Choosing to own/be the change not being the victim of it.

Let’s set the stage a little here. I’m an emotional eater and when I was a struggling freelancer, I ate a lot of bad stuff. At the weight I got to, I should have been 8-9 feet tall but I wasn’t. A new job comes along and I start realizing that I’m miserable and want to change.

24 hour fitness was a mile up the road. I signed a 30 day trial and began going driving my car to the fitness place. I did this about a week and then realized I had a bike and could get there more easily and with more effort (the entire point of going to the gym) by riding my bike. So that is what I did. I’d leave my bike infront of the garage every night.

It was bout day 5 of this when I walked out of my house early in the morning, looked at the garage door where I left my bike and didn’t see it. It was STOLEN!!!

I wish I could say I do this everytime but I have to admit I don’t. The thought crossed my mind that I would just run to the fitness center. At first I was angry but I quickly realized that this was going to be great. Now I was running 2 miles (up and back) and getting in some weights as well.

That was it, I was hooked and ended up averaging 20-25 miles a week within a 6 month period after my bike was stolen. It has physically changed my life. I hope to meet this theif one day and thank him for his help.

As I said before, I wish I responded this way and with as much quickness everytime in these type of situations but alas, I don’t. In fact, most times I complain to others around me and bring in the drama. It’s my way of looking for confirmation that I was wronged. Every once in a while, I’ll be sharing my victimization with someone and they’ll just look at me weird or have the kindness to call me out on my attitude.

I must say I appreciate that response from my family and friends. Maybe not immediately but it doesn’t take line and I begin to see clearly why they felt the need to address it with me.

I’m sharing my stolen bike story because I believe I have been sulking over a victim scenario over the last 12 months and it’s time to start running. I’m going to lead the change not play the victim to it or it’s nasty brother, no change.

I need to look at my life’s challenges and face them as they truly are, my challenges. These are not someone elses responsibility right now. I’m the one who needs to initiate the change. Right or wrong (I’d prefer Right) I am responsible to bring out the change.

My bike was stolen so you’ll find me running on the side of the road.

DAA Dallas Chapter Event | Smash Through Your 2019 Career Goals – Review

What a great event we had at the DAA meetup. I was really looking forward to connecting with other passionate data professionals but didn’t expect to have the talks impact me like they did.

Focus was word that was verbalized in any of the conversations or talks but it was for sure a theme of the night for me. Each of the speakers were incredibly relative in their approach to the topic of pursuing your dreams in 2019.

The 3 speakers were Mike Merrill, Dave Gatdulais, and Carl Brandvold.  Each one brought a different perspective to the topic and landed thier points with percision. I really appreciate the time they took to prepare and share but even more than that, they were incredibly gracious with their time during the event to share thoughtful responses to our questions.

I’m really looking forward to our next meetup in March.

If you are in the digital analytics space or hope to be, you will do yourself well by attending the next event.

Great jobe DAA team. Thank you for all your hard work on puting this event on.

Click here for more information about the event.

2018 40 Book Goal

I have set a crazy goal of reading and documenting my journey through 40 books in 2018. Take the journey with me.

  1. The Exceptional Presenter – Timothy Keogel (kay-gul) – read 1/2/18
  2. Robert Klein – Seeing What Others Don’t -read 1/16/18
  3. The Oz Principle – read 1/6/18
  4. A Sense Of Urgency – read 1/10/18
  5. Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss – listened 1/4/18
  6. The Speed of Trust – Stephen M R Covey – read 2/11/18

Great thing about this?  I read more than 40 but stopped keeping track because it was causing me to limit the energy I was putting into it.  Why is that?

updated: 1/17/2019

The local church’s call to be effective

Technology has become a part of ministry. On the one side you have the software ministry that makes little of the real effects of technology in local church ministry and on the other you have the ones who refuse to accept that our global-local communication ability has become apart of our culture. In the middle you find the calling of the local church to utilize the best opportunities to reach out and impact our culture.

This is very well stated by Guinness:

Ever had the feeling that someone or something was looking over your shoulder while you were reading?

