Shoulder Update.

•February 12, 2011 • 1 Comment

Hey all. I am terribly sorry about not being able to continue the 30 day challenge. Soon though. My shoulder is still in a sling. I am able to take my sling off while in my room, but it is still rough to type. I’m going to try and push through it this week to see how it goes, so make sure to check back soon. I will know more about my shoulder this week. I’m going back on Friday to get it checked out again.

Brian K

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30 Day Challenge- Day 4

•February 3, 2011 • 1 Comment

So today’s challenge might be one of the most literal challenges for a man. Its simply entitled “Increase Your Testosterone.” Hopefully everyone that reads this know whats testosterone is. The reason behind today’s challenge is so men can continue to live healthy lives. Testosterone has been proved to do the following: Improve your mental and physical energy, increase your competitive drive, increase your muscle size and strength, increase your metabolism, help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, and other.

They also provided some things of life that help sap our testosterone from us. I found this to be interesting. I’m not a big science person, so I never realized what in life was capable of lowering testosterone. Here are what they list as Testosterone sappers:
Stress- Stress increases our level of cortisol and decreases our testosterone.
Lack of sleep- Testosterone rises while you sleep, particularly during the REM phases. Today, men are often skimping on their shut eye, which in turn is sapping their testosterone.
Soy intake- Soy is supposed to be so good for you, right? Wrong! Soy increases your estrogen and decreases your T. It will also lower your sperm count.
Eating a low fat diet- Low fat diets have been widely debunked these days. But in case you needed yet another reason to put down the Snackwell’s, it has also been proven to decease your T.
Smoking- The nicotine and cotinine in cigarettes inhibits and reduces T production.

I was never aware of soy being able to do that, or stress for that matter. So today’s challenge had us pick from a listing of activities that help raise testosterone levels. We were supposed to pick three. I picked sleeping 8 hours, Meditate for 10 minutes, and wake up and have morning sex. Kidding about the final one. I decided to add one to it that wasn’t on their list. I did what is called a “James Bond Shower.” Awesome sounding, I know. Its where you take a normal shower, then when you are ready to rinse your head you turn the shower to a colder temperature. It helps increase health and vitality. So those were the three I chose for today, and it worked out well.

Note: I will be out of town Friday-Sunday. So that means that I will have to postpone the challenge until Sunday, probably Monday. I am sorry if this disappoints, but I have a retreat with YoungLife I am going to.

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” – Psalm 59:16

Thistle & Weeds by Mumford and Sons

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30 Day Challenge- Day 3

•February 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Today’s challenge was a good one. Just going to say this now though, today’s challenge won’t have an answer for some time. You’ll see why in a bit.

So today, we were told to go out and search for a mentor. For this reason, “Mentors have the experience and wisdom to give us sound guidance, direction, and advice. Mentors can also help us expand our point of view on a particular area of our life. Moreover, a mentor can become a good friend and confidant during times when we struggle and falter.” – A. of M.

I found that so true. I looked into my life and saw that there are people I consider to be mentors, but I’ve never directly asked anyone. So within the next 24 hours, I plan to e-mail and ask specifically. I think every guy should have a mentor. Especially someone that is older than you. It’s important to have to attain wisdom and advice from someone that has been there before. It helps out with life a lot. When I find a mentor, that they know about, I will be sure to say so on the blog.

“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars

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30 Day Challenge- Day 2

•February 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Well, today’s challenge was an interesting one. It was simply titled “How to Shine Your Own Shoes.” So I started to read it thinking it was just a dumb one with no purpose. However, I found it to be quite the opposite.

This is the opening paragraph from today’s challenge.
“There’s a lot of sage wisdom to be found in the film Shawshank Redemption. But there is one detail the movie got wrong: people do notice your shoes (especially women). And while it’s true that people don’t spend an awful lot of time staring at your shoes, you’d be surprised at how often you look at your own feet. And when you look down and can practically see your reflection in your shoes, it gives you a sense of satisfaction, a boost in you confidence, and some added pep in your step. Too many men put on a nice pair of dress pants and a freshly pressed shirt, but then ruin the whole get-up with scuffed shoes. A pair of glassy, shined shoes will pull your whole appearance together.”
Read more: http://artofmanliness.com/2009/06/01/30-days-to-a-better-man-day-2-shine-your-shoes

