The Importance of Planning and Execution

Sean and me with the newly-engaged couple Mike and Jenn.
Sean and me with the newly-engaged couple Mike and Jenn.

This past Tuesday night, I (along with Sean) was the blessed to be an “accomplice” in my buddy Mike’s marriage proposal to his girlfriend Jennifer.  It was an amazing and unforgettable night, in large part because Jenn had no idea that the proposal was coming and she was caught completely off-guard.

Thankfully, she said yes…haha.

Mike had been planning the proposal for the past two months, and in the last week in particular we exchanged a flurry of emails, texts, and phone calls as we finalized the details.  Our plan was quite elaborate and quite brilliant if I may say so myself…as was the execution.  The acting on the other hand….

It got me to thinking about the importance of planning and execution in youth ministry.  Continue reading The Importance of Planning and Execution

SOAR – Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Song (Parody of Katy Perry’s “ROAR”)

We’re used to making songs about the Vancouver Canucks but for this week we’ll be focusing on the Seattle Seahawks as they look ahead to Sunday’s Super Bowl where they’ll take on the Denver Broncos.

Once again, I brought together two of the most talented and lovely ladies around to help me:  Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao.

We touch on Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom, Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin, and of course, the 12th man.

Can’t wait until Sunday:  the Seahawks are gonna SOAR!

Arielle, Marie, and me
Arielle, Marie, and me

My #Roadto40 Starts Now

It’s time to get in shape.

As I type up this blog, I’m savouring every single sip of my Pepsi.  That’s because I will starting an exercise regimen and nutrition challenge as I commit to becoming healthier.

Believe it or not, I used to be in good shape.  I participated in many sports in high school and university, and was likely at my peak physical condition when I was 21 years old; I even had a 6-pack stomach haha.  When Gail and I got married in 2000, I was a svelte 140 pounds and a size 28 waist.  As I got older, my metabolism began to slow down and I started to gain weight slowly yet steadily.

I weighed 140 pounds in July 2000.
I weighed 140 pounds in July 2000.

After Dad died in 2004, I went to see my family doctor for a check-up.  He told me that my blood, heart, and cholesterol were all fine but that he wanted me to lose 10 – 15 pounds.  Well that was 9 years ago and since then I’ve gained weight instead of losing it.

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Go Light Your World

Using an Olympic torch to illuminate my office.
Using an Olympic torch to illuminate my office.

They say that there are two types of people in this world:  those that light up a room by entering it, and those that light up a room by leaving it.

Let this be a reminder to us of our important role as youth workers:  to “illuminate” the lives of young people by being a reflection of Christ’s abundant and never-ending love.  Let us be affirmed in our role:  to lead young people closer to Christ and his Church.

This is simple in theory, but not always easy in practice.  We should never underestimate this great responsibility.  It is a blessing, a privilege, and an honour.

So what type of person are you?

Keeping Your Composure

Jacob and Sean doing a final review of the readings before the start of Christmas Eve Mass.
Jacob and Sean doing a final review of the readings before the start of Christmas Eve Mass.

This post also appears on Canadian Youth Worker.

My sons Sean and Jacob were chosen to proclaim the readings at the Christmas Eve Mass at our home parish of St. Paul’s last week.  Both of them prepared very diligently – and it was indeed an honour that our pastor asked the two brothers to read at such an important celebration.

We arrived 40 minutes early so the boys could practice everything from their approach to how they would stand behind the microphone.  Once Mass started, Jake was first up.  For some reason – despite knowing that he was to read from the right side of the book – he proceeded to read from the left page.  Thus, he was reading the wrong thing.

A few words in, Jake caught himself, took a deep breath, and simply said, “I’m sorry” before embarking on the correct reading.  He completed the reading from Isaiah perfectly, unnerved by the 400-plus people in attendance.  As he returned to his seat, I leaned over and whispered to him, “Good job, son.”

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