Cult of Busy

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Have you ever had someone say that they’re ‘too busy’ to do something? Think we all have. Do you know what they really saying? They’re saying that they don’t have the time, don’t have the desire, don’t have…the list goes on and on. And if you are reading between the lines you will see if someone is claiming to be ‘too busy’ they are really saying something else entirely.

Over the course of the last few years I’ve caught myself saying that I was busy when it came to certain things and it got me thinking was I hiding negativity by being politically correct and creating ‘busy-talk’. I mean there could have been a chance that I could’ve been just using my ‘busyness’ to provide an easy excuse like: “no I didn’t really want to go to that party with you.” Then again there could’ve been a chance I could’ve been scared to free things up and experience something new. Either way you look at it, I can tell you there was a lot going on from zigzagging across the country for business, to writing a book, and being a dad and a husband. My margins were thin and I had no balance in my life.

When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”  ― Jack Kornfield

I realized I had been trapped in a cult of busy and it was something that had taken over my life. I think we can all say we’ve been there from time to time. We multi-task to get things done, we triple-task to stay ahead and we feel guilty for blocks of unplanned time in our schedule so we pack them to the brim. We view anything counter to this as a threat to our productivity, which becomes a threat to our very sense of hope. It turns into a way of life. It’s seductive wiles confuses us by tricking our minds into thinking that filling our time with meaning also equates to merely filling our time for the sake of filling our time. It changes the way we view and measure our own self-worth, by focusing on not on the quality of an activity but on the quantity of it. It’s as if we base our happiness off of our busy-ness and not the story that has been written for us.

We all have the same 24/7. What we do with our time becomes our priority. Choose what you do with your time and do not lead a life by default.” ― Patt Hollinger Pickett

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have things to do, nor am I saying we shouldn’t have goals and strive for success, but if we find ourselves explaining things away with the word ‘busy’ we may need to stop and think about what we are really doing with our life. We need to get honest with ourselves in these moments and take a look at what is causing us to be so busy and create balance. At the end of the day, our days are numbered, so why would we not begin building in that type of balance now?

Here are a few simple tips that helped me and could help you break out of the cult of busy.

1. Be Accountable: This is necessary in order to grow. We all need someone in our lives to help us be better. Look for someone you admire, someone who you respect, and someone that you want to speak truth into your life—no matter how hard it may be. It’s good to know that there is someone there to tell you to stop because you’re about to ‘redline.

2. Create a Time Diary: Just like food diary, keep track of what it is you actually do in a day. Create and keep a time diary and use it to see where your time is actually going and determine if it really is important or not. I was able to give myself 2 hours a day back to my family and myself by doing this.

3. Change Your Language: Stop using the word busy. Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time,’ trying saying ‘it’s not a priority’ and see how that feels. You might have the time to do something, but you just don’t have the desire to do it.  You may not feel good about it right way, but it helps you put how you spend your time into perspective.

4. Tune Out: Stop checking email, Twitter, Facebook, Google for the latest news or sports results. This is a hard one especially in the connected culture we live in, but being able to disconnect and turn off our devices helps focus your attention. When I’m in meetings my phone is face down, when I get home from work, I leave my phone and laptop locked away for a period of time—it’s all so I can focus on those around me.

5. Rest, Relax, Renew: Take the time you have been denying yourself and put yourself first. You need to call a time out and take care of yourself; otherwise we put ourselves last. There is a reason why the pause button, intermission, and rebooting exist. Just start with 10 minuets a day to give yourself room to breathe. Doing this alone I found more joy in my life. After all who doesn’t want a little more joy in their lives?

How do you stop from being busy? Do you know someone caught up in the cult of busy?  Do them a favor and share this post with them. I’m sure they will thank you!

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What is Framing Faith?


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Many of you know that I’ve been toiling away writing a book. It’s been an interesting process. In the beginning I felt that bringing a book to life from pixels to page would be more inclusive for many of you. Though somewhere along the way, I’ve realized that writing is had to be a solitary endeavor for me. The process was less about sharing the detailed process of story structure, timelines and deadlines and more about keeping focused on listening and capturing what my heart was revealing. I can tell you it has been an adventure filled with amusement during the deliberate, and often interrupted, transformation of this book.

A few months ago I hit a major milestone in the process when I submitted my manuscript to Thomas Nelson and HarperCollins. What followed were copyedits, artwork, and photography that were developed, submitted, and amended. In the wake of it… I realized there is a central question that everyone has, “What is Framing Faith?

Well… in a world moving way too fast, Framing Faith is a book for people seeking to focus their lives, to find a deeper knowledge of God, and a more authentic Christian faith. In this modern age, many of us fill every “spare” moment we have rather than taking an intermission to see the true works of God and realize that he is present in every moment.

So for those who thought this was a photo-book, it’s not, rather it’s a unique blend of original content through anecdote and elements of original photography that produce engaging conversations about faith. Life is like a photograph, it sometimes requires that we slow down and capture a moment in time.

This is more than a book; this is an experience that communicates truths in a fresh way, allowing one to really hear them, as if for the first time. And the questions and unexpected presentation will lead you into a place of honest self-examination, causing you to ask, “Am I listening to God?” Framing Faith provokes everyone toward reflection; it reveals God is in everything we see and do.

I cannot wait to share this book with you and the world when it releases worldwide in July:

Until then, there is going to be a lot of exciting stuff happening… make sure you follow me on Twitter and Facebook.



What is it about endings? Why do they always seem to make us sad. Is it the goodbye or the end of a story that leaves us wanting more? Or could it be the fear of the unknown? Regardless, endings seem so final.

