Thursday, January 31, 2008
But, I didn't give in. No way.
Why didn't I give in? I've got the right motivation - a challenge!
So, why can't I be so successful resisting other temptations - the ones that have spiritual significance? Do I need a challenger?
Will someone please join me in a No-Idolatry Challenge, or a No-Pride Challenge, or even a No-Selfishness Challenge?
I know I shouldn't need extra motivation for doing what is right and pleasing to my Savior. I should just want to please Him with my obedience, but right now it's not enough. I struggle every day with those things.
My wife shared with our Small Group tonight a message she heard from Alison Gingerich about Time Alone With God. It really made me think about my relationship with my heavenly Father. How can I claim to love Him and serve Him if I never spend time with Him? I can't.
So, who's up for a Time Alone With God Challenge?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
While I do more than just graphic design, there is actually a pretty good deal of design work to be done. My days are usually filled with a few big projects and lots of little projects - making for pretty full days.
As I was skimming through my "Misc" folder today (that's the folder for things that don't exactly fit into a clear category) I found a couple examples of things I've come up with fairly recently. Hopefully this gives you an idea of the range of things the different ministries at NMC need.
This first one is a design for the Quiz Team's shirts. They're studying Joseph this year.
This logo is for Kenya Night, an event organized by Senior High students to raise awareness, prayer and financial support for two ministries in Kenya: The Abandoned Baby Center and The Maasai Project. You can find out more about Kenya Night here.
This logo is for Fanning the Flame, the annual series of revival meetings we have at NMC. Every year we bring in top-notch speakers and worship leaders.
Finally, this is an early concept for a new ministry starting at NMC called Nexus. It's a 30+ singles ministry. This logo may or may not actuall be used. It's just one concept I worked on today.
Now, if you want to find out what work by real designers looks like, go here!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
(apologies to those not familiar with Veggie Tales)
That wasn't exactly what I was thinking, but I did notice that I'm up to 90 posts (counting this one) since starting this blog. So, I'm challenging myself to get that total up to 100 soon. In fact, I'm going to call the challenge 10 in 10 and I'm going to post once every day until I reach 100. Hopefully, I'll be able to come up with enough fun stuff to make the posts entertaining, but bare with me if some are a little boring (my life just isn't all that exciting)!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
"If we can't go together, I don't want to go at all."
He was referring to some plans that involved several different departments. Basically he was saying if we can't be united in these plans maybe we should abandon them all together. That kind of defines teamwork, in my mind.
Thanks, Terry. By the way, when are you going to start blogging?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I know I should just find someone to give it to, but I'm kind of competitive, so I'm going to keep it in my tiny fridge and remind Jeff, once I've won the competition, that I did so with a cold can of Mountain Dew within my reach. Thanks, friend!
Hanah keeps telling us she's going to be an artist and a photographer when she grows up. This present gave her a good start. She also got a digital camera!
Marty and Mindy are my Guitar Heroes!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
If you followed those links, or even moused over them to see what the address was, you know my current job is in a much different industry than my previous two.
Since getting out of the newspaper business, I have had a chance to see what people outside that industry think of the news media. There have been several occasions where my church has been involved in some news stories and it's been very interesting for me to watch how the staff has handled it.
Two times in the past week there has been interaction with local news outlets and it's got me a little intrigued. The staff here seems to go on the defensive whenever somebody from the media makes contact. It's as if there's some kind of fear of being misrepresented - which I totally understand.
As a whole, Christianity takes a beating almost daily in the media so it's no surprise that my church is a little wary of things being printed or broadcast about us.
My feelings are quite biased, I'm well aware, but I truly believe most media outlets (at least the local ones) are not out to get the Christians. I believe they're just trying to tell the stories they see going on around them.
So, this is a post seeking your feedback. I know there are a few people from the newspaper business who read this blog, and some who have no experience in that field at all. That should make for a nice mix.
I just want to know how you feel about the media, as it relates to your faith and your church. Should the church be wary of reporters? Should the church allow cameras inside it's walls? Where does this fear come from? Do you believe the news media is trying to tell the true stories, or do they have an agenda?
I'm looking forward to your responses!
You may be wondering how you helped. You've simply given me an audience to share my resolutions with and, therefore, some accountability to stick to them. I haven't achieved every resolution, but I've done pretty well.
Corey Mann, on whose blog you can almost always find a new post, recently linked to an article about why people fail at resolutions and it made me realize how this blog and its reader(s) have helped me not fail as often.
By the way, it wasn't labeled as a resolution, but the Mountain Dew counter at the top right corner of this blog is a good example of something that is working. I'm only five days in, but I have no intentions of quitting. Why?
1. It's not a BIG thing - it's simple.
2. It matters to me - it's personal.
3. It's written down.
4. I update the counter every day - I'm seeing my progress regularly.
5. If someone leaves a comment, I go back to the original post about this resolution.
6. I've shared this resolution with potentially thousands of people (although, it's more likely that only a handful of people know about it)
7. Jeff is my challenger in this resolution, a sort of support group. Others have encoraged me as well.
Friday, January 4, 2008
I had heard about it but didn't think much of it because we usually make our own sweet tea at home and it's pretty good. So why would I need to pay for it?
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I love Mountain Dew. The problem is that it's horrible for me. I know this and yet I can't seem to stop drinking it.
My friend Jeff Simpson (a fellow addict) and I have started a challenge to see who can go the longest without drinking Mountain Dew, or any other pop. We both are just competitive enough to make it interesting.
At the right, just above the picture of my lovely wife and me, you'll see a counter I've installed to show my progress in this challenge. It's as much for my own motivation as it is for you to see our progress, but I hope you enjoy it.
For some reason, it's not showing up, but it says my blog is worth $6,774.48. Who knew?