Archive for March, 2010

Become Kings

Posted in Life on March 27, 2010 by gregbashore

“My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come, when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of Fellowship, but it is not this day! An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you, stand, men of the West!”

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Exodus 15-26

Posted in Life on March 25, 2010 by gregbashore

It has been an extremly off week for me this week. I’m not really sure what’s going on, but I have just been in this huge funk that I just can’t seem to shake. I just feel tired. Like all I want to do is sleep, but it is an emotional exhustion not physical. On Tuesday I got off work in time to make it to small groups, which normally I love but something just seemed off this time. I’ve been running to group as a way to kill 2 birds with one stone, but after I made the 4 mile run there the thought of turning around and running 4 miles back seemed like a better option then walking through the door. I did decide to go in, but it seemed to come with very little sence of victory. Lauren and I have even made a huge effort lately to spend time in prayer together but the past few days I’ve buried the voice inside telling me to pray with her and instead just rolling over and going to sleep. I have to shake this but just don’t really know how at this moment. It’s like there is a joy gone and I don’t know why. But I can’t give up and I won’t give up. Just have to press on.

XeccX

Cowboy Up

Posted in Life on March 18, 2010 by gregbashore

“Until a man learns to deal with the fact that life is hard, he will spend his days chasing the wrong thing, using all his energies trying to make life comfortble, soft, nice, and that’s no way for any man to spend his life”
-John Eldredge (Fathered By God)

Exodus 1-14

Posted in God's Word, Life on March 16, 2010 by gregbashore

“God will fight the battle for you.
And you? You keep your mouths shut!””

This verse shows everything that I am lacking. Let me take a second and show what I am good at. I’m good at taking things for granted. I am good at complaining when things don’t go my way. I’m good at whinning when life gets hard. I’m good at not wanting to work for anything in my life (and yes I’m aware that the things worth anything are the very things you need to work the hardest at). And I am very good at having zero patients. I need everything I want and I want it all now.

” God will fight the battle for you.
And you? You keep your mouths shut!”

This verse is quite possible the hardest thing I have read in my journey so far. It is also probobly the biggest slap in the face. The past few months of done a lot of begging and pleading to God. I’ve thrown myself in to prayer and scripture. I’ve opened up about lies. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone on many occasions, and what have I got to show for it all? A life of bitterness and frustration. A life where I’ve got nothing I’ve begged and pleaded for. I mean come on it’s been months now. I’ve done my part haven’t I God? I mean I’m talking to you. I’m reading your word. I’m going to church and what have I gotten in return? Nothing. I’m still here and you’ve done nothing.

But Greg, you haven’t let me. You haven’t given me the chance. You won’t shut up for 5 seconds to allow me to do my thing. And it may not be done they way you want it to but I’m telling you it will be better then you ever imagined. Just shut up.

And there it is. In one simple verse

” God will fight the battle for you.
And you? You keep your mouths shut!”

I’ve been exposed. I’ve been brought out of hinding and now have to come face to face with my greatest fear. GROWTH!

But how God. How do I change that about me. When everything feels like it’s crashing down, how do I let go and trust you? Give me something. Give me a sign to show me you got my back. That you are there. That your going to fight this battle for me.

What haven’t I given you Greg? Love? Security? Friendship? Myself? What more is there?

Growth…This really sucks!

-Truck

Make Voyages By Dean Karnazes

Posted in Endurance, Life on March 12, 2010 by gregbashore

Make Voyages 01/01/2010 2:34 PM
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no life coach. More than anything, I’ve simply followed my passions and lived my life accordingly. What’s the recipe for success? Geez…I really have no idea? From what I have observed, however, in those that are successful (“success” being defined as living up to one’s full potential) is that they have a few underlying principles in common. Find Your Beat – No matter what your definition of success, if you are not happy doing what you do all else seems immaterial. Follow your passions. Do what you love. There is no higher calling. As Thoreau famously put it: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears the beat of a different drummer.” Find your beat and dance to it. Focus – My grandmother once told me, “You can have anything you want, you just can’t have everything you want.” To me, this speaks to focus and perseverance. Set goals and stay the course. Will it be easy? Hell no! Undoubtedly there will be hurdles to overcome and obstructions to conquer. Highly accomplished people remain focused on getting the job done despite the blockades. “Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off our goal,” Henry Ford once said. Keep your eyes on your goals and never, ever give up. Fail Spectacularly – The grander the challenge the higher the potential for catastrophe. The history books are filled with stories of successful people risking everything. Sometimes the outcome is a celebrated success, other times it’s not so pretty. The main lesson here is to have the courage to try. Failure can lead to incredible discovery. Embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Shake it off, pick up the pieces, and move on. As my pops often reminds me, “It’s not how many times you fall down that matters, it’s how many times you get back up.” Lace ‘em Up – Never be beyond dropping everything, slapping on your running shoes and bolting out the door for a quick spin. Life’s too short to get too worked up about something. Okay, this isn’t a learning from some fabulously successful person, it’s just my own personal creed. But, hey, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone for a run and my problems have magically disappeared. Often it’s just a matter of perspective. Running freshens your outlook, if nothing else, and when you feel better the world looks brighter. It’s been said that your attitude determines your altitude. Running is the greatest attitude adjuster I know. At the very least, as the writer Herm Albright once quipped, “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worthwhile.” Yeah, never be beyond a good laugh, either. Never Stop Exploring – Show me a man who is content and I will show you an underachiever. Be restless. Search, endeavor, wander. Push your limits and step beyond your comfort zone. The familiar breeds contentment and complacency. True growth only occurs when you journey into unchartered territory and tackle the unknown. As Tennessee Williams once said, “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” May 2010 be YOUR year for attempting great voyages! Charge on, Dean

