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Someone asked me yesterday, why do you do Relay For Life? Why do you need an event? Why can’t people just donate more of the money, not spend money for the event. Well, Relay For Life is a way to celebrate. A way for those that have lost a loved one to honor, remember, and have a sense of closure. Relay for Life is a way for a cancer survivor to celebrate their victory, to show those that are just beginning their journey that they can overcome, that cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Some of you may be tired of my post, You may be excited that the event is coming up and that I will stop talking about it. But cancer doesn’t take a break. A cancer patient can’t take a day off from cancer. So, I won’t apologize for the frequency of my relay post. My desire to do more, to provide people with a way Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

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No Shave November…

Well, I did it. I managed to go the entire month without shaving. Not even trimming or manscaping. This is the first that I can remember letting it go this far. It wasn’t fun thats for sure. I did learn some things along the way. A lot of people would tell me things like “If you don’t like it, just shave” or “No one would care if you quit”. But the thing was, I had made a commitment. I made a promise on November 1st that I was going to do this. That I would stick it out regardless of how much it itched, or looked shaggy. This promise wasn’t to anyone in particular. No one was going to be mad at me if I shaved. No one except for me that is. If I couldn’t hold a promise to myself how could I make one to anyone else. I really really don’t like facial hair. I in no way enjoyed the month. There were times I wanted to run up stairs and give in to the razor. Going to work and talking to strangers with this unkempt appearance, Going to church every week looking like I slept under a bridge, Sitting at the Thanksgiving dinner table feeling like a pilgrim, it all sucked. But today, Dec. 1st, I sit here smooth faced and proud. I know its not that big of a deal, “all you did was not shave for a month”, but I did it for myself. The way my life has been going the last several years, unpredictable and out of my control. It was nice to be able to set a goal, be in control of that goal, and see it through to completion. Will I do it again next year.. Probably not. :O) I will finish this post with a top ten…

The top ten things I’ve learned from No Shave November…

10. Beards… Their gross

9. Beards… They itch

8. Beards… People say they like “yours”, which is a little creepy

7. Beards… They don’t actually keep your face any warmer

6. Beards… They make it difficult to lay your face on a pillow

5. Beards… They don’t make you feel more “manly”

4. Beards… They take commitment and determination to grow

3. Beards… No two are the same

2.Beards… I can grow one

And the number one thing I learned,

1. Beards… I don’t like ’em.

Ho Hum

You ever have those days where you just want to exist. Not feel the need to talk to anyone. Just show up, do what your suppose to do, and be left alone?

I need to get back to blogging. I would like to keep a running log of whats going on in my life.

The biggest thing I really having going on right now is getting geared up for another Relay For Life. I am on the committee this year. Managing the website and sending emails to hundreds of people. I’m excited to be so involved this year. I hope to contribute to a great Relay.

If you would like to donate to my fundraising efforts, you can visit my page at http://tinyurl.com/Tims2012Relay

 

Thanks!

Hello blog… I vagely remember you…

So, its been a very trying and long winter. I will spare the details. But if  you are a close friend and know the details, I Thank You for all the support.

So, whats coming up? Well, the first thing on the horizon is the Relay For Life. I am looking forward to this event. It’s a small way to give back and honor my grandpa. He lost his battle with cancer 6 years ago. Wow, has it really been 6 years? Time has gone by so fast. So many things have changed. What would he think? What would he say? Where would I be now? I miss him greatly. Anyways, the Relay For Life is going to be great, its an overnight walk, lasting about 18 hours. I am team captain of team “Tempered Like Steel”. The team name comes from one of my favorite quotes of grandpa’s. He said that “humans are tempered like steel, the more we go through the fires, the stronger we become”. When I am going through trials I try and remember that I will come out stronger on the other side. My team consist of some friends and family and we have raised over $1000 already for American Cancer Society. If your reading this, and would like to donate, http://tinyurl.com/TimsRelayPage will get you to the right place. Should be a great time.

In other news, Not much else is going on. At least not that I think I will share here right now. Looking forward to some events coming up in the summer months. I did participate in Tom’s Shoes One Day Without Shoes campaign again this year. Was a fun day. I managed to get out and into several public places barefoot. The goal is to get people to notice your bare feet, they ask why, and you get to share the info about kids in other parts of the world that have to without shoes on a daily basis and the risk they take doing so. Then you get to share about how Toms Shoes does the buy one give one campaign to help solve this issue. So, overall its a for a good cause, and gave me an excuse to be comfy all day.
Well, I think that’s about all I can/will share at the moment. Thanks for stopping by. I will try and update here a little more often.

Tim

At Your Feet…

Casting Crowns song, At Your Feet, pretty much sums up where I am at this point. I have to  give it all to you Lord. Guide me in the right direction. Help me to find where I need to be, What I need to be doing. I can’t do this. I have to give it all to you. I want the peace of your understanding, the comfort of your hand in my life. I want to be the mentor, the example, the Christian that you want me to be. Thank you for providing the opportunities to fulfill these desires, give me the strength, knowledge and understanding to follow your plan. Thank you for the people in my life. They are my guides. My fellow pieces of the body of Christ, help us to work together to do your work.

Let go, Let God. Sounds easy doesn’t it. But it’s this simple plan that many of us struggle with the most. If we would stop trying to be God over our lives or the lives of others and let God take control, things would be much better. So why is it so hard? Why do we continue to try and self manage our lives? Why do we continue to make the same bad choices over and over? If we (I) would just completely surrender all of my stress and decisions over to God, and let him be the one in control I wouldn’t be in a lot of the situations that I have been in. I have been reading a book titled Lifes healing choices. This book and devotion series aims to teach you that you are not God and that we are unable to self manage our lives. We need to Let Go and Let God. As I have been faced with a lot of stress in the last few weeks, it seems apprroprate that I am in the middle of this series right now. I have to continualy remind myself that I need to just turns things over to God and let him lead me down the right path in my life. I have to make a constant effort to remember that I am not God and that I can’t self manage my life. I’m thankful to have a savior that lives and loves me unconditionally. And I know that he is always there, waiting for me to ask for help. I just have to give it up to him.

Lord, thank you for the blessings in my life. I know that you live and love me unconditionally. Help me to remember to turn things over to you and allow your will to be done. I can’t do this without you. I need you in my life. I give it all to you. Amen