12/25/2010

Merry Christmas...


No matter how old I get, I keep coming back to this simple, yet beautiful, explanation of what Christmas is all about.

I hope that, at least for one day, you can allow all of the worries and concerns to melt away. I hope that, for one day, you can feel loved. And not just by those around you. I hope that, today, you feel loved because the God who created you stepped out of heaven; relinquishing his status, foregoing his comfort, lowering himself, and became just like us. And he did that so that he could show us, in the most personal way possible, how much he loves us.

Merry Christmas, all. May the God who loves you be glorified today...

12/08/2010

Web Wednesday: Glasses...

Whoa... It's been quite some time. But, today holds special meaning for us... Because it's the return of Web Wednesday!

I used to make a lot of videos. In fact, at one point in time, I wanted to study film making in college. So, every now and then, I'll run across a video on the internet that goes beyond "holy cow, this is awesome", and slips into "whoa this inspires me and makes me want to create something".

This video is just such a video.

Even though I've never played the Zelda game this song is from, I'm marveling at the amount of planning and editing it must have taken to pull this off.

Click to enjoy. Then, come over and help me set this up...

12/06/2010

Ministry Lessons From the Retail World: Part 3...

For the first two posts in this series, click here and here...

I've been at my retail job for a little over a year now. All the while, I've been hunting for another chance to work full time in ministry. But, as I've done that, I've been careful to not let this opportunity that God has given me in the mean time pass by without soaking in everything I could from it. So, any chance I could, I've paid attention to leadership, training, organization, and management so that, when I do find another ministry job, I'll have some more tools at my disposal.

At the beginning of this month, our store got a new manager. To be honest, a lot of us were nervous about his arrival. Not so much because we were territorial and didn't want to allow someone new into our zone, but because we've been working really hard to improve things for the past few months. And the thought of someone who hadn't lived that with us coming in and not appreciating it was pretty scary. But that hasn't happened...

In fact, he's been great. Not to mention, really different from our last manager. Since starting, I'm not sure he's been in his office for longer than five or ten minutes. He's spent most of his time on the salesfloor. I've seen him straightening products, cleaning, pushing carts, helping guests, fixing prices, and talking with a lot of the team members. Now, is that because we don't have the staff for that? Nope. It's because he's doing something that is absolutely essential for a leader to do...

You've got to get face time with those you're leading... Anyone who's ever held a leadership position can tell you that the first year or so is super important for two reasons: 1) You've got to get the lay of the land, and 2) You've got to get to know your team. Face time helps you do that. But what about once you get past that first year? Face time helps you stay connected. Now, there are some two hundred team members at our store. So will it be possible for him to get to know everyone? Nope. Will it be possible for him to even know everyone's name? Nope. But it's still important that everyone see him and feel like he's available to them. You can't lead people who feel like you don't know them. But more importantly, you can't lead people who feel like they don't know you...

12/05/2010

Body Double 31: Frowny Face...

It's been a while since I've done a Body Double, so I thought now was the perfect time to bring it back!

Do you know what a meme is? It's kind of an idea that spreads virally across the internet. Well, there are a few websites that I read daily that mention Maggie Gyllenhaal regularly. But, when they do, it's not so much in reference to her incredible acting talent, her marriage to another actor with a multi-voweled last name, or her Bubble Boy brother. They mention her because of the way she looks. (Hello. This is a Body Double post. Could you not see where I was going with this?) You know what? Rather than trying to describe it, I'll just show you...

According to these websites, Maggie Gyllenhaal looks like a sad cartoon turtle.

The first time I read that, I burst out laughing. And then silently agreed.

What say you? Body Double or not...