nashp The feed of updates to 's blog. Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:26:41 GMT The Incomparable - An Old Sock Full of Diamonds (The Last Jedi)[podcasts]/the incomparable - an old sock full of diamonds (the last jedi).md Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:26:41 -0600 <blockquote> <p>Grab a porg, put on your matching necklaces, and get out your ancient Jedi texts—it’s time to discuss<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>The Last Jedi,” episode <span class="small-caps">VIII</span> of the<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Star Wars” saga. (And if we missed something, please understand that we’ve only seen it once so far!)</p> </blockquote> <p>Over two hours of discussing the new Star Wars, by some of my favorite podcasters. Perfect complement to listen to after watching the movie.</p> Chris Paul has unlocked a suddenly elite Houston Rockets defense[nba]/chris paul has unlocked a suddenly elite houston rockets Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:54:44 -0600 <p><a href="">Danny Chau</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>A D’Antoni-led team with multiple superstars in tow has nothing to prove on offense during the regular season. But if defense is a product of timing, repetition, and familiarity, the regular season still offers the necessary reps to develop a consistent presence on that side of the ball. As impressive as the Rockets’ 22-4 start has been, the team is still dogged by the confluence of negative perceptions that has plagued D’Antoni, Harden, and Paul all their careers; each of them carrying a unique scent of a perennial postseason underachievement. The Rockets can’t do anything about that now, but their showing on defense this season is more than enough evidence that this team is unlike any the trio has been a part of.</p> </blockquote> Black Thought’s Ten-Minute Freestle[music]/black thought’s ten-minute Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:41:45 -0600 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><a href="">Tim Carmody</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>What I love about Black Thought’s freestyle is that it does everything hip-hop at its best does. He has the technical virtuosity and improvisation, both of which are first-rate. He toasts, boasts, and roasts. He plays with words, and the words play right back.</p> </blockquote> <p>Black Thought did it again. This is what he always does, but this time, he woke up the internet.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">THIS IS THE GREATEST FREESTYLE IN ALL OF HIP HOP HISTORY!!!! <a href="">@BlackThought</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Diddy (@Diddy) <a href="">December 15, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> Tyler, the Creator Tiny Desk Concert[music]/tyler, the creator tiny desk Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:26:14 -0600 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Uncrate:</p> <blockquote> <p>Tyler, the Creator brought three tracks of his new album <em>Flower Boy</em> to the <span class="small-caps">NPR</span> offices for the first-ever nighttime show. Tyler’s lighting crew came in the day before to set up custom lighting for the concert to set the mood. The ever-evolving artist has traded some of his laid-back persona for someone who’s dealing with the anxieties and fears of getting older.</p> </blockquote> Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn - BBC News disney buys murdoch's fox for $52.4bn - bbc Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:11:54 -0600 <blockquote> <p>Disney’s purchase will add to its huge back catalogue, with high-grossing films such as the original Star Wars movie, the Marvel superhero pictures, Avatar and Deadpool, as well as <span class="small-caps">TV</span> hits including The Simpsons.</p> <p>Disney chief executive Bob Iger said that Disney was<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>incredibly excited” about the acquisition, and that it was an<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>opportunity to expand iconic franchises”, including Avatar and Star Wars.</p> <p><span class="pull-double">“</span>May the Force be with us all,” Mr Iger said.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is huge. Prepare for Disney’s streaming service with all of this content on there. See also: <a href="">Disney and Fox</a> by Ben Thompson.</p> The NBA season never ends | Sports stopped making sense in 2017[nba]/the nba season never ends - sports stopped making sense in Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:26:05 -0600 <p><img src="//" width="1533" height="935"></p> <p><a href="">Paul Flannery</a> wrote an excellent piece about the season that<span class="push-single"></span> <span class="pull-single">‘</span>never ends’. I recommend reading the entire article (it’s that good), but to help, I carried over a few paragraphs and titled each one’s topic for you.</p> <h2 id="micro-seasons">Micro-Seasons</h2> <blockquote> <p>The <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> season begins in late September when training camp opens and lasts through June when the Finals conclude. The real action for <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> heads takes place during the transactional windows: The trade deadline, draft, and free agency. They are micro-seasons unto themselves…</p> </blockquote> <h2 id="twitter-is-the-only-speed">Twitter is the only speed</h2> <blockquote> <p>Information moves quickly during these periods, far too fast to be contained within the next day’s newspaper or a television show. Even websites move too slowly to keep up with the flow of breaking news. Twitter is the only medium capable of handling the torrent of information, real-time analysis, and jokes. Always jokes.</p> <p>Those storylines exist throughout the year in a parallel universe from the competitive cycle. Theorizing about the league — be it in the form of trade rumors, draft stock, salary cap situations, or analytical breakdowns — is as much a part of the conversation as the reality taking place on the court. The games are a way to pass the time; a charming diversion between Woj Bombs.</p> </blockquote> <h2 id="understanding-basketball-internet">Understanding basketball Internet</h2> <blockquote> <p>Making sense of all this required a deep understanding of the league’s narrative dynamics and required fluency in the language of the basketball Internet. In order to follow along, one had to be invested in an ongoing story arc that plays out day after day and went well beyond the contours of the basketball court. This past year, with its rapid mood swings and high-stakes transactions, was the culmination of a decades-long movement.</p> </blockquote> <h2 id="the-nbas-vehicle">The <span class="small-caps">NBA</span><span class="push-single"></span><span class="pull-single">’</span>s Vehicle</h2> <blockquote> <p>In order to sell its culture on a mass scale, the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> and its players needed a better medium. If football thrived on the ritual of television’s rigid schedule and baseball lived in the pastoral realm of radio, the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> found its perfect vehicle within the relentless insular reality of the Internet.