Showing posts from January, 2017

Purifying the Soapbox: A Note to My Nation

I admit: I’m not the most politically savvy person in the world.

I don’t binge on Fox News, I don’t stalk Twitter feeds, I don’t anatomize GOP columns, and barring an iPhone hijacking, I don’t have a national monument set as my wallpaper; like many, I’m simply an average-Joe partisan trying to surf the media wave without wiping out.

Not to suggest I’m apathetic to recent presidential headlines; I guess I'm just burnt out with all the press-driven drama and negativity surrounding Trump and his inauguration.

Perhaps you’re sittin' there taking in all the buzz feed wondering why we as a culture take justice so personally when we were meant to make it corporately...why we say we want fairness, equality, and representation, when what we really want is our voice being exalted heard. 

If so, I submit there's a pathway non-contingent on entitled opinion bordering on grumbling, complaining, and defamation.

But before we can discuss the straight and narrow, we must first understand thoug…

LEGACYouth: The "Fast" Track

Recently, I had a conviction: I may be leading youth to truth, but am I leading them to awe of who God is? I may be giving factual, credible evidence as to why reading the Word, praying, to having quiet time with God will benefit your relationship with God, but am I passionately modeling a life prostrate before him?
As I considered the answers to these questions, I couldn't help but return to what we’ve been discussing this month on spiritual hunger. But before I continue, let me just say there are a lot of personal definitions of spiritual hunger out there. While many do a great job of capturing the beauty of desire, not as many capture how blessed we are to confront and rise above our depravity. Why? I’m not sure. All I know is that a genuine hunger for God cannot be separated from a purified fear of him (i.e. loving what God loves, hating what God hates) which, in turn, cannot be separated from how we were divinely created. Oh, how awesome it is knowing we were made to spiritual…

Pursuing the Pylon: Why Good Goals Start at 1st & 10

Have you ever wondered why it’s easier to set goals than it is to reach them? Why it’s less difficult making resolutions than being resolute about them?

If so, then congratulations; not only is self-improvement important to you, but you understand the value in pursuing 'next level' goals as opposed to run-of-the-mill resolutions.

Granted, this doesn’t automatically simplify the walk-it-out process.

Yet, as discussed during last weekend’s LEGACYouth leadership retreat, when we talk about refining our aim, the hardest part isn't so much listing our goals; it's living them out in fulltogether1. So how we grow as target-trainers and develop as goal-keepers in the context of community is worth discussion.

For starters, we must understand the difference and progression among plans, steps, and goals. In terms of pathway, before a goal can be achieved, it must be realized through a plan and executed by its steps (plans -> steps -> goals). A quick drill-down on Proverbs 16:9

Making H1s7tory: 3 Big Life Goals for 2017

This may sound passé, but I don’t get why New Year’s resolutions are as big a deal as they are. Yes, I’m all about life change and terminating undesired behavior; however, when it comes to one’s resolve to#levelup, I guess I’m a tad skeptical. Perhaps it’s the sugarcoated tradition we, as a culture, have placed on taking spiritual inventory or the ghost of New Year’s past reminding me of the times I missed targets once aimed for. Either way, I feel like a fish out of water writing about goals in a time when it’s so cliché.

Still, I can’t deny the wisdom in writing down the vision (Habakkuk 2:2) of Spirit-led aspirations. Thus, without further ado, here are my top three goals for 2017… 

  1. Make like a proton & stay positive.

Ok, so I know this sounds obvious, but it’s worth repeating: positivity is a choice and a fruit of the voice. Granted, I’m not saying anything new; however, speaking from conviction, while I don’t struggle with hope, I do struggle in consistently guarding it wi…