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Contest Winner Announced

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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Photo courtesy of Liam

The photo above is my four year old cousin Liam right before he drew out the name of the winner of the $30 gift card. Congratulations to Jon Cagle who learned about the contest through the Facebook group “30 days of Hustle”, sponsored by author and blogger Jon Acuff (www.acuff.me).

The contest to name my website was awesome! There is nothing better than to hand an idea over to great creative people to see what they can come up with. Thirty seven different website names were submitted. It was a tremendous success. I thank everyone who submitted an idea and even the ones that just thought about it.

I ended up choosing a name I came up with before the contest. I will reveal the name of my site in the coming months.

We each have dreams. We have things we know within our heart that we were designed to do. When we were kids, we believed in those dreams. Then “experts” told us to wise up and face reality. Well, I disagree. You know who I think has it right? Liam. That’s right. Look at the picture again of Liam right before he drew out the winning name. He believes he can do anything? And you know what, I believe he can too.

Let’s be more like Liam.

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Help me and you could win an iTunes or Amazon Gift Card

February 17, 2014 19 comments

 

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How creative are you??

 

You could win a Gift Card by using your creativity.

In the coming months I will be switching my WordPress site to a stand-alone website, but I’m having trouble coming up with the exact domain name I want. I need something incorporating my name, Chris, but domain names like “chrislawson.com” and “Chris.com” are already taken. I want to keep it simple with something like “chriswrites.com” or “chriswroteit.com”. However, both of these domains are already taken.

 

Here’s where you can help and possibly win a gift card to either iTunes or Amazon (your choice if you win).

 

My website will cover topics of inspiration with some humor and maybe a touch of tech and sports. Help me find a name for my site and you could win the gift card valued at $30.

 

Here are the steps to enter:

1) Come up with a website name that incorporates either “Chris” or “ChrisLawson” that has a .com extension. (I need a .com website)

2) Check to make sure it isn’t already registered by searching for the name you created at https://instantdomainsearch.com

3) Post the website name in the comments section of this post.

 

When leaving your idea in the comments, make sure to leave your email address in the proper field so I can contact you if you win.

If I choose your idea, you win the $30 gift card. If I don’t go with any of the suggestions, a winner will be randomly chosen. You have nothing to lose and may help me name my site and win $30.

 

Let’s see how creative you are! Leave your idea by entering in in the “Leave a Reply” section below.

 

(This contest will be open for 7 days and then your chance to win will be gone)

 

Bird in a Cage

October 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Blackbird singing... on the roof

It’s one of the saddest things you could ever imagine. Sitting in a cage, bouncing from sitting point to sitting point, the little bird looks for a way out. Time is passed by cleaning his wings, eating some bird food, or whistling a tune. But in his heart, he longs to soar. He longs to fly above the trees and look at the earth beneath. He was made to do that. He was made to fly from tree to tree. He was made to watch the sun come up and sing as the light peaks through the leaves. He was made to soar, but he sits in a cage and sleeps.

What is your cage? What is holding you back from soaring? You were designed with a purpose. You were given a talent that the world is waiting to see. Sometimes we overcommit ourselves to others around us and their expectations. Sometimes, we need to step back and realize that we have to first do what we need to do. Does than mean saying no? Sometimes it does. We need to say yes to the burning in our heart. Why should we do this? Because we are sitting on a perch and sleeping when we should be soaring.

Are you going to sit there on your perch or are you going to spread your wings and fly out of your cage?

Perspective

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In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Space. It’s what we see when we go outside at night and look up. We see all these white sparkles in the sky and we have learned to call them stars. We gaze at them and think about how beautiful they are. Then we go back inside and watch TV. Nothing negative, that’s just what we do.

Today, I want to challenge you to see things from a different perspective. I’m going to challenge you to stop what you’re doing. Really, actually stop and pause. Now look at the above picture. That is a picture taken from a satellite that is 900 million, not thousand, miles away. Again, that’s 900 “million” miles away. This little spacecraft was launched in October 1997 and has been flying around taking various snapshots of our solar system. Many images have been taken from space, but there’s something special about this one.

The main object in the image is Saturn. You can see how big the planet is and how large the rings are that surround the planet. It’s absolutely beautiful. The spacecraft was orbiting the planet and taking some shots. Now, what I really want you to see is the little blue dot to the right of the center of the screen. I hope you were smiling when the picture was taken, because you’re in it. That’s earth from 900 million miles away. That little blue dot is our BIG planet.