</p> </blockquote> <h2 id="the-nba-became-inescapable-on-social-media">The <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> became inescapable on social media</h2> <blockquote> <p>Suddenly we were awash in content from every corner of the sport. Press conferences became open-ended forums for self expression, staged arena arrivals became fashion shows, practice quotes became fodder for think pieces. The games themselves were secondary to the spectacle.</p> <p>As other leagues began to push back and claim the content as their own, the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> made one of its savviest marketing decisions. Like the Grateful Dead, who allowed tapers to record their concerts without fear of arrest or reprisal, the league took no action against individual posters.</p> <p>Let the people have their vines and like the Deadheads, the people will become your best natural resource. With no pushback and an almost unlimited access to images, clips, stats, and interviews the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> became inescapable on social media and that allowed its organic marketing machine to flourish.</p> </blockquote> <h2 id="the-power-of-social-media-for-a-player">The power of social media for a player</h2> <blockquote> <p>You don’t even need to explain yourself. Simply post a photo of you and your pals on a summer vacation and let the Internet run wild. When is a float not merely a float? When it’s a banana boat. What does that even mean? Nothing and everything. The power is in the mere idea of an open-ended suggestion.</p> </blockquote> <h2 id="the-league-never-stops">The league never stops</h2> <blockquote> <p>Already alliances are forming between players and moves are being put in motion that may one day lead to the next great migration of talent. What happens on the court is for the nerds. It’s the backstories that resonate with all their petty dramas and cheap thrills.</p> <p>This is the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> in 2017. Turn off social media and you’ll miss something. Log on tomorrow and new storylines will be revealed. The league never stops generating fresh content and we never stop consuming.</p> </blockquote> James Harden and Chris Paul are the perfect NBA backcourt combo[nba]/james harden and chris paul are the perfect nba backcourt Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:23:05 -0600 <p><a href="">Matt Ellentuck</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>The Houston Rockets have now won 10 consecutive games, and each have win has come by at least seven points. Those wins all have one other thing in common — James Harden and Chris Paul were both on the floor.</p> </blockquote> <p>The subtitle to his story:<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Why did anyone ever think this combo wouldn’t work?”</p> <p>The Rockets, as of writing this, are 21-4, with the best record in the league. Here’s why:</p> <ol type="1"> <li>Chris Paul doesn’t have to carry the entire load of the team.</li> <li>Any lineup works: the Rockets have a roster filled with players that could <a href="">play multiple positions</a>.</li> <li>Paul, because of starting the second quarter, has the luxury of playing against second units.</li> <li>The entire game, either Paul or Harden are on the court. Combined with the versatile lineups, there’s always a starting 5 on the court. Always.</li> </ol> Gold Leaf Map Canvas leaf map Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:11:15 -0600 <p><img src="//" width="2000" height="1122"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1122"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1122"> I love minimal decorations. I also love decorations that were handmade by someone. My friend <a href="">Janea</a> created this. She makes cool things<a href="#footnote-1R89" class="footnote-ref" id="ref-1R89"><sup>1</sup></a>, and often sales them. You should buy something.</p> <section class="footnotes"> <hr> <ol> <li id="footnote-1R89"><p><img src="//" width="1050" height="1400"><a href="#ref-1R89" class="footnote-back">↩</a></p></li> </ol> </section> Netflix: Altered Carbon (Teaser Trailer)[netflix]/netflix- altered carbon (teaser trailer).md Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:07:31 -0600 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <blockquote> <p>Altered Carbon is an upcoming science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan.</p> </blockquote> Ready Player One (Trailer)[trailers]/date- Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>The book was awesome, and the movie looks to be just as good. I’ve been waiting on this one for awhile.</p> Eminem’s Revival Cover + Tracklist + Walk On Water + Untouchable[music]/eminem’s revival cover + tracklist + walk on water + Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:35:52 -0600 <p><img src=""> <img src="//" width="1080" height="1350"></p> <p>Eminem is releasing an album on the 15th. The tracklist was released today, with 19 tracks. The first song on the album, is his first single, Walk On Water ft. Beyoncé (or Skylar Grey).</p> <h2 id="walk-on-water">Walk On Water</h2> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2 id="untouchable">Untouchable</h2> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> I write to figure out what I think and reading/[quotes]/i write to figure out what i Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:56:16 -0600 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“For me, the engine of writing is almost always ignorance. I write to figure out what I think.” <br>–<a href="">@kathrynschulz</a></p>&mdash; Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) <a href="">July 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>Exploration. I usually sit down to write without any type of plan. It’s my way of putting the puzzle together. It’s having a meeting with myself. Documenting the conversation that’s going on inside.</p> iPhone X: The Impossible Phone[apple]/iphone x- the impossible Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:34:37 -0600 <p><a href="">Federico Viticci</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>After using the iPhone X for a month, it’s obvious that it embodies the future of the iPhone today. The iPhone X makes every other Apple device feel old, although not because they’re suddenly flawed. The sheer nature of advancements in the iPhone X elevates it to a different category&thinsp;&mdash;&thinsp;thus explaining Apple’s decision to (temporarily?) bifurcate the line. They’re both current iPhones, but the iPhone 8 and iPhone X might as well be years apart.</p> <p>I’m confident that, a decade from now, the iPhone X will be remembered as the iPhone that changed the course again for the most popular consumer electronics product of our generation. From an entirely gesture-driven interface with no physical affordances to an <span class="small-caps">OS</span> that adapts its features to our attention, the iPhone X is the purest expression of the union of hardware and software&thinsp;&mdash;&thinsp;a spectrum where we can’t discern two ends, but only one all-encompassing idea. The iPhone X is a triumph of design and a new beginning for iOS.