How To Survive Being Stuck In An Elevator

FullSizeRenderI work on the 21st floor of my building. As such I’m very dependent on the elevator to take me where I need to go each day.

It’s a ridiculously fast elevator too. As in so fast it makes my ears pop and my stomach queasy (seriously). Sometimes I’m afraid it’s going to fly out of the roof of the building like at the end of “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory”.

Of course not every ride is so quick. If I leave right around 5 then the elevator will usually have to make a few stops on the way down to pick up other riders.

Riding this elevator everyday for the past few months I’ve observed a lot of interesting tics and habits people have on their rides. One of these in particular makes me chuckle a little every time I see it. Continue reading

Monday Morning Music: Tightrope

Weekends are a wonderful time for dreamers.

For two days you get to live the life you fantasize about. Free from the deadlines and restrictions of the office you have 48 hours to work on your passion project. Whether it’s writing your book or setting up your self-run business or making crafts to sell on Etsy, the weekend is where dreamers have a chance to see life as they imagine it could be.

Then comes Monday. Mondays are like a tightrope. Continue reading

Monday Morning Music: Tennessee

It’s hard to think about rest on a Monday.

Let me rephrase that:

It’s hard put rest into practice on a Monday.

Resting sounds good in theory. When God commands us to take a sabbath, we love the idea of it.

But the work comes calling.

I am terribly guilty of not putting sabbath principles into practice.

Instead of taking a full day to rest, I spend the weekend working and worrying about all manner of little things that need to get done. I think if I rest I won’t have the time to get everything done.

You may do the same thing.

Even worse, you may not have even had a day off this weekend. You may have worked double shifts. Or you may have been up all night taking care of a couple of screaming babies.

If you missed your chance at rest this weekend, maybe you could use some Monday Morning Music.

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Monday Morning Music: Brave

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There are few things more brave than dancing like crazy in a public place.

One of them may be admitting I really like the song and the video for “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.

Sara Bareilles’ song and album have improbably garnered a slew of Grammy nominations for this year’s awards.

You may not even realize you’ve heard “Brave” until you recognize it as the jingle for all the new Windows commercials you’ve seen during every commercial break of NFL football and just about everything else you watch on television. Continue reading

Monday Morning Music: Start Again

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It’s the first Monday of 2014.

Your week may be starting off full of the promise and resolve of a brand new year.

Or you may have already screwed everything up in the past 5 days.

Wherever you are, know this: It’s ok. Today is a new day. Today is your second chance. Today you can start again.

Here’s the perfect song to remind you today is a great day for a do-over. It’s called “Start Again” by Counting Crows (the original version of the song is by Teenage Fanclub).

“Start Again” is a simple song that repeats the same refrain multiple times. It’s the story of one person telling another, “Even though it’s complicated, we’ve got time to start again.”

I love how the song loops around over and over again. It’s like with every verse the main character is waking up on a new day reminding himself to put the past behind him and start over.

No matter where you were last night or what you’re facing today, if you’re alive and breathing than you’ve still got time to work it out.

Starting again can be daunting and overwhelming. Starting all over can make you just want to give up.

Remember starting again doesn’t have to mean you’re starting from the bottom. It can be more like starting over in a video game.

When you fail in a video game, you don’t always have to start a level all over again. Most games let you start a new life right where you left off.

God’s grace does the same thing for us. He picks us up where we fell down and let’s us start again on life.

He doesn’t hold grudges. He doesn’t make us earn our way back into His good graces.

He just gives us a night of rest, sets us back on path, and tells us to “Start again.”

I’d love to know: where you are starting again this Monday? 

Monday Morning Music: Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise

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Everyone talks about the transition from Saturday night to Sunday morning being a daunting one. But what about Sunday morning to Monday morning?

On Sunday morning you sing of hope. On Sunday you’re surrounded by fellow believers. On Sunday your tank is recharged.

On Monday morning it can all fall apart. On Monday inbox is full of problems that just can’t wait. On Monday everything that drags you down about your job is right back in front of you. On Monday the weight of commerce brings you back down to earth.

A bit dramatic? Maybe. But for some of us it’s not that far off. Maybe to keep you with a Sunday attitude you need some Monday Morning Music.

Here’s a favorite tune of mine to get my mind right for Monday morning. It’s a song from The Avett Brothers called “Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise”. Don’t let the long title scare you off.

As the lyric goes:

Where nothing is owed, deserved, or expected,

And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected,

If you’re loved by someone you’re never rejected,

Decide what to be, and go be it.

Whether you’re starting a new job or walking into a familiar one, make the decision this Monday to be who you were on Sunday. Be the person God already sees you as.

God sees you not as who you are, but you are becoming. He sees past your flaws. God sees you as His beloved child.

When you’re loved by Him, what does the rejection of the world matter? Instead, you are free to reject what the world offers you as a satisfactory way of life. You can release your dreams from the cage and be free to follow them.

As you start off this week it’s time to make a decision. Who will you be? Who do you want to be?

You can change your path. You can be the type of person who influences your entire office and paves a road full of promise leading back to the Creator.

Let’s do it together. Let’s keep Sunday alive on Monday.

I’d love to know – what are you facing down this Monday? How can we support each other as we do the work of a new week?