What I “tweeted” 2009-05-31

  • 27 “todo” items on my list for today. NOT going to get all of them done. But aim to get at least 75% taken care of. #
  • there’s a lot of hurting people in the world… #
  • Another good church website here…http://bit.ly/nJblo – I like the way the elements are on the page for easy location. #
  • WPA building project approved 86 percent #
  • Reading: Darwin fossil Ida hype—http://bit.ly/bFCCR #
  • I think twitter is more meaningful when the people you follow are people you know personally… #
  • 40 Exceptional “CMS Enabling” WordPress Plugins | Noupe http://bit.ly/189uVI #
  • Eating some of my wife’s chili for lunch…I LOVE THIS CHILI – wow! #
  • Writing the next “TechPass” article for WODPAOC “connections” mag #
  • Just finished reading “Volunteer Revolution” by Bill Hybels – great book. Gonna get quotes up at http://www.darrenethier.com tomorrow. #
  • NOT sure I want to try this coffee… http://bit.ly/i2COu #
  • just finished doing the lawn. Ahhh the smell of freshly cut grass….ahahahchooo!! ? #
  • Disappointed in pittsburg #

What I “tweeted” 2009-05-24

  • Heading to my mom’s house to help with a work day #
  • Was an awesome day today – got a lot accomplished for my mom 🙂 #
  • Going on a fieldtrip with my daughter this morning. #
  • desk is messy again – always a sign of “lack of time” Need to kick in some time management plans again. #
  • On a daddy-daughter date with Karissa #
  • Twittering in Church (http://bit.ly/G80p1
    what a cool idea! hattip @HeatherACard #
  • Twittering in Church – http://bit.ly/10Ztn3
    – hattip @HeatherACard #
  • Another bug submitted for #CCB – so far they’ve fixed 8 of 12 bugs that I’ve submitted since Apr 26th. #
  • #CCB bug update /correction- 9 of 12 bugs I’ve submitted have been resolved. Thanks for the quick responses from the CCB team. #
  • #CCB bug update 10 of 12 resolved. #
  • #CCB 11 out of 12 bug reports resolved. 1 wasn’t a bug – just needed clarification 🙂 #
  • going to try and get the pile of “little things” done today so I can start fresh next week #
  • great church website – http://bit.ly/15b90o – clean, simple, tidy, and some interesting things they are doing to build online community… #

…because of vision

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Why? An Important Question

This is the final post in the series “Why? An Important Question”

In the last post we looked at the first good answer for the question why? …because there’s purpose.  However, another good way to answer that question is because of vision.

Purpose deals with the task at hand, vision is seeing the whole picture.  When you answer the “why” with purpose you are articulating what you want to accomplish immediately.  Vision produces purpose.  When you answer the “why” with vision, you are articulating what you are aiming for – what you are doing may not even seem to be connected but for the person with vision it is.

As I write this a classic scene comes to mind from the movie Karate Kid where Mr. Miyagi (played by Pat Morita) has told Daniel (played by Ralph Macchio) that he will teach him karate.   However, Daniel is given a series of seemingly meaningless tasks which includes among them the famous “wax on, wax off” line as Miyagi has Daniel wax his car.   To Daniel, the answer to “why?” he’s doing this seems meaningless, but Mr. Miyagi sees the whole picture and knows that in order to teach Daniel karate he has to teach him patience and good form.  So to Mr. Miyagi, why “wax on, wax off” is answered by vision.

Proverbs 29:18 says,

Where there is no vision, the people perish… (KJV)

People perish without vision because they aren’t able to answer, why?

What I “tweeted” 2009-05-17

  • Two more bugs submitted to CCB – that makes about 5 or 6 in the last couple of weeks. Not good. #
  • On our way to pastor’s retreat #
  • Good thing abt CCB is they respond to bug reports quickly #
  • Wrapping up the pastors retreat – went really well and we had some awesome times of prayer! #
  • Twitter sms is working for me again? I’m on a cdn carrier and it’s not bell…did I miss the announcement? #
  • checked my twitter settings – confirmed that Twitter SMS now works for nearly all CDN carriers. #
  • just got back from a bike ride with the kids. Much fun. But I MUST get out more… #
  • Ker and I are planning out the day – we want to do something fun with the kids #
  • At walmart with the family…dangerous #
  • New paint job in our living room/dining room – thanks David B.! #
  • Heading to church. Gonna be a great day! #
  • had an awesome day at church today. The PM service was AWESOME! God did some great work in people’s lives! #

…because there’s purpose

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Why? An Important Question

In the last two posts in this series we’ve looked at some not-so-good ways to answer the question WHY you are doing something or making a particular choice.  For the next two posts I’m just going to quickly look at a couple good ways to answer this question.

The first is probably fairly obvious.  You should be able to answer the question WHY with a clear defined (and as simple as possible) purpose.  Not because it’s the way it’s always been done, or not because so-and-so is doing it but because in doing so I’m accomplishing or fulfilling a particular purpose.  Here’s the thing,  everything is done for a purpose but more is accomplished when you can articulate it.

Not only that, but when you can articulate the purpose that answers WHY – then when you complete what you are doing or carry through on your decision there’s a greater sense of fulfillment because what you did or decided had purpose.

I remember when I was a young boy and my parents made me practice the piano.  I hated it.  I like playing the piano, I just hated doing scales and all that  “practice music”.  My answer for why I practiced was because my parents made me –  in my eyes there was no purpose.  My parents did everything they could to show me that there was purpose to the grind – the practice would enable me to play better and eventually play music that was incredible.  Eventually I was able to understand and articulate that purpose for myself – and when I did, practicing the piano became much more fulfilling.  There was purpose for the practice all along – I just hadn’t articulated (or understood) it yet.

