Create Something New

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.

overflow

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.

Remember Stuart Scott & Your Friends

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 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

Stop Being So “Strategic”

Today got quite busy and ended with a few episodes of Newsroom that got me off track from writing something worth wild. So this one will be very short.

Stop be strategic, because you are saying you have found a way to manipulate people.

Instead be thoughtful!

That was said by John-Erik Moseler at a recent Arts Roundtable I attended /spoke at Newspring Church. It’s something that has really stuck with me since Oct of last year. I know you can break it apart and discuss how you may disagree with the first part of the statement. But I implore you to read the entire statement a few times and really meditate on the word thoughtful and see where it takes you.

I’m praying it digs deep in my soul during 2015.

Top 9 Films from 2014

Yesterday I listed my Top 9 Albums from 2014. Today I share my favorite films from last year in no particular order. Last year I was able to watch a love of movies, but honestly lost track of what I actually watched. This year I’m hoping to help remedy this problem by using the Day One journal app to log each new movie I see with a little help from Launch Center Pro + Day One Templates.

Top 9 (In No Particular Order)

  1. Fury
  2. Interstellar
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Gone Girl
  6. The Lego Movie
  7. A Most Wanted Man
  8. 22 Jumpstreet
  9. Captain America: Winter Soldier

Top 9 Albums from 2014

Last night Kirsten and I rang in 2015 with some of our closest friends (Tom, Martha, Daniel & Brenda) over a very interesting & funny card game. Then this morning as we sat around watching Harry Potter 6 & acquiring a new possible addiction I like to call Crossy Road I started to think back on 2014. I know your thinking that is what I was supposed to be doing the last few weeks of 2014. Well, it has been a little busy and I will be spending this week looking back on 2014 and preparing/planning 2015.

So my first thing to do in regards to looking back into 2014 is share my favorite albums from the year. So below is my Top 9 in no particular order along with three honorable mentions. Each one has links to that particular album on Spotify. But you can also subscribe to a Spotify playlist with all twelve albums by clicking here.

I would love hear your Top 9 as well or at least one that I am missing by commenting below or letting me know on Twitter.

Top 9 (In No Particular Order)

  1. Broods – Evergreen
  2. Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Fantasy
  3. Coldplay – Ghost Stories
  4. Elevation Worship – Wake Up the Wonder
  5. Elevation Worship – Only King Forever
  6. Propaganda – Crimson Cord
  7. Lecrae – Anomaly
  8. Johnnswim – Diamonds
  9. Phantogram – Voices

Honorable Mentions

Currently Listening To:

 Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Fantasy