A walk in the neighborhood

Some days it is great to take a walk in the neighborhood and see what those around are talking about. It is interesting how little themes appear in what people are discussing.

Like JD being right where he is supposed to be while questioning it all the time, while Josh is going with the flow and The Hosh is enjoying life.

Around them, while I’m content to comment on other’s thoughts rather than put to much effort into my own, others are thinking and writing on a whole different level and depensing wisdom that must come from being a mother. From Sue’s “I’m talking about accepting ourselves at the very core of who we are” to Sarah’s “taking a deep breath & getting myself in the forgiveness mindset, rather than slipping into turtle mode & pulling into my protective shell” it seems they know what is happing in everyones life before it actually does. How they read other’s mail before it is written and have already posted about it always amazes me.

So, what is the point? None of us needs to be brilliant, just ourselves and none of us is alone. Like Lacey searching for her voice while speaking with such clarity, or like me just taking a walk in the neighborhood, we all benefit from the community we are walking in.

With Spring Training only 90 days away…

With Spring Training only 90 days away Rockies fans, indeed any true baseball fan (National League is real baseball), must start to getting excited and the news of the Rockies coaching staff additions is very welcome indeed. The Rockies now have a formidable coaching staff with many years of Major League managerial experience. This bodes well for what continues to be a young, home grown, team and it also speaks well of the ownership and management team who have paid for this level of talent.

Did I mention that Spring Training is only 90 days away?

Missions efficiency?

JD’s post has me thinking; what if we treated this as a great missions opportunity? Instead of, or better yet in addition too, spending the money to send missions to reach the lost in other cultures let’s instead find the future missionaries who have spent their money to come here.

How much impact could smart, mission minded people like Sarah have by partnering here at home with people from other cultures? Wouldn’t it be powerful if JD’s young Brazilian friend were to come to know Christ, develop a passion for the lost, and then with the help of an organization like One Green Bracelet, go back to reach the lost and train others?

I realize that there have been training centers in the US for just such a purpose where people from other cultures with a passion for Christ could come and train. But what about seeking out those who are already here and reaching them?

Not really my area of expertise but I wonder what people who have been on missions trips like PB & Shelley or Whitneylisle think of the idea?

Who are you talking to?

In all areas of life, who you talk to, what you read and who influences you are important things to take care of. While this post from Jeremiah Owyang is meant for the professional who is, or may soon be, looking for a job, the ideas in it apply to many areas of life.

This got me thinking about my life and challenging myself to push out of my comfort zone. Not just professionally but with friends, my spiritual life, and in what I read. So whether like Judi Free or The Hosh you have a temporary career challenge, or are simply looking to break out of a rut, a GUT check might be a good place to start.

Some things move in unison

It’s interesting how some things move in unison, particularly in the workings of God’s Kingdom.

On my sight I have the RSS feed from One Green Bracelet and it had an update on “So you think you know Worldchild”. I thought I did but it was good to learn the background and real world impact they have.

Then via Judifree, as part of my “chasing rabbits” push (read earlier post), I was scanning Without Wax and find they are talking about the same shoe outreach that One Green Bracelet was running a video on.

I find it interesting how some things move in unison like this. It amazes me how I can listen to my pastor speak on what God is telling him and then through a blog, a friend, or listening to an online sermon find another pastor in another part of the country was giving the same message at the same time. Have you noticed this too?

UPDATE: I was informed that the ministries linked above support different shoe ministries. I assume one is a left shoe and one a right shoe and that this still supports my comment about things moving in unison. Could I be right?

Rabbit Caught Only 4 “blocks away”

In reference to an earlier post of mine, look at what I found only 4 “blocks away.” From The Hosh to Annette Budd and then John Andrews/BackboneAmerica over to Joshua Sharf who had this fun link about Hidden Springs Creamery.

Now you may ask “what’s the big deal, it’s a story about cheese.” Reasonable question. The answer; I like cheese and was encouraged by another example of small business America chasing the dream and thriving. Plus, I would never have found this if I hadn’t gone chasing rabbits.

Chasing Rabbits

Chris Brogan has an interesting and instructive post for those blogging to communicate as opposed to those who blog for themselves. I was prepared to move on when I asked myself, “when is the last time you chased rabbits?”

The blogroll on my site is there mostly because, as I visit them often, I got tired of searching for them or finding them through some previously blogrolled site. The Hedgehog Blog is a perfect example, being originally discovered at Hugh Hewitt. The challenge that I rediscovered in Chris Brogan’s post is that, because of time, lack of interest or laziness, I tend to get isolated in my blogroll.

Sure, I follow the post and click through to read what others found interesting enough to post about, but how often do I go “chasing rabbits” and start visiting the blogroll of others? Even more important, how many blogrolls away from home do I allow myself to go? I mean I might visit The Hosh and follow his blogroll to Annette Budd, but do I go beyond? Rarely. Why not? It’s as though as a kid I could play on my block or the next block, but two blocks away was a whole different world.

Thank you Chris Brogan, I am going to go “chasing rabbits” and venture at least one blogroll away from home, maybe even two, three or four. Who knows where this could end. If I get lost I will simply close the browser and start over.

When is the last time you chased rabbits? Did you catch any?

It’s all about the Constitution

In response to my post calling for Newt or (unwritten) someone more Conservative to guide, unify and champion the Conservative cause for Republicans came an interesting question from the author of Not Lost Just Wandering. “Given the chance, how would you change SOx?” in reference to the effort to Repeal Sarbanes-Oxley, a topic which I know little nothing about, so how to answer?

My first inclination was to ignore the question, not wanting to get bogged down in specifics. Since this seemed somehow unsatisfying, my next option was to find out what “SOx” was and how to fix it. Right!

With only these two options apparent I chose door number three, to attempt the WWJD (What would Jesus Do) type of all encompassing, but intellectually honest, guiding principle approach.

It’s all about the Constitution.

That’s it. What does the Constitution actually say, or not say, about the question at hand. If, as is most often the case, the Constitution is silent on the subject then the Federal Government has no roll. Since some former edition of the Federal Government probably got this wrong, then the object should be to effect change moving back in the direction of the Constitution.

As Hugh Hewitt and so many on the Right are gathering trying to figure out what went wrong, and more importantly, what type of person can lead us forward; I hope they will find people who hold the Constitution and it’s foundation as the guiding principles to governance.

Thanks Not Lost Just Wandering for asking the question.


Well it is about time that the RNC starts to figure out the answer to the slide they have been on since the Contract With America. Of course this would have been a good idea before throwing away the White House, the Senate and the House, but who knew?

Ok, but who else knew?

Poke him with a stick

Kate has quite a quandary and needs advice.

You can see my suggestion. Any other ideas? Leave them here or with Kate.