Assemblies in Cleburne, TX

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Today I was a part of 3 school assemblies in Cleburne, TX.

The first one was really rough for me. I think I got off on the wrong foot in my segment and couldn’t pull myself together. But after that I feel like they got better and better.

We spoke to over 3,000 students. That’s crazy.

Everyone was invited back for a service at night and around 350 came to check it out. That moment when students respond to the gospel NEVER gets old.

Get the Job Done

Here’s a headline I can’t stop thinking about:

 
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What a nice reminder that you don’t always need the most expensive and high tech options in order to be successful.

It’s easy to get discouraged when you want to make videos, podcasts, or any other creative work because you just KNOW you’re not using the best equipment possible. Why bother if it’s not going to look as good as the best out there?

But if a cheaper option get the job done, who cares?

Start with what you have right now! Use your iphone! You’ve got more technology in your pocket than The Beatles had for every album.

Read the article

Reading Makes Silence Interesting

My Jr High library had all those old posters of famous people with slogans about how cool reading is. I don’t know how effective those were, but I feel like “Reading is what makes silence interesting” would make for the greatest library poster.

Also, I never said anything that insightful in 7th grade. Or 8th grade. Or all of high school. Probably not college either. I’m sure I’ve said a few nice things in the last couple of years.

Stay Connected

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You ever have a friend that you THOUGHT you were doing a good job keeping up with on social media but suddenly you realize you haven’t seen a post from them in a while and when you go check you see, like, they have 3 babies and they moved to another country?

Social media is the worst. There’s no way to control who we see in our feed and it’s so easy to lose people you want to follow.

I’ve got a lot coming out this year and I really want to make sure the people who are interested in are able to see when big things are happening.

I’m writing a book that’ll HOPEFULLY come out this year.

I’ve got a big cool announcement for Texas churches that’ll I’ll HOPEFULLY get to make here soon.

If you want to stay connected and see what’s happening the best way to do that is through my newsletter. Every monday morning I send an email to around 800 people about what I’m up to, links to things I’ve written, and recommendations to other things I think you’ll enjoy.

It’s free. It’s fun. Everyone’s doing it.

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Do Nothing for 2 Minutes

I feel like it’s getting harder and harder to find escapism on the internet. Your real life is stressful and chaotic so you turn to your phone for a brief moment away from the problems of the world but I don’t know if I’m really finding it anymore.

I’m running into a few problems:

  1. I don’t have a set time limit for my escapism so I end up sitting on the toilet for 10 minutes completely distracted by the one and only game on my phone.

  2. Everywhere I turn on the internet is covered in anger and bad news.

It’s not like I’m wanting to escape reality forever but it nice to take a step out of it to take a deep breath and collect your thoughts.

That’s what videos like DO NOTHING FOR 2 MINUTES are for. There’s a time limit. It’s just a still image with forest sounds. You can stare at it and let your brain drift off until the video is over. It’s perfect.

Things are getting crazy out there. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed it’s ok to do nothing for 2 minutes.

Getting off track

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Really freaked myself out tonight by adding up all the words I’ve written for the first draft of my book and calculating how close I am to my goal of 45,000 words. 

I’m 28% there. Not close at all. My deadline is January 31st. UH OH. THAT’S NOT GOOD. 

You know what went wrong? I stopped being consistent. I was writing every night until suddenly I wasn’t. That first night I skipped it and went to bed just opened up the flood gates. Giving up once is a gateway drug to giving up all together. It’s so much easier after that first time.

Getting back on track is going to be so painful. I hate this. Why’d I let myself break the chain?! 

The Importance of Good Headshots

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One of these things is not like the other.

I really need new headshots. I’m the only one not smiling on this poster and I’m the freaking comedian.

I need to hurry up and book a photographer and then quickly learn how to smile naturally in pictures because that is a skill I do not currently have. I always look like I’m in pain or very confused when I try to smile like a normal person in pictures.

Embarrassing Stories

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I love doing stand-up because I love telling embarrassing stories to strangers. Some times I’m afraid I’ve run out of stories but then I’ll remember something I did as a kid and physically cringe at the memory and that’s when I know I need to share it on stage.

When I perform I always share a message on confession and importance of vulnerability. I hope people don’t think I’m just slapping that on at the end as a separate after thought. The whole show is a part of that message. The embarrassing stories are a way to introduce it. “Look! I shared some of my most humiliating stories and I’m still standing. It didn’t destroy me for me to say it out loud. It’s possible to talk about the things in our life that scare us in such a way that they don’t feel as heavy and daunting. You might one day be able to laugh about it. But it starts with a willingness to wrap words around it.” That’s what I’m trying to say in my material.

Hopefully that comes through.

Easy isn't the goal

 
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There’s a lot of great wisdom in Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. I just listened to the audiobook on my drive up to St. Louis on Thursday.

One of my favorite themes repeated throughout is “easy isn’t the goal, quality is.”

Ed Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar animated studio, reminds the reader over and over again about this idea.

 

“Making the process better, easier, and cheaper is an important aspiration, something we continually work on—but it is not the goal. Making something great is the goal.”

 

If we get too caught up in efficiency, it’ll take over everything, and we’ll lose sight of quality. Your project could start out as an incredible hole in the wall burger restaurant and end up like McDonald’s. Burgers are shooting out fast and cheap all over the country but nobody’s saying it’s the best burger they’ve ever had. And if they are, we need to pray for them.