I want us to stop and think about something here. Our solar system has nine planets. Earth is number three. Saturn is number six. Saturn is not even at the end of our solar system! There’s three more planets to go (if you count the planet pluto). Now think about this. Our galaxy is called the Milky Way. It holds our solar system with thousands of other solar systems. In fact, if you shrunk everything down to a size that we can fathom, it would go like this: Our solar system, with the nine planets, would be the size of a basketball; and our galaxy, the Milky Way, would be the size of earth.

Did you get that? Our galaxy is HUGE. It’s estimated that we have more than 200 billion Suns in our galaxy alone. Scientists have found more than 500 solar systems in our galaxy so far. That’s solar systems like ours. That’s only the ones they have found and that’s just nearby (if you can count that as nearby). In fact, scientists say that there may be tens of billions of solar systems in just our galaxy, maybe around 100 billion. This is just in our galaxy.

Now, are you ready for the next part? We know we have our solar system (our sun and nine planets). We know we have our galaxy, which is named the Milky Way, that has our solar system and most likely billions of other solar systems. Now guess how many galaxies there are in the universe as a whole?? A supercomputer tried to help us guess. It estimated around 500 billion galaxies. That’s billion with a B.

Now, from this we’re supposed to say that everything that happened was accidental. It just happened and we’re all here by chance. We formed from another animal and I guess we’ll form into something else down the road. Well I’m sorry, but the facts about our universe tell me otherwise.

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth…”

We Need Adventure

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Photo credit: GORE-TEX® Products / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

I’m piggybacking on a post that Max Lucado, my favorite author, wrote for today. It is posted on his site at http://maxlucado.com/audio/daily-audio/gods-adventure/.

His topic brought up adventure. That word is a cool word. According to the dictionary, here are the top three definitions of adventure:

1. an exciting or very unusual experience.
2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
3. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.

Now I ask you this question:

Is your life an adventure?

Are you pursuing life at its fullest or are you sitting in a lawn chair sipping some tea? Are you climbing life’s challenging mountains or are you sitting in the valley just taking in the view? Are you fulfilling your dreams or giving in to mediocrity?

We were made for adventure. It’s how we’re wired. When we were children we had to know what was over that hill. We had to know what would happen if we pushed that button. We just had to know.

Somewhere along the line someone with “reality” has veered us off course saying that we need to grow up and let go of our childish dreams. Today, I say the opposite. We should fulfill our dreams.

Jesus told us “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Mark 10:15). I believe he was giving us permission to seek out why He created us; why we were put here on earth.

I may not know you and you may not know me, but today I’m going to give you something. Permission. I proclaim this day that you have permission to chase your dream. You have permission to ask why you were created and to seek out the adventure of what you are to do with your life. You have permission to step out by faith onto a new, perhaps unknown, path to seek your purpose for being alive.

Strap your backpack on and get the walking stick ready. The path is now in front of you. It’s time to start walking.

Shut Up

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Those are the words that keeping going over in my mind when I start to say or do something. Sometimes it’s very legitimate and I should listen. That is often the case. But sometimes it’s just fear trying to keep me silent. We have to be able to discern when we should keep our mouth shut, and stay out of a situation, and when we should speak up. Here are some things that help me.

(1) Pray about it. If I’m supposed to be involved in the conversation, I should feel the same way I did before I prayed.

(2) Ask yourself “Will I be helping or hurting the situation”. If I’m helping, then maybe I should speak up. If I’m just adding fuel to the fire & further confusion to a situation, maybe I should shut up.

(3) Pray about it again. I’m the one that sometimes opens my mouth and then realizes “I probably should have prayed about that before I spoke”.

Sometimes it’s better to stay clear of situations. I had a situation happen yesterday that made me mad. I felt that maybe I needed to speak up. After a while it became clear that the answer was to just stay out of it and shut up.

Sometimes there is a need to speak up. Sometimes the need is to stay silent. The challenge is to figure out which.

How do you decide?

We all breathe and we all bleed

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Are we really that different? We think we are. Some have college education. Some work in ditches. Sometimes that is the same person. Some have money; most don’t. We tend to place people in “classes” that we have created with our mind. We do it in our physical world and also do it in the spiritual world. We classify some as holy and some as sinners. I’m talking here within the church. We tend to have confidence in this person, but not that person. We look with our eyes and judge with our heart. We sure have things backwards.

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But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him:for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

If God looks at the heart shouldn’t we? But you ask, how should I judge them if I can’t see the heart? Well, that’s the point. We’re not supposed to judge.

What do we do then? What is the answer? It’s simple, really. We need to quit doing God’s job for him. We’re not qualified. He didn’t call us to judge people. In fact, he warned us not to. We have a limited view. We can’t see what He sees. Then what is our job? Witness to people. Give them hope. Encourage them. Tell them to keep going. There’s an invisible hand at work that will take care of the rest.

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