Children Speak Life Changing Words

One verse from the Bible has been changing lives for generations. This verse is John 3:16. Hear it from the mouths of children.

What about you? What’s your favorite Bible verse?

[GP]

No Arms. No Legs. No Problem. Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic has been an inspiration to me for years. I have watched his story unfold as he has represented Christ to a watching world.

It’s hard for me to imagine what life would be like with no arms and no legs. I think about the “every day miracles” that would have to take place simply for me to get around. I imagine trying to brush my teeth or hair… cooking breakfast… taking a shower. (And that is all in the first hour of my day!) However, Nick has taken these difficulties and allowed them to make him stronger. He is a traveler, public speaker, husband, father and all around great guy. Learn more about him here…

Now what about you? What struggles are you facing? What has been troubling you lately?

Maybe today you can have a new perspective about these things. Maybe we can start living a life of “appreciation” and “gratefulness”. Maybe today we start embracing the gift of life that we have and making it count.

Will you accept this challenge today? Will you share Nick’s story of overcoming? Will you live the life of an overcomer? Will you embrace your difficulty and challenges with a spirit of excitement, energy and optimism.

If Nick can do it… so can you!

Be encouraged!
GP

Give Up or Keep Going. The Choice is Yours!

I’ve been there.

You’ve been there.

We’ve all been there.

We’ve been told that we can’t do this or we aren’t talented enough or we should just quit trying and give up. What do we do with that? How do we process this in our mind?

There are many talented people who are at dead end jobs that can’t stand their commutes, bosses or responsibilities…

Many who have given up on their dreams…

Many who are tired…

This video’s for you:

Now, the choice is yours. What are you going to do? Are you going to change? Are you going to start today?

This is your moment! Quit waiting and make it happen!

GP

Inspiring C.S. Lewis Quotes

C.S. Lewis has always been one of my favorite authors. I have read his books for years and they have continually inspired me. From his space aged fiction to his journeys into emotion, inspiration comes with every flip of the page.

Let me share with you a few of my favorites:

“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” From Letters to Malcolm

“We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” From The Abolition of Man

“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.” From The Great Divorce

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” From A Grief Observed

“Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” From Mere Christianity

“The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.” From Collected Works of CS Lewis

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” From The Screwtape Letters

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.” From The Four Loves

“A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” From Out of the Silent Planet

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” From Prince Caspian

These are just a few of my favorites. How about you? What is your favorite Lewis quote?

GP

“Sometimes Life is Going to Hit You in the Head with a Brick”

Some people loved him… Some people hated him. No matter what your thoughts were on the man, his life changed the way that many of us live today.

When he spoke, there was a profound wisdom that can be found nestled in his words. He understood much more than gigabytes and computer programming. In fact, if we listen to his words, they have power to change the way that we live.

This short video is filled with wisdom. My favorite line is:

“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

We are all going to face tough times. We are all going to face difficulties. It is not these tough times or difficulties that define us… but our response to these things. 

Maybe you have faced difficulty recently. Maybe you are facing it right now. I want you to know that, sometimes, losing everything can be the best thing that ever happened to you. Let me leave you with another quote from the video:

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” 

Try to picture this difficult moment as a new possibility… a new journey… an incredible opportunity.

Maybe that brick that hit you really just knocked some sense into you. 

GP

“Wait for the Reaper” or “Live a Full Life Today”

I say a name and some of you know it and some don’t. The name?

Randy Pausch

He passed away in 2008, but his words will live on forever.

He was given a terminal diagnosis with “3-6 months of good health left”. And, after this diagnosis, he was given a mic to share his wisdom with the world. His words touched many lives… and they still touch me today. Here is just a small example of his final message to the world.

He was given a gift that many of us don’t have. He had an idea when his life would end. He was counting backwards. Every day was a present that he opened and appreciated.

I want to challenge you this week to live a life of gratefulness. If you were given 3-6 months to live, how would your life change? Don’t wait for the diagnosis. Make the changes today. You will thank me tomorrow.

GP

If you want to read Randy Pausch’s book, “The Last Lecture”, click here.

If you want to see the full message from September 18, 2007, click here.

Top Ten Things For Me to Do in 2014

So yeah… lose more weight, run marathons and spend less time in front of the boob tube are all great goals for 2014, but not for me. I am a driven guy and God’s been putting some stuff in my heart that is a little different than the average check off lists for the new year.

