Music has always been such a big part of my life. I thought I’d share with you a few things on my iPod, and I’m hoping to find some new ideas when you share a few things that you are listening to. So here are my lists …
5 things you will ALWAYS Find on my iPod …
Jack Johnson – HUGE fan.
Coffeehouse type music. Acoustic versions of popular songs and people like Ray Lamontagne, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper, etc (it’s a sure sign I’m getting old)
ColdPlay – Love them!
Lots of Rock (Classic & Modern) – Steve Miller Band, Boston, Journey, Creed, ACDC, Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, etc
Some contemporary stuff – Black Eyed Peas, Dragonette, Enrique Iglesias
5 things you will NEVER find on my iPod…
Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey – I’m a man, don’t make me explain.
Stevie Ray Vaughn – I’m just not a big fan of the bluesy rock stuff.
Country Music – Yes I live in Texas, but sorry, just can’t do the country thing.
Nickleback – Sounds like the lead singer needs to clear his throat.
Bluegrass – When the boys were growing up if they would argue in the back of the car, I punish them by turning it to the bluegrass radio station. With in seconds they change their attitude.
5 NEW things on my iPod…
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
The Bird and the Bee
Michael Jackson – This is it!
5 things that may SURPRISE you that are on my iPod…
Chris Tomlin – Why would you be surprised … because I’ve always said that I just don’t like contemporary Christian music. It’s growing on me.
Prince – I grew up a 80’s child, so Price was a big part of my youth.
2Pac – California Love
Sermons – Yes, I love to podcast other people’s sermons and listen to them.
Oldies – I’m a HUGE fan of the 60’s and 70’s music, Cat Stevens, Chicago, ELO, Jim Croce and Bread.
This morning as I dropped Cooper off for school, I told him, “Coop, don’t forget that you are by far my most favorite elementary school kid.” From the grin on his face, I could tell I’d said something right.
God has blessed me with four incredible boys. As their father I want to be proactive in raising them. They are one of the biggest ministries in my life right now. I’d rather fail as a minister, a missionary or a businessman, than fail at fatherhood. Fathers play an essential roll in the lives of their children. Want proof? About 5 miles west of Childress is a prison that houses 1200 men. National statistics say, “85% of those sitting in prison today grew up in a fatherless home.” That just SCREAMS the importance and power fathers play in the lives of their children.
I got to thinking this morning if I could make Cooper’s day by simply telling him, “He was my favorite elementary school kid,” then what other things do my children need to be hearing from me. I may be wrong, but I’m guessing here are 7 phrases that children desperately need to hear from both their parents … but especially their fathers ….
“I’m SO glad you’re my son/daughter.” Let them know you wouldn’t trade anything in this world for them.
“I love you.“ Dad, let those kids hear it … regularly.
“I’m proud of you.” Children crave their father’s approval, so let them know they have it. Let them know you’re their biggest fan and you believe in them.
“I’m sorry.” This is HUGE, dads! We are FAR from being perfect fathers so “I’m sorry” has to be a regular part of our vocabulary. Don’t be too cool, big or prideful to say, “I messed up.” You model for them how to handle a mistake.
“Want to do something together?” Whether it’s wrestling in the floor, catching a baseball game or jumping on a trampoline … NOTHING builds lasting memories like playing together. Nothing communicates love more than time.
“God comes first.” We must communicate and model that the #1 relationship in their life is God.
“Do what is right.” As a dad we must practice what we preach. If we preach integrity, character and doing what is right, we need to model it.
Can you think of other phrases that our children need to hear?
Maybe it’s my personality, maybe it was the way I was raised, BUT I do NOT like constant complainers. I’m okay with someone occasionally needing to get something off their chest, BUT nothing gets under my skin more than a person who constantly gripes and complains about everything. I’m not talking glass half empty people, who tend to not be as positive … I’m talking people who can’t even see their glass.
Here are a few things I don’t like about people who constantly complain…
People who complain all the time are unhappy people. If you hang out with a complainer it will suck all the life and joy right out of you.
Complaining takes no talent and no skills. Anyone can be a critic!
Complainers never see the positive in anything only the negative. Everything is always bad. They say, “Gas prices are always SO high,” and “Food is SO expensive,” but don’t realize how blessed they are to have both. They could live in a perfect world, and still find something to complain about.
Complainers can always “one-up” you and always have something worse than you. If you tell them that you had a tooth pulled at the dentist, it just so happens they had to have 4 root canals that same day. If your dog gets hit by a car, it just so happens that their dog was mauled on the front lawn by a lion, while all the kids were watching of course.
People who complain all the time only tear people down, and never build anyone up (Ephesians 4:2).
When a complainer has a legitimate complaint you can’t take them serious, because they complain about everything. You don’t know when it’s a serious complaint or just another gripe.
They are no fun to be around.
They are always willing to point out the problem, but never willing to be a part of the solution. Do not ask them to help, it’s just their job to point out what is wrong.
Complainers feel that their “gift” or “talent” from God is complaining and pointing out what’s wrong. I suggest they do what the one talent man did in the Bible and go bury their talent in a hole! (Matthew 25:14-30).
I guess I should stop now … or someone will accuse me of complaining about complainers. If you want to hear more about what God thinks of our complaining, you can check out this …
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe…” Philippians 2:14-15
Taz is a young man who blew into our community about a year ago. His past is a rough one and he openly confesses … “I’ve probably done more harm to people than good.”
Thankfully, some kind folks I do church with, saw value in Taz and reached out to him not long after he got to town. They were willing to simply be his friend. We have helped him find furniture for his house, a couple of part time jobs, groceries when his refrigerator would get empty and gave him a ride to church when he wanted.
Recently, my buddy Randy, picked Taz up and invited him to go help work on our Augment House (a house we’re restoring in Childress to give away to a needy family). After about an hour of working on the Augment House and processing everything, Taz looks over and says in his slang the following four sentences …
“I’ve done good for nobody in my life. I grew up in gangs and all we did was do bad on folks. I want to be in y’alls gang. Y’all do good for folk and I likes that.”
How cool is that! It was a simple reminder that you and I can still be a positive influence in the lives of others.
Maybe this would be a good time to ask … “Who are you being a positive influence on in your life?”
Sawyer and his new friend ... from last year's trip.
Want to step out in your faith and do something that will challenge you in every way? Want to go experience an amazing opportunity to serve? Want to go love on some beautiful people?
I will be going back to Honduras this December, and I’d like to invite you to come with me. Here’s the information…
DATES: December 6th – 12th
COST: $1500 (covers everything but a few lunches)
PEOPLE: I have room for 25 to go on this trip.
Tuesday – Travel Day
Wednesday – Jesus Banquet at the Dump
Thursday – Service project at the Casa de Esperanza
Friday – Market to purchase food and deliver it to Buen Samaritano community (like this).
Saturday – House Building
Sunday – House Building
Monday – Travel Home
On Wednesday we’ll be taking part in what is called the Jesus Banquet. It’s a banquet where we serve a meal to the poorest of the poor from the Tegucigalpa dump. We’ll set up tables and serve people a plate of some of the best food in Honduras. The idea came from Jesus when he said … “When you give a banquet, don’t invite your friends, brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors … but when you give a banquet invite the poor, the lame, the crippled and the blind, and you will be blessed.”
If you’re interested in going, or want more information … feel free to contact me at my email address. Here’s a video from a past trip…
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