Where Two Or More Are Gathered. 

Where Two Or More Are Gathered. 

A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

I love, love, LOVE communication in all its forms!!! Even bad communication can teach us things. 

When it comes to deciding numbers of communication I believe there are many possibilities as well. I attended a couple Promise Keepers conventions in the mid-90’s. A stadium filled with 60,000 men all there for the purpose of glorifying, or seeking for the first time, God. The weekend was filled with worship, lead by a group and there were individual speakers. The message was received. 

It is possible to speak to a worldwide audience, especially these days with the advancements of the Internet and technology. But, is that what we are really supposed to be about? What if, like the game of telephone, the message gets lost in translation? 

I am sure you have heard this example, especially lately, Adolf Hitler had legions of followers, Jesus Christ had 12. Maybe less is more. 

I am a big believer in small groups. When numbers get too large, people can begin their own ideas and end up creating something new. I like small group discussions. All ideas can be heard and discussed. 

When thousands and millions are in absolute die hard agreememt with an idea being presented it is great to speak to large groups, but give me a small group, even with people who disagree any day!! Minds can be changed for a better path when only one-on-one or a small group of no more than twelve are gathered. That’s the way Jesus exampled, that’s the way it should be now. 

With Or Without You.

With Or Without You.

If you could slow down an action that usually zooms by, or speed up an event that normally drags on, which would you choose, and why?

This is such a bold and thought-provoking question, or is it? I am a believer in the eternal soul. I am a believer in the notion that Jesus Christ has already paid my entrance fee into Heaven. He’s an awesome lawyer- Jesus Christ has already said on my behalf,  ‘He is forgiven! Case dismissed!!’

Eternity has no use for the constraints of time. It always was, and it always will be. No slowing down, no speeding up. It just simply is. Some things are true whether we believe them or not. I am also a believer in that time is irrelevant, we have this moment. The past ones cannot be changed and the future ones are not promised. What if it takes me another three minutes to finish typing out this post, but within two minutes a life-altering event I don’t see coming, like a car out of control comes careening through this room, or a speeding bullet, or a health problem, like a heart attack or aneurysm takes place before I hit publish? It is possible, right? What if? No moment is ever promised!!

 So, why are we so concerned with slowing down the good moments and speeding up the so-called bad ones? Time is irrelevant, my friends. Each day we are given 86,400 seconds at the beginning of a day. At the end of a day we have all used all those seconds. A large number of them poorly, I might add. 

At the middle of tomorrow’s day I will reach the milestone of 40 years old. Will I still be this side of Heaven when 2:54pm Minnesota time arrives on February 26th, 2016? Who knows? I don’t. I sure hope so, but we really don’t know. 

Why are we worried about trivializing life so much that we want to speed up or slow down any of it? Take the good times, take the bad times, it’s all just moments in life. And we all owe a death, all of us! I refuse to spend one second worrying about speeding up or slowing down any of it. It’s all just borrowed time that belongs to Eternity. 

The real question to be concerned about is not when it is coming, or if it is coming. I will not be concerned with hanging on to moments in this life that (in the grand scheme of things) really are trivial.

 The real question to be concerned about is where we will spend all of time when this life and all of its moments are done. With God or without Him? Time is irrelevant because we don’t know how much we have left. Don’t waste time trying to change the speed of things. Find your purpose and live for that, with all you have left. And I assure you, you will never find your purpose in this life without looking into something greater than yourself. With or without you, this world will keep on turning. Your hands are tied. Make it count. 

In His Grip

In His Grip

How is the year shaping up for you so far? Have your predictions come true, or did you have to face a curve ball or two?(Thank you, BasicallyBeyondBasic, for the timely prompt suggestions!)

2016 by no stretch of the imagination has been a dream for me, but not really a nightmare either. I have experienced the death of a friend and an infection that I didn’t pay attention to for far too long that meant to take me out. But, God is stronger than any experience that can come against me and His purpose will be fulfilled! 

I have learned to not really make solid, set in stone, no exchanges type of plans. Plans never go as we choose. My wedding day, I forgot to get to the courthouse the day before AND the day of to pick up the marriage license!! We are still married almost three years later and we have a funny story. We had planned to arrive in Montana to see my wife’s mom and dad, who has Alzheimer’s and cancer, three days before we actually got here. And now that we are here, we are spending another day here because of a storm rolling through. 

A famous musician once wrote, ‘Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long.’ The fun part, for me, is we can’t see the entire highway. Part of it may not be there anymore, or it may be detoured because of construction. That means we get to learn a new way to go! You may have travelled that road a time or two, but life will always throw curveballs at us all. 

I didn’t plan on my friend dying, I didn’t plan on spending five days in the hospital, but those events happened. 2016 has thrown some curveballs my way, and I am positive more are to come. But with my faith and my God, I know I am “In His Grip” as my brother has always said and I have adopted this saying. He’s got the whole world in His Hands and knows the deepest parts of the journey for each one of us. No, 2016 has not gone as planned, but I know it all has been for a purpose. 

All Of You!!

All Of You!!

If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.

Like most of us, I work to live and provide as much as I can for my bride and I. She is the major bread winner in our house, but I have always felt there is more to a career than money. There should be a passion and reason behind everything we do. 

