My heart might burst

There are times when I can barely contain the pride I have for my son. I have been proud of him all his life, but I can feel it so much stronger these days watching him become an exceptional young man.

I have numerous reasons, but there are three I want to share:

1. He is sweet on his mama. This is big to me. Their relationship has been awesome over the years, and it keeps getting better. He takes care of her. He looks out for her. He is sweet on her. It makes me very proud.

2. He loves being around kids younger than him. He doesn’t look down on littles. He is kind. He will play games with them. He looks after them like they were his siblings. He is kind. I love it.

3. He loves God. I could have put this one first, but chose to finish with it because this is so awesome. He does his best to make good decisions and honor the way God wants him to love. So proud.

I absolutely love being a dad. Even more than that, I love being his dad. I never expected it to be so good. I treasure it every day. I look forward to the man he is becoming. He makes me so proud.

Creativity and Faith

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It is there in black and white. Just 5 words into the book of Genesis we see the first characteristics the Bible tells us about God: He existed before the beginning and He is the ultimate creative.

For all of known time and before our God has been creative. This excites me because just a few verses later in Genesis it says:

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27 NLT

We were made in God’s image. So, when we create we are reflecting the Father. When we act, sing, dance, etc. we are showing the world our God. When we lean into the way He made us, that creativity shines through for His glory.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 NIV

God gives us gifts to use. If you have a talent, how are you using it? What awesome thing can you do? Are you doing it now?

Day 87

It is day 87 and I am happy to report I am still going strong. I am tired. I am sore. BUT, I am still going.

No long post tonight. Just thankful for this journey. I am down 33 pounds at this point and feel better than I have in quite some time. I am glad I finally got moving. It is hard to believe I only have 13 days to go to hit my goal.

Time is going to pass. I might as well be moving toward my goals while it does.

Solace

Have you ever had one of those times where the stress was about all you could take? You keep putting one foot in front of the other, but it gets harder. It’s like a weight. Where do you go when this happens?

I had a wonderful reminder yesterday of where I go. Home. With my wife. She is solace personified. After a day with her I felt more like myself.

What is solace?

Solace – noun – comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.

To be clear, I am not sad. I have just been running really hard for a while. I have been tired. I have been stressed. I have needed comfort. I have it.

Where do you go for solace? I know several people who go out to nature. It calms them. I know several who go to church. I do as well. God is my ultimate solace.

How about you?

#Winning

Can it really be possible? Is 2022 almost over. It seems like it has gone by in a blur. Especially these past 85 days. I guess time really does fly when you are having fun, or at least when you are hard at work at your goals.

As I mentioned a few days ago, the hardest stretch of my 100 Day Strong journey is here. I am in a Christmas musical at my church and it opens this week. We have 9 shows to perform over the next 6 days and I am determined to crush it this week.

I was watching a video online earlier. A motivational coach was talking about winning. One of the points he made sounded something like this:

Winning is the goal. It is the thing we work at. We strive to win. We pour in the sweat and the tears for the chance to win. Will the work and the sweat guarantee a win? No. But, we put them in regardless, because without them we will never be in a position to win. The work gets us ready for when the opportunity presents itself. – Paraphrased from what I heard

I have found the above statement to be true. Has all the work I have done guaranteed me anything? No. It has, however, put me in a position where I feel better. I am more motivated. I am achieving things that matter to me. Will there be opportunities arise out of the work I have done? Who knows, but if they do they would not have been there otherwise.

So, I will keep working. I will keep grinding. I will achieve the goals I wrote down my List for the time period I set out. When that is complete, I will set another goal. Now that I have come this far, I can’t turn back. Will it guarantee success? No. But, it will guarantee that I am giving it my best effort to achieve it. That is the better way to be.