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Last Saturday, I hit a milestone.auction web

I celebrated my 30th birthday.

Now, it’s been a long time since I really got any major birthday presents.  And it’s not like I put off paying the credit card bill until I get some birthday cash.  So this year, I told my wife I wanted to donate my birthday to One Day’s Wages.  If you don’t know ODW or you don’t read the founder, Eugene Cho’s blog, you need to fix that right now.

What did that mean?  Simply that whatever gifts people were going to give me, I wanted them to donate instead.

Now, I share my birthday with one of my best friends, my college roommate, Tim.  So we always celebrate together.  But it was my wife who emailed me one of the best ideas I have ever heard.

She said, “Let’s throw a charity auction.”

So we did.  We threw a flipping charity auction.

How did it go?

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Let’s Waste Some Money!

September 14, 2012

There’s no doubt in a lot of minds that the government spends more money than it should.12

Like, waaaaay more than it should.

The numbers are big and scary.  The national debt topped $16 trillion last week.

But let’s not have a big political argument today about spending.  Because the fact is, we all overspend on something.  Admit it!  It doesn’t matter how holy you are, how good a steward you are of God’s money, or how much you tithe.  You have some money you’re throwing down the drain, indulging in some luxury you don’t need, and you know it.  I do it too.

For a little Friday fun, let’s confess what we’re overspending on today.

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Are you a big picture person, or a details person?

I’m a details person.  I’m meticulous.  It kind of drives me nuts sometimes.

I spent four solid days last month planning out the entire next school year.  I spent three solid weeks planning a new class curriculum.  Literally, from 7 am until 10 pm.  For three weeks.  I couldn’t stop until all the details were accounted for.

It kind of drives me crazy when I miss a detail, when I mess up something small.  

I think detail guys don’t get a lot of credit.  Details aren’t sexy.  They don’t excite people.  No one thinks accountants are great.  They like the handsome guy at the front of the room selling the vision, the big picture.  Let’s not get bogged down in the details.  Let’s chase a dream.  Every book and seminar is about having a big vision.  You just don’t see people getting excited about mastering details.

We need big picture people.  But today, just consider all the details that will determine your day.

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The internet is a great tool…for wasting time.

Yeah, Al Gore’s invention gets a lot of flack.  Thanks to the interwebs, we now have a million little distractions right at our fingertips.  We have Lolcatz and Facebook, and websites with endless lists of utterly useless facts that keep us glued to our screens for hours.

Most of us in blog-land try to “unplug” for vacations, or at least a couple of weeks a year.  But the guy in this video is taking it to the next level.  He’s leaving the internet entirely behind…for an entire year.  Anything that would involve computers communicating with each other is strictly non-kosher.

It made me think, maybe all the time I waste online is cancelled out by the time I’m saving.  Hmmm…

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Priority Number One!

April 30, 2012

What is your highest priority today?

You may know right off the top of your head.  Maybe it takes some thought.

I’ve got a lot of priorities jostling for my attention.  And there’s some priorities I’m trying to de-prioritize.  There’s only so much me to go around, right?

Everywhere you look, you can find people trying to help other people create a life plan, or be more productive.  I think that’s shorthand for “getting your priorities straight.”

I think I’ve always had good priorities…or I thought I did at the time.  But looking back, it’s kind of funny to see just what my highest priorities were, what I spent the most time and energy trying to accomplish.

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This may be the first time an entire city has said, “Good job,” to its local abortion doctor.

Since it’s Friday, and you might want some good news to end your week, I just want to share this bit of local news with you.

See, I’ve never been a fan of abortion doctors. Something about them just seems a little…creepy. But it turns out that Krishna Rajanna, 74, is a hero. He says that during his career, it was a never ending witch hunt, and he’s just trying to do something good. He’s not the monster his opponents always portrayed him as being. Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished.

Keep reading to see what makes this guy such an upstanding citizen, and lovable community hero.

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