The Foundation For This Journey

I need to provide some background to what brought this journey – and this blog – to fruition. The initial reason for this blog is the result of reading an email from my father concerning what happens to an eagle when it comes to that dreaded human milestone – 40 years. It is an intriguing turn of events and I detail them here so that you better understand where I am coming from and maybe it will spur you on to do the same.

The eagle has the longest life span among birds and can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, it must make a difficult decision. When it gets to the 40’s it’s long and flexible talons can no longer grab the prey that is essential to providing it’s food. It’s long and sharp beak becomes bent. It’s aged and heavy wings, due to the thick feathers become stuck to it’s chest and make it difficult to fly. At this point the eagle is left with two options: Die or go through a painful process of change that last for 150 days.

The process begins withe the eagle flying high to the mountain top and sitting on it’s nest. Here the eagle beats it’s beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Once plucked out the eagle will wait until a new one grows in. Once the new beak is in place it begins to pluck out it’s talons. When the talons are plucked, it again waits for new ones to grow. Once they are in place it now plucks out the aged feathers.

After five months the eagle takes it’s famous flight of rebirth — and lives another 30 years!

If that doesn’t get you fired up then you need to check your pulse. This process has affected me more, as I am now less than 12 months from my 40th birthday. The mere fact of the impending #40 does not affect me in the way that I have seen it affect so many others. It has actually motivated me to become a new man. I am not satisfied with my current life. Don’t get me wrong. I have the wonderful privilege of being a born again Christian, am living a life that is filled with great memories, a beautiful wife, handsome son and all the love a guy could need or want.

What I am not satisfied with is the way I am not taking advantage of every opportunity. I currently hover around 200 pounds. At 6 feet tall that’s not too bad, but it could be much better. My knees have really started to cause me a lot of pain. My back – that’s been a nightmare since my days as a Coca-Cola route salesman. It seems to have gotten worse. I eat sweets like they are going out of style – in fact the other day my wife made oatmeal butterscotch cookies and I ate 20 of them. Not that’s not a typo, I actually at 20 of them. I don’t exercise consistently, and there is no excuse. Do I have a demanding schedule, yes, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t get it all done. My priorities must come into alignment. It has to be God first, my family second, myself third and every other demand fourth. If I don’t give god the best part of my day, then my day doesn’t give me it’s best. If I don’t take care of my family, then my life is an imbalance and if I don’t take care of myself then I can’t take care of my family and give God, the best part of my day. I’ll also be no use to anyone else that needs help.

Therefore, I am preparing to take this 150 day journey. I have decided that I am tired of reading about all the other people that are climbing Mount Everest-blind, and surfing-with one arm, and finishing their degree-while working two jobs and raising 4 kids, and running marathons-on prosthetics. Those stories are inspiring, but I want to write my own story. No, I do not have any intentions of climbing Mt. Everest, but I do have intentions of getting my life in order-proper order, order that comes from following God and doing that which He asks of me.

I can do this, and I will do this. Anyone else that wants to join me, you are more than welcome. It will be disconcerting on some days. It will be painful on others. But I surmise that when day 151 rolls around, it will be glorious.

I will post when day one begins.

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It’s Thanksgiving 2010 and I am at the end of the first leg of a long journey along the highway. Two stops on this journey break up the monotony of the rainy outside as it races by my window.

I began to think about Thanksgiving and the word itself. It’s all about giving thanks. But what about breaking it down a bit further. What about being thankful that we have the opportunity to give? I know Christmas is still 30 days away when all of the giving & receiving occurs, but what if we started this madness with the attitude of being thankful that we can give? How about being thankful that their are people who are excited about receiving something from us?

Let’s be intentional this year about what we give and how we give it. Don’t feel guilty hat you can’t buy something for everyone of your friends or all of your family. My guess is that 95% of them could forgo your generosity and not miss a beat in their daily activities.

We are so blessed as a nation and as inhabitants of this nation we don’t need another thing, except a renewed thankful attitude that is contagious.

So I wish you a Happy Thanks Giving and a fresh attitude of recognizing your blessings.

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Prayer and Fasting

Having recently visited a friend in the hospital, God took the opportunity to let me know his thought on healing. I had been in to see a young man – you’ll notice that I have already referred to this individual as a friend, and now I am calling him a young man, thus implicating me as a member of the young.

As I spent some moments with he and his parents we chatted about several things, as he shivered, wrapped in ice packs, due to the high fever. He has faced a daunting task for the past 6 years of constant transport in and out of the hospital as a result of a motorcycle accident.

We have prayed along with so many others – family, friends and church members. But for me, there has been much frustration as I have seen him now spend 7 months in the hospital in 2010 alone. After my visit the other day, I had returned to my vehicle and phoned my wife to let her know that I had finished at the hospital and I relayed to her my visit with him. During the conversation I mentioned to her how frustrated I was that as a minister, I preach healing and promote healing and there lay a friend paralyzed and fighting off septic infection.

Side Note: as his parents and I had prayed moments before there was such an awesome presence of God and I expected a good report in the coming days. Well, I went to see him again today, and good news lay in the bed with all the infection gone from his body – To God Be the Glory!!

Back to my conversation with my wife: it wasn’t anymore than I had gotten the words of frustration out of my mouth that the Lord spoke to me in that very noticeable way, these words: “This cometh not out, but by prayer and fasting.” Yes, he did speak to me in the King James Version…

I immediately was pricked in my spirit as I knew the Lord was reminding me that healing doesn’t just fall all over the place, just because we are His children. There must be effort on our part to wade into the waters of faith and stretch our arms out and begin to swim in prayer and fasting. God really does want us to see “Greater things shall ye do than this.” The situation is that “Greater Things” won’t happen through mere mortal men that don’t pray, if the King of Kings wrapped in flesh had to pray. What causes us to think that we are going to just take some quick shot of “5 Minute Prayer”, drink it down and head out into the wild world of mankind and our shadow is going to heal the lame among us.

I know we all, well most, attempt to pray, whenever we get a chance, but it’s going to take a concerted effort. Fit the big stone of prayer in your jar and then fill the pebbles of everything else around it. You’ll find it will be the most important part of your day – even more than the $4 cup of coffee filled with chemicals that warms us up on cold October mornings.

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