Measure Twice, Cut Once

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If you’ve ever built anything or been involved in contract work, you have heard this statement. It makes perfect sense, how many have measured once and cut twice? How many feet of perfectly good lumber have been wasted because of the violation of this rule?

There are standards and disciplines represented here; plumb lines keep houses square. Measurements save time and money. Accuracy in building means you have a well-constructed structure which can stand the test of time. This is not rocket science. We believe these things if we use common sense, but do we apply these other areas of life? I specifically mean, spiritual life?

What is the measurement by which our lives are measured? The tendency is to measure ourselves by others, or worse yet, by what our mind tells us about ourselves.

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. 2 Corinthians 10:12

This could be good or bad. If it allows a comparison to a godly brother or sister, it humbles us, but it could inflate our ego. We need a consistent standard to not only judge those and things around us but most importantly, to judge ourselves. We don’t always think rightly.

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17

This is the appropriate way to judge, by the truth. The word is truth, Christ is truth, let’s compare ourselves to him, his word, and our lives will be transformed by the power of his grace and his mercy. This requires no secret formula, no special revelation, only reading, meditating, and understanding the Bible.

Kevin

Hope To See You Soon JD…

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Say hello to my friend, we will call him JD as not to embarrass him. Ok, I hope he doesn’t mind if I call him Josh.

Josh and I had worked in the same industry for over 15 years and worked for the End Result Company since April 1, 2006, when I was hired.

A couple of weeks later, after barely knowing one another, we hit the road for the Boston Marathon. Something about 40 hours in a cargo van either causes you to hate one another or love one another. I guess the latter applies.

Josh has been my coworker, friend and then in 2009 business partner. We’ve traversed many miles in a van, car, and airplane, worked the most prestigious triathlons and road races this country has to offer, and through it, all remained good friends.

Today, was a special day as we worked to provide race results for over 40,000 runners at our 12th year at the Bolder Boulder 10K. We’ve worked hard here, lost a lot of sleep here, have definitely laughed here, probably cried here, and through it, all have been faithful to our job to provide an experience for the runner and the race.

Well, I guess things change sometimes, and it was just time to do something a little different. In the world we live, our work world, Josh has celebrity status. Yeah, I know he will hate me saying that but it’s true. Josh is the smartest guy I personally know, and probably the smartest guy anyone knows. He was writing software 15 years ago that changed the way results were delivered to participants.

The industry will miss you, JD, but more importantly, I will miss you. My only advice is to get some time in the desert, kick rocks, find some arrowheads, and don’t answer the phone when I call. Ok, you never did answer the phone when I call anyhow, so nothing new there…

Above all, love your family, spend a lot of time with them and appreciate the blessings of the last 15 years and what the Lord has in store for the next.

I love you, my friend.

Proverbs 18:24
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Kevin

There’s Just Something About a Fire!

I love a fire, I mean, I love it as much as I can love something that doesn’t love me back.

I’m drawn to a fire, sort of like a moth to a flame. Ok, enough of the cheese already…

I’ve been in Boulder for three days and they have these firepits outside, and nice Adirondack chairs. It’s a pretty sweet setup.

Tonight is the first chance I’ve had to come down here and sit. I’m here and nobody else is here. What’s the matter with these people?

So, I sit here, I think, I ponder about things. The future, my family, my job. The classes I’m taking and the books I want to read. What will happen when we move to New Mexico this summer? Did I tell you about that by the way?

Here I am just thinking and it’s really good. I think about how good the Lord has been, and how simple things we often take for granted.

The purpose here is not to always provide “deep” theological insights. No, just express my thoughts in a meaningful way, hopefully with a little humor at times, and turn our attention to the great and glorious God that created it all through the power of His word.

Let’s not miss the extraordinary in the mundane. Enjoy God’s gifts and praise His name for He is worthy to be praised.

Psalms 57:11
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

Kevin

How was our customer service today?

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I travel a decent amount, and that means rental car counters. I have a preferred vendor, and they annoy me in more ways than one. It is a good company, and they do a great job, but…

I just can’t understand why they have to ask me how was the customer service today?

Do they ever get the answer, “terrible”?

What do you want me to say?

Did I get the car? Did it breakdown? This is a starting point for customer service, and really, it didn’t have anything to do with them. All they did was hand me the keys.

If they took the reservation and they actually kept the reservation, that is all I need. I mean, according to Jerry Seinfeld, “It really is the most important part…”

In reality, these people are just pieces in a bigger puzzle. They are not autonomous, nor are they without responsibility. They are “required” to ask me how the service was today. I get it.

What about you Christian?

Are you fulfilling your role?

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.” Matthew 10:24-25

As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I have a role to play in the kingdom. That might include proclaiming the gospel to the lost. It might be training my children in the ways of the Lord. It might be to suffer for righteousness sake. Well, actually it is all of those.

Let’s get busy, let’s find out how that customer service was, I can assure you it won’t be appreciated by most, but it is a necessity and requirement for those in the kingdom.

 

Kevin

Livin’ in a Meme World

We want it fast and we want it now…the problem with the world, says the old curmudgeon, is that nobody wants to work for it anymore.

The world is at our fingertips and a few clicks or taps we have access to more information than could ever have been imagined and we are far more ignorant than we have ever been in history, says I.

Now I know that’s not true for all people because research, writing and some heavy thinking is still going on but most people depend on Google, Wikipedia and my favorite… meme’s to articulate the world around them and shut down meaningful conversation through their soundbite world.

Why do any work when we can just do a quick search, scan an article that affirms our presumption, copy and paste on our Facebook wall and attempt to sound knowledgeable on the argument at hand. Easy peasy!

Working at understanding and debating ideas without anger or frustration when you can’t win somebody to your side just is not cool anymore. We want to win and we want to win now. Chew ’em up, spit ’em out, and move on to the next debate.

Hey, I’m not mad at you, I’ve been there. I can relate. I do it too.

I don’t need to be an expert in everything, and I can’t be, but I know what I know and what I don’t know.

When I desire to know something I’m going to work at it. I’ll spend time so I can educate myself and articulate what I think, not how I feel.

If you disagree with me no problem, let’s discuss it like we care about each other, not like we’re enemies.

I’m a Christian, and I don’t apologize for it, I believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant all sufficient word of God. Breathed out by his very breath to teach us about him and to instruct us how to find eternal life.

The Bible is the most scrutinized, researched and supported of all ancient documents the world has ever known. That’s not even debatable, but don’t trust me. Do your own research, it’s plentiful.

Ok, rant is over… Be cool, love life, enjoy good coffee.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Kevin