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

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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