Who have you learned the truth from?

About a month ago I wrote a blog titled “Who are you today? ” based on some bus bench graffiti in Kandern that I saw. Within a week or so I came across another “wh” question, this time in Andy Flannagan’s devotional book,  “God 360°.” Andy asked “Who have you learned the truth from?”
Take a second right now, pause and really think about this question. Who, in your life has taught you the truth? Was it your parents, a sibling, another family member? A teacher perhaps? A coach, a babysitter, a Sunday school teacher, or pastor? Who taught you truth? Who has helped you see clearer what really is going on in the world? Who helped open your eyes?
In the devotional Andy suggests to make a list of ten of those people, contact them and tell them how much you appreciate them for what they did. It may not be easy to find some of them, but I promise it will be worth it. I haven’t quite contacted all 10 of mine, but I plan on doing that this week.
I want to take this one step further though. My question is, who are you sharing the truth with? Make another list of ten people and if you can’t quite make it to ten, find some more people to invest in. If you share with over ten, awesome, find some more anyway!

Will you join me in answering these questions and will you share some stories about how your contacts or search for new people went? I would love to hear them!

Your Storyline – join the discussion!

Recently I picked up a book/workbook written by Donald Miller, the author of Blue Like Jazz and other very good books. Along with the book comes a free website community called MySubplot.com where you can create your story lines and help others with theirs. I have just started to set up my story lines and as part of the process I had to list 5 of my roles in life. Not that their are only 5 roles in my life, I was to list the 5 that I want to start working on right now. The idea is that you will continue to use this process for the rest of your life and complete and add story lines.

Here is the list that the book has for people to choose from:

Spiritual Being
Husband
Mother
Wife
Father
Sister
Brother
Friend
Business Owner
Leader
Athlete
Artist
Writer
Mentor
Advocate For…..
Other

For my first five I chose Spiritual Being, Family Member (Son/Brother), Friend, Athlete (no laughing please), Artist. I will talk more about this process when I am finished with the book and let you know what I am working on in my life.

What would your first five roles be?

Travelling – Join the discussion!

In a week I will be travelling back to Charleston and Maryland for some ministry partner development or “support raising” for those of you who aren’t hip to the new lingo. (Yeah I just used the words hip and lingo in the same sentence!) I love visiting both places, Charleston has recently become one of my favorite places and Maryland will always have a big place in my heart especially Dc and yes I know DC is not in Maryland.

My question for you for this Friday is what places do you find your self visiting more often than others when you get a chance to get away, whether its for a weekend or a month?

 

Join the discussion!

You call that art? Join the discussion!

This upcoming Sunday I am going to the Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green, Ohio with my mom. I enjoy art a lot, probably because I have never had much talent outside of photography. Creating a piece of art from a picture in your mind and making it reality is pretty incredible. I love going to art shows, but unfortunately I end up buying stuff at just about every show and I am beginning to wonder where I will put all of this stuff and if any of it will even work together. Anyway, if you have been to an art festival before you probably do the same thing as I do, skip some tents and stop at every single tent with a specific medium.

Here is the question of the day then. What kind of artwork do you always check out no matter what? What do you normally skip?

 

For me, it would probably be photography. Even though I rarely buy photographs from the fairs, I love looking at what someone could capture with their camera. How they could be at the exact right place at the exact right time with the exact right setting on their camera to get the perfect picture. Yeah, that amazes me. Probably a close second would anything carved in wood.

I tend to skip the jewelry tents, mostly because I’m a guy, yup that’s about the only reason!

Join the discussion!

Hobbies

Welcome back to question Friday!

Here is the question of the week. What are your hobbies?

I have realized over the past several years that I don’t really have a hobby. At least nothing I do consistently. I love taking pictures, but I typically only do that when I go on a trip or to a special event. I love to play board games, but only do that when I can get a group of like-minded individuals to play.

Give me some ideas and maybe by this time next week I can have a new hobby!

What are you reading right now

I like to read and most times don’t read enough, but I also like to find out what others are reading to add to my long list of books to read in the future.

