OK, I know I said I was attempting to be more positive, but stay with me. I love UB40 and I love this song. As long as I don’t dwell on the lyrics.

You got a smile so bright
You know you could have been a candle
I`m holding you so tight
You know you could have been a handle
The way you swept me off my feet
You know you could`ve been a broom
And babe you smell so sweet
You know you could`ve been some perfume
(Chorus)
(Well you could of been anything that you wanted to
I can tell
The way you do the things you do )
As pretty as you are
You know you could`ve been a flower
If good looks were minutes
You know you could have been an hour
The way you stole my heart
You know you could have been a crook
And baby your so smart
You know you could have been a school book
(Chorus)
You make my life so rich
You know you could`ve been some money
And baby you`re so sweet
You know you could have been some honey
(Chorus)

There’s nothing like comparing a girl to a broom or a school book. Seriously. I’m pretty sure I wrote that for Heidi Whatshername in fourth grade on the back of my notebook.

What are some stupid song lyrics you’ve heard?

…me! Today’s my birthday. Now, before you drop everything to head out and buy me a gift, hear me out.

In honor of my birthday, I want you to do something for someone else. It’s kinda like an unbirthday.

Here’s the deal: Write a letter to someone you care about letting them know how much you care.

I bought three journals, one for each of my kids. The plan is to journal my thoughts about them as they grow up. Then, if and when I’m gone, they have a personalized collection of memories from me. I’m a bit behind the gun with Joshua, but better late than never.

I’m not asking you to go and get a journal, just set down with pen and paper and let someone know how much you care.

(Unless you were getting me a flats boat. In that case forget the letter and go get the boat.)

I’ve been attempting to be more positive lately, which probably explains my lack of blogging. Yesterday, however, I had an experience to share with you, my three loyal fans.

There’s an older couple in the neighborhood, and the husband had a stroke a few years ago. He gets around in an electric wheelchair, and his wife takes care of him. I’ve noticed her on the riding mower since the beginning of the summer, but the edging and weed-eating wasn’t being done. Knowing how the husband used to keep his yard before the stroke, I decided to go over and take care of the details that she was unable to. Now every time I cut my grass, I edge and weed-eat their yard.

Until yesterday.

I head over with my edger to discover it appears to have been done. I just thought I did a good job the last time and proceeded to edge. Then I heard someone yelling at me over the edger and the headphones. It was another neighbor. She informed me that she had just done that Tuesday, and that she would continue to do that every Tuesday. I explained what I had been doing, and she told me not to worry about it. It appears she is off during the summer, and she had been in a similar situation herself with a sick child, and this was her way to give back.

Call it karma, paying it forward, reaping what you sow, or whatever you want. I call it a W-I-N. A need is being met, and it’s spread to another person. And now I’m freed up to help someone else.

Kindness is contagious, and I have a few tips for catching and spreading it.

  • Determine what you have to offer. (yard work, cleaning, transportation, etc…)
  • Find someone with a need.
  • Do it and do it well. Better than you would do for yourself. (Go the extra mile.)
  • If offered, don’t take any money for your time, only materials. (gas, paint, etc…)
  • If someone offers to help, give it away and move on.

Kindness is contagious. Start spreading it!

Jamie Nance. You left comment number six-hundred and sixty six on my blog.

You must be the devil. (Just kidding.)

Here’s the question of the day:

Do you get freaked out by the number 666? Why or why not?

I’m interested to know. I’ll tell you what I think, but you first.

(Thanks, Jamie, for being an unwilling participant.)

I found this article online and thought you would find it interesting. It may curb those chocolate cravings for a while.

Man Falls Into Vat of Chocolate, Dies

AP
CAMDEN, N.J. (July 8) – Authorities say a man died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a New Jersey processing plant.
The Camden County prosecutor’s office identified the victim as 29-year-old Vincent Smith II of Camden. He was a temporary worker at the Cocoa Services Inc. plant.
The accident happened Wednesday morning as Smith was loading chocolate into a vat where it’s melted and mixed before being shipped elsewhere to be made into candy.
Prosecutor’s spokesman Jason Laughlin says a co-worker tried to shut off the machine and two others tried to pull Smith out of the 8-foot-deep vat. He was hit and fatally injured by the agitator that mixes the chocolate.
Cocoa Services hires a second company — Lyons and Sons — to do the mixing.
Oompa Loompas worked overtime to decontaminate the vat. (Like you didn’t see that joke coming)
There could be worse ways to go.
 