A Book and Goats

It may be 108 in the afternoon but north Texas mornings with a breeze are some of the most pleasant on earth. This morning I sat for a little bit outside and read the introduction and chapter 1 of Impossible People by Guinness.

I had some company
3 questions Guinness asks us to consider:

  1. Will Islam modernize peacefully in the end?
  2. Which faith or ideology will replace Marxism in China?
  3. Will the Western world sever or recover its roots?

"The west is seeking to do the near impossible: to cross the river while changing horses in mid-stream and still maintain its greatness."

The entire purpose of the book is to encourage Christian's to become unclubbable. One who is unbendable in an age that glorifies flexibility and untethered morals. It is asking for a rise of Christians who weather the cultural storms like a spider in her web because it is fastened to the strong oak.

Seems like this is going to be a great read.

Have you read it yet? I'd love to hear what you thought. Yep, you.

The Smarter Screen by Shlomo Benartzi

Improving online behavior is a huge undertaking and this book gives the reader a head start in understanding how a few simple changes in the way we communicate online can make a big impact. 

This isn’t manipulation of any kind. The data backs up the conclusions and there are some great hypothetical examples in the book. 

I would recommend this book to anyone that works with online content. It’s definitely worth the read. 

The Wisdom of the Gospel (1 of 3)

In 1 Corinthians 1 Paul explains that there should be no divisions in the church. According to Paul, the “wisdom of man” believes the gospel message is foolishness and therefore anyone who follows after the cunning words of a man’s message just because it “makes sense” more than another is in the wrong. 

Paul goes on to explain in chapter 2 that true wisdom in the Gospel Mesage (cross and resurrection) can only be understood through the Spirit.

In 2:6-16 we see how this wisdom can be received. The first method God used is through revelation. In 2:10 we are reminded that God revealed wisdom to us through the Spirit. 

The “special” revelation of Godly wisdom that some claim to have and others follow blindly is in direct contrast to what Paul is saying here. Though someone may make sense to us because we understand their words or their passion is expressed in a way that resonates with us, we should be careful not to accept the messenger over the Word of God. 

What an incredible gift to have the Spirit reveal the wisdom of God to us!

This single source for knowing godly wisdom is only one reason we should strive to not have divisions in our churches. There are two more reasons that are found in verses 12 and 13.

The weak things of the world are strong because…

Weak things of this world are strong It is hard to comprehend but easy to experience in our culture. The idea that the worldly system is going to naturally believe the things of God are weak is something we need to consider when we begin evaluating the impact a Biblically based teaching will have in our life.
This is not asceticism. That is a form of legalism that taught people to make themselves weak and foolish in order to “suffer” with Christ. Apparently, the self inflicted pain and suffering should add to the grace that Christ provided. This self abasement is not what Paul is referring to here. 

This is in reference to the humility that walking a surrendered Christian life requires in order to experience God’s amazing power and love in your life. Humility says that we don’t know everything. It also says that He does and we can trust Him with our whole heart.

Keeping these ideas in mind, we can see why Paul begins his book to the Corinthians attempting to provide a path to unity. The first insight is for us as Christians to realize that our source for wisdom and strength is God, not man. We also need to remember that we are influenced by the world all the time and should check ourselves regularly. 

Next steps…

Be like Spider Man and grab a tall glass of water and think about it.

Grace brings everything you need with it.

“For the GRACE of GOD which was given you in Christ Jesus;” (emphasis mine)

Grace is free for us but only because of the payment that Christ made. And because it was HIM who supplied the payment we have EVERYTHING we need to live a successful God-pleasing life. 

We already know that God sent His Son to redeem the World according to John 3:16. This is not exclusive to our Peace it is essential. 

Along with grace we are enriched with everything we need in our lives to glorify God. 

Getting this grace which brings with it peace is not a guessing game that God plays with us. There isn’t some great mystery we have to uncover. 

Grace is not a guessing game
I was having a really great time. #sarcasm

Our gifts have been openly given through grace in Christ. There is no secret code or recipe. Their is no algorithm of good works and Christ work mixed with bad works. Grace is free in Christ because He paid the payment we owed and could never pay.