Five Things Running Taught Me About Change

Recently I made a fairly common resolution among middle-aged men. I decided to get back into shape.

Five Things I Learned about Change

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I know what you’re thinking. “That good-lookin’ fella at the top of my screen is out of shape?!”

Well, thanks! But, yes…yes I am.

So, I decided to start running.

Why did I (finally) make that decision? Well, it’s because of some awesome advice I received.

How Peyton and Tebow are Alike

I may have mentioned this before, but I love football. I mean, the season just ended and I miss it already. Seriously, it’s been only a week since the “Big Game,” and I’m wondering how I will make it to August. In fact, my wife just checked to see if I was “okay.”

How Peyton and Tebow are Alike

You know, this week as I reflected on a pretty exciting season, two players stood out, Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow. And, the more I thought about them, the more I realized how much they are alike.

(Now, I’m sure some of you rolled your eyes at that thought, but you’ve read this far, so hang with me. Actually, if you did, you’re helping to prove my point.)

Allow myself to introduce myself(ie)…

I know some parents that have a policy with their kids that for every new toy that enters the house, two old ones must leave. Obviously, their children pick toys they don’t use anymore to send off. I mean, who wouldn’t.

I’m starting to believe this policy is in effect for the English dictionary. When one new word is added, two must be removed.

By now I’m sure you’re aware that selfie has been added to the dictionary. It was even named 2013 word of the year!

Hope for the Philippines

Nearly two years ago our church was lucky enough to have the Children of the World choir come perform. As a result, my family was able to host two of the young girls from the group at our home for the entire weekend. Their names were Angel and Irene. Angel was from Uganda and Irene was from the Philippines.

Philippines

Angel was outgoing and rambunctious while Irene was quiet and reserved, but they both had smiles that were infectious.

The entire weekend was an absolute blast, but my favorite memory is from that Saturday night. We had decided to cook hamburgers and I was in the kitchen preparing the meat when Angel walked in. She watched intently and once she realized what I was doing, she smiled, cocked her head to one side and said, “Men cook?” (Probably not as often as my wife would like, Angel!)

What struck me most about the girls was how normal they were. When you stripped away the cultural differences, they were typical pre-teen girls…they giggled all the time, begged for candy and wanted to watch movies, loved to go shopping, could be a little sarcastic, talked constantly and asked questions about everything. (I’m also pretty sure they thought I was a big dork!)

Our daughter, who was only three at the time, followed them around the entire weekend. She still talks about Angel and Irene and we pray for them often.

By now I’m sure you are aware of the devastation in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan. The death toll is enormous already and sure to rise in the days to come.

The images from this catastrophic event are gut-wrenching and according to the Philippine government, more than two million people need food aid. People that, despite our cultural differences, are just like you and me.

When I first heard about the typhoon, I immediately thought of Irene. I pray that she and her family are safe and that she gets any help she may need. Because of her, I’m compelled to help even more than I would have been otherwise.

If you are looking for ways to help here are just a few organizations that are providing relief for the Philippines:

Samaritan’s Purse

World Help

IMB

World Vision

Please consider making a donation. I know its cliché, but really, no amount is too small. These organizations have the networks in place to help and your donation will increase their efforts. Please share these sites with others who may be looking for organizations to support as well.

Also, will you join me in praying for the Philippines? Pray for food, shelter, medicine, peace and comfort. Pray that people around the world will be moved to help.

You know, situations like this often seem so hopeless, but with God, there is always hope. There’s hope for me and you in our own lives and there’s certainly hope for the Philippines.

Would you consider being a part of that hope? I’m asking for a friend…

Blah, Blah, Blog…

So I’ve finally done it…I’ve started a blog.  After years (literally) of debate (hey, I like to be 100% sure), I’ve finally done it and it’s going to EPIC.  (Cue Mr. Movie Voice) You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…you may even pee in your pants.  So buckle up, tell a friend and let’s geaux!

Blah, Blah, Blog...

I’ve always been a pretty good story-teller.  In fact, starting at a very young age, my mother would always say, “You are such a storyteller!”

What am I going to blog about you ask?  Well, you see the heading…faith, fatherhood and fun.  And by fun, I mean sports and by sports, I mostly mean football.

Topics can be easy to come by. I’m husband to a very tolerant wife and father to two hilarious children.  You hear things at my house like, “If you need me, I’ll be in the pantry.” Or, “Stop playing and get over here and watch TV!” Oh, and my personal favorite, “Did you put your slippers in the microwave yet?”

There’s a story behind each one of those that I can’t wait to share.

So, thanks for the encouragement, Mom, this blog’s for you!