Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Struggle, Fight and Clawing.....

That's what I feel like this morning. I just got back from the doctor and the fight must begin. For those who don't know I found out last year that I am a Type 2 diabetic. Well to be 29 and weigh over 300+ it points to a lot of future problems.

So it MUST change. That's the charge of the day there MUST be a change, a change in mindset, a change in attitude, and most of all a change in daily habits.

IF you have an suggestions I am open.

Diet, Exercise, Meds., and Less Stress were the doctors orders.

"Are you ready to RUUUUMMMMBBBLLLEEE!!!!!!! ding"

Monday, February 26, 2007

Back From Camp

Well, it's Monday morning again and I am back from Camp Linden. It was crazy - they have torn down "Eagle," which I guess isn't that bad. We had our worries when we were in camp years ago about the stability of that building. In its place is a nice new conference center with hotel-style rooms and a big lobby hang out area with stone fireplaces and rocking chairs overlooking the river. It was great....I guess... We did not stay there. We stayed in Bluebird (the same cabin I stayed in my last summer at camp).

I thought the meeting time on Saturday was good. We had a chance to just talk about ideas, dreams and passions for how we want to serve God, and what that looks in the real world. What does using my talents and interests for the Kingdom of God look like? For me, as of late, the bigger question is "What is my passion?".

Passion was a word used a lot this weekend, and several shared the passion God has placed in their hearts and expressed a desire to use that for God's glory. As we sat there instructed to "list our passions" if money and time were not obstacles what would we love to do? ? ? ? ? I just sat there staring at a blank page, nothing coming to mind, not even a glimpse of something I might want to do. I have allowed work and responsiblity to overshadow my dreams and calling. I not saying that I think I need to leave my job and go in search of my real "called by God" career, because I think at least for now I am there. I do think it is time to take a new look at what I do outside of work, and evaluate what I put value on.

I going on a hunt for my Passion....I hope it is easier to find then snipe.

Good Hunting......

Friday, February 23, 2007

Back to the Future......

I love these movies, all three of them, Marty and Doc flip and flop back and forth through the space time continuum attempting to make things right and without causing any further disruptions in the way things should be.

Well call me Marty (although I think I would much prefer the nickname Doc), I headed back to the future today. I have been invited on a weekend leadership retreat with my church at Camp Linden. That's right - at the ripe old age of 29 and a half I am going back to the camp where I spent several summers as a youth.

Camp Linden holds a special place in my heart. You see, this was the baptist discipleship training camp held by the TBC every summer. While my home church of FBC Bolivar went to music camp at Camp Carson, I on the other hand took my talentless self with my Grandmother's church to Linden. Linden was great. Most of my cousins and brother usally went, so some summers there were as many Bynum's as some other churches had in their group.

Summer after summer for about 6 or 7 years we would make the drive up to that little valley tucked in by the Buffalo river to learn how to love God more (worship), gather with others to learn about how God works in our lives (small groups), and how we can show God's love to everyone back home (service). And now some 10 to 15 years later I make my way back to camp this afternoon still in search of how to build those same dimensions of my life as an adult.

I'll let you know what I learn, but now stand back because when this baby (my F-150 not a Delorian), hits 88 miles per hour........

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tractors and such....



This is my buddy Landon, he is about to turn 4 on March 6 (that's also my parents anniversary). As you can see he is a big John Deere Fan as am I. Alison and Christy brought Landon out to RMC world headquarters to take a few pics with the ole' JD 20/20 tractor. I really like these. Looking foward to celebrating a great birthday with Landon.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

What does that look like?

Let me start out by saying that I love small group. I thank God for the people that He has put in mine and Alison's life, to explore the journey that God has placed us on.

Last night as we closed out our series on Pure Sex we discussed the issue of homosexuality.
The discussion lead itself to "what does it look like to interact with people using Truth and Grace."
Where is our 12 step program that we can put in a pamphlet and teach for two weeks at church and then everybody will know how to handle each situation.

I don't know about anybody else but I struggle with this. I think I am like most people and really good with one, not so great with the other. For me I can handle the truth part. It does not bother me at all to tell someone what I think they need to hear (not always what God is saying but what I think they need to hear). I have more trouble with the grace part. I have trouble with that in every aspect of my relationships to others. I have trouble showing the grace of Christ.

So how do we get the package deal, the ability to show compassion to the people who need it most and the conviction to share the truth with those who need it most, because most of the time they are one in the same. Not to use the "sunday school" answer, but Jesus. Jesus is the answer for the world today, above him there's no other, Jesus is the way! Sorry for the cheesy youth group song but it is true. How do we learn to love and interact with the people who need Christ the most? We look at the way he did it. Jesus was considered a drunkard. He ate with tax collectors and showed love and compassion for prostitutes. How radical is that?

We tend to think that spending a few hours a month in a questionable part of town is really getting down and dirty for the Lord. I am in no way talking bad of any of our ministries. All work done for God will return a harvest. But are we surrounding ourselves with people who need what we claim to have as an answer to all thier problems.

It's like we have the anti-venom for the most deadly snakes in the world, and we store it in the petting zoo.

fight the good fight

Monday, February 19, 2007

Can I post a pic?



As I am new to the blog world I am trying to figure out how this whole process works. So this afternoon I decided to see if I could post a pic. As you can see it worked.

This picture begs the question of why Alison insists that I cannot buy a pistol.

I love this picture of Alison.

Love you baby!!

Here We Go!

Well I have resisted getting into this whole blog world but I as I looked around at who all has a blog I figured I could have just as much to say about the world and life as any of them. So with that said here we go.

You may wonder why I have titled my blog "building from the ground up," but that seems to be a current theme of life these days. Work deals with building, working on building my marriage, Alison and I building our family through adoption and building my faith through worship, small group and service.

So, let see how firm a foundation we can be.

Fight the Good Fight...

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