I returned to reading John Saddington’s blog for the first time in some time. I sort of gave up on my RSS reader in the last year and found reading most of my content from Twitter. But a few weeks back I ran across John’s blog and forgot how much I liked it. It’s currently the only site I visit daily besides ESPN & Basecamp. The reason why I like it so much is I want to think he writes for himself. I want to think if he sits down daily to share with himself what he may have wish he had known the day before, a month earlier or even years ago. And the main reason I like his site so much is he breaks I think every rule known to the blogging world.

He writes daily. That is about as far as he gets into the steps for having a great blog. The site has no ads. The site has no comment section. He sometimes posts 3-4 times a day. He doesn’t have that opening paragraph to grab your attention that will set up the 5 point dissertation to follow. The site doesn’t have a large obtrusive button so you can sign up for the email newsletter (his does product sites that have this). Ok, you get my point.

John writes. And he writes what’s on his mind. I’m guessing he holds back some, but not much. This brings me back daily. Some days I don’t read much. Some days I skim. But I keep coming back. And I come back because the way he processes is how I process in my ways as well. That is how when he writes for himself, he is writing for many others. And that is why against many statistics and odds he has a following.

I have over the years started and stopped writing to many times to remember. I love to write, but I get nervous. I tried to write for everyone, which in causes me to write for no one. I never hit the publish button. I never ship the product. I dream daily of writing down my thoughts so that they may help someone else, but I get stuck with who. So I sat down at Starbucks this evening and had the thought… What if I wrote for myself. What if I wrote down what I wish I would have known yesterday, last month or even a year ago.

Sometimes you must take on a project that is a little outside of your typical day to day job description. Sometimes you take on a project that you don’t have time during normal work hours. Sometimes you work an extra 10 hours a week to get those projects done on your day off. I’m in the middle of two projects that fit this description. The reason is I love looking for ways to create new things. And sometimes the weekly priorities of your job may not allow for much outside time to create new things.

So a few weeks ago Overflow, our college ministry at PC3 approached me about setting up a new Overflow Blog for them before they launch back on January, 13th of this year. After laying out some ideas for the one page blog I went off to knock it out. Nothing new for me here, just another WordPress blog. But then I got to thinking about their unique position. Overflow currently is at only one of our four PC3 campuses and has a specific focus group, college students. So after about 60 seconds of thinking it through (which may have been too short, oops) I called up Zach Hamby who approached me with the idea. He loved it and we moved forward.


I’m a few hours behind on the launch, but in the final stretch of still a simple website launch for our college ministry all built out of WordPress. It’s nothing new the world has not seen, but it will give the ministry something unique and it gave me a chance to create once again from scratch. And I think that is a important act creatives need to find often. Be sure you are finding opportunities to create new things with ideas you thought up. I love taking other peoples ideas and turning them into a finished product, but that is not sustainable for me. I personally need to find opportunities to write down and idea fresh from my on mind and see it shipped. overflow.portcitychurch.org hopefully will be up in the next 24 hours. Then I will move over to pc3production.org next!

So what about you? What ideas are you sitting on and not putting some time towards? I’ll tell you this, stop sitting around waiting for permission. That’s an excuse. Go create “it” and then show someone.

This morning I was walking through an upstairs hallway setting up recording for our morning services at PC3 when I get the push notification from Yahoo Sports. It read:

“ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, 49, dies after bout with cancer”

It stopped me in my tracks as my memories went all the way back to high school mornings and evenings watching Sportscenter. I waited to hear “cooler than the other side of the pillow” & booyah! come out of Scott’s mouth. I won’t go into why Stuart’s presence, incredible talent & perseverance changed sports broadcasting for ever. But I’ll say he paved the path for so many people and helped changed countless minds in regards to sports broadcasting and many other outlets.

Then after my emotions settled down a little I started to think of friends who I know right now dealing with cancer. I thought of Tim Morgan who serves along side of us as a volunteer FOH audio engineer at PC3. Tim battled cancer and beat it back to submission only to get the news that it creeped back up a few months ago. Tim is fighting strong with encouragement & love from fellow volunteers who have battled this nasty disease. Guys like David Brown who looks him in the eyes casino often and asks if he is going to fight this thing. David is not going to let Tim quit. It reminds me of Jimmy V’s famous 7 words.

Don’t give up, don’t ever give up. – Jim Valvano

Between chemo treatments, Tim finds the energy to make his way to a 7:00am call time on Sunday to mix for a congregation of over 5,000 people. Tim while battling cancer still finds time and the love to serve the people in his community in hopes that they experience Jesus. Tim inspires me each time I see him. And we pray each week that we continue to see him as he fights this disease with others and not alone.

We all have friends like Tim. Friends battling for their lives. Friends looking to give up. Family members ready to throw in the towel. Don’t let them! Be there for them. Love them. Care for them. Drive them places. Pick them up. Make them dinner. Listen to them. Be the shoulder they need to cry on. Cry with them. Be quiet with them. Pray with them. Volunteer with them. Bring over a movie and popcorn. Babysit for them. But the most important thing to do is to remind them: Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

Remembering Stuart Scott ESPN Special

Scott”s Moving ESPY Speech