A Quote About Love

“A husband and wife must operate like two wings on the same bird; if they don’t work together in full partnership, the marriage will never get off the ground.”

– Dave Willis, “The Seven Laws of Love”

A Quote on Humility

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

― C.S. Lewis

Einstein Had This Right

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

Quotes About Character

“Character is modeled publicly and measured privately.”

– Pastor Ricardo Quintana @ New Life Church

“The forming of character is not measured by results but by resolve.”

– Pastor Ricardo Quintana @ New Life Church

G – GOD | O – OUR | S – SINS | P – PAYING | E — EVERYONE | L – LIFE

Propaganda rocked it at our church a few weeks ago and I’m glad I was able to find this video. “Refreshingly awesome” is what was running through my mind as he shared this with us.

What is Permanence?

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Jim Elliot (1927 – 1956)

Designing a Family Heirloom: The Celtic Cross

My faith is very important to me – it’s a cornerstone of who I am as a person. And, if my son or future children choose to follow in that faith, I wanted to have something to give them at the end of my life that was a physical reminder of the path that I followed. I wanted to create something unique, and something that would last for generations. Titanium seemed like the best choice for that – it’s an extremely durable material that should last for a very long time. I did a lot of research, spending hours looking at different online jewellery sites, and I decided to use Titanium Workshop, settling on their Celtic Cross design (I’m of Scottish decent). They had some nice enamelling options, so I selected red and opted for the satin brushed texture. I also had them do some custom engraving on the back. Below is the end result:

The custom engraving on the back was an extra charge, but I think it adds a lot to the piece – it makes it unique, which is what I wanted. The staff at Titanium Workshop were great about answering questions I had, providing me with a render showing the red enamel, and allowing me to submit an incredibly poorly hand-drawn sketch and understanding exactly what I wanted.

When the cross first arrived, I was extremely impressed with the quality of the enamel and custom text; it looked great! There were two small issues though: the first was that there was some sort of material in the upper right-hand corner on the front. I had no idea what it was, but I didn’t want to start picking away at it. The other issue was that the front of the cross had the stain (brushed) texture, which looked amazing. The back though had a mirror-like finish, which I wasn’t expecting. I contacted Titanium Workshop and their excellent customer service people offered to fix both issues if I sent it back. I did, and within a few days of them receiving it, I had the cross back in my hands. I’m extremely happy with how well it turned out, and have my eye on ordering another product from them – just as soon as I can confirm 100% which Scottish clan I’m descended from…which is proving to be more difficult than I thought. But that’s a story for another day…

charity: water – This is a Great Cause

There are no shortages of worthy causes to give money to in our world, because so many people need help – but I’ve always believed that before a developing nation can truly begin to grow, and its people take care of themselves, the basics need to be there. Laptops for every child and other initiatives can come later; first, they need clean water, shelter, and a reliable food supply. Giving someone access to clean drinking water has a ripple effect that reaches further than you might think. I think clean water is where it all starts; it saves lives by preventing disease, it improves the health of everyone that has access to it, kids can stay in school instead of walking for hours to get water, and helps people grow their own food in small gardens. I was extremely impacted by the video above, and I hope you will be too. Please consider donating to charity: water.

A Dog’s Purpose, According to a Six Year Old

I received this in my email today – I did a bit of research to try and find the original source, but couldn’t discover it. Maybe you’ve read this before, but as a life-long dog owner, I was deeply touched when I read it.

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“Being a veterinarian, I had  been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish  Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron,  his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were  all very attached to Belker, and they were  hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker  and found he was dying of cancer. I told the  family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and  offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for  the old dog in their home.

As we made  arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought  it would be good for six-year-old Shane to  observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane  might learn something from the  experience. The next day, I felt the  familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family  surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting  the old dog for the last time, that I wondered  if he understood what was going on. Within a few  minutes, Belker slipped peacefully  away.

The little boy seemed to accept  Belker’s transition without any difficulty or  confusion. We sat together for a while after  Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad  fact that animal lives are shorter than human  lives.
Shane, who had been  listening quietly, piped up, ”I know  why.” Startled, we all turned to him.  What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d  never heard a more comforting explanation. It  has changed the way I try and live.

He  said,”People are born so that they can learn  how to live a good life — like loving everybody  all the time and being nice, right?” The  Six-year-old continued,

”Well,  dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t  have to stay as long.”

Live  simply.

Love generously.

Care  deeply.

Speak  kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the  teacher you would learn things  like:

When loved ones come home,  always run to greet them.

Never pass  up the opportunity to go for a  joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh  air and the wind in your face to be pure  Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before  rising.

Run, romp, and play  daily.

Thrive on attention and let people  touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple  growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie  on your back on the grass.

On hot days,  drink lots of water and lie under a shady  tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and  wag your entire body.

Delight in the  simple joy of a long walk.

Be  loyal.

Never pretend to be something  you’re not.

If what you want lies buried,  dig until you find it.

When someone is  having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and  nuzzle them gently.

Enjoy every moment of every day.”