I hope they serve ice cream in Heaven

Heaven will be our eternal home, and I look forward to it. It will be a place of peace, love, reuniting with friends and family, and ice cream?

If I had my wish, that’s exactly right. I love ice cream. I’ve found out that I have to eat less of this as I get older because it seems to add weight easier. It’s like it’s some kind of rude joke. But in heaven, I could eat all the ice cream I want and wouldn’t have to worry about weight. That sounds awesome!

If ice cream was in heaven, this would be my top 5 places to get it that I hope to see on the corner.


Number 5: TCBY

I know, it’s not actually ice cream, it’s yogurt. But it sure does taste like ice cream. The vanilla yogurt from this place is awesome. It makes the tummy feel good.



Number 4: Ben and Jerry’s

Almost sounding like the cartoon characters, this ice cream company that the two brothers created in 1978 is wonderful. There’s all kinda of cool flavors like Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Fudge, Cookie Dough, That’s My Jam, Banana Split…Should I go on?




Number 3: Baskin Robins

They have ice cream cake. They have banana splits. They have the Oreo 31 Below. They have ice cream floats. Did I mention they have ice cream cakes?





Number 2: Kay’s Ice Cream

If you are familiar with the Knoxville, Tennessee area, and have been around long enough, you’ll remember a giant ice cream cone on Chapman Highway. How could you not want ice cream after seeing that giant ice cream cone? Oh, and it was good. The Milkshakes make your mouth water!!

Kay's Ice Cream



Number 1: Chick-fil-A

A number of people will probably disagree with this one, but I don’t care. I didn’t know that homemade ice cream could be purchased anywhere. I’m still waiting to hear the churn of a line of buckets making home made ice cream somewhere behind the Chick-fil-A counters. Their milkshake is so good, I almost have to stop and say a thankful prayer in the middle of drinking it. This would be the showcase location in heaven.


Milkshake chickfila

Steven Spielberg: “This is what I was put on earth to do”

Photo from USA Today.

He’s directed movies that we love including titles like “E.T.”, “Men in Black”, “Back to the Future”, “The Goonies”… Should I go on?

His name is Steven Spielberg and he is a master at Storytelling. I was recently glancing over a USA Today newspaper when I saw the quote “This is what I was put on earth to do”. It was a quote from Mr. Spielberg himself. My immediate thought was “directing movies”. He was put on earth to make and direct movies. I was close, but it wasn’t exactly what he was referring to.

According to the USA Today article (available in it’s entirety at the link at the bottom of this post), he was put here on earth for a much more noble reason. In the article, he states his purpose is “to record the personal accounts of Holocaust survivors”. Well, I didn’t see that coming. I didn’t even know he was working on this project. It’s awesome and amazing! To think that of all the movies that he’s made that have touched thousands, if not millions of lives, he feels there is something much bigger that he was put here to do.

Here’s the question for you. What is that one thing you were put here on earth to do? You can go ahead and lie to me and yourself and keep on going on with your life the way it is, or you can pause, take a deep breath, and for once admit it. Let that deep desire that’s in your heart come out.

Do you want to help people in your local community? Do you want to go on a mission trip? Do you want to take a chance on that career that everyone else calls you stupid for even considering?

What is it that lights a fire within you that you feel you were put here on earth to do?

Time is going to pass one way or another, whether you fulfill this desire within you or even if you don’t.

When it comes down to the end of your life, and you feel it slipping away, will you be glad that you chased that dream or will you regret that you didn’t.

Today is the day to make the decision. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today.

The USA Today article can be seen in its entirety at http://www.usatoday.com/experience/weekend/entertainment/this-is-what-i-was-put-on-earth-to-do-steven-spielberg/8531973/.

How you can “Escape the Ordinary”

Those three words were on an advertisement for a new attraction in town, “Escape the Ordinary”. The brochure I had picked up caught my eye as I was getting out of my car.

“Escape” from what we do every day, “the Ordinary”.

I started thinking about that statement and realized, I don’t like it….at all. We do too much escaping the ordinary, don’t we?

We take vacations. We travel to new cities. We go on adventures. We go to theme parks. We do anything and everything to escape the “everyday” that we do. I mean, they’re good and everything, but what if we could do more? What if we could go up a notch, and instead of “Escaping the Ordinary” we “Change the Ordinary”?

Instead of living our life, as we feel society has boxed us in to thinking is the only way, that we instead fullfill our dreams. What if we at least tried? What if we are successful?


Will it be difficult? Yes, at times.

Will it be challenging? Yes, going against the grain is often harder and sometimes lonely.

Will it be worth it? YES, it will definitely be worth it.


That dream whispering to you during the “Ordinary” days? Listen to it. Since it’s whispering, you may have to listen hard but it’s trying to tell you something. It’s trying you tell you what life is really supposed to be about. It’s trying to tell you how you can help the world and satisfy that longing inside of you at the same time.

What’s your assignment? Easy. You have two choices…

You can sometimes “Escape the Ordinary”


You can “Change the Ordinary”


Photo credit: dvanzuijlekom / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Parable of the Tree

Each of the trees were green and strong. Oaks they were and strength was something they were proud of. The trees talked with one another and compared how strong they were.

A small acorn grew and grew until it had become a young tree. His branches were green and wide. He had the tallest branches and greenest leaves of all the young trees.

Many days he bragged to the other young trees and told them to look at his strong branches. He bragged about how strong he was and gloated in the sunlight. An old oak, with white vines growing on his trunk, spoke up.

I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m doing it anyways

It’s the truth. I don’t have a masters in the English language. In fact, I hated English class. I’m not a huge presence on social media. Often times, I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m not Max Lucado (my FAVORITE author). In fact, I feel like he’s Picasso and I’m using a box of crayons.

But, you know what? It doesn’t matter. I’ve discovererd I have a “little” talent so I’m gonna use it the best that I can. I know I can help someone and I know I will. I’ve also found that my harshest critic is me. I want everything perfect, but I know it probably never will be.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Where it ends up, I have no idea. But to quote a line from one of my favorite songs, “one foot in front of the other”.

How about you? Scared to step out and take a chance on your dream? Here’s some ground breaking news: All of us are! I don’t even know what I’m doing, but I’m doing it anyways.

I challenge you to write down your dream on a sheet of paper. Next, I challenge you to put down the date you’ll take action toward achieving it.


Let me know what you wrote?

Are you brave enough or are you chicken?