For me as storyteller, endings bring a sense of wonderment. They are these transitions filled with possibilities, hope, renewed interest, and the rekindled passion that one can learn to reach beyond unnecessary limits. These hedge-stones bring new perspectives that allow us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. They bring focus to daily challenges and allow us to begin to understand the complex and to shape our lives. Maybe that’s why I see endings as something positive; endings mean a changed life.

Last week I brought to an end another chapter in my life’s story. Three years ago I joined Fellowship Technologies charged with changing the world by changing the church world. And in a blink of an eye we merged with ACTIVE Network a company charged with an even bigger mission to make the world a more active place. As Creative Director of Marketing I spent the last few years helping them go public, redefine and rebrand. Additionally, I helped push through the boundaries on how ACTIVE went to market and most importantly developed a strong culture of story.

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings. – Dave Weinbaum

Though I’m at an intersection in this particular part of my story and the pages have yet to be penned on my next chapter, I’m thrilled to be joining the Gateway Church team as Creative Director. To add more excitement, I’m delighted to announce that my book “Framing Faith” will be releasing from Thomas Nelson on July 10, 2014. There will be more on all of this in the coming weeks along with a lot of other exciting things. And though this is an ending of sorts, I have come to realize while there maybe sadness, endings no matter how hard are beautiful, because they make way to wonderful beginnings. Endings are holy intersections.

30 Days of Pinspiration


Christmas Time is my favorite time of the year.  It seems like all is right with the world from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve.  It is a time of expectation and wonderment.  Also a time where we reflect on the things that matter in our lives.  We revive traditions and start new ones.  During this holiday season Pinterest asked me to be Day 11 of 30 Days of Pinspiration and share what inspiration means to me.

The holidays are some of the busiest times of the year.  And what inspires me is slow down, reconnecting with traditions from the past and making new memories with my family and friends. I would love to know what you cherish most about the holidays.

To see what that looks like for me visit:

What’s Your ACTIVE?

Really excited to share with you a video I shot and produced for ACTIVE Network. We shot this on location with my friend Trey Hill in California during May and used the Canon 7D and 5DMKII as our primary cameras. The really cool thing is I had Air Review do a custom score which really takes the whole film to another level.  The video just launched this week on Love to hear what you think of it.

The Crazy Ones

I’m a product of the seventies. Halfbaked in the eighties. And fully seared in the ninties.

My life has been shaped by a lot of things, but one of those things is technology. The little ones and zeros. The megabits and megabytes. My eyes have been stimulated by the glow and flicker of a cathoded tube from an early age. And my mind has been massaged by information that has been displayed.

Computers have changed the way I’ve learned. Computers have changed the way the world communicates. Computers have changed the way I create. From my first computer, the Apple II, in the seventies to my MacBook Air. Apple has been the supporting character in my story.

Let me stop and say, this is not an attempt at an eulogy for Steve Jobs, but rather how an ideal to be foolish and hungry has influenced my life more than RAM and ROM. More than pixels and pixar.

You see amidst the noise. The cacophony of shock from yesterdays news. Something lerks behind the simplicity. The design. The art. The glitz and glamour. The technology of the red wires and the black is something unique. Something more than the printed circuit boards. It’s tucked away in the back, beyond reason and the expected; it’s an anthem that crusades against the norm. It’s cry shouts above the din our times to think different. To be different. To be ourselves. To create! To war against becoming a trend and to embrace “counter-culture.”

This storied perspective is more than just a company, a brand, and a man. It’s a awake up call. A look deeper, that reveals the broader view. It’s a look through the long lens. It sits there… infront of you… uncovering the human experience. Unearthing the humane. Discovering our true selves. Bringing to light character and ultimately finding our soul.

The Think Different campaign by Apple, Inc has pushed me in my daily life to look at things. To look at things differently, to look around things and through them. That’s what makes a great storyteller. They see things differently. They ask more questions. They want to know… more. This ideal. This commercial is one thing that has shaped my craft by speaking to the individualist inside of me. The silence between the words and music expressed the anxiety of the conforming nature of our world.

It’s funny how an Ad and it’s message. How a company. How a man’s brillance for seeing things different, would change a world. How it would speak to millions. How it would spark how I create. And how it would help me find myself.



Image created by: Jonathan Mak

All About People

After a quick three week turn around, my video I produced for The Assemblies of God’s General Council in Phoenix, Arizona aired infront of thousands at the U·S Airways Center and on-line.  The story is about how God is using Lawton First Assembly to make it’s unique mark within it’s community and God’s Kingdom.  I had the honor to serve at Lawton First for almost 4 years, it is a truly unique place fully committed to welcoming people.

Here are some links where you read about the process of pre-production and production.  I hope you enjoy the piece.

The Art of Storytelling

Yesterday I led a breakout at the ECHO conference in Dallas on the Art of Storytelling.

I was amazed by the turn out. I feel God is really using this Conference to really reach into churches to add focus and a unique approach to communicating to a new generation. The church is a communication/storytelling machine. Narratives of changed lives, transformation, renewal, and, most importantly, the gospel include every component of a great story. But we communicate it like a textbook rather than a story. In many ways, story has taken a back seat to the cultural wave drowning out the unique voice of many churches. My prayer, is we revive the power of testimony to inspire people with our living God. Storytelling is the language of our culture.

You requested them, so here they are the slides from my session along with a brief quick story guide to help you in the story process; love to carry on the conversation. Thanks to ECHO for having me. It was a great honor.


There are a limited number of spots left for my Storytelling Coaching Community where you will learn the art of telling a memorable story with a camera. You can get more info by visiting:

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The shortest distance between two people is a well told story; I would love to hear yours.