I discovered one of my favorite artist who goes by the name of Propaganda a few years back. He along with his record label (Humble Beast Records) created a video you may have seen titled G.O.S.P.E.L. that introduced me to him. The reason I love listening to Prop is he writes challenging lyrical content that hits on subjects that most artists will never touch on. He also delivers good quality hip hop, which is a rare find these days in my opinion.

Propaganda also is one incredible spoken word artist. That brings me to the video below that I heard originally on his “Excellent” album as a bonus track. I believe this was delivered at a Catalyst event in Atlanta, GA. I wanted to share this video with you just in case you haven’t seen it/heard it yet. It is one that needs to stick with me way more often.

He told me a love story
Of a woman born before him
He said I new her before and at the moment of conception
Their was an eternal connection
And although I didn’t know it then I’d fight for her affection
It’s this war we been waging since day one of creation
And only when you lose her do you learn to appreciate her, like even
When Im with her, Im itching to get rid of her
And she only gives you one shot, blow it and she’s gone
And I took advantage of her
Thats why Im telling you this
Son, you can’t rusher or slow her down, you better keep here on her side
She will slip through your fingers
Like sand her name is Time
And she told me a secret
She said multitasking is a myth you ain’t doing anything good just everything awful
And she begged me to stop stretching her thin and stuffing her full, and stop being so concerned
With the old her and future her, but love her now
Her presence is Gods present, and you should be that, present

Each year many begin their year with new years resolutions. Around my church we and many others across the nation start their year off discovering their “one word” for the year instead of the long list of resolutions. I partake in both due to my personality and drive in specific areas. But before I move on here is a brief synopsis about the My One Word movement:

“My One Word” is an experiment designed to move you beyond this cycle. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD.

This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus. Just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future.

I’ll be writing about My One Word more (if the rest of this post takes root) over the next month.

On top of preparing to pick my one word for 2015 I am also going through key areas of my life to pay attention to in 2015. These “goals/resolutions” I will do my best to filter through my one word during the year. But before I post all my goals I needed to write this because one goal is to write way more publicly (here using Desk.pm) and privately (using Day One app). I have been reading a lot from John Saddington and really enjoyed reading his post on why he blogs daily since 2002. In the middle of his post he writes:

And it’s the “public” aspect that’s been the most fascinating part of my writing journey to be sure. Writing publicly requires me to practice self-control, discipline, and solicits nuanced behaviors from me that are neither natural or easy to come by. But I believe the consistent act of putting thoughts down on (digital) paper has helped me innumerably become a better communicator, in every form, and a more critical thinker of important (and not-so-important) matters.

That has challenged me to begin writing. He even writes:

…the only thing that I’ve really got going for myself is the fact that I’m consistent; I write 1-3,000 words (at the minimum) every single day, publicly…

This is good news for me because there are many times I have felt like I had something but not enough to hit the publish button. I hope this changes over the next few weeks & months. I don’t see myself posting daily like John does, but I’m going to shoot for it.

Currently Listening To:

 Cozy Evening Playlist

The idea that there is “the one” out there I never believed in. And even logistically it does not even make sense. As soon as someone marries the wrong person they have messed up the entire system/idea. With that being said, I’m so thankful my incredible wife did not believe in that either. You know why I know she didn’t? Because she decided to not spend her time looking for “the one”, but instead decided to focus on scripture and worked on “being the right one”. People that is huge!

So the other night Kirsten (my wife) asked me if I was nervous or unsure when I decided I wanted to marry her. And I said quickly, nope. We discussed for a few minutes about it and I could not put my finger on why it was so easy until today. I realized she had worked so hard on focusing on Jesus and “being the right one”. I would have been an idiot to be nervous or unsure.

So to sum up this quick off the cuff post. Men and women. Boys and girls. Don’t focus on finding “the one”, but instead focus on “being the right one”. It turns the entire selfish culture of marriage on it’s head.