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I didn’t write any of the below articles but fellow blogger: Matthew Paul Turner did a week of blogging about sex and Christians. That I thought was very interesting. The below are the articles: Great reads. His blog is called Jesus Needs New PR: (Find a link that interests you and read!)

Stuff Christians Like: Sex

Masturbation

 The Sex Prayer?

Why Do Good Men Have Affairs

America’s Christian Sex Expert (part 1)

What’s Your Sexual History?

Q&A with a Certified Sexologist

Sex God

Sex Like A Puzzle

Unmarried Intimacy?

The Truth About Santa Claus and Sex

Q&A about Sex Toys

Interview with Sexpert (part 2)

Three Christian Wives Dish About Sex

Ladies: Stuff About Your Husband

Sex is Like Square Dancing

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I know it’s a little late to talk about New Year’s Resolutions’ but I am going to do it anyway.

Late last year I was sitting reading my Bible and came across a scriptutre that related to getting the body under subjection in order to get in shape for running a race. It said that there are many who run a race but only one person gets the prize. It went on to instruct that in order to be the one who wins the race to exercise as one who is striving for “the mastery” in order to win that prize.

When it hit me I immediately left my Bible and went to find my wife. I told her, “I’ve found what we are going to work on as a household next year. It will be to be disciplined in everything that we do.” She is an awesome woman and she listened and agreed to back me on what I had decided for our household.

Last year I think I missed it. The instruction that we were working on for our household was to develop “follow thru character” because I realized that we had started a lot of things but failed to complete them. Well, we developed follow thru character but I found that we were still starting things – and even finishing them. But it was at the very last minute. One of the big examples of this was that we started a five hundred piece puzzle. We worked on that puzzle for a for a little while every few nights together and then that puzzle stayed in the corner for months until late November when we were on a mad dash to complete it. Yes, we completed it but it felt wrong that we were still living our lives in procrastination mode. It is not right.

So when I read that passage of scripture it occurred to me that if an athlete was training for a race; although he could start exercising every day if he takes a break and then tries to play catch up he will definately not win in his endeavor. Yes, it works when you are trying to complete a puzzle before the end of a year but this poor character is not good when pursuing other thing in life.

Discipline is being consistent and following a regimen or pattern. Discipline forces you to stick with a thing when it gets boring. Discipline has the element of “follow thru” already woven into it. If you are disciplined you will most definately finish because it is a crawl to the finish line but you will get stronger in the process. So in my household we have decided to live in a place of discipline. We have decided to maintain our home in a place of discipline, we have decided to take time out to spend time together from a standpoint of discipline. It will build our muscle in whatever arena we are in. We will “exercise” as one striving for the mastery, yes, we will be successful in every endeavor of life because of discipline.

Are you after follow thru or discipline in your life?

Davidism #23 – Discipline is Better Than Follow Thru

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It has more and more become apparent to me the importance of slowing down and enjoying life. Every bit of it. Life really seems to pass most of us by while we are looking forward to the next thing or working towards our goals.

My life personal motto is to “Live Intentionally, Die Empty” and while that is all about doing stuff on and with purpose I just added the fact that if you don’t enjoy life intentionally you’ll get to the end of your days and look back and realize that you missed the whole thing.

One way to enjoy life is to “Be Where You Are” at all times. Let me give you an example. My wife and I went to dinner yesterday at La Tavola here in Atlanta. We were able to really enjoy that outing because we focused all of energy, thoughts, and conversation on that time period.
Imagine if one of us were trying to hold a conversation and enjoy the time while fooling around on the BlackBerry or thinking about what we had to do the next day. Or on the flip side being at work and thinking about everything besides finishing the project. Seems like we are always trying to figure out what’s ahead and we look like we are perpetually distracted.

I know a guy who everytime he speaks to anyone they feel like they are the only people in the room because he focuses all his energy on listening to them and not doing anything else while he listens. He is practicing Being Where He Is rather than where he is going next. That is how you are able to squeeze every drop out of this life and not regret it once its done.

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Hard to put into words… Maybe talk about it later.

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“Gone Too Soon”
by Michael Jackson (on Dangerous album)
Like A Comet
Blazing ‘Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon

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Thea and me

 To My Wife and Best Friend, Thea:

When I begin to count my blessings,

I count you twice… Happy Birthday!

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There is no bottleneck at top. I assure you. It’s nice and roomy up there. But chances are many folks never know this because they “don’t do windows.” People are quick to let everybody know (including their boss) what’s NOT in their job descriptions and trust me… your boss is taken note. And you will never move beyond where you are until you become OVERQUALIFIED for your present position.

Davidism #22 – Learn the “do windows”: It is really easy to get ahead in life. Just be willing to do what nobody else is willing to do. There are so few people who are willing to take the slightest step to do just a little bit more that when the person in charge sees you take just a LITTLE extra effort you rise head and shoulders above the mediocre rest. And do a good job at it all. You’ll see that as you rise to the top it’s a lot less crowded up there.

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I take tons of notes. Tons! I have notebooks full of notes everywhere and sometimes my wife gets a little frustrated with me because I tend to have post-it notes everywhere with little things that come to mind that I am processing or plan to do at a later time. (This is why she let me get a BlackBerry phone so that I could keep that stuff centralized… but I digress.)

While flipping through an old notebook I ran across some old notes I had taken (from I don’t know where) and it was titled 10 Questions to Uncover Your Destiny… I thought I’d share them with you:

10 Questions to Uncover Your Destiny:

1. What’s the deepest desire of your heart?: Desires are the God-given capacity placed in you to fulfill your destiny. Separate heart-felt desires from passing thoughts. Pay attention to that thing that won’t go away.

2. What stirs your passion? What gives you zeal, fire, excitement, intensity. Passion stirs us to action. Ask yourself, what makes you the most upset? What makes you care to the point of anger.

3. What flows naturally out of you?:  Your course of destiny will feel natural. If just flows. If the shoe fits…wear it! It’s something that is easy for you, but complex for others

4. Where do you produce good results?:

5. What is the witness within yourself?

6. What do mature counselors see in you?

7. What career do you feel God’s peace about pursuing?

8. What thoughts, visions, dream, are impossible to put out of your mind?

9. To what can you give 100% of yourself for your entire life?: Whatever God planned for you will use all your strength, gifts, talen and emotions. He did not give you abilities only to ignore them.

10. What do people want to gather around and help you accomplish?: People can sense destiny and they like to get involved.

Note this: You don’t CHOOSE your destiny… you DISCOVER it!

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