Don’t be a punk

November 3, 2013 under Unlikely Christian
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The below video was shot in Jan 2009.

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My 2009 Resolution?

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To be a good spiritual leader for my family.

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My 2009 Resolution from Unlikely Christian on Vimeo.

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So…..how’d that work out?

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Well…..it’s almost 5 years later, and other than a better haircut, some extra facial hair and a new hoodie, that’s still me today. 

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DANG IT!  DANG IT!!  DANG IT!!!

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Well guess what?  Things are about to change.

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For reals this time.

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I’m calling myself out publicly!  

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I’m tired of continuously falling short in a category where there’s so much at stake!

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To hell with my comfort zone!  That’s right I said, “hell.”

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Like my friend & fellow Iron Sharpener, Eric so eloquently put it, a couple weeks back when speaking on this subject, “Don’t be a punk.”

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He’s so right.  If I’m not willing to step up and lead my family like God is calling me to, I’m a punk.

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Well…..I’m tired of being a punk.

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It’s time to step up!

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Now!  Today!

 

I know I’m not alone in this.  I know for a FACT that there are many men out there struggling in this area.  Strong men that would give up their very lives for their family, yet for some reason, when it comes to stepping up and leading their families as God calls men to do, just can’t seem to engage.  They want to, but for whatever reason just can’t or won’t.

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Fellas,

 

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Enough already!

 

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You know what you need to do.

 

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Step up.

 

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Don’t be a punk.

 

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“LET’S DO THIS!” (Wise words from another fellow Iron Sharpener – Chris)

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Ladies,

I know it might sound ridiculous.  On the surface it seems like it should be super easy for a man to just man up, and lovingly lead his family, but it’s not.  Opposition is fierce because the stakes are so high.  If Christian men were leading like they know they should, it would change the world, not could change the world, WOULD.  We need your support, patience, understanding, encouragement and sometimes maybe a little nudge.

 

 

Okay, back to the fellas, how about it?  Are you in?  I’m starting today and I’ll be transparently sharing along the way.

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Join me, let’s do this together. Start small if you have to, but start.   There’s no way you’ll regret it.

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God, I don’t know how this is gonna look.  I just can’t wrap my head around it, and that’s something you know I like to do before I jump.  It’s a big part of why I’ve never taken that first step. But I trust you, so I give up my incessant needing to know and put it in your hands. I pray that when I feel inadequate or apprehensive, you’ll give me peace, and when I think about sinking deeper into the safe confines of my comfort zone, you’ll give me the push I need.  I pray for your guidance, strength and everything I’ll need to be the man you’re calling me to be. – Amen

 

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“Keep it in perspective son.”

February 24, 2012 under Unlikely Christian
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“Keep it in perspective son.”

 

That’s what I told my son the other day as he was all bent out of shape about some hackers on Xbox not dying when he clearly shot them first.

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I’ve been feeling really good lately, spiritually speaking.

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As a Christian, I’ve learned that things ebb and flow in my spiritual journey.  Sometimes I feel close to God and other times it seems like He’s a million miles away.  Man I hate that feeling.

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Lately it’s been good though and I’ve really been taking some positive steps in my growth, including being more proactive in my role as spiritual leader of my family.

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So the other day when my son continued to complain about the hackers on Xbox, I saw it as a teachable moment.

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I’m not going to bore you with the transcript but in a nutshell it was a good lesson with some teachings from Philippians 4:11-12 (being content, whatever the circumstances).  What I focused on most for him was keeping things in perspective.  “It’s just a video game son, I know it makes you mad, but when you keep it in perspective, it’s not really that big of deal.”  I felt like it was a good and helpful talk. 

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It was a good moment for me too as it was one of the first times I’d actually felt like a spiritual leader.  Oh we’d had conversations in the past but for many reasons, I’d been hesitant about stepping up in my role (I’m going to write more about that later) so this was a pretty cool moment for me.

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Since that day, I’ve had to remind him of that conversation, “Keep things in perspective son.”

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“Learn to be content in all things, just like Paul.” – Philippians 4:11-12

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Kind of like me.

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Like me?

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Yeah, I guess so.  Like I said, things have been pretty good lately.  I’ve felt like I’m in God’s flow, if you know what I mean so, yeah, I’m pretty content right now.

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But what about in all things?

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Yep.

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All things?

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Yeah.

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How bout a dead battery when you’re ready to leave work?

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Ye……….NO…..I’M NOT REALLY CONTENT WITH THAT!

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Long day, I’m so ready to go home.  Actually made it to the car a couple of minutes earlier than usual, might actually be able to hit the driveway before 5:00PM today, man that’s going to be nice.  God made it such a beautiful day too, maybe I’ll take the kids out and throw the football around for a bit and I’ll still have time to grade these papers.

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Hop in the car, turn the key……….NADA.  I checked the battery, it wasn’t breathing and had no pulse.  “She’s gone Bill,” I told myself.

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I wish I could tell you that I kept things in proper perspective at that moment.  I wish I could tell you that Paul’s letter to the Philippians came to mind, but it didn’t.  In fact, none of Paul’s letters came to mind.  The only letters that came to mind were words of the four letter variety.

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I WAS TICKED!

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An hour-ish later, after tracking down somebody with functioning jumper cables, I made my way home knowing that I still had work to do (replacing the battery, which for a normal man, would probably take 30-ish minutes, depending on how close the auto parts store is.  I, however, am no normal man, so the over/under in Vegas was set at 2 hours, with most betting the over.)

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But a cool thing happened on the way home – Peace.  God hit me with, “Keep it in perspective son.”  Then I realized what was happening, God was teaching me the same lesson I’d just taught my son days earlier.  And while I was a little discouraged that I wasn’t as much in the flow as I thought I’d been, I changed it, asked for forgiveness, repented and found peace.

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It was awesome!

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I came home, put my iPod on a song they’ve been playing in church, and while my daughter watched (another teachable moment as she’ll be old enough for a driver’s permit this year – please pray for us), I got the battery out before the song was over.  Went to the store, dropped a Ben Franklin on a new battery (that’s okay, I’m content in all things right now), came home, picked another great tune and had the battery installed before the song was over.  Yeah it was a long song and I’m hoping that flimsy piece of plastic that covered the battery isn’t all that important, as it’s on the floor in the garage, but I came in WELL under the 2 hours I figured it would take.  It was NASCAR pit crew fast as far as I’m concerned.   

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And now, just like my car is now recharged again, I feel the same way.

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