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I Love Music.

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(pre-warned__this is lamely sappy, but true) The Sunday mornings, I was 5 years old my Dad took me to sing at a local nursing home. I can clearly remember the faces of the often forgotten elderly, as the nurses wheeled them in. The would light up as my father played and I would sing.

My time in orchestra, making music with over a hundred people playing one piece in different parts. A group of emotions expressed together in a single moment in time. It felt so alive.

Vulnerable and lost. I began to learn how much a talent meant, as was stripped from my life. An seemly normal inconvenience in life turned into months of pain.

The first time I sat down with a guitar on a mountain side. My thoughts, my feelings, and my recollections. That day I performed for myself, for my hopes, and for my dreams.

The day I found a deeper inspiration. It was simple, heartfelt, and genuine. For the first time my music and my lyrics joined together. Wanting to write about his struggles, a man of science discovered his faith.

A woman worth writing about. A girlfriend was the first to bridge the gap between my love for music and for a woman. Our first Christmas, my gift to her was a song. Many more found their way into my heart before we walked down the aisle and she became my wife.

Getting carried away. Music has led me to places across the world. From places of recent genocide, to the malnourished 3rd world, to castles, and great halls, music allowed me to be its travel companion. I always seem to just be along for the ride.

Impact. Tears welling up in my 7th grade music teachers eyes, that is the power of music. The sight of thousands taking your lead as one, that is the power of music. A song can change everything, even if only for a moment.

We often lose touch with things so important to us. I have so many great moments in my life attached to music. Sometimes I follow music and sometimes it follows me, but it always remain a constant. Perhaps we would all be better, happier people if we found our “one thing” and just let life fall around it.

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November 27th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

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The Building Blocks that Matter

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In life there are a few instances that you can honestly say have had impact. Now at 28, though still somewhat young, I have opportunity to reflect a little. One of the things I can remember are the summers I spent at my grandparents.  My grandmother had picked up a large mixture of legos and plastic blocks at yard sales. They of course were not name brand. Nor did they come with instructions. I would lay on a sheet in the middle of their living room and build whatever I so desired. I never once questioned whether or not I had all the pieces. To me I had everything I needed. God used a box of second-hand plastic interconnecting blocks to teach a man how to think.

Over the years, my life has matured. Still today I am blessed with opportunities to build. A sheet on the living room floor and a child’s imagination may not seem like much in adult life. However, I believe a great deal of success can come from a child with limited understanding doing his best to create with what is given. Whether 8, 28, or 88 years old, I could not think of better way for a true steward to be remembered.

“If you don’t have enough, it is probably because you haven’t used all you have” – Josh

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September 27th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Dream

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A dream cannot be pursued
A dream cannot be defined
A dream will not make you happy
A dream cannot be achieved

A dream is meant to be lived
A dream is meant to define you
A dream is never subject to your approval
A dream is not for you to obtain

Why write this? Because we have lost our abilities to dream. We have been widdled down in our lives to nothing more than goals and achievements. They are milestones, but truly they have become our tomestones. Martin Luther King had a dream. It was beyond what he could achieve. It was beyond what the people who heard his voice that day could achieve. But everytime you see a clip of that instance in time, you see that dream. It wasn’t in the crowd or in the future legislation that followed. It was in that man standing on the platform. If you asked him that day have you achieved all that you set out to do, he would have said no, I am sure. But he did. I think once we achieve the point in which our dreams overtake us (like Walt Disney, MLK, da Vinci), we are no longer needed. We have achieved our dream within a grand common dream. We may not see all the pieces to the massive dream, but we all share in it. For some it is laughter, some it is love, for some it is hope, inspiration, labor, or rest. Our inventions, ideas, experiences, and individuality is want makes those dreams come to life. Live them now, before they become reality and you are no longer here to see it.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Walt Disney

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May 8th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

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Failure…

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This Sunday Jo and I had the privilege of being in church…it has been fairly inconsistent since Judah’s birth for obvious reasons. Pastor Marty spoke on failure which is something I have been accustom to and apparently I have let my life be rule at times trying to prevent it. Here are just a few of the statements that I can actually say changed the way I see myself and my life.

We all stumble in many ways
James 3:2

I am going to fail. Everyone is falling in some area. Sound like the defeatist mentality huh? That’s what I thought until I actually failed. It was then I realized my place in perspective to God. It was in my failure that Christ’s strength actually became stronger in my life. I’ve felt weaker than ever, but at the same time at peace knowing that I am not in control.

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
Proverbs 24:16

I chose my words carefully on this statement because my viewpoint on “wicked” is the result of a continuing desire and pursuit of sin not fall. Although I only count myself righteous due to the fact of Christ, it is comforting to know that even in the midst of my failures there is always hope of restoration and that He never tires of forgiving me.

In Conclusion Failure has Benefits
1. Failure will educate me
– A man cannot succeed without learning from his failures.
2. Motivate Me to Change
– Keep in mind that sometime the hard way is the only way to begin a
change for the better

Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beating purge the inmost being.
Proverbs 20:30

3. Cultivates Us
– Failure develops our character
– Failure makes us less judgmental (Romans 5)

4. Relax in God’s Grace
– God expects our failures. He even already knows about every one of
them

This was the thing that almost brought me to tears…

He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.
Psalms 103:14

No failure could overshadow that kind of compassion and understanding. I wish I didn’t need it (and that I would never fail), but it is nice to know that no matter what we know where we can find it.

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April 8th, 2008 at 12:20 am


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