Feb 7 2010

pepsi’s innovative business approach

Like many, I choose watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, not really the game. As some of you may know already, instead of spending the $2-3 million on a Super Bowl commercial tomorrow, Pepsi has opted for a different approach. They have launched their Pepsi Refresh Project. This innovative idea offers people the chance to submit their favorite idea, solution, or non-profit that they believe will have a positive impact on their community. Up until March 1, 2010, anyone has the opportunity to vote on ten of their favorite ideas each day for this month’s 1000 submissions. Pepsi is awarding a total of $2 million to various non-profits, businesses, and everyday people to help them launch their ideas for a better tomorrow. Some of the categories listed include: Health, Arts and Culture, The Planet, Neighborhoods, and Education.

Log in and vote for your favorite ten today. If you have an idea, submit it here.

Jan 29 2010

devotion and faith at its core.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a blog of a family who’s once joys of pregnancy have turned to a tumultuous terror filled emotional journey. Shey + Sean were so excited when Shey found out she was pregnant, according to her husband – “When we found out we were having a baby we became so excited.  My wife told half the world before she even told me!  Then she told me that we weren’t going to tell people, which really did not stop me from being the most excited dad in the world.” It wasn’t long after that their hopes were shattered. “After we were done with the ultrasound the nurse asked us if we would wait in the waiting room while she showed the pictures to the doctor.  We knew what that meant and we began waiting to find out what was wrong.  The doctor came out and we began talking with him as he told us that our fairy tale  would not play out the way we imagined.” Shey + Sean learned that their daughter had a lethal diagnosis – Triploidy – and that they would be lucky if the fetus survived to birth. Many people told them that not continuing with the pregnancy would be for the best, however they chose to act on faith and continue throughout as long as the Lord would grace them with her presence – “we are not going to intervene in this pregnancy, regardless of the diagnosis.  The reason that we chose to do this was mostly for knowledge.  There are certain chromosomal abnormalities that are completely incompatible with life (Trisomy 18 & 13, just to name a couple).  If we know before she is born that she has such a condition, we will be able to just hold her and be with her in the moments after her birth, as opposed to the doctors whisking her away and trying to work on her to keep her alive.”

Through reading the blog posts of their journey throughout this emotional whirlwind, I have felt the fear and have only imagined the questions of faith that they have encountered. In one of post’s Shey commented about a organization called String of Pearls, this site is an online organization that offers support to women who are carrying to term despite a fatal prenatal diagnosis.This is definitely a site that is going into my organizations to follow, the creation of this site fields as a support community for families with fatal prenatal diagnosis’ that will result in the death of their baby prior to, or shortly after birth.

The thing that scares me the most about this store is that Shey struggled for years with Anorexia. A demon that keeps poking it burly little head into my life. Having a mother who has worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse for much of my life – it {and she} has scared me into recovery. {disclaimer: this is not the only reason I am seeking change}.

Shey had this song posted on her blog recently and it brought me to tears, I Will Carry You by Selah.

Follow Shey, Sean + Whitney’s Journey here.

Nov 13 2009

write love.

3692323217_a066149d63_oPhoto 3Today is National, To Write Love on Her Arms Day. A day to commemerate those we have lost, and a day to love on those whom feel it not. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Nov 1 2009

be centered, or be spackle

As I sit straddling the wheel forming clay into what prayerfully will become a pot, I contemplate on how Christ has this position in my life. In Jeremiah 18:6 the Lord declares that we are like clay in the hand of the potter, and again in Isaiah 64:8; we are the clay, you are the potter – Lord ; we are all the work of your hand.

To allow the Lord to work in our lives we must be compliant, we must move in his hands the way that he puts pressure for us to move, we must mold our lives into the shape that he creates. As he makes grooves we must allow him to cut out of our lives the hindrances and distractions of which he does not approve. He wants to fire us so that we are permanently bound into the vessel that he has shaped. He paints a gaze over us, that is our talents, the bright and shining endowments from him, everyone has a different glaze, a different texture, shape, and style. Yet, each one was sculpted so carefully and precise as he poured his life and love into each creation.

But, the most often forgotten specification is the most important of all, we must be centered on the wheel, we must dedicate our lives to him. Let him put us at the center, where we are spinning around in his grace and love. If we are not centered on him, centered on that wheel, all we will ever be is spackle on the wall.

The Lord wants to mold you into a earthen pot, a jar of clay, into which he can pour his love so that we overflow. He wants us to give our lives to him, as to allow him to create in us a life that is glorifying of the work that he did to create it. He loves you. He yearns for you. He wants you to be the clay in his hands that he creates into a beautiful vessel for his love. Allow him to do so. Allow him to be the center, to knead the hindrances out of your life, to mold you into a vessel, to shave the bulges from the clay, to fire you into what you were made to be, to glaze you with your talents, and to fill you in an abundance with his love.

The Christian walk is

Oct 29 2009

be kind.

I ran across this postsecret today, It really seems to hit me.