Here’s my top 10 things I want to do in 2014:

(written in no specific order)

1. Listen to more music. I still remember when I was a teenager and would just sit around and listen to music. I would discover new music and just enjoy listening to CD after CD. In 2014, I’m going to spend a lot more time just sitting back and listening to music.

2. Go outside more. Each evening I’ve been sitting outside. No real reason. No fire. No marshmallows. Nobody else even has to be around. I just want to spend more time outside this year. So… each night I sit outside and it feels great.

3. Kiss my wife more. It’s easily overlooked. With three kids and two dogs and a growing church and lots of things to steal away my attention, I can’t let this simple task go undone. My lips will touch hers more this year.

4. Pet my dog more. Just sit down and pet her. Not brush her or make her obey me… just pet her and let her know that I care about her.

5. Sleep outside without a tent. I’ve never done it, but I live in “Heaven on Earth” Arizona… so why not! This year I will be sleeping under the stars more. I can’t wait!

6. Write and read poetry. I used to write poetry and have gotten away from it. This year, I’m coming back to my roots. I’ve been reading some great classical poetry and can’t wait to dig in even more.

7. Draw. I’ve always said that I’m not real “artsy”, but those days are done. I will draw more. I have a sketch pad, a desire and an eraser. I’m looking forward to it.

8. Drink less coffee and more herbal tea. I’m a HUGE coffee fan, but it’s time for a change. I’ve been digging on some great teas and am finding my taste changing and actually preferring tea.

9. Run more. I love running, so I want to run because I love it, not because I have to. That’s the difference. I want to make time to let my feet hit the pavement and breathe in the amazing air and life that surrounds me.

10. Spend more time with Jesus. Whether it is listening to Him speak through the Holy Spirit or softly talking to him as I drive through the desert, I just want to be with my Lord and Savior more this year. I want to be conciously aware of His presence and invite Him into even my smallest encounters.

Well, that’s it. I have another ten too… but I’ll leave those for another day.

Right now I’m going to listen to a brand new Pandora station as I pet my poodle and drink some steaming hot peach tea on my back porch. Life is good!

What about you? What are you going to do more this year? Whatever it is, make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons. You only get one life… don’t waste it!

GP

New Year’s Resolutions, Facebook Jesus and a Radio Interview

I have been so blessed to be highlighted on Arizona’s Christian Talk Radio three times in the past few months. Last week I was asked to be part of a new project and was able to talk about the book “Facebook Jesus: Using Facebook to Build and Grow a Church”. I had a great time sharing and encouraging the listeners to use Facebook as a venue to reflect Christ to their worlds.

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A lot of friends outside of the Phoenix area didn’t get a chance to hear it, so I went ahead and got you a copy to hear. Click below and enjoy…

Radio Interview: GP Hintz on Arizona’s Christian Talk Radio

Please keep praying that God will use this book to help people shine bright for God.

Until next time!

GP

If you wanted to hear the last two interviews, you can hear them here: 

Interview 1

Interview 2

Kerouac, Inspiration and Counting Breaths

“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.”
Jack Kerouac

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I still get inspired from the lives of those who have passed before me. What about you?
Maybe loves ones or friends or beatnik authors who paved the roads before us. All of us have had that someone.

Take a minute and thank God for the life of that inspiration.

Now, what about you? Are you living to leave a legacy? Are you living to inspire? If not, why not?

May my life… and your life… always be feeding someone. Live to live longer than the number of your breaths.

GP

Word of the Week: Agathist

Pronunciation: AG-uh-thist

noun:  from Greek-derived agath- (good): a person who believes all things tend toward ultimate good.

I’ve been called a lot of things in life, but I’ve never been called an “agathist”. However, now that I know what it means, I would truly embrace this title over my life.

I guess it’s a lot like an optimist. You know… “the glass is half full” kind of guy. It’s really a great way to live. I have an overwhelming belief that ALL THINGS have a way of working together for my good… even the tough stuff. I read it once here and it’s truly stuck with me.

In addition to that, one of my favorite sayings is that “Hindsight is 20/20″. I’ve lived it for so long… I have learned to preach it!

Trust me… eventually it will all make sense. Enjoy the ride and be an agathist. Life’s too short!

GP