Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Pursuing Humility....

I am currently reading the book "Uprising" by Erwin McManus and I love his style of writing and his view of the way living as a follower of Christ looks like. The section of the book that I am reading right now is dealing with being humble like Christ. I have always known that as a follower of Christ I am called to be humble, but you know like everything else that means I will get there at some point. Turns out that may not be exactly the case. If I ever get to the point where I can say "I have made it I AM HUMBLE!" guess what then I have lost it. The change in our lives comes in the pursuit.

Keep on chasing...

Friday, March 23, 2007


So, when I was about 20 I decided that I wanted a tattoo. I thought about it for a while and then very randomly one night I walked into a shop in Murfreesboro and picked a "christian fish" off the boards and about thirty minutes later, I had a tattoo. Now it is not a great tattoo...not a lot of creativity or thought went into it, just a symbol of the faith that I claim to live by.

So a couple of years later I wanted another one. I put a little more thought into it and decided that I would put the trinity symbol on my other shoulder, so I did. It was ok, just a basic outline of the symbol of Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

I still was not satisfied and I year or so later thanks to a birthday gift from my little bro. Jason (big shout out) who will possibly blog about his own tattoo story, I added the phrase "the hope of glory" in greek under my trinity. This is a reference to Colossians where the Bible reminds us that Christ in us is THE HOPE OF GLORY!

So, fast forward a couple of years and I got the itch again. This time I wanted something a little different. My first ideas were the Superman logo (I'm a big Superman fan) along with finding a appropriate scripture to go along with it. After talking about it for a while and searching for the proper scripture and layout it just seemed that I could not settle in on it enough to go get it. I'll insert a quick tattoo tip here, If you are not sure, DON'T GET IT.

About a year later I was introduced to the book "The Barbarian Way" and it has totally changed the way that I view my faith. No long am I called to conform to a certain view of Christianity, or in other words, I don't have to be exactly like you or you like me for us to worship and serve the same Holy God. How freeing is that? Anyway part of the book references Matthew 11:12, which speaks of the forceful advance of the Kingdom of God and how only the FORCEFUL will take hold of it. From the moment I read that and saw a corresponding piece of artwork in the book I knew what I wanted for my newest tattoo.

So here it is ......
P.S. Big Shout out to Brady at Body Language in M'boro.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Reading Update...

Just for those keeping track I have now finished "Velvet Elvis" by Rob Bell and have started another book by Erwin McManus, called "Uprising". So far so good.

As I sit here in my "office" and enjoy the beautiful day (I have my windows and the door open) it is hard for me to concentrate on work and not just sit and daydream. (I guess that is why I am blogging and not working.) I am struck by the way God is working in my life. If you read Alison's blog, then you already know that our small group is split up between the guys and the girls right now. Now, I have to be honest, I was a little nervous about this at first. I questioned if I had enough material to carry the entire time. I wasn't sure I could find enough information to keep the guys engaged at least until the girls got done. Isn't it amazing how God makes us look silly? This past Sunday we had our second week in Men's Fraternity (due to the shortened time frame we are doing several lessons at a time) and I could not believe the great disscussion we had. It was incredible that I once again doubted God and thought about something only in what I could do. We not only had enough to talk about for the entire time as the girls, but we had to stop when they started calling saying they were done. God is awesome. Also, a big shout out to my small group guys for being open and willing to discuss what it means to be a man.

Anyway tommorrow is the big day, I will post pics later this week. Remember Matt. 11:12.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Do I know how to......

So I've spent all week in an estimating sitework construction class in Nashville. I can't believe how much that I have forgotten since I took my last math class, you know before I quit college. All of the formulas and coeffiecents and theories that are because they just are. I really feel bad for the folks still in school (high school or college) that have to do this stuff for more than the week I had to.

So, as I questioned my self on a daily sometimes hourly basis "Do I know how to do this?", I really began to question what do I know how to do. I can't do math very well (I found that out this week), I can't work on my own car, I can't talk politics not that I really want to these days. I am not great at sports, As I complied this list of things I don't know how to do I came to the question "Do I know how to LOVE people?" "Do I know how to LOVE God?"

Now I know I love some people, I KNOW I LOVE my WIFE!!!, I know I love my parents, I know I love the child that Alison and I are going to adopt (even though I don't know who that is yet). But do I love PEOPLE, everyone I meet, everyone you meet, if God created them do I love them? Do I love them the way that God loves me?

God loves me UNCONDITIONALLY!!!! God loves me without me having to do anything!! Even if I chose not to love God, God loves me! How crazy is that. Which brings me to the title of my post, Do I know how to LOVE people the way that God loves them? Unfortuntally the answer most of the time is NO. I struggle. I fight with in my self about how I feel about people. The reason, it is so much easier to not care. It is easy to look the other way when we see people we would rather not.

And if all that were not enough, God not only loves people, he pursues us with His love. That's right God chases us down and know matter where we run and hide, He shows us how much He loves us. A sunrise/sunset, a walk through the woods, the beach (that is for you Alison) and just the fact that He alllows us to wake up each morning.

So the question is Do I know how to love people, and do I pursue them with the love of God.

The answer .......I working on it.

P.S. Go check out the song "Madly in Love with YOU" by Sean McConnell (try his website or iTunes)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hey Guys...

Well its been about a week since my last post (sorry about that).

Anyway, here is an update on what is going on in Bradland lately.

First on all on the health front. I have really been trying to eat better and even trying to add a little exercise in here and there. And for those that care YES I have been taking my meds. At last check my sugar was down to about 175. So I am not quite there yet but we are working on it. Hopefully I can even start losing some weight soon.

The other thing that is happening is I am really trying to read and study more. The goal I have set for my self is to read my bible for at least thirty minutes every morning and another book before bed. So if there are really people out there that read this please feel free to hold me accountable when you see me. (I just finished "The Barbarian Way" for the second time and working on "Velvet Elvis")

Finally, I love small group. I will have to admit after growing up in a small town traditional church all of my life, the thought of leaving a sunday school for a small group made me a little nervous. After a few years and now the oppertunity to lead a group all I can say is WOW. Not only do I love my group but I love hearing the stories about the amazing things that God is doing in small groups throughout the Body of Christ.

That is about all that is happening in my world, There are a few new things on the horzion and I will update as info is confirmed.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

31 and counting

I just wanted to wish my Mom and Dad a happy Anniversary. Congrats I Love You Both!!!!

Happy Birthday Landon.....

It is hard to think that 4 years have gone by so quickly.

we love you buddy!!!