city slickers

A couple weeks back, Vickie and I were watching the movie City Slickers starring Billy Crystal and that guy from Home Alone.  This is one of my favorite movies.  There are two scenes in the movie that I love.  My uttermost favorite (it could be one of the best in all films that I have seen) is when the guys are discussing their best day and their worst day.  I won’t ruin it for you but it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.  But here is a clip if you can’t wait.

The other scene is all about finding the one thing that completes your life.  A clip of that is here.  I was reminded of this this morning while catching up on some blogs and Mac Lake asked these questions that stirred me to reach out for the one thing that God wants me to do.  Here are Mac Lake’s questions:

  • What’s the ONE problem in this world that God wants to use me to do something about?
  • What’s the ONE thing I’m doing today that will make an impact in that area of need?
  • What’s the ONE gift or strength God has given me to make a difference in that area of need?
  • What’s ONE thing I need to stop doing to make me more effective in my mission?
  • Who is ONE person that can regularly check on my progress and hold me accountable for staying focused?

So let me ask you – what is your one thing and how are you going to pursue it today?

Pete Wilson

Do you want to know the greatest fear I have for you – and, if I’m honest, the greatest fear I have for myself?

It isn’t that we’ll abandon the gospel.  It’s not that we’ll lose complete faith in our Savior.  It’s not that we’ll go crazy and abandon our morals.

No, my greatest fear for my life and for yours is that we’ll just get busy and distracted and settle for a mediocre, unexamined life.  It’s that we’ll just settle into life as usual and never become the persons God intended for us to be.”

– Pete Wilson, Plan B, 193

The Epic Fail

The last month or so of my life has been a whirlwind.  A tornado of activity, if you will.

We have been getting Harrison’s room ready.  Our friend Karen did a great job painting a tree in the corner while we finished (not really me but we’re married so therefore I’m included too) setting up the room.  This included setting up the crib, the changing table, the shelf, the glider, folding and washing clothes, and procrastinating on sanding/painting the dresser.

Wow.  Looking over this list makes me feel lazy because most of that was done by my beautiful wife during the days that I have been working.

This is what I would consider my failure as a husband this week – not helping out as much as I could with Harrison’s room.  So in honor of, or as a reminder of where I need to grow, I want to start a new segment on this blog.  I am going to call it The Epic Fail.

I invite you to share The Epic Fail that you had this week and we can all rejoice that we don’t have to focus on our past mistakes in order to move forward into our glorious futures.

Your Epic Fail could be as simple as ignoring a phone call or a vastly superior fail of drinking and driving.  We want to know.  Consider this your confessional.  Fill up these pages with your failures.

But just so you know, they will be blotted out soon enough.