January 1, 2014


"I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning & molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." ― Anaïs Nin

"New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual." ― Mark Twain

"The more specific you are about your resolution, the better your chance of sticking with it. Don't just say, "I want to lose weight." Say, "When my arm jiggles, I want it to look less like a pelican's throat-pouch choking down a bass." ― Colin Nissan

"The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul & a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, & new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective." ― G.K. Chesterton

A new soul, new nose, new feet, new backbone, new ears, & new eyes are possible especially if we may live out the amazing song/video "FLY!" by Jason Upton.

How Do We Soar On Wings Like Eagles? To find out how, just click that link to a blog entry of mine from last spring!

On July 4th of 2013 I wrote "Fly Like An Eagle!" which was an expression of my joy at finally being able to capture the bald eagle in flight that occasionally visited the lake that I lived on! 

"The whole point to New Years is not just to have a new year. But that we should be new, better & different people. That is why we exercise to RE-NEW our bodies. That is why we write GOALS to get a Renewed sense of our potential. That is why we make RE-SOLUTIONS because we resolve that there are solutions inside of us that we have not tapped into. So don't waste each New Year's season. Maximize it! Start fresh using a new perspective for it will enable you to tap into a new season with greater capacity." ― Stella Payton

"The poetry of the new year is problematically punctual. An impeccable guest who arrives on time when you are running frantically behind schedule. Catching you precisely at that awkward stage of housecleaning when the contents of closet & cupboard are strewn across the room & there is no sensible place left to sit down. No, you haven't had a chance to change the guest room towels, your clothes or your habits. It is at this stage that you begin to stammer out apologies & resolutions. The visitor fixes you with a gaze that breaks like dawn over your clutter & chagrin. 'What a beautiful life,' murmurs your guest, pressing an oddly shaped package into your hands. Gladness rises in the heart like a cloud of hummingbirds. Always the same, unpredictable, utterly original gift. You consider the paradox of that as you hold it between your palms. Like freshly kneaded dough: this brand new day." ― Pavithra K. Mehta

When last year began, I was living on a beautiful lake in Homestead, Florida & I didn't have any resolutions but tried to be filled with joy, love, & peace each & every day!

As 2014 arrives, I'm now a house parent at an Emergency Children's Shelter in Key West, Florida & I still don’t have any resolutions but I'm trying to provide a home where all who enter will experience the LORD's supernatural joy, love, & peace!

Even though I haven't made any resolutions the last few years, I do hope to continue the progress I've made physically as each of the last 2 years I've managed to lose 35 pounds & if that trend continues, I'll actually be down to the weight from when I last played competitive soccer & this stretch of Key West is my favorite to either bicycle or speed-walk!

"We are GOD's workmanship, created in CHRIST JESUS to do good works, which GOD prepared in advance for us to do." — EPHESIANS 2:10

"Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special & always significant & remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, & never again." — Hermann Hesse

Throughout my life, especially the years I was a missionary, several people thought that I was somehow more godly than other people. If each person is able to live out EPHESIANS 2:10 through the unique person that they were created to be & things that they were created to do whether it be an actor or actress, a bright light calling awareness to illnesses most people have never heard about or a butler, a CEO or a college student, a director of an organization, an evangelist, a fireman, a goat herder, a helicopter pilot, an illustrator, a jury member, a kitchen supervisor, a librarian, a mailman or a mother, a nurse, an officer, a policeman, a quarry-man, a restaurant owner, a singer, a teacher, a urologist, a vascular surgeon, a waiter or waitress, an X-ray technician, a yachtsman, or a zookeeper … then each & every one of us is able to be as godly as the next!

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