</p> <p>Even a month later, there’s a thought I keep coming back to whenever I pick up my iPhone X and look at its screen. It feels like I’m holding an impossible iPhone. In the same year of the iPhone 8 and smartphones that are almost edge-to-edge, the iPhone X leaps so far ahead, it doesn’t seem like a device we should have now.</p> <p>But Apple can still wish impossible things into existence. And every once in a while, they’re crazy enough to mold the future into the shape of a pocket computer. A seemingly distant concept, redefining what an iPhone can be today.</p> </blockquote> 100 Jacket Mission church/100 jacket Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 <p><img src="//" width="2000" height="1333"></p> <p>How lucky we are to open up our closets, try on several jackets (hardly liking any of them) and still walk away not 100% satisfied with what we’re wearing. We take for granted the choices we have in our wardrobe: do I want to be warm, do I want to be warm, or do I want to be warm? When you remove the luxury of style, that’s the only thing left. That jacket—the one that we’ve tried on dozens of times, but have yet to find the perfect outfit to wear it with—could be the one thing keeping someone from being cold this winter. How it looks on them is irrelevant, they just want to be warm.</p> <p><em>This is the 5th Annual 100 Jacket Mission. <a href="">Get in touch</a> if you’d like to donate.</em></p> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> Is This the End of the NFL? this the end of the Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:43:33 -0600 <p><img src="//" width="1420" height="946"></p> <p>The <span class="small-caps">NFL</span> has many things going against it right now: <span class="small-caps">CTE</span> (concussions), politics and race, and worst of all,<span class="push-single"></span> <span class="pull-single">‘</span>many people just aren’t watching it at all’. The trend that I’m noticing, the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> has taken its place as the number one sport.</p> <p><a href="">Will Leitch</a>, from New York Magazine:</p> <blockquote> <p>Compounding the problem — and the frustrations of <span class="small-caps">NFL</span> owners — has been the ascendancy of the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span>. Whereas the <span class="small-caps">NFL</span> felt like the sport that best fit the cultural spirit of the past decades of American life, it’s the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> that reflects the future. All at once, the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> has one of its greatest-ever teams (the Golden State Warriors), led by an inner-sanctum future Hall of Famer (Kevin Durant) and the league’s most beloved player (Stephen Curry); it has perhaps the best player since Michael Jordan (LeBron James), who also happens to be one of the most vital, globalist brand-called-me icons of our time; and it has a freewheeling, deeply pleasant style of play that is both an evolution of decades of on-court style and irresistible to watch. Perhaps more important, it has actively embraced the personalities, and the power, of its players, from the goofy man-child Twitter giddiness of 76ers star Joel Embiid to the Euro-charm of the Knicks’ own Kristaps Porzingis to an unprecedented spate of political activism culminating in the still-surreal spectacle of LeBron calling President Trump<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>U bum” on Twitter (which actually shut Trump up; he hasn’t talked about the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> since). The <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> is vibrant and organic and alive; the <span class="small-caps">NFL</span> feels both toxic and bathed in amber. The league won’t even let the players take their helmets off to celebrate; how much could we possibly be expected to care about these people?</p> </blockquote> White Space: A Month of Silence Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:05:00 -0600 <p><img src="//" width="1867" height="1400"></p> <p>I’ve been gone for a month now (from my blog, and from Facebook), and it feels good to be back. It started with a podcast:</p> <blockquote> <p>In <a href="">this episode</a>, I talk with writer, designer and technologist Craig Mod — who’s done numerous experiments in reclaiming his attention — about how we can break out of this toxic cycle of smartphone and social media addiction and regain control of our powers of concentration.</p> </blockquote> <p>Before listening to that episode, I told myself, <em>this sounds good, but I don’t need it.</em> I was content with the volume that I was surrounded with, or at least I thought. I was numb to the loudness. And then I pressed play on that particular podcast. 20 minutes later, I was already planning my upcoming month. It was time for a break. It felt right to get rid of a few things for awhile. Here comes the blackout.</p> <p>The first few days, without the instant gratification, I felt down, and I felt alone. It took me over 48 hours to adjust to the silence, but once I did, I had a different kind of peace. After a few days, things were different for me. I enjoyed this change of pace. Everything slowed down for a bit. I would hear friends talking about a problem that was popular on Facebook that day, and I was amused by how small it actually was compared to the big picture. <em>It’s all noise</em>, I thought to myself. That noise doesn’t bother everyone, but it bothers me, and I have to continue to be intentional about separating myself from it.</p> <p>Finding ways to add white space to my days is one the most important things I should I focus on going forward. I don’t want to bounce around from one distraction to the next. I don’t want to contribute to the noise. I want to silence the noise, while still taking advantage of its value. Finding the right volume for the internet appears to be a daily practice that I’ll continue to live with. There needs to be a balance. This was the second year I took November off, and both times felt really weird. There was so many things I wanted to say, but couldn’t. And now I can. But it doesn’t mean I need to say everything<a href="#footnote-1795" class="footnote-ref" id="ref-1795"><sup>1</sup></a>. Only what’s important.</p> <p>I anticipated the return to my website, as if it’s a physical shop that I own, as if it’s a grand return. After all, this place is important to me. I never take it for granted, but during those moments when I step away for awhile, I return appreciating the outlet more than ever. It’s what keeps me stable. It gives me a voice that I would otherwise not have. It allows me to express myself with freedom. I look forward to what’s next, while still understanding that what I have is enough.</p> <section class="footnotes"> <hr> <ol> <li id="footnote-1795"><p>I read books while I was away. I imagined what the next year would be like for me and my writing. I rested. I watched a lot of Netflix. I took my brother to the library. I took my sister shopping. I spent time with my uncles that I haven’t seen in years. I spent Thanksgiving with everyone that I love. I went for walks. I watched the Rockets win a bunch of games. I hurt my back, and spent a lot of time healing it. I ate a lot of food. I didn’t exercise. I slept later than usual. And <em>then</em>, the last week of the month arrived, and I started waking up early again, and writing, and playing basketball, and donating anything that I didn’t need, to help a friend, and to get back to minimalism.