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Project Defined

Project. Definition: an undertaking requiring concerted effort.

While the definition of project may not change, admittedly, as a “white-collar” worker, the term project means something a little different to me today than it did when I was growing up on a farm in Eastern Iowa.

To open a window into my career, there are times when you feel like you are juggling dozens of projects at a time all with different timelines and deadlines. It’s rewarding work, but there are times when you desire the simplicity of a given task, a foreseeable deadline, and joy of reaching the finish line.

Project. Defined: transfer hosting service from existing host to new host (perhaps the reason will be a future post…)

While this initially might not seem like an exciting task for someone who works in the financial industry, for me it was a challenge worth taking. For those of you who have done this before, you are probably thinking “big deal”, a couple of hours of work, pretty simple stuff. For those of us who haven’t, let me say how thankful I am for online resources…

I’m happy to say that tonight I was able complete the process by pointing the domain to my new host by changing the nameserver (man don’t I sounds “geeky”)!

That being said, if you notice issues with our Eternal Outlook website, I would like to be able to promise you that it is not my fault… but it probably is…

Perhaps that will lead to another project…

 

Oh Blog…Oh Blog…how have I neglected you…

The blog has definitely taken a back seat to the many other “life events” that I have going on right now.  God has certainly been teaching me a lot through the many trials and this journey of faith.  I have been encouraged by the prayers and commitment of all of our friends and family.  It has truly been an encouragement to our faith and trust in God!  Please continue to pray specifically for my wife and unborn children during these next ten days.

I hope to get back to blogging and encouraging others (and myself) to have an eternal outlook on life in the near future.  But for now the wife and kids take the trump card on my time!

God Bless!

Travis

Launched!

It is with great excitement that my wife and I have launched our very first website.  There’s not a lot there right now, but check it out:  www.eternaloutlook.com

We will be updating the website in the near future to add more functionality in working toward fulfilling the vision that we have for the website.  God Bless!

Vision!

Recently, my wife and I began talking about starting our own web site. We’ve been doing the “blog thing” separately for a while now, and thought that it would be fun to join forces to reach a greater audience. The web site would house our blogs, have photo links, links to great articles, etc. Essentially, our goal was to reign in our “hobby” and to turn it into a fruitful ministry opportunity.

This past weekend, we were working on developing a vision for a website and coming up with a domain name. It was a painfully slow process. We bounced back and forth between talking about domains and vision, using both the left side of the brain and right side. I had finally come to the conclusion that my human mind and intellect was not going to be able to put together a cohesive vision for what I felt God was calling us to do. So, I turned to the scriptures and stumbled upon this simple, clear passage after hours of exhaustion trying to voice what I wanted the vision for the website to be. In the book of Titus, Chapter 2, verses 11-15, it plainly states – “For the grace of God has appeared, bring salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in this present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”

THAT WAS IT!!!!

We were finally able to start wrapping our hands around the vision for the website, so our focus turned toward a domain name. It was also a painfully slow process…it seemed as if all the great domain names were taken. However, we had managed to come up with quite a few good ideas as we were hashing out our vision. After being illumined to a passage of scripture for our vision, we felt very clearly led to choose a domain name that would represent this vision: http://www.eternaloutlook.com/.

Don’t bother going there, because you will not find anything. It will be a slow process getting the website up and running, but I couldn’t contain my excitement as I am trying to get geared up to develop a website.

If this ends up being a complete waste of time and money by human standards, and it just doesn’t work out, so be it. But, if we get this web site up and running and are able to clearly put forth a message that will “help bring salvation to all men”, encourage others to “deny ungodliness and wordly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in this present age”, then it will be worth the many hours of toil that we put into it. Even if we are able to affect one life, encourage one person! To God be the glory! We are moving forward with an eternal outlook!

Back to Blogging!

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to blog and taken advantage of it.  My wife and I have been busy with the kids, taking some vacation days with family, and lately watching the riveting 2008 Olympics.  But I do plan on getting back into the regular habit of blogging.

The Lord has definitely blessed me and my wife with a awesome opportunity to lead a small group at our church.  Even more so, the Lord has blessed us with some truly authentic relationships in the process.  I am so thankful for the body of Christ.  This summer, our church has been going through the latter part of 1 Corinthians.  It’s been so encouraging to understand that everyone has a role to play in the body of Christ.  There are no bench-warmers.  It is not a spectator sport, as Pastor Todd likes to say.  I am so thankful that the Lord has arranged the body in such a way that the giftedness of individual believers results in the edification of the body. 

My wife and I are incredibly blessed by the early childhood ministry at our church.  We are able to worship freely and learn from the word of God without distraction, even though we have two small children.  I have been earnestly praying that the Lord would use me in such a way that it would result in the edification of others in the body of Christ.  Praise God for his truth and for the church.

What should my focus be…

For some reason I have been grappling with what my blog focus should be.  Sometimes, I think I should just keep it open ended, blogging about whatever comes to mind.  At other times, I think it sounds intriguing to develop a focused blog that will be more challenging to read and post.  So I guess I’m stuck somewhere in between, but it has caused me to realize that I have a tendency to go at things with less than full gusto, not because I don’t like giving 100%, but because my tendency is to over-commit and spread my time too thin.  I have also begun to realize that this spreads over in other areas of my life.

It is my heart’s desire to be used by God in mighty ways…and yet…I find myself busy with busyness.  I think God has laid a great test out there for Christians living in the western world.  There is so much good “stuff” to consume our time, that it becomes easy to push aside devotions, prayer life, careful study and discernment of the word of God.  I believe that Satan has gotten a foothold on our culture, by seemingly eliminating peoples’ “need” for God.

I pray that God will develop an attitude in me that says, “God use me at any time and in any way that you please”.  I pray for God to simplify my focus in life, so that all things would be for his ultimate glory!