What’s in a name?

Abraham Lincoln — 16th President of the United States of America


Why are they worth money?

What is it about some pen on paper, or silver paint marker on a photograph or Sharpie on a part of your body that suddenly says, “This is valuable.”

Is it the accomplishments of that individual?
Is it what the individual stands for, or once said, or is attempting to do?

Tiger Woods — Professional Golfer

I was thinking about this today while listening to ESPN radio on my way to the office.
The discussion was about the perception that Tiger Woods is a “jerk” because he won’t sign autographs.
(That is a different discussion for a different time.)

Why do we want autographs from people?
Aren’t they just people?

What is it about our culture that causes us to stand outside of a stadium, or tour bus, or in line at a bookstore so that we can get get the signature of someone on an object that will be framed, cherished, and/or never washed again?
(Ever hear someone say, “I’ll never wash this part of my body again!”? Please, sir… I’m begging you… wash it.)

I’ve done it.
When I was a teenager, I got Third Day‘s signatures on my t-shirt at the water park in the middle of the summer. I think Rebecca St. James, too. I never washed the t-shirt, and then threw it away when the once-white shirt was a golden yellow color.
I’ve bragged about my autographed copy of @ScottWilliamsChurch Diversity book. I tell people about it as if Scott and I are friends.
My most proud autographs are of two US Men’s National Soccer Team players; and more specifically, US Soccer Hall of Famer Marcello Balboa (who I played soccer with in the mall in North Attleboro, MA).

It’s as if it brings some sort of false validation.
It allows us to feel important for a moment… brag on our brushes with celebrity.
But, does that instantly add monetary value to ink?

    What about you?

  • Have you ever waited for an autograph?
  • How did it make you feel when you got it?
  • Have you ever been snubbed by a celebrity?
  • Have you since washed that part of your body?(You don’t have to share that part if you didn’t.)

Thinking about things of REAL value today…


Bono — Lead Singer of U2


I’m A Sell-Out

Have you sold anyone out lately?

Whoa… where is this going?

I was reading the Bible and came across this passage of Scripture that caused me to pause. In Luke 22 we read about some people that want to kill Jesus, and one of Jesus’ boys, Judas Iscariot, totally sold Him out. What’s really crazy is what he got in exchange—money! Yeah, I know… money. FOR REAL?! You gave the Son of God up for money?!

Here, read it:

“The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction. Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around.” (Luke 22:1-6 NLT)

Now, to be fair, the Bible does say that Satan had entered Judas. But, that in itself is a problem, isn’t it? Why is Satan entering one of Jesus’ disciples? This just seems crazy.

But, really, the truth is this: How many times have I been a sell-out? Let’s be honest. How many time times did we give up Jesus for money, or for a position, or recognition, or some instant gratification of any sort, or a long look at a beautiful woman (longer than it should have been)? And, how many times does it seem like we just give into temptation as if we were not even considerate of the Holy Spirit and our identity as followers of Christ? Man…

See, Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” We all are sell-outs at one point or another. The good news is that we don’t have to stay that way! God made a way! Thankfully, verse 23 is right in the middle of 22 and 24, which are some awesome statements regarding the work that God has done.

22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Truly Good News! Does this make it okay, then, to sell out Jesus? NO WAY! But, we are also given the tools to not do it. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

We don’t have to be a sell-out on Jesus. If anything, we should sell-out the world for Jesus! In fact, I kinda like the sound of that…


How about you?

  • Have you felt the guilt/conviction of selling out Jesus by giving into temptations?
  • Have you made a decision to follow Christ, and sell out to the world? (You can!)

Sold out…

It’s All Him!

Day 5 of Thanksgiving Week (Thanksgiving Day), and I am so thankful for God’s provision!

God has been so good to us, and He has provided all of our needs! Many times God’s provision was miraculous; and we never want to take for granted that He will provide. It’s easy to flippantly expect that He will just do it. Is there is expectation? Yes, based on the Word of God.

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
2 Corinthians 9:8

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Matthew 6:33

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

But it must never be taken for granted. This is why we work. This is why we budget. This is why we give generously. It is because He has provided it, whether miraculously or by giving us the ability to work for it. He has provided good health, transportation, jobs, etc. All we are responsible to do is be faithful and obedient to His plans and leading. He is the Boss, the Chief, the Head. We humbly submit ourselves to Him, and a result is provision, because He is a good Father that knows how to provide for His children! (Matthew 7:7-11)

Today, I am so, so extremely, beyond-understandingly thankful to God!

So blessed…


Happy Thanksgiving!

Now, eat some turkey.

Book Review – “Your Money God’s Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke” – by Amie Streater

Your Money God’s Way, by Amie Streater, is an incredible book that causes you to take an honest look at your finances; and then really gets to the heart of the matter – your heart. That’s right! For most people that are in debt, suffering financially, and living month-to-month, there is a greater issue than just not having enough money (because most people do have enough money). The issue is this: what is the condition of your heart that would lead you to the place where you are careless, selfish, and lazy with the money God has given you? God does not desire for us to live this way.

This book knocked my socks off, and sense into my head! I was extremely challenged by the different areas that Streater zeroes in on; and I found myself sincerely praying the closing prayers (at the end of each chapter), and then practicing what I read! Each chapter presents “counterfeit convictions” that keep us making poor financial decisions, and then presents “timeless truths”, from the Bible, that should be the foundation to obtaining victory and freedom in our finances; and all these principles are presented from the lives and circumstances of individuals created by the author. This is a simple, yet powerful book that I would recommend to anyone that desires to grow and mature in their finances!


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