<a href="#ref-1795" class="footnote-back">↩</a></p></li> </ol> </section> The Loop: an album[studio]/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:01:00 -0600 <p><img src="//" width="1400" height="1400"></p> <iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%px; height: 472px;" src="" seamless> <a href="">The Loop by nashp</a> </iframe> November Blackout[meta]/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1702" height="630"></p> <h3 id="this-is-the-second-annual-november-blackout.-a-month-of-silence-no-publishing.-no-social-networks.-see-you-in-december.">This is the second annual November Blackout. A month of silence: No publishing. No social networks. See you in December.</h3> Monthly Recap (October 2017)[2017]/[about 2017]/october Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src=""></p> <p>October was a good month. I’m thankful for the variety of experiences and creativity. Here’s a recap.</p> <h2 id="posts-from-me">Posts From Me</h2> <ul> <li><a href="">What I have is enough</a></li> <li><a href="">Getting Things Done</a></li> <li><a href="">Rocket Emoji</a></li> <li><a href=""><span class="small-caps">NBA</span> is Back</a></li> <li><a href="">Fill Your Rings</a></li> <li><a href="">The Best Man’s Speech</a></li> <li><a href="">Make Lists, Improve Your Day</a></li> </ul> <h2 id="guest-posts">Guest Posts</h2> <ul> <li><a href="">Your Single Season</a></li> <li><a href="">This Is How I Fight My Battle</a></li> <li><a href="">The Beauty In The Long Road</a></li> </ul> <h2 id="small-groups">Small Groups</h2> <ul> <li><a href="">Doodle 2</a></li> <li><a href="">Tacos and Bowling</a></li> <li><a href="">Improv</a></li> <li><a href="">Bonfire</a></li> <li><a href="">Doodle 3</a></li> <li><a href="">Fishing</a></li> </ul> The Beauty in the Long Road, by Alisha Autin[guest posts]/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <h3 id="more-guest-posts1">More: <strong><a href="">Guest Posts</a></strong></h3> <p><img src=""></p> <p><em>Nash’s Note: Alisha’s guest post is about patience. We’re all so obsessed with instant gratification, but there’s beauty in the long road. The process. It’s hardly ever about what happens in the end. The process of getting there, though, is where life truly happens.</em></p> <hr> <p>How unfortunate it is to dwell in a world where quick fixes and easy way outs trump long-term hard work and seeing things to the finish. Where<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Do what makes you happy,” holds priority over,<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Do what is right.” We all desire to love and be loved, to experience endless joy, and to live in peace; however, we often forget that receiving these gifts requires taking the long journey with Jesus. When we walk with Him up the mountains, through the valleys, in many blessings, and among our most challenging trials; When we can feel His presence, and when we are not sure if He is there at all, this is when we find the beauty in the long road.</p> <p>Although this walk is easier said than done, it is the only way. The one and only way we will have the slightest chance at receiving the deepest desires of our hearts. There is no alternate route or detour this world can offer that will compare to the journey that Jesus has prepared for each of us.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Galatians 5:22-23</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Continue to take the long road, knowing that the best gifts in life will be waiting at the end.</p> Make Lists, Improve Your Day lists, improve your Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:05:15 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>I make list. It’s something I don’t talk about much, but should, because of how critical it is in my life. Here’s what it looks like for me to brainstorm and process my thoughts.</p> <p><strong>What am I doing now:</strong></p> <ul> <li>watching Netflix (Mindhunter)</li> <li>drinking coffee</li> <li>sitting on the couch</li> <li>waiting for the oven to preheat</li> <li>cooking pizza</li> <li>writing this post</li> <li>planning for tonight</li> </ul> <p>That’s what a list usually looks like for me. It helps me think. After making a list, my mind is free, because I’ve structured all of my thoughts, or at least some of them, which then allows me to make another list.</p> <p><strong>Tonight’s plans:</strong></p> <ul> <li>prepare to record video</li> <li>meet at Cross Church, 6 pm</li> <li>carpool to location</li> <li>fish with small group</li> <li>eat po-boys and fried fish</li> </ul> <p>A list structures the noise with hardly any effort. It helps me think about what’s next. Whatever’s on your mind should easily fit inside of a list, or a variety of lists. This will uncover new ideas, solutions to problems, or peace for regaining clarity.</p> <p>Today is the last day of my vacation. Tomorrow work begins again.</p> <p><strong>My work schedule this week:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Wed: 12-7:30</li> <li>Thurs: 12-7:30</li> <li>Fri: 11:30-7:30</li> <li>Sat: 10-7:30</li> </ul> <p>I was off from work for 10 days. It doesn’t feel like it, because my schedule was so busy, without me even doing anything that was considered an actual vacation.</p> <p><strong>My simple vacation:</strong></p> <ul> <li>running</li> <li>New Orleans</li> <li>wedding</li> <li>small groups</li> <li>church</li> <li>basketball</li> <li>apartment projects</li> </ul> <p>Yesterday, after discussing the remaining weeks of our small groups, we decided to make the rest of the public, mainly because most are things we’d have to plan ahead for anyway.</p> <p><strong>No Tellin’ Schedule:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Oct. 24: Fishing</li> <li>Oct. 31: Outreach</li> <li>Nov. 7: Dancing Pt. 2</li> <li>Nov. 14: 80’s Ball</li> </ul> <p>Those are the last four weeks of a 12-week semester of small groups. It flew by. It always does. So far, I’ve to lead five different small groups.</p> <p><strong>My Small Group List:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Creative Minds</li> <li><span class="small-caps">BBQ</span> and Basketball</li> <li>Art At The Park</li> <li>Teach Me How To Doodle</li> <li>No Tellin’ Tuesday’s</li> </ul> <p>Each one of these has taught me something new about leading, and I’m excited to lead much more.</p> <h3 id="i-hope-this-list-making-exercise-helps-your-day.">I hope this list-making-exercise helps your day.</h3> Teach Me How To Doodle - Week 3 church/[small groups]/teach me how to doodle - week Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:27:06 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1867" height="1400"></p> <h3 id="whats-your-favorite-food">Whats your favorite food?