (at least).  We workout, run and even study together.  It’s a great group.  Tonight, we ended up on the subject of Lent.  One of the guys in our group basically said, “We should do it.  We should sacrifice something for Lent.”  So, we decided to go for it.

Since Lent is a time of preparation through sacrifice, we will each be sacrificing something to God for 40 days.  Each guy chose something that would be difficult for him to give up.  The idea being that it would be something difficult, a challenge, something that would really be a sacrifice.  One guy chose sweets, and another chose Mountain Dew.

What about me?  I wasn’t sure what to give up.  I was stuck.

So I went to my ever faithful wife and asked her what she thought.  When I asked her to make it tough, I had no idea how tough she was going to go.  Still, it’s a great challenge and I’m going to go forward with it.

For 40 days, I’m going to give up social media!  (Isn’t she brutal?)

I’m exempting my blog from this fast/sacrifice.  All other social media will go.  Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Tumblr, Path, etc.  40 days.  All gone.  No comments.  No posts.  No status updates.  No picture posts.  Nothing.

My goal is to spend the time I would usually be on social media, reading Scripture, praying and clinging to God as Easter approaches.

So, there you have it.  Lent 2011 – no social media!

What do you think about Lent?

Will you be sacrificing anything this year?

Poke The Box!

I opened my mail today and found my own copy of Seth Godin’s latest release, “Poke The Box.”  It came from amazon.com a lot quicker than I thought it would.  I opened it and began to read.  Then I kept reading.  Then I read some more.  In between a couple of fights, dinner and bedtime, I read some more.  Before I knew it, I had read the entire, eighty-four page, manifesto in one sitting.  I absolutely consumed that book.  Just to keep it real, it was a fairly simple read.  However, the content was more than that.  It was a great challenge.  A challenge and a call to our generation to, “Go.”  A challenge to initiate.

In his New York Times article called, “They Weren’t Careful What They Hoped For,” Barnaby Feder used an early example of the term, “slacktivism.”  Slacktivism is defined as, “the desire people have to do something good without getting out of their chair (Feder 2002).”  In other words, we don’t lack the market to make a great change.  We don’t lack the world that needs great change.  We don’t lack the resources or the network.  We don’t lack the finances or even the avenues by which we can employ a great change.  What we lack is the initiative.

I once changed my Facebook profile picture to one with a pink ribbon on it for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

I post links on my Twitter and Facebook accounts that lead people to great articles and stories about grand causes.

I watch videos on YouTube that have to do with great causes and sometimes if I’m really motivated, I click the “thumbs up” button.

All of those things are good, but they don’t require any initiative to actually create a change in the world.  There must be more.  In fact, there has to be more.  Now, I need to actually DO something with what I know.

I haven’t blogged in quite awhile, but I will try to post more of my thoughts on this book soon.  For now, I will leave you with one of the quotes from the second page of the book.

Imagine that the world had no middlemen, no publishers, no bosses, no HR folks, no one telling you what you couldn’t do.  If you lived in that world, what would you do?  Go.  Do that.

So, what would you do?

Poke The Box

Book Suggestions!

I am constantly on the hunt for good books to read.  Most of the books I read have to do with church work, leadership and how it relates to the culture.  I want to know what you read.  Who is your favorite author?  What type of books are your favorite?  Read a good book lately?  Tell me about it in a comment and I’ll go check it out.

The Consumer Mentality

A few years back a young family was visiting our church on a Sunday morning.  I was pleasantly surprised to see who it was.  I was very excited that they had stopped by to check out the church.  After the service I made my way to them with the intention of making contact with them and letting them know how excited I was to see them.  This person had very good connections within the school system and I could see some amazing things happening through this family.  As I talked with them more, the husband said to me, “Yeah, we’re just church shopping.”  I think I saw them maybe once more after that.  Our church just didn’t have the right product for them.

Consider our consumer mindset coupled with our entitlement mindset.  We are a culture that wants everything, as soon as it comes out all while we think that we are entitled to it.  Unfortunately, this consumer mentality comes with the “consumer” into the church.  When I drive a main road through Springfield, I can see many choices for where my money can be well spent.  All these businesses pay big bucks to advertise and tell me something I need, even though for nearly 30 years I have survived without it.  Now all of a sudden, for $300 (or whatever) my life will be completely different if I buy their product.  Then another company tells me I can get the same thing for $290 at their company, all feeding the consumer mentality.  If I can’t find what I need at Dick’s Sports, I can visit the Sports Authority.  Not there either?  I can hit Target.  They have everything.

My point is, many people aren’t searching for a church home to find a place where they can best be plugged in and help serve.  They aren’t even necessarily looking for a church home that teaches Scripture.  They are looking for a place that will serve them and provides for all of their needs.  If they can find that place, well then they can just sit back comfortably in the pew and have their feet washed without the fear of ever having to carry a cross.  This brings up the question in my mind; what is the #1 thing you look for in a church home?

Is it tangible or intangible?  Can you smell, touch or feel it?  Are you shopping for a church with people just like you so that you can fit in comfortably?  Is it the church with the most ministry opportunities so you can be served more?  Is it a church with a vibrant children’s ministry, powerful worship music, emotional speaking and teaching?  What are you shopping for in a church?  And better yet, what will you do when the church takes that product away and replaces it with another?  So, what are you shopping for?  What’s the #1 thing that will establish you in a church home?

Looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments on this one.

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