As I reflect on this week in these last hours of Saturday, I’m reminded of the rejection letter I received. This last spring I made my first book pitch to a major book publisher. It was an idea I had that was a portrait of my testimony. It framed the beautiful picture of salvation and restoration. There was excitement with the publisher executive when I talked through the idea and framework for the book that was based on real life…but as it is in real life, talk can be cheap.

All of this contextual prose isn’t really important. What really matters is what I learned.  What will make a difference is how I use what I learned.  As I reflect, here is my list of take-aways, take-it-better, and take-it-to-the-next-level lessons:

  1. Your dreams, vision, and passion are just that…your’s! They aren’t what others have or feel, and they certainly aren’t shaped by anyone else but yourself.
  2. For every yes, there is a path full of no. Read any biography about leaders, artists, visionaries, you name it, and you’ll see a road full of no that lead to the big yes.
  3. Eggs are NOT made to fit in one basket. Don’t ever rely on one shot. Don’t think that it can only fit in one basket, one framework, one path…if it could, then everyone would be doing it.
  4. Resistance should strengthen you, not defeat you. Just like it is in the world of bodybuilding, resistance should build you. When situations push back, push forward and grow!
  5. The machine is broken, don’t try to fix it so you can fit in. The best part of the rejection e-mail was the affirmation of how broken the big book publisher machine has become. The walls have been broken.  The margins have shrunk for the big publishers while the executive perks and overhead has not. This has left them looking for the sure bets, while the sure bets are asking, “why do I need to have a big publisher?!?”

The rejection that came this week has encouraged me. The statement that “it wasn’t a good fit,” has affirmed that it really isn’t.  I’m more driven now than I was before the pitch. I’m determined to really see this come to life in my own efforts.  When the day comes that these efforts have made impact and the big publishers want to pick the book up, then I can laugh, sigh, and send a rejection letter back letting them know it really isn’t a good fit.

Breathe In & Smile Out,



Appreciate The Wonder


These are some pictures from the great town of Fairhope, Alabama where I live. It was recently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S.  These are just a few shots from the beauty and wonder I was able to enjoy early this morning after a great workout and quiet time on the beach.  I drove around with my convertible top down in awe and wonder of God’s creation…which quickly led me to appreciation of the grace, mercy, patience, and salvation God has poured on my life and family.

It struck me as I drove around, the hard hearts, arrogance, and pride He warns us about in the Bible has a root in ungratefulness. I think that is steeped in a heart condition where we get used to the awe and wonder of God in our lives and around us. I don’t ever want to drive around Fairhope and not appreciate the wonder. I don’t want to get so used to having this that I don’t appreciate the fact that it’s a blessing. I especially don’t ever want to get so used to God’s hand in my life and family that I don’t appreciate the wonder of it all.  This morning I was in awe and wonder of both.

Breathe In & Smile Out,