</h3> <p><img src="//" width="1776" height="1168"> <img src="//" width="1721" height="1136"> <img src="//" width="1792" height="1168"> <img src="//" width="1708" height="1138"> <img src="//" width="1714" height="1157"> <img src="//" width="1776" height="1184"> <img src="//" width="1792" height="1184"> <img src="//" width="1792" height="1184"> <img src="//" width="1792" height="1168"> <img src="//" width="1792" height="1168"> <img src="//" width="1776" height="1168"> <img src="//" width="1792" height="1184"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1257"> <img src="//" width="1792" height="1184"> <img src="//" width="1776" height="1168"> <img src="//" width="1749" height="1155"></p> The Best Man’s Speech Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:29:31 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1867" height="1400"></p> <p><em>Here’s the speech I gave at my cousin’s wedding:</em></p> <blockquote> <p>Shaun,</p> <p>I want to thank you. I always want to thank you. Growing up, you taught me everything: how to be a better brother to your sisters, a better son to your mom, a better basketball player, and as my manager, you taught me how to be a better employee. I’ve looked up to you for what feels like my entire life. I wanted to be like you, which helped me become a better person in every way. So it’s only fitting that you’re getting married before me, to show me how to be a husband.</p> <p>You taught me how to expect more from myself, and how to not give up. Those are two things needed in a marriage for it to thrive. Continue being the best version of yourself. Your family deserves it. And when the bad days arrive, as they always do, you’ll know what to do next: you won’t give up.</p> <p>It’s an honor to be your best man.</p> </blockquote> This is How I Fight My Battle, by Janea Robling[guest posts]/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <h3 id="more-guest-posts1">More: <strong><a href="">Guest Posts</a></strong></h3> <p><em>Nash’s Note: We go through seasons of warfare, where it feels like the battle is absorbing us. Janea reveals her scars, and what it’s like to go through one of these seasons, in this powerful guest post. I appreciate her vulnerability.</em></p> <hr> <p>How do you fight your battle when the enemy tries to steal your lunch? Sometimes life has a way of knocking you off your feet. It happens to all of us.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Matthew 5:45</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends the rain on the just and on the unjust.” (<span class="small-caps">ESV</span>)</p> </blockquote> <h3 id="i-want-to-start-this-post-with-the-simple-statement-its-okay-to-have-bad-days.-heck-its-even-okay-to-have-bad-seasons.-but-let-us-not-stay-there-for-20-years."><strong>I want to start this post with the simple statement: It’s okay to have bad days. Heck, it’s even okay to have bad seasons. But let us not stay there for 20 years.</strong></h3> <p>I’m coming out of the hardest season of my life. Tension, death, heartbreak, betrayal, loss, and trauma back-to-back, has a way of bringing you to your knees—even your back. It’s the kind of stuff that brings out your weakness, and it exposes what you really believe to be true about God.</p> <p>During this hard season of my life, I have struggled with extreme anxiety, depression, fear, hopelessness, crazy thoughts…you name it. I was <em>not</em> okay with <em>any</em> of this! I knew that this wasn’t me, and I refused to buy into the lies of the enemy. These were symptoms of my pain, but the enemy was having a field day. I knew I was in the midst of Spiritual warfare.</p> <p>If you are struggling with these things, don’t believe the lie that this is who you are. The enemy would love for you to stay in that bondage your whole life. God speaks the opposite over you, and He tells the truth.</p> <h3 id="its-never-too-late-to-come-out"><strong><span class="small-caps">IT’S</span> <span class="small-caps">NEVER</span> <span class="small-caps">TOO</span> <span class="small-caps">LATE</span> <span class="small-caps">TO</span> <span class="small-caps">COME</span> <span class="small-caps">OUT</span>!</strong></h3> <p>Day after day, for the last 11 months, I would cry out to God in anguish, feeling like I wouldn’t make it through. I realized that, when you are down, the enemy definitely kicks you as hard as he can.</p> <p>To be totally honest, sometimes I wouldn’t even hear God, but I would feel Him. And then other times, I would hear Him, but I wouldn’t feel Him. It came to a point where, I had to <em>choose</em> to remember how He had always come through for me before, and I’d just hold onto my mustard seed of faith that He was going to come through again. Sometimes, that’s enough.</p> <p>God knows how we hurt. God understands. He knows loss and heartache better than any of us. Jesus knows how we hurt. Jesus understands. Jesus suffered more than any of us.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Luke 22:44</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (<span class="small-caps">ESV</span>)</p> </blockquote> <p>This passage has been super encouraging to me in this season. This might sound confusing and morbid to a lot of you, but I challenge you to really think about this.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Hebrews 4:15</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (<span class="small-caps">ESV</span>)</p> </blockquote> <p>Luke 22:44 states that even in Jesus’ darkest, weakest, hardest hour,<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">”</span>….he prayed more earnestly.” Matthew 4 also shows us how Jesus handled warfare in the midst of a weak time. Jesus fasting 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness combated lies from satan with the Word of God. What an example for us.</p> <p>There were some days where I was so mentally and physically tired of fighting in warfare, that I had nothing left to say. That’s okay too, because God fights our battles while we rest <span class="small-caps">IN</span> <span class="small-caps">HIM</span>, while we hold onto the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God), and while we meditate on the truth that <span class="small-caps">WE</span> <span class="small-caps">ARE</span> <span class="small-caps">HIS</span> and <span class="small-caps">HE</span> <span class="small-caps">HAS</span> <span class="small-caps">US</span>.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Exodus 14:14</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>The <span class="small-caps">LORD</span> will fight for you, you have only to be silent.” (<span class="small-caps">ESV</span>)</p> </blockquote> <p>So which is it, you might ask? Do we fight in prayer, or rest and let God fight for us? The answer is both. God doesn’t cause pain or torment, but sometimes, He lets us sit in the pain or go through a healing process to teach us things.</p> <p>For me, one of the biggest things I have learned through this season, is that we fight from a place of rest, knowing that we are on the winning side and God is bigger. Sometimes we will pray, sometimes we will scream, and sometimes we will be utterly silent. But in whatever we do, we must know that <span class="small-caps">WE</span> <span class="small-caps">ARE</span> <span class="small-caps">NOT</span> <span class="small-caps">DEFEATED</span>. Despite how we may feel or despite how everything might look, <span class="small-caps">GOD</span> <span class="small-caps">IS</span> <span class="small-caps">FOR</span> <span class="small-caps">US</span> <span class="small-caps">AND</span> <span class="small-caps">WE</span> <span class="small-caps">ARE</span> <span class="small-caps">HIS</span>.