One guy's thoughts on life, love, faith and his world

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A Wonderful Thing

A wonderful thing happened to me today.

I woke up.

I don’t have a disease nor any type of sickness that would prevent this, thanks be to God.  However, it is a gift to be able to wake up and use the day to find joy, serve others and strive to be the best that I can be.  It is a chance to find the face of Christ in others and – God willing – have others find the face of Christ in me.

Now, that’s not to say I have a perfect life, far from it.  There simply is no such thing.  What I do have is an opportunity to make today better than yesterday and set the tone for tomorrow, but only if I take that opportunity.  And if you are reading this, YOU have the same opportunity.

Recently, I read a book called Wake Up Happy by Michael Strahan.  It’s been a book that I’ve wanted to read for some time, not only because I’m a New York Giants fan, but mostly because I admire his work ethic, determination and his ability to consistently re-invent himself.

One of the points Strahan discusses in his book is about being in the moment.  Not just letting life happen but to truly be present in the moment.  When doing this, we are able to learn from the past, take the information we are given and adjust moving forward.  Waking up each day gives us the ability to try our best to be present in the moment.

It sounds great on paper, in real life not so much.  Being more present, as with all things in this game of life, is about progress and not perfection.  If we attempt to commit to it every morning – when we wake up – before too long, a habit is formed.  A good habit of growing personally while helping others around us.  That, my friends, is progress.

Some days it won’t be easy and some days you may want to simply sleep the day away.  That is the reality of life.  Every day, especially those tough days, just try to remember that waking up is a gift.  A gift to make a difference in the world in a positive way, a chance to make others smile, an opportunity to truly be present in the moment. 

We woke up today and oh, what a wonderful thing to have happen.



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The End or the Journey?

Below is a little something that I wrote recently and I wanted to put it out there to get your thoughts.  Truth be told, I've not posted something like this before so it does make me a bit nervous.  

But hey, what do I have to lose, right?  


The End or the Journey

The break of dawn, sun rises in the east. It’s another day to slay the beast. It’s your choice, smile or frown. Build it up or tear it down. 

Is the answer the end or is the question the journey? Where does one put their fire and fury? The road we all travel has some turns. Don’t watch it fall down, don’t let it burn. 

The day goes on, now it’s noon. The choice is joy or the choice is gloom. There are options at hand, make the decision.  Time to think and think with precision. 

No better time than now to really begin. To let go of that sin and try to win. The choice is the journey with a smile, knowing it’s ok if it takes awhile. 

Is the answer the end or is the question the journey? Where does one put their fire and fury? The road we all travel has some turns. Don’t watch it fall down, don’t let it burn. 

Sun sets in the West, accept mediocrity or expect the best. Today is
the day to make your choice. Not to be silent but to have a voice.

Is the answer the end or is the question the journey? Where does one put their fire and fury? The road we all travel has some turns. Don’t watch it fall down, don’t let it burn.

Head rests on a pillow, the day is complete. There’s some trips but it’s not a defeat. The sun rises in the east tomorrow morn. Again, the journey begins, and we are reborn. 

The answer and the end are out in the distance - enjoy the question, the journey is your existence.  The sun rises in the east tomorrow morn.  The journey begins, and we are reborn.

Is the answer the end or is the question the journey? Where does one put their fire and fury? The road we all travel has some turns. Don’t watch it fall down, don’t let it burn.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Night to Shine


You really had to be there to experience it, my words certainly won’t do the night justice.  Hopefully, I can get across just a bit of the wonder of the evening.

On February 9, 2018, the church my family and I attend – St. Pius X in Greensboro, NC – was one of more than 540 churches from across the world to host A Night to Shine.  The Tim Tebow Foundation sponsors this amazing event which is a prom night experience for people with special needs.  My family was privileged to volunteer for the event.  My wife helped the women do their makeup, my oldest son served and mingled with caretakers and parents of the guests while my youngest son and I had the privilege of being a “buddy” to one of the guests attending the event.

From the second the guests were welcomed by our volunteers to the end of the night, keeping emotions in check was difficult to say the least. The absolute, unequivocal pure joy of the guests was indescribable.  And it was contagious.  Not in a flu-season contagious type of way, but in a “I wish I could bottle this feeling and pass it on” type of way. 
 
The dancing from the guests was also contagious.  Now, I’d like to think that I have some pretty slick dance moves coming from a mother that taught dancing for years.  My wife may disagree with me.  That said, you couldn’t help but get your groove on because the dance floor was hot!  Dancing with the Stars could have filmed an entire season in just two hours that night.  And every single one of the guests were Stars. 

Tim Tebow and his foundation got it right when they named the event Night to Shine.  Each of the guests, volunteers and churches had the chance to shine that night and shine they did.  However, those weren’t the only things that were shining that night.  Faith, hope and love were shining.  In short, Christ was shining that night. 

I met a lot of shining stars that evening, but there was one person in particular that touched my heart.

Night to Shine is where I met Nathan. 

Together, Nathan and I ate, danced, smiled and laughed.  He had a way of reminding me to see the joy in all things both big and small.  I saw Christ in the faces of each guest that night.  There is no other way to describe it but pure joy and love.



I not only saw Christ in the face of Nathan, I had the honor and privilege of experiencing it firsthand.  

I started the night as Nathan’s “buddy”. 

By the end of the night and now each day moving forward, I am blessed to be Nathan’s friend.