There’s a lot of truth in that. Sadly for me, I do not own a pair of shoes that are good enough for shining. So this hit me in a way different than most. I must dress terribly. I have the thought process that I dress whatever way I want because it only affects me, which is true. I just never thought the way I dressed would unimpress people. My thought now is that I need to go out and purchase better clothes. At some point I will. I can’t do it now though. I don’t have the money for it. Once I do, I will go out and buy shineable shoes and some shirts and slacks that would go well with said shoes.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars

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30 Day Challenge. Day 1

•January 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So, as I said a few days ago, I am starting a 30 day challenge. There are two parts to this challenge. One being, its a challenge for me to post on here for 30 days straight. Second, it’s a challenge for me to look into my life and become a better person out of it. I am using the 30 Day Challenge from ArtofManliness.com. I suggest all to check it out. I have come to love the place. Also, I want to make it known that I will not have any pictures during this 30 day challenge, and I am sorry. I have been trying to find some, but to be honest, I haven’t been able to find a lot of good ones.

I need to set a few ground rules. One, each day I will post about the daily challenge. I will talk about it as honestly as possible. I have already found one day where the challenge for the day will have to be left out for a while. I will write about it though, as best as possible. Second. My goal is to have a post up everyday by at least 10pm Central Time. There is going to be a few days where I will be out of town. I will make that known a head of time. I will then put those few days into one post. Third, enjoy.

Day 1: Define Your Core Values.
This always seems to come up in just about any daily challenge thing. However, I know why. Core Values are such an important thing to daily life. This 30 Day Challenge to becoming a better man is right to start off with core values. As often as I have seen something like this, I must say that I have never sat down and think about it. Brett McKay, the author of the site, recommends that the list only consist of your top core values. So, I began. I definitely came up with more than five. However, three of which were nonnegotiable for me. The first three of the five are the nonnegotiable. Here the five are:

1)God-To me, God is by far the most important aspect in my life. I am saved because of His son. God’s kingdom was built upon His son’s blood. For that, I am eternally thankful.
2)Family-I will always do for my family as long as it doesn’t go against the teaching of God.
3)Friends- My friends are just an extension of my family. No matter how long I have known you. From the day our friendship kicks off, you truly are a brother or sister of mine.
4)Growth- This was a hard one for me to keep on here, but the more and more I debated about the final two, this became clear to me. In order to have a successful life, one must be willing to grow. It doesn’t matter how you grow, but you must do it. Growth has a lasting impact on life and it continues forever. It leads to happiness, peace, and success.
5)This one came down to Integrity and Forgiveness. It was hard for me to choose, but I wound up going with Integrity over forgiveness. I see Integrity as something that defines a man. It’s something that will also be a focal point of a man’s character.

This is the first day of thirty days. Also, each day I am going to post a few other things in the main post. The bible verse of the day from biblegateway.com. My song of the day. And a smile.

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” – Psalm 86:5

Song of the day- Zion and Babylon by Josh Garrels

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Challenge

•January 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This is short, but I want to let you all know what will be coming up in my life for about a month.

First off. Sorry I haven’t been on this thing at all, but this upcoming month will hopefully change that.

Well, next Monday, I am planning to start a 30 day challenge. Its from the website http://www.artofmaniliness.com. I know, its an awesome website. I suggest it to all that read this. Even women. This website is devoted to the “Reviving of the Lost Art of Manliness.” Over my past week looking through it, it has been ways for guys to go back to gentlemen periods. Times when chivalry was true and always there. Now, it’s a dying art form. I have loved a lot of the insight the men, and women, have giving on the website.

While on the website, I found a 30 day challenge to Becoming a Better Man. I have glanced through some of it and think it is a great idea. So, starting next Monday, I will be writing about the daily experience on this website.

Men have the world before them, they just need to take the right steps to attain all they need.

Camp Bennett 2010

•October 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Ill start out by saying sorry for not writing this in a timely manner. My apologies.

My thoughts for Camp Bennett 2010 started all the way back in February. I had wanted to be the Head Male Counselor this summer. That was my plan. It wasn’t Gods. My friend Stu asked Kevin, the camp director, to be the Head Male about a week before I did. So he was the primary option. At first, I was very upset. I had planned my entire summer around being the head male at camp. I realized though, very early on, that God had definitely placed Stu in the Head Male position for a reason. He was definitely more prepared and more qualified for it than I was. I am happy that God had different plans for me. So i went on to be the counselor of the Beavers this summer. Its the same group i had been the counselor for the past 2 summers. So I kinda knew what to expect. Haha, I was only right for the first 3 weeks.