Here’s my question, what are you reading right now and would you recommend it?

I am currently reading Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas about William Wilberforce who helped bring about the end of the slave trade in England. It is a very good book that is reminding me that God uses all types of people in all types of areas to bring about His plan. i will have a more detailed blog about my thoughts on this book as soon as I finish it.

I am also reading a book I got a while back called When Darkness Falls by James Grippando. I got it when it was free so I thought it was worth a shot. So far it is pretty good, but I am not too far yet.

Siblings

Today is all about siblings. My brother is getting married tomorrow and since I have to figure out a story to tell about him, I have been thinking a lot about our relationship. I am going to cheat a little today because I’m not going to answer the question until Monday when I get back from Chicago. I still want to hear from you though, so please let me know your stories.

What is one good thing that your sibling has done for you that you will never forget? I want to know something (as personal, silly, or tear-jerking as you want) that your sibling has done for you that was good. No negative thoughts today, only happy ones. I’ll add a comment on here on Monday with my story so if you are interested come on back and check it out.

Favorite Restaurant

I am determined to continue with the question friday’s despite the lack of reponse (respond below and lets get some conversation going!).

Food seems to be a topic just about everybody is willing to talk about so, what is your favorite restaurant and why?

 

Mine is probably Thunder Burger & Bar in the Georgetown area of Washington DC. Their burgers are some of the best i have ever had and their Kobe beef burger (Called Love me Tender) is silly delicious. I honestly have not had a single bad thing there. Last summer I found myself spending Wednesday’s up in Georgetown in order to eat their Wild Wednesday menu item. Each Wednesday they make some sort of food item from a different animal that you don’t typically see at restaurants. They were all pretty tasty. If you are in DC you should make a stop at Thunder Burger and then go around the corner to Baked & Wired for some dessert (the best cupcakes ever!).

What if the next five years were your best five years?

Here is the second Friday question. I have to admit, I stole this question from someone. I can’t be too honest about it though, because I have no idea who I stole it from. So if you see it somewhere else don’t think they stole it, because they probably didn’t.

What if the next five years were your best five years? What would that include?

Ever since I heard this question I have periodically thought about what would happen in the next five years if I looked back on my deathbed (morbid I know) and said these were the best five years of my life. It is a tough question for sure and could encapsulate a lot of things, so I will provide only the highlights and not go in detail at all.

  • Married
  • One or maybe two kids (hey it could happen!)
  • Have a major impact in Europe through my ministry, whether I get credit or not
  • Visit as many countries as possible in greater Europe

That’s about it for me. Please comment below giving me one or a few of the things that you would do to view the next five years as your best ever!

Dream vacation, what is yours?

So I’m going to try to be a bit more consistent with my blog posts. I am going to continue doing the Prayer Monday’s, Wednesday’s I will be doing a serious topic of some sort and Friday’s I will be trying something new starting today. Every Friday I am going to post a question, answer it for myself briefly and then encourage everyone who stops by to answer it if they feel so inclined. The more comments we get the better this will work so lets start a conversation.

I actually wrote this two days ago, because as some of you know I am in Anchorage, Alaska for 10 days and so I pre-wrote blogs for the next week and a half. Since I am in Alaska, I thought I would start off with a vacation question.

What is your dream vacation? Have you already been on it or is it a “maybe in the future” kind of thing?

Ever since I started studying German in Middle School I always wanted to visit there. I had no specific place in mind, but I kind of expected to see people in lederhosen. In 2009 I got to go to Germany and then followed it up with a second trip the following year while determining if God was calling me there with GEM. Unfortunately though, I did not see any lederhosen.

My other dream vacation may not sound like what most people think of when they think vacation spots. I really want to go to the Democratic Republic of Congo (not going to happen until the fighting stops) because my great-grandpa was a missionary there. He built a church which I would love to find, but I highly doubt it is still there.

 

I would love to hear where you want to go and why, so comment below and feel free to give others some tips if you have been a place they want to go.