You say you “need” help. Sure you do. You like the idea of hiring some help. You would love to. But chances are you’re never going to do it. But why?
I love leading worship.
To have the chance to get paid to sing and make music with the people I love at the church I love is a huge privilege.
Unfortunately, it’s not usually a high paying gig. Some churches do pay their worship leaders well but not all churches can. Maybe you’re at a church now that you love but they just can’t pay you what you need or want.
I found myself in that position several years back. I was on staff at a church, leading worship full-time and I loved it. I loved the people, the staff, the community. Things were good. I just wasn’t making enough to really support my family.
Anytime I talked about a raise the conversation was something like, “You know… we’re not in this for the money… you get paid a lot better than other guys doing the same thing… all of us are making sacrifices… you should feel blessed to be doing this at all…” Read More →
I know why I wanted to. I thought it would be the coolest thing ever!
At the time of “my first hire” I didn’t own a company. According to my wife our latest budget figures didn’t include “hire-a-virtual-assistant-for-my-husband-because-he-thinks-it-would-be-cool” category. I didn’t really even know what I would have a virtual assistant do. But still, It sounded so cool.
In my ever-quest for the perfect job I had landed a “weed clearing and field grading” gig. My benefactor owned his own personal Kubota tractor and asked if I would be interested in helping him start a business with the tractor.
Sure. Why not? Read More →
Have you ever had the fear of losing a child?
Thank you to all our friends and family that desperately prayed with us today as our son Charlie was missing for a little over an hour today at Newport beach.
What a traumatic and horrible hour.
THANK YOU JESUS HE IS SAFE! My heart breaks for any parent that has had to go through that without the good results we had.
Here’s what happened (from my perspective): Read More →
My five year old daughter Ivy drew this picture for me the other day.
We have LOTS of pictures around our house. Every year for Christmas my wife buys the kids a whole box of office printer paper so they always have plenty of “canvas” to express their creativity.
Often, like this drawing, they’ll show me a quickly drawn “sketch” they are really proud of. And of course, like a great dad should, I always express great amazement at their creations. And yes, each drawing proves to me that my children are geniuses.
This particular drawing spoke to me. It is titled “Bad Guy Stealing Someone’s Imagination”.
I’m not sure who the bad guy is – and I’m hoping I don’t need to probe too deeply about the motivation behind this drawing…
Here are a few lessons I “drew” from this picture:
Daily Oats: From Deuteronomy 11
Here’s a fun activity you can do with your kids to help them see the importance of following God’s “directions”…
Here’s some parenting advice I’ve picked up from Disney over the years:
As long as you’re funny your character doesn’t matter.
I came across a great blog post from PlayGroundDad.com explaining why he, “Never lets his kids on YouTube.”
So when my daughter wanted to watch more stuff about the film’s star, Vanessa Hudgens…well, let’s just say the search results were flooded with Ms. Hudgens’ Brett Favre moment. Nothing that I wanted my daughter to see. This is why I NEVER let my kids on YouTube.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Today’s New International Version (TNIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that all God’s people[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
OK click on the names to instantly download the PDF chord sheets of your favorite Holy Oatmeal Scripture Song.
You can sing it at home or use it for your church… Enjoy!