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Romans 8:31</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”</p> </blockquote> <p>I definitely don’t have all of this figured out, but I do know that God is good and He doesn’t leave us. He never has and He never will. So when the puny, ugly enemy tries to come and steal your lunch, you just <span class="small-caps">STAND</span> <span class="small-caps">TALL</span>, remember who you are as a Son or Daughter of Christ, tell him to <span class="small-caps">SHUT</span> <span class="small-caps">UP</span>, and fix your eyes on the truth, while Daddy God feeds him a knuckle sandwich.</p> <p>Our prayers, our rest, our worship, and our battle cry: it’s all warfare, and that’s how I fight my battle.</p> Apple Watch: Fill Your Rings (and build good habits) watch- fill your rings (and build good habits).md Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>It’s 12:32am. I’m in New Orleans for the night, and I just filled the activity rings on my Apple Watch (red: burn at least 800 calories, green: exercise for at least 30 minutes, blue: standing up and moving around for at least 1 minute during 12 different hours in the day). I had until midnight to reach 800 calories. I ended up burning over 200 in that last hour. Before then, I was stressing, thinking I would break my ongoing streak. There I was, in a neighborhood I’m not used to, but had nothing but the rings on my mind. I knew it would only take a burst of energy to complete another day of exercise, so I left the party I was with, and went for a run to accomplish this. It’s weird and rewarding at the same time. At about 11:56pm, I received the notification: <em>Congratulations! You filled all of your rings, 19 days in a row.</em></p> <p>It feels good to know how important my health is to me now, and I feel like this is just the beginning. I want to build good habits, and keep pushing myself to reach new goals. On that note, I realized tonight that I currently have four streaks going:</p> <ul> <li>Fill rings daily</li> <li>Post a <a href="/loop">song</a> daily</li> <li>Write a monthly <a href="">recap</a></li> <li>17 months of <a href="">no alcohol</a></li> </ul> NBA is Back! Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most this season is back! here’s what i’m looking forward Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:35:58 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="760" height="326"></p> <p>Welcome back to <strong>Nash Loves Basketball</strong>. Today we’ll be talking about how the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> is starting up in just a few hours. Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Regular Season is (as I’m writing this) three hours away. Are you ready? Do you care? Let’s begin!</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:33.33333333333333% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"> <a href="" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by House of Highlights (@houseofhighlights)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-10-17T20:24:32+00:00">Oct 17, 2017 at 1:24pm <span class="small-caps">PDT</span></time> </p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//"></script> <p><strong><span class="small-caps">CP3</span> + Harden</strong>: of course this is my most exciting and most interesting thing about this year’s season, and of course I think they’ll shock everyone and be a contender. I wrote about it <a href="/rocket-emoji">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Kyrie + Hayward</strong>: I like this new Celtic’s team. I liked last year’s Celtic’s team. Kyrie gets his own team again, and this time, it’s a good team. He’s solidified himself at the highest levels of the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span>, and now he’s out to prove that he can do it without LeBron.</p> <p><strong>Spurs Done?</strong>: The system is what I fear. It doesn’t matter what their roster looks like, because I’ve seen them destroy teams with just their bench, while the starters rested. Every year, we count them out, and every year, they’re a top three seed in the West. Will this always be the case? What year will they not be good? I never know how to judge their team going into a new season. On one hand, by judging their offseason, their injuries, and the competition that has strengthened around them, I have them not being a top four seed. But on the other hand, I see them going through the season, business as usual, and ending up right where they usually do. If you asked me to play my cards with this team, I’m folding. I wouldn’t bet for or against them right now.</p> <p><strong>Sixers Process</strong>: Trust the process is what they tell me. The potential is there (Embiid and Simmons are scary if healthy), but will it grow into more than just potential? That’s what I’ll be watching to see.</p> <p><strong>Pels Smell</strong>: I’m tired of Anthony Davis being treated as if he doesn’t matter. This guy is too good to be on a bad team (since we’re on the topic, I’m tired of bad teams). The Pelicans are wasting years, and by the time they figure it out, he’ll be gone. I’ll be watching to see if anything changes.</p> <p><strong>Dark Giannis</strong>: a team that nobody is talking about, but should be terrified of? The Bucks. Not because of the Bucks, but because of Giannis Antetokounmpo. If I could pick anyone in the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> to start a team with today, it would be this guy. I’m anxious to see his growth this year.</p> <p><strong>Cavs Storylines</strong>: This team seems weird to me. They’ve gotten worse at the point position, especially with <span class="small-caps">IT</span> being out indefinitely. Derrick Rose is their starter until then, and if (when) he gets hurt, Jose Calderon is starting at that position. Wade and Bron will be fun to watch together again, but they’ll be coasting for most of the regular season. Even with the coasting, and even with the questions at the point guard position, It says a lot about the East that they’ll be the best team in that conference. This is also (most likely) LeBron’s Farewell Tour for the Cavs.</p> <p><strong>Thunder Trio</strong>: Westbrook, George, Hoodie Melo. There’s only one ball (bothers me when people say that), and these are three guys (pick one) that I’d be scared to go up against if they have the proper help. Teaming up with each other could be the help they’ve been needing.</p> <p><strong>Warriors Again</strong>: Everyone is betting Warriors, and I look at that, and I think, there’s always been a<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Warriors” team (a team that nobody wants to face, and everyone assumes will pile through every-single-team). Take a look at the best team in the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> for the last 10 years, and then think about how long that run has been. Eventually, that particular team fades away. For some reason though, everyone assumes the Warriors won’t, and they are a wall that will never move. I’m betting the other way. Yes, they could easily dominate the league and win the championship once again, but I’m craziest enough to think otherwise.</p> Rocket Emoji Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1280" height="720"></p> <h1 id="section"><span class="small-caps">🚀</span></h1> <p>This is chapter three for Chris Paul. I’ve been following this guy his entire career, so there’s no question how excited I am about this upcoming season. I’ve had all summer to think about this new situation with the Rockets, and the more I think about it, and the more I watch the team play together, the more fascinated I am by what’s coming.