For those of you who don’t know what Camp Bennett is, i shall do my best to enlighten you. I say it like that, because to me, it changes every year. There’s always something different. We still get a lot of the same kids, and we still tell them all about God’s unending love for them. That’s the main focus of camp. We want these kids to know who God is. More than what they will learn from school and what not. We really want them to know God on a personal level. Some of you reading this will probably think “oh that’s crazy, kids cant comprehend that.” Honestly, i think they comprehend better than I do at times. I’m 21, and I’ve seen kids have a much better grasp on God than i have. They’ve seen God in different aspects than I, that have caused their faith to grow into a wildfire. More than anything this blog post will be about 4 different kids this summer that affected me tremendously.

First one, Tyrek, came during the fourth of camp. I had remembered him from last year. He was a part of the groundhogs last year, which is the group that is right below mine in age. I had no idea where he was coming from in life. He was a shy kid for most of the week. It was hard to get to know him. However, he always had a certain charisma about him that just shined. I don’t know what it was, but I knew God was working in this kid. I got to know him real well on Thursday night. He was still shy, but he was willing to talk to me. He told me that he had lost his father when he was younger. To see a kid grow so well without a father in their life was awesome. God was definitely present. God did not abandon Tyrek. Tyrek also didn’t need me or anyone to tell him that. He knew.

I’m going to skip the next kid for the moment and save him for last. The sixth week of camp brought a kid named Deon into my group. First time he had ever been to Camp Bennett. He loved it too. This kid was shy as well, but not as much. Just like Tyrek, he had a close relative of his pass away when he was younger. He lost his uncle. He was still shaken up about it. It didn’t seem like he had a strong Christian home. That’s pretty normal though for kids that come to camp. He was terrified about where his uncle ended up. I felt hopeless at times while talking to him. The only answer I had for him was, “If he believed in Jesus, and that’s where he is right now.” Deon didn’t know the answer. He doesn’t know where his uncle is right now, heaven or hell. We just prayed for his family and his uncle. He seemed in much better spirits after the prayer.

The seventh week brought a kid named Chris into my group. He was 12. I have also been his counselor every time he came to camp Bennett. So he and I have history. This year it started it no different than any of the years before. We got along well. This year was normal between he and I until Thursday. He really let me into his life. I was terrified. I won’t go into details, so i can keep his life in the private. It was really hard. For him, and me. Fortunately, we both had a pretty solid relationship with Christ. Even though his life looked rough, it was alright. God was there. Good news too, everything worked out in the end. I know hes doing better now.

Now, going back to week five. Thomas. 13 years old, 6foot 4. He was a big man. Loved him dearly though. All of the other kids in the group definitely respected him. Not just because of his size, but mainly because of his compassion. Thomas had serious leadership skills. I told him that I could see him doing many wonderful things in life. All week he seemed like a perfect loving kid. Then Thursday hit. He was a new person. The ‘Everything’ skit that we had done that night had affected him in a big. I never expected to hear from him what he told me. Again, I’m going to leave the details out this. But know this, he was affected by Christ. I had never seen Christ so upfront before that night. I’m all of y’all that read this. Be on the lookout for him. Whether it be in the game of football that he loves, or it be in the ministry of Christ who he loves even more. Either way, he will change this world.

Looking back at this summer, I must say again, that I never expected any of that. God’s surprise I guess. I love all of the kids that walk into my life every summer. I don’t remember every name. Its hard to remember roughly 70 names every summer, but I do remember the impact. This is also a challenge from me to those reading this. What impacts have you been apart in your life, or what has impacted your life. Go out and live it. Even if you’re not a Christian, go out and help the world. If you’re not a Christian, and want someone to talk to, kee44286@obu.edu is my email. I’m not the greatest Christian out there. I have struggles in my life right now that are hard to deal with, but I will still talk with you. I love talking with people, even if I am antisocial. Talking is fun to me. I just don’t do it much anymore for some reason.

I would go into the people that I worked with, but the kids were more impactful this summer to me. Either way, the Camp Bennett staff are always great. I love them all as my brothers and sisters. Nothing will change this. The memories i have with them over the past three summers will never go away. To those Camp Bennett staffers that read this, if any, thanks. Y’all are terrific. Its exciting to watch where God takes y’all each year. Love ya!