finding meaning in the mundane

Volume Control

volume noise knobMy house can be a very noisy place to live.  There are 3 kids, 2 adults, and one dog living under this roof.  From the moment the kids wake up until the moment they go to sleep they are creating noise.  It is amazing the things that they have that make noise.  Hands raking through a tray of legos, baby bottles that cry and suck, Super Mario Bros bouncing their way through their mission of squashing advesaries and collecting coins… And then there is the piano.  Holy toledo!  What an amazingly loud household we have here. My kids are not to blame, I contribute to the noise level here as well.  I’ve got music playing in the kitchen, alerts dinging on my phone, Jimmy Fallon on the TV, and my voice rambling along at million miles a minute.  In the background of all this, is the traffic and activity of the world around me.  Motorcycles showing off just how loud they can be, people yelling at the bank teller nearby, and horns honking because the person didn’t move through the recently turned green light quick enough.  It’s a noisy life.  Continue reading

Staying Green on the Inside…

Dying InsideHave you ever felt like this shrub?  You know, green on the outside, but crunchy and brittle on the inside?  I’m willing to bet you have.  Life can be so incredibly overwhelming, stressful, and hectic, that you can often neglect caring for yourself.  This leaves you feeling dry and dead on the inside.

I was away on a spiritual retreat recently with my church, Liquid Church, when I walked by this shrub.  I was struck by the fact that it was barely hanging on for dear life.  If that shrub were in my yard, and it was dying inside like that, I would have yanked it out a long time ago.  It would be dying inside some compost pile right now, not taking up valuable real-estate in my landscape.  What you may not be able to see in this picture is just how large this shrub really is.  It is about 5 feet across and it stands about 3.5 feet tall.  It is ugly, and it is dying inside. Continue reading

Spinning Vinyl…

Vinyl Urban OutfittersAnyone have a record player, an amplifier and some speakers that they’d like to unload?   I’ve got a home for them–right on my bookshelves!  There is something about the idea of spinning vinyl that makes me feel happy.  For those of you who were born with the number 20 in front of the other two numbers, a vinyl record is what we used to play music before CD’s.  Certainly you remember those, right?  And in between CD’s and the Record was the magical land of the ‘mix tape’.  Man, that was a good time!

There is something that is attracting me to going vinyl.  It is the complete opposite of everything else that I love.  I love how my computer integrates with my phone, and how my iPad stays happily connected to the other two devices.  I’ve got all my music stored up in the cloud, and whenever I want to hear some Citizen Cope, I press the name and BOOM, some magic happens, and there it is in my white Apple earbuds.  Yet I like the idea of picking one artist, and choosing one side, and letting it spin for a while. Continue reading

Wondering together…

thinkingWhat do you wonder about?  Wonder is the desire to be curious or know something, it is this beautiful thing that God has allowed us to do.  Our minds are fascinated with exploration and discovery.  Thankfully we are not programmed robots that have no interest in the environments around us.  Take a look around you right now.  What’s going on around you?

I’m sitting in a cafe surrounded by a few old people, a young couple, a little boy celebrating his 1st birthday, and a woman that is clearly dying her hair.  She can’t be wondering ‘am I fooling anyone’.  Because let me pop that bubble real quick–You’re NOT!  Every person that you see has a different make up, and a different personality.  We like different things, not one of us is exactly like the other. Continue reading

Hurry Up and Slow Down

When was the last time that you didn’t feel like life was busy?  Elementary school, maybe?  Remember the summers when you would have to figure out what day it was by how long ago you went to church?  Not anymore… Welcome to adulthood- the era of busyness.  We live in an extraordinarily busy world.  Our culture values motion and movement.  There is not a lot of time allotted for stillness and quiet conversations.  Our calendars are pushed and filled to the max with the craftsmanship of a master carpenter.

There is not much that we can do to avoid the busyness of life.  Busyness is not a plague that you should avoid.  Busyness doesn’t always equal productivity, but it certainly can lead in that direction.  I’ve seen a lot of people who look busy, but really all they are doing is shuffling papers, or sending meaningless emails.  I call this making white noise.  However, there are those people who are busy changing the world with their motion and commotion.  I know many people like that.  In fact I work with lots of them.  They are some of the most incredibly talented people that I’ve had the pleasure of coming across.  They are working hard at what they do and that keeps them busy. Continue reading

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