</p> <p>The storyline about the Rockets since the Paul trade is that both Paul and Harden need the ball in their hands to succeed, but there’s only one ball. That undermines the leadership of Paul, and discounts the years that Harden played next to Westbrook and Durant. It also doesn’t account for Mike D’Antoni’s innovative mindset when it comes to offense. (I also like that with all that offense, the entire mindset during the preseason was about defense.)</p> <p>After watching what the Rockets did last year, and then watching how Paul blended in with that style during the preseason, it has me anxious for Tuesday night, when the season kicks off. I watched a team who always had a superstar point guard on the floor: it was more like watching a wrestling match with the two powerhouses, as they tagged each other in and out, while also sharing the court and playing off-ball for each other. It was only a small portion-size to observe, and it means absolutely nothing in the preseason, but it was still interesting to watch those dynamics in action. It seemed like whoever else was on the court next to Paul and Harden was a knockdown shooter, and threes were raining from all sides of the court.</p> <p>As far the rotations, for the first time in Paul’s <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> career, I didn’t see a team with a traditional starting lineup and a second unit. Instead, I constantly saw guys rotating in and out of the lineup. Because the roster has so many players that can play a variety of positions, there was never the traditional point guard for point guard, center for center type of subs. It was a beautiful thing to witness.</p> <p>Tuesday night, the opening night for the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> regular season, they’ll be playing the Warriors. Will these rotations matter? Will Paul teaming up with Harden and company turn out to be a smart move? I think so (shooters everywhere, and a scorer like Harden, that can takeover a game by himself, who was a few votes away from winning <span class="small-caps">MVP</span> last year). Paul had nothing to lose by going here. All upsides.</p> <p>And when this season is said and done, it’s the final year on Paul’s contract (same for LeBron and Wade), so whatever happens doesn’t remove the options for Paul going forward. Consider it a trial year, to stay or go, and Tuesday is the beginning of just that.</p> Getting Things Done (a lot of things) Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:46:20 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>I want to talk to you about being productive. The tools I use matter to me (I use <a href="">OmniFocus</a>), but they’re just tools, and you can implement these same methods with whatever tools you have in front of you. It’s about taking all the little things, as well as the big things, and turning it into daily actions. (This method comes from David Allen’s book, <a href="">Getting Things Done</a>.)</p> <h2 id="brain-dump">1. Brain Dump</h2> <p>It all starts here. With an inbox. A place where I have the freedom to throw all the good and bad ideas into a bucket, and not worry about what it all means. The brain dump is something I do throughout day when an idea arrives. I don’t worry about what to do with it, I just throw it into the inbox. Knowing that I have safe place to get everything off of my mind, until a later time, helps my mind stay free and ready for life, as well as new ideas.</p> <h2 id="projects">2. Projects</h2> <p>Every idea and task added to my inbox most likely has an end-goal, meaning what does <em>finished</em> look like for this item? What are the handful of next-actions needed? Over the years, I’ve learned that thinking through projects is often as important as completing the task itself. It creates clarity.</p> <p>An example project would be:</p> <p><strong>Clean out closet</strong>:</p> <ul> <li>Get bags</li> <li>Go through clothes</li> <li>Go through other items</li> <li>What to donate?</li> <li>What to throw away?</li> <li>Anyone I know want this?</li> <li>Put bags in garbage</li> <li>Put bags in car</li> <li>Bring to friend</li> <li>Bring to Goodwill</li> </ul> <p>Each one of these items move the project forward, until having that one last item that completes the entire project. It’s important to write out even the smallest next-action, because each next-action has a different context.</p> <h2 id="context">3. Context</h2> <p>Every next-action has a context. A context is not the task, but the location or item needed to complete the task. What this ultimately means is, you may have tasks in a variety of projects that require calling someone, and instead of bouncing around, attempting to complete a dozen task inside of one project, you would simply focus on the<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Calls” context, moving several projects forward quickly. When getting in your car, you would move projects forward by focusing solely on the items that have the context Errand. The momentum of already being on the road, or already making calls, helps keep things mindless and easy to finish.</p> <h2 id="review">4. Review</h2> <p>The review is a weekly (or as often as you can or need to) meeting with yourself, as you go through each item and project, making sure they all have an end-goal, and you know what finished looks like. More often than not, finished doesn’t look the same as it did a week ago. Life happens, and it’s important to constantly know what you’re working towards. This entire system falls apart if you don’t set time aside to look over what you’ve added, make sure your inbox is empty, make sure nothing slipped through the cracks of this system, and to realign your mind with the tasks at hand.</p> <hr> <p>Rinse and repeat. This isn’t something you do once. I’ve been practicing <span class="small-caps">GTD</span> for almost a decade now. Enjoy the process, and even if you never perfect it, it has to be better than doing nothing. Even when I’m struggling, I know that my attempts mean more than wishful thinking.</p> <p>I hope this helps get some of your projects started, and ultimately free your mind for new things.</p> What I Have Is Enough Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src=""></p> <p>I recently bought flowers for my apartment. I never thought I’d say that. Three little succulent plants, sitting on my window seal. It was only a few months ago when I moved into this small apartment, and since arriving, I’ve been very intentional about making this place minimal with character. The size, layout, style, and even location, represent me more than any place I’ve ever lived.</p> <p>I’ve been enjoying my new morning routine: wake up at 5, turn on Hillsong Radio (Pandora), get dressed, and then go for a run through the city. I then get home, shower, and walk to the local cafe to eat breakfast and drink coffee with a friend. Afterwards, I walk home in silence, enjoying the ambience of the morning. This is my time to be thankful for the big and small things in my life. Waking up early, instead of getting more sleep, allows me to be proactive with the start of my day. Watching the sunrise, getting a good exercise and breakfast, and completing all of this before 8am, has changed my perspective on how beautiful life can consistently be.