Genesis 40-50 (RECAP)

Posted in Endurance, God's Word, Life on March 10, 2010 by gregbashore

Well I guess I could say that the first mile has been ran. Which for me is always the hardest. I completed Genesis today. I started chapter 1 on January 26 and finished in on March 10. What a ride it was. I have never had so many wonderful ups, horrible downs, doubts, fears or blessings in my entire life.

God has taught me so much I often wonder what else could possible be in store (trust me I’m sure there is quite a lot left to come). I’ve learned that God follows his own time. He does things as he sees fit. I learned that his blessings are more than we could ever hoped for. But my biggest encouragement came in the closing chapters with the story of Joseph. I need to really focus on these last few chapters because I think they are key for the battle ahead.

I’ve got God in my corner, and while that doesn’t mean an easy ride, I know it means I’ll come out on the other side. Dirty scared, maybe even bloodied but defiantly stronger. God give me a spirit like Joseph’s. To trust in you in all situations. Give me his strength to hear you and see you so clearly in my life and bless me with your spirit to guide me through each day. We still have a race ahead of us God, hold my pace steady.

It’s the little moments that he gives me that show me I’m on the right trail. Like the sun breaking through the clouds as that last chapter came to a close. It feels like he’s telling me “I’m proud of you, delight it this, let’s start mile 2”.

The world feels lighter for this brief moment. Like everything is going to be ok. Hard. But ok. Some days weren’t as good. But they are all important.

Thank you.

The Trails

Posted in Endurance, Life on March 9, 2010 by gregbashore

There is this place on one of my favorite trails (well I guess one of the only trails you will find here in Wheaton) where the world seems to make sense.  It’s here where find both peace and fear.  Where I find myself and lose it all at the same time.  As you come up the small hill if you stop at the right place you can see it all, you can see life.  If you stop right there and scan to your right you see the most breath-taking view.  It is not what you would expect though.  It’s nothing!  Nothing but wild open wilderness.  You see talk wild grass and patches of trees.  It looks so, well it looks wild.  As if you are the only person on the planet, and the world is just waiting for you , calling to you.  It’s wild, free and untamed as if anything and everything is waiting for you around every twist and every turn.  It’s primal, barbarian and Tarzan like.  This isn’t some paved road or park created recreational path, this is the wild. God’s play ground.

But that’s not the only view you get on this trail.  In fact it’s the next view that impacts me the most. It’s the view that scares me more than any coyote infested wilderness.  It is the view of….a sub division!  A new subdivision in fact, you can hear the construction works and their hammers, the cars pulling in and out and the hustle and bustle on the modern man. Why does this view scare me? Because I’m realizing that this is the life that I can never truly run away from.  No matter how long I spend on the trail I know that eventually it will end and I will be rejoining that world.  I can never seem to our run it.  Is this the world that God created for us?  Is this the world that men gave their lives for to protect?  Have we lost ourselves? Where is the wild, the adventure or the danger? 

Why do I love this view? It’s because it is more than just a view of my city, it is a view of my life.  The view to the right, the wild, the primal one is the one I run to everyday.  It’s where I escape, where I lose myself, no where I find myself and everything that is right with life.  It’s where God has been waiting for 26 years, waiting to meet me there, for me to see.  But just like the view to the left the moderen world has swallowed me.  It keeps in slowly until if engulfs everything in sight.  It will swallow you whole and you will never even notice.  If you don’t believe me just jump in your car and see how many Starbucks you see before you can even reach the wilderness.  We’ve gained everything; money, power,  and success.  But have we lost in return? How about ourselves, our hearts and our souls. 

What will it take to be free?  To find ourselves?  Ask yourself  if there is something missing in your life.  When was the last time you sat under a tree, ran until your lungs burned for the pure joy of having legs?  When was the last time you did something real, something honest, something pure.  God take me back there, to the wild, to you soul.  I don’t want to gain it all if i lose whats real along the way.