What’s the best/worst way to die?
(I can think of an obvious best)

This past week at RPC, we continued One Prayerwith our first-ever video sermon on a Sunday morning. I must say, it went over very well. Props to RPC for being receptive and flexible. Craig Groeschel brought us a message on God’s love. Let’s rewind:

  • God loves you! God loves me?
  • Why would God love someone as bad as me?
  • Why would God love someone so insignificant?
  • God doesn’t just love. God IS love. 1 John 4:8-10
  • It’s not just something he does, it’s who he is.
  • God’s love covers your sins.
  • God’s love makes you significant.
  • Luke 15 – 1 lost coin, 1 lost child, 1 lost sheep. YOU are the one!
  • John 3:16 – For God so loved ________. Insert your name in the blank.

I love hearing Craig speak and hate hearing Craig speak, because he usually hits me where I hurt the most. It was definitely a message I needed to hear. I can’t wait to see who’s speaking this Sunday.

What did you think about the message? What did you think about having a video sermon?

I just finished reading Tribes by Seth Godin. Seth is my favorite leadership/marketing blogger on the planet. And his books are 150 pages, so win-win! If you’re interested in leadership, or following for that matter, then this is a great book to pick up. It’s a quick and easy read, but it’s full of great insights. Some of my favorites are:

  • If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.
  • One path that never works is the most common one: doing nothing at all.
  • If religion compromises rules you follow, faith is demonstrated by the actions you take.
  • Criticizing hope is easy. And in the end, cynicism is a lousy strategy.
  • You don’t have to be in charge or powerful or pretty or connected to be a leader. You do have to be committed.
  • I don’t think we have any choice. I think we have an obligation to change the rules, to raise the bar, to play a different game, and to play it better than anyone has any right to believe is possible.

But don’t take my word for it. Read it for yourself and tell me your favorite parts. If you want, you can even borrow my book.

Read it. And check out Seth’s blog. You won’t be disappointed.

What’s the best thing you’ve read lately?

I was talking to my little girl, Riley, yesterday. She had a scratch on her lip and I wanted to know how it happened. The conversation went something like this:

Me: Baby-girl, what happened to your lip.

Riley: Oh, a bird bit me.

Me: A bird bit you?!

Riley: Yes, an osprey.

Wow! So later that day, we were all in the car and I was telling my wife about the osprey. I decided to ask Riley again what happened.

Me: Baby-girl, tell Mommy what happened to your lip.

Riley: Oh, a possum scratched me.

Me: A possum scratched you?! I thought it was an osprey.

Riley: No, a possum. At the Library.

I think it’s safe to say Riley is one of those creative types. I can’t wait for the invisible friends to move in.

In honor of the King of Pop, here’s my favorite Michael Jackson song.

I also like “Nasty Boys.”

What? That wasn’t Michael?

What’s your favorite Michael Jackson song?

C’mon girl! You know you wanna answer.

This week at RPC, Timmwrapped up our Parent Trap series with more of a Fathers Day talk than a sermon. (I’m sure the religious cyber-cynics will have plenty to say about that, but that’s OK.) Five people were baptized, two were a father/daughter team and 80% of them were under 16. (Sounds like an algebra word problem.) We also had a special visit from Justin, who led worship for us. Let’s rewind:

  • Many times we raise kids who love God but can’t navigate culture.
  • The culture is out there.
  • Your beliefs will mold how you parent.
  • Having kids is like supporting a small 3rd world country.
  • God wants you to enjoy your kids. Do you enjoy them for who they are?
  • If we’re going to turn this nation around, it starts with dads.
  • Kids are a stewardship. I’m in charge of them for a brief period, but they don’t belong to me. They belong to God.
  • It’s temporary, and I’m accountable.
  • I want my kids to relate to others and relate to God. The rest is details.
  • Kids need a united front from their parents.
  • You may think your kid’s other parent is a blooming idiot, and you may be right, but do you think they love them?
  • My son will learn about being a husband and a dad from me.
  • The best gift I can give him is to love his mom. He’s not the most important thing, she is.
  • If you lose your marriage for the sake of the kids, you didn’t do them any favors.
  • We didn’t join our child’s life, he joined ours.
  • The priorities – 1) God. 2) Spouse. 3) Kids.
  • I don’t know if I’m man enough to have a girl.
  • The single greatest calling on a man’s life is to be a great husband.
  • Your kids value what you value. They learn by watching you.
  • He will learn how to treat a woman by how I treat my wife.
  • No matter how screwed up your marriage is, your kids will see it as normal.

Next week, we start One Prayer. We’ll hear from some of the most gifted speakers in the nation during this coming series. Don’t miss it.