Sunday, August 9, 2009

How Are You Doing Today?

We have been doing "Back To School" shopping this weekend. (Taking advantage of the Tax Free Weekend here in SC). We were paying for some stuff and the guy behind the register asked:

"How are are doing today?"

"I am fantastic!", I replied.

The guy chuckled and said "That's the first time I have heard that today." He went on to share that most people say fine or ok. Let me ask you a question...

When you meet people and they ask how you are doing, what do you say? I had a stint where I said "I'm Tired". Was not aware I was doing it until someone called me out. I didn't realize that my response was having the effect it did. Since then, I have tried to be intentional about saying something positive when I am asked how I am doing. You never know what effect it can have on someone or what door may open for conversation to continue.

So... How are you doing today?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My Life In Song

Earlier this evening Anne Jackson of Twittered this question:

"If one song could sum up your life this far, what song would it be?"

At first I thought "How can I narrow it down to one song?" (no that is not a song title)

Then it hit me, "Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking for" by U2

I've loved U2 since their debut studio album "Boy" in 1980. I wore an "Under A Blood Red Sky" t-shirt till it was paper thin. I even had the opportunity to visit Windmill Lane Studio after high school graduation less than a month before they began recording “Joshua Tree”, the album on which you will find the song. Here are the Lyrics:

I have climbed highest mountains

I have run through the fields

Only to be with you

Only to be with you

I have run

I have crawled

I have scaled these city walls

These city walls

Only to be with you

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I have kissed honey lips

Felt the healing fingertips

It burned like a fire

This burning desire

I have spoke with the tongue of angels

I have held the hand of a devil

It was warm in the night

I was cold as a stone

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I believe in the Kingdom Come

When all the colors will bleed into one

Bleed into one

Well, yes I'm still running

You broke the bonds

And you loosened the chains

Carried the cross

Of all my shame

all my shame

You know I believe it

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

There has always been debate over the meaning behind the lyrics of the song but this is what the song means to me:

There are times in my life when I have climbed and scaled after things I’d made my god. But I never found what I was looking for.

There are times I’ve run and crawled after things that were of God but not God Himself. I didn’t find what I was looking for.

There are times when I have felt the presence of God all over me, but at times I have also allowed sin to make me feel so far away.

I am free because Christ carried a cross and took away my sins. I know that a better future waits for me in heaven because I am a child of God. But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

I want to be a Godly husband and father. I want to love my fellow man better than I do. I want to be bolder at sharing my faith. I want to spend more time in His Word. I want to know God deeper. I want to better understand His will for my life. I never want to think I’ve arrived. I never want to stop looking.

Here is the video from “Rattle and Hum”. This is probably my favorite recording. Enjoy!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Your Kids Are Never Too Old

This is my 11 year old Benjamin. Last night he asked me to come lay down with him for a little bit because his stomach was hurting. My initial reaction was "He is getting too old for this and I have too much to do." But then I realized that he is never too old to need his dad and I should never be too busy to meet His needs. Aren't you glad we are never too old to call on God and that He is never too busy to meet our needs?