</p> <p>It’s been almost a year now since I went part-time at my job, and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Now, I work four days straight, and then I’m off Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of every week. Because of this, my quality of life has increased, and my energy towards more projects have significantly gone up. I feel like I finally have the proper balance for working, creating, personal life, and family time. I don’t feel overwhelmed anymore. I’m thankful that I have the right amount of time to be a better employee, writer, friend, son, and brother. This is definitely the best version of myself.</p> Your Single Season (and the Gift of Today), by Chelsea Verdin[guest posts]/chelsea Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <h3 id="more-guest-posts1">More: <strong><a href="">Guest Posts</a></strong></h3> <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p><em>Nash’s Note: We often look ahead of the current season, as we anticipate the next. We miss out on the gifts of today, so we can prepare for something that might never come tomorrow. Here’s Chelsea’s <a href="">guest post</a>, where she recognizes the differences between the two.</em></p> <hr> <p>Elisabeth Elliot once said:</p> <blockquote> <p>Single life may be only a stage of a life’s journey, but even a stage is a gift. God may replace it with another gift, but the receiver accepts His gifts with thanksgiving. This gift for this day. The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived-not always looked forward to as though the<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>real” living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.</p> </blockquote> <p>A couple years back, I played one of those secret santa games during the Holidays with a group of people. Some of them I knew personally, some I didn’t know all too well. When it came time for us to hand off our gifts, I realized my name had been chosen by someone I did not know personally. I thought to myself, surely it will be fine. As long as she sticks to my paper of interests, she can’t mess this up.</p> <p>Prior to opening the gift, I was excited to see what she would have chosen for me. When I saw what laid in the bag beneath a mountain of tissue paper, I grimaced and then quickly smiled reassuringly that I was happy with the gift, when I indeed was not. Anyone else would have loved the gift: it was in style and everyone wanted thesm. Everyone except me. I wasn’t big into technology or the latest gadgets, so colorful water speakers weren’t on the top of my list. I went literally months without even taking them out of the box, and eventually, I sold them at a garage sale for really cheap to a teenage girl who begged her mother for them.</p> <p>When I think about my single season in life, I reflect on this moment. God chose my name and wanted to give me a good gift. He wrapped it with opportunities to travel, mission trips, guiding youth, teaching children, speaking to women, and writing books. But when I look at it, I frown angry that He wouldn’t have gifted me something better. Doesn’t He know that I want a family someday, and that by thirty five, women have more risks during pregnancy? Doesn’t He know that I want to be married and impacting the world with my future husband? Doesn’t He know me at all?</p> <p>Of course He does. He not only has your paper of interests, but He helped you write it. He sat with you going,<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Oh, don’t forget, He has to love sports, fishing, or anything remotely manly.” In fact, He knows you better than you do, so when He gifts us with something, He’s not only thinking of what we would like, or want, but He considers what we need. God doesn’t give awful gifts. It’s not in His nature. So when we consider our single season as a terrible time, we literally are saying to God,<span class="push-single"></span> <span class="pull-single">‘</span>you could have done better for me. You could have stuck to the paper and given me exactly what I want. Then I would have been happy.’</p> <p>But we wouldn’t be. Happiness isn’t defined by our season, or our accumulation of things. It’s defined by our identity, by who we are, and how we choose to perceive life. If you wake up saying<span class="push-single"></span> <span class="pull-single">‘</span>oh, I would have been happier to sleep ten more minutes,’ you’ve already treated your gift like it was trash. You awoke, the sun is shining, the day is at your fingertips, and you have mass amounts of opportunities before you. This alone (life, living, breathing, being) is a gift.</p> <p>The same can be said about singleness or marriage. If you wake up every day trying to skip over the chapter you’re in, you’ve already chosen to hate where you are. But if you were to look at your season as a time to steward a gift God gave you, then you would cherish every profound piece of wisdom gained during the journey. You don’t have to like the gift you’ve been given today, you don’t even have to enjoy it, but accepting it and embracing it will take you steps closer to future gifts to come.</p> <p>It is in this season that we learn who we are, what we are passionate about, and how to fulfill our purpose. It is in this season alone that we are capable of learning what only this season needs to teach us. Whether this season is preparing us for another gift in the future, or has been graciously given to us for the rest of our lives, it is a gift. We can choose to live it, or grieve it, but either way, we cannot skip it. We are responsible for today. God still owns tomorrow.</p> Teach Me How To Doodle - Week 2 church/[small groups]/doodle Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="960" height="538"></p> <h3 id="whats-your-dream-job-or-what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up">What’s your dream job, or what do you want to be when you grow up?</h3> <p><img src="//" width="2000" height="1196"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1153"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1142"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1166"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1184"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1158"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1155"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1176"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1147"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1161"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1164"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1172"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1187"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1187"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1164"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1221"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1117"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1191"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1182"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1119"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1195"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1134"></p>