Okay, I admit, when I first went off to college I had universal dreams of being a Psychologist making people feel better, solving their problems and making enough money where any worry the world could throw at me would not be a worry. I would just say, ‘Not a problem!! I’ve got this covered!’ And I would have more than enough to help the world and myself. 

Then I woke up, realized I am already equipped with what the world needs. We all are. You, you, you, you and yes, even you way in the back, I see you paying attention from a distance, we ALL were created for a purpose! Our purpose may not involve making huge sums of cash, but ten times out of ten, our true purpose will involve making someone else richer in spirit because we were a part of their lives.

I’ve been living my purpose ever since I figured out what it is and everything I do is to that purpose. My purpose is people. That is my ‘career’. And I don’t always get paid monetarily for my efforts, but I do always receive back blessings in ways I don’t see coming. 

My dream career would be as a voiceover specialist. I have had a number of customer service and phone operator jobs. I worked for two years in my dream radio station, but I let that slip away (again because of money!). I want to be the next Mel Blanc or Walt Disney or Voice Over Movie Guy, ‘In a world…’

But dreams can come in many ways. I have learned in the past five years that I may not live where I want and I may not ever have the job that I want, but this life is not about me. It is about you, and you, and you, and you, everybody else! 

Sure, I gotta make me a priority. An empty vessel will never fill another up. But I will always be there for anyone going through something, anything. That is my dream career. A world full of people that know that Jesus and Josh love them! 

Psycho Social. 

Psycho Social. 

No, I’m not talking about the song from Slipknot, although, I do like their ballad Snuff. I am talking about the American society and how a large number of popular films these days are the thriller/horror film genre. 

I was scoping out our local Redbox in Walmart tonight and I realized, yet again, there is a high number of horror/thriller genre movies for rent in there. Last week I watched Pay The Ghost with Nicholas Cage, interesting film that gets into the mystery genre. I would highly recommend it if slasher films are not your thing.  

(Image provided by Google Images). 

I have found it interesting that these type of films have been increasing in production over the past five or so years. Has our society become so interesting being scared that these movies are on the rise? Is there another reason? Could it be a ‘Heart’ issue? Are we turning away from God? These are questions I have when I see things that are truly not from Him on the rise. I would be interested in anyone else’s thoughts on this as well. Let’s talk about it. 

Make Opportunities. 

Make Opportunities. 

Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

Let me take you back in time. Back to a simpler time. The year was 1995. I had just declared my major at Southwest State University as Radio/Television Broadcasting. If you know anything about these professions they require a well practiced speaking voice and the comfort of speaking in front of either large groups of people, or at least knowing that thousands of people may be listening or watching. 

My friends at the time always told me that my facial expressions showed that I should have gone deeper into the television side, but I chose radio broadcasting. Along with that major was a minimum of four classes of speech. This did not sit well with my stomach at first. Even a class of twelve people made my stomach tie in knots and my anxiety go through the roof!! It should come as no surprise that I dropped out of the major, and the school in 1996. I just wasn’t ready and I had just married, so it was time to become a family man and take care of my bride. 

Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans and sometimes it circles back around on you. After my marriage split in 1997 I worked for a year in the town we lived in and where I had gone to college. Enough was enough! I needed new scenery! 

So, in June of 1998 I moved to the Twin Cities to pursue a degree in Radio Broadcasting. Still wasn’t ready! Public speaking still made me so nervous and it was decided I needed to leave the school for health reasons. 

Fast forward to 2002. Another opportunity for Radio Broadcasting from Brown College came about. The best opportunities keep on knocking, don’t they? Finally ready to go to school and complete it, but there was TWO PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASSES PER QUARTER!!! Yes, the butterflies in the stomach, red face, and absolute stuttering nervousness was there when I began my classes in 2002– for about a week! 

I had a professor who had serious faith in my abilities, I had a few professors who actually believed in me. And they all helped me get over my fear of public speaking. They knew that my abilities to speak and influence others through the medium of radio could be life-changing, for me and the world! 

They told me the key was to speak as often as possible, no matter how many people were listening. I began singing and talking in the car, I began singing karaoke, I began having conversations with strangers. Low and behold, the next week I got up to present my speech and no nerves! Practice makes perfect. My advice is anything you wish to do well, make opportunities to practice it. 

The Power Of Prayer. 

The Power Of Prayer. 

Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

If you have paid any attention to my blog you already know how important my relationship with Jesus Christ and His life lessons and principals is. He taught us how we communicate directly with God through prayer and one of the best books I have ever read and have now read through twice and I am reading a third time is The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. 

We are surrounded by walls in this life. Walls meant to keep us out. Walls meant to test our resolve to tear them down. And even invisible walls that don’t even exist that we create within our own minds. The human life is full of real and imaginary barriers. This book talks about how to tear them down through prayer. 

I would recommend this book to anyone. If you want to strengthen your already existing prayer life, this book is for you. If you don’t believe in the absolute paranormal power of prayer, this book is for you. If you have tried prayer and don’t believe because you haven’t received the answers to prayer you thought you should, this book is for you! Everyone who believes or doesn’t believe needs to read this book! There is power in prayer and this book gives true testimony to its power and real life applications. 

Aside from my Bible and daily devotional book, The Circle Maker is a book I can read over and over to help renew my faith in the power of God and constant communication with Him. I would recommend picking up a copy anywhere you can.