I wonder how many people can give a purpose for WHY they are doing what they do or choosing how they choose?

…because “so-and-so” is doing it.

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Why? An Important Question

The first “bad” answer to the question, “Why are you doing what your doing OR why did you make that choice OR why are you going to do what you are doing?” was “because that’s the way it’s always been done”.  The next is:

…because “so-and-so” is doing it (or does it that way).

And you can fill “so-and-so” with whatever fits be it a person or organization.  The problem with this answer is just because so-and-so does it that way doesn’t mean it’ll work for you in your situation.  Here’s some reasons why:

  • so-and-so is usually always in a different context than you.  What may work in their context may not work in your context.
  • so-and-so who was successful had a reason why they were successful because they answered the “Why?” question rightly. Trying to shortcut the process by copying will leave you hanging when so-and-so fails (if what they did just happens to work in your context)
  • you (or you’re organization) are not s0-and-so – what works for them may not work for you.

Of course, I’m not saying that you can’t learn from so-and-so!  Just make sure that isn’t the reason WHY you are doing what you are doing (or making the choice you’re making).  If that’s you’re reason then really you’re just shifting the question – now you have to ask, “Why is so-and-so doing it that way?”

…because it’s the way it’s always been done.

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Why? An Important Question

Whenever you set out to do something or make a life choice if you’re like most people you have a reason for what you are doing or the choice you’re making.  A reason that answers the question, “why?”

Even if you don’t have an obvious reason for what you do or a choice you make, there’s still a reason.

How we answer that question is important. For example:

Some bad answers to, “why”?

“…because it’s the way it’s always been done”

In a few cases, you can maybe get a way with this answer if the way it’s always been done is good and successful.  But eventually the way it’s always been done becomes a hindrance to actually getting things done or moving forward.  Remember, “the way it’s always been done” is a method not a value or message.

A method answers the question, “how?”  How you do something does not describe why you’re doing it.  There are many different ways of selling a product.  There are many different ways of driving a car.  There are multiple ways of wooing someone.  There are different methods of sharing about what you believe.  HOWEVER, all these methods don’t describe the value you are choosing or the message you’re communicating.  One caveat.  Methods are often influenced by the value or the message (in other words choosing to share about Jesus with people while pole-dancing really isn’t the best method for sharing the gospel of Christ…) and methods may demonstrate a value or message but in of itself the method doesn’t answer, “why?”

So,  “…the way it’s always been done” is a bad answer for why you do something or make a certain choice.   What you’re really doing is defaulting.  When you default  then usually it means you really don’t know the answer to why? If I get this answer from people my next question would be, “Why are you doing it because it’s the way it’s always been done or why are you choosing that because that’s what always been chosen?”

(we’ll continue this series with the next post exploring another bad answer… “because ‘so-and-so’ is doing it” – The “Why?” picture was taken by “annnna“)

What I “tweeted” 2009-05-10

  • just wrapping up my day at the office so I can go get ready for dstrct cnfrnce. Hoping to blog a bit of the conference – big changes cming. #
  • checked in at the hotel and taking a bit of a break before heading out for supper. #
  • got a book with our conference package “The Shepherd’s Covenant” hmmm #
  • Great running into friends here #
  • And conference has begun…interesting PM Harper put greetings in conference booklet #
  • Confernce theme: together #
  • I ate too much for supper – trying to stay awake 🙂 #
  • #wodconf doing nomination ballots for new District supe #
  • #wodconf starting at 8:45am tomorrow? Yikes! #
  • #wodconf just ended tonites business session #
  • #wodconf gng into ordination service #
  • #wodconf david shepherd truly is a shepherd in heart and calling #
  • #wodconf “the call is who you are” – david shepherd #
  • #wodconf “God is a God of increase” – David Shepherd #
  • #wodconf “if you take the ‘go’ out of gospel all you have is the ‘spel'” – David Shepherd #
  • #wodconf starting second day of conference – yes… This early 😉 #

Happy Mother’s Day! (especially to pastor’s wives)

I love my wife and I really do believe that God brought us together!  As I got thinking about mother’s day this year I thought of all the things that Kerryanne does, not only as a mother, but also as a mother who happens to be a pastor’s wife.  Here’s some things:

  • Prays for me (this is a big deal for me!)
  • Helps me pick out what to wear (I am absolutely NO good at matching clothes and dressing appropriately – if you ever see me wearing something bad it’s probably because Ker wasn’t around to help me…)
  • Endures the stares of people when our children are being kids at a time when some think it’s inappropriate (and maintains her cool!)
  • Gets all four of our children fed, dressed, and ready for church on Sunday’s while I have left early to accomplish what I’m responsible for there (if you think it’s easy for her, I DARE you to say that to her… 😉 )
  • Arrives at church and ensures that all our children get safely to their Sunday School classes.

What I “tweeted” 2009-05-03

  • got a lot of yard work to do (a shed to build)..it’s a nice day and it’s not my day off 🙁 #
  • just spent some time on the piano playing and singing – I’ve been away from the keys for FAR too long – enjoyed the time of worship! #
  • I love it when I get email like this…”Hi I like your plugin, can you do ‘x’ for me – thanks” – like I can drop what I’m doing… #
  • Didn’t realize gmail had a cap on distinct going out at once and per day – it’s fairly large but still… http://bit.ly/fadSs #
  • hoping the CCB team updates users with the status the bugs in their system – some pretty major ones in their calendaring/attendance system #
  • getting the mid-afternoon blahs…pushing through *yawn* #
  • had an awesome time paintballing with my oldest son tonight (a birthday party he was invited to – I got to play too! yay!) #
  • finished a very productive day on the home front. Got a few small chores done around the house that I haven’t been able to do #