Monthly Archives: January 2009

Living a Life of Legacy

Over the last few days, I have thought about what I want people to say about me. I want everyone who comes in contact with me to see Jesus. I want them to be blessed for having known me. I don’t care if people say I am a bit odd or a little too intense. That’s okay.

But I would be mortified to think that someone could hang around me long enough and not know how special they are and how much they are loved by God.  I truly believe that my central message in life revolves around helping people see themselves as God sees them. Why do we tend to look at ourselves and only see the worst? Don’t we know that God looks at us and sees His Son?

Don’t we know that our identity is much more than what we look like on the outside? Don’t we know that God cares about us because of who we are not what we can do for Him? Don’t we get that grace means we can stop pretending? God knows us better than we know ourselves.

A life of legacy is what Jesus lived. It is what we are called to experience if we know God and His life lives through us.

What are you living for? Is your life leaving a legacy that will bless others?

Remember it is never too late to start living a life of legacy.

2009 Is…

While I generally avoid New Year’s Resolutions, I have decided to make a few  this year. Maybe these aren’t resolutions because that sounds kind of final. Life is too difficult to make such firm commitments. 

People generally make resolutions every January to fix things they don’t like about themselves. I have found that I am not very good at changing myself. I believe that is something that relies mostly on grace and divine intervention. I do have a small role to play. But the real power to change comes from God.

Here are declarations that I want to make for 2009 knowing that the only way I will keep them is with God’s help. If you are a friend, feel free to ask me in a month or so how something on this list is going.

  • 2009 is a year of worship in all things. That means I will try to view all things as an opportunity to glorify God. There are no longer ordinary moments because all things have the potential of being sacred space.
  • 2009 is a year of living, praying, blogging, crying, singing, questioning and journeying through the Psalms. I want to dig into the Psalms to such a degree that I touch the heart of God and unearth deep longings that only Jesus can fill.
  • 2009 is a year of organization. Yes, I am going to get organized and reduce the clutter in my life. Things are starting off better than 2008. But I still have lots of work to do.
  • 2009 is a year of praying first and doing everything else second. I want to start each day with a moment of prayer and have regular times just to listen to what God is saying to me.
  • 2009 is a year of giving to others when they least expect it.
  • 2009 is a year of working on my house.
  • 2009 is a year of making new friends and strengthening existing relationships.
  • 2009 is a year of setting achievable work goals and accomplishing them.
  • 2009 is a year of better health, less fast food, limited soft drinks and more salads.
  • 2009 is a year of at least one spirit quest in the mountains.
  • 2009 is a year of supporting new missionaries.
  • 2009 is a year of obedience to Christ not fear of man. 
  • 2009 is a year of grace where I learn who I am in Christ.
  • 2009 is a year of grace where I walk by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It’s Over…

I am officially available. Yes, any NFL sports team (with some exceptions noted below) can now try to win my allegiance and support as a fan. It’s not that I am a quitter. I have stayed with the Dallas Cowboys for years. But there are just some things that will never be okay. As long as Jerry Jones is the guy calling the shots, I just don’t think I can trust the Cowboys. They have broken my heart for the last time. It’s kind of like a marriage where the mother-in-law is too involved and won’t butt out. I am truly grieved.

I knew the relationship was beyond repair earlier in the season when Jerry Jones (aka the mother-in-law) signed Roy Williams for a gaggle of draft picks. Another locker room malcontent, yes, that is exactly what the Cowboys need. It is as if Jerry Jones likes to hire guys who will make headlines. Hey, here’s a little tip Jerry. Chemistry is not made with Benjamins. It is made by getting quality people who have more than talent. They must have character and a coach who knows how to lead the way.

Dallas is in trouble because it has paid too much and locked up too many spoiled players for long term contracts. The head coach is a great defensive coordinator, but he has never won the big games as a head coach. Come on? Do you really expect Wade Philips to change after being in the league for 30 years. I don’t buy what he said in the recent press conference.

The Cowboys offense needs to get creative and figure out ways to handle the press better so it doesn’t turnover the ball as much. I don’t know that the problem is any one player as much as the play calling. Some key guys were hurt this year. But the receiving corp needs to decide if they will be selfless and do what is truly best for the team. If not, the guys who cry about not getting the ball enough should go.

There is more that I could say about what needs to be fixed. But it is just too painful. I really think it all start with Jerry Jones. He should do everybody in sports a big favor and sell the team to a person who will not meddle in player decisions.

Okay, now on to the future. I have certain criteria for my new team. Here is my list:

1.) No teams in the NFC East. That would be like dating a cousin. You just don’t do that because I will always have a place in my heart for Dallas.

2.) No team in the Northeast. That would offend my Southern roots too much. Thus, no Jets, Giants, Patriots, Bills, etc.

3.) No Steelers or Green Bay Packers because my brother and Jeff McBee would gloat too much. They would always make comments about how it is nice that I have “seen the light” or “come over from the dark side.”

4.) No Patriots because I hate cheaters. Plus, I am tired of hearing how Belichick is the smartest being on the planet next to God.

5.) No team with maniac owners. You know if you have a maniac owner because he thinks he knows more about player selection than NFL scouts and experts. Another sign is anyone who acts like Al Davis. Thus, no Raiders, Redskins, Cowboys, etc.

6.) No teams with losing traditions. Some teams seem to never win. It is as if they are cursed. Sports karma keeps them from ever doing well. This would exclude the Lions, the Cardinals, the Bengals, etc.

7.) No arch rivals of the Cowboys. See reason #1. This would exclude the 49ers.

8.) The desired candidate should be a good sports town with civil fans who root for their teams without booing Santa Claus.

9.) The desired candidate should have a decent winning tradition although they don’t have to necessarily be a top team this year.

10.) The desired candidate should have strong coaching and a tradition of owners who know how to stay out of player decisions.

11.) I would prefer a team that is located within a day’s drive of my hometown. This would allow me to go to a game every once and a while.

12.) The ideal candidate would seek players with strong character who are good role models. These players will work hard on every play and seek to achieve team goals over personal notoriety.

13.) The ideal candidate should be competitive with player compensation although a somewhat frugal shopper that is smart about how much it pays players.

14.) A cool mascot and logo wouldn’t hurt.

15.) Having a few high profile Christians on the team would also be another positive.

Based on my criteria. I have come up with a number of teams that are in the running. Here’s my current list.

Titans,  Panthers, Falcons, Colts, and Bears. I might also accept the Rams or Chiefs although these are long shots. With the playoffs under way and free agency to follow, I will look to see what the various contenders show me.