404 It’s Time To Go Outside

It’s Time To Go Outside

You can either be an astronomer or an astronaut. An anthropologist or an archeologist. A theologian or a living epistle.

I’ve tended to be the former. It’s easy to study a subject and theorize all day without ever getting out to see it, touch it and experience it.

At some point we have to put down the books and go outside.


  1. Very wise words. I just came across your website through your short article How I Ruined My Writing. Writer’s block is a problem I am facing right now. Is my writing worth money? I keep asking myself that question. But the answer is a solid no because I haven’t gotten out there and published anything… because I keep repeating the question in my mind ‘is my writing worth anything?’

    I think your blog is pretty cool. I’ll read more tomorrow after work. I think your article about writing for money is strong value and I’ll use that information. As Steve Pavlina defines strong value as something that creates a tangible positive change – I’ll use it. (http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/12/how-to-create-real-value/)

    Anyway, I see that you haven’t been back to your blog for a while. Come back in from outside and tell us about your experience ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kathy Young says:

    I read the one on fear and then the one on expectations; however, for one year I have expected daily for God to help in our great time of need. I have been a mentor of many years and I have never felt more defeated than this year. Fear has set in but my heart is broken as it seems God has not helped no matter what I have done. I am not a whiner or one who sits and waits for God to do it all. I am a reasonable born again woman who has served for almost 50 years. I have never been here before and I cannot wrap my heart around it. Suggestions?

    • Hi Kathy. I’m so sorry to hear about your current situation. I can definitely relate. Unfortunately I don’t have a pat answer that can make everything better. I can tell you one verse that has shaped my understanding of trials.

      Romans 5:3-5 which says:

      “but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

      I’ve come to look at suffering as an opportunity to produce endurance. That endurance in turn gets tested and comes out as character. That character then focuses on God as the true source of hope. It’s a process and we can’t skip ahead to just hoping for hope’s sake.

      Use this as a moment to be teachable. Ask God what He is doing through this situation. Ask Him what He wants you to learn through your current struggle. Ask him to give you perseverance, which leads to character and results in hope.

      I pray that helps.

  3. Grrr. Why did you have to make me feel convicted?!

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  4. Great point man! At some point in life we have to move outside of our comfort zone and start to do.

  5. Great point man! I tend to want to learn then do.
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  6. But it’s SO much cozier hiding behind my shelter of knowledge. YOU CAN’T MAKE ME, TONY J ALICEA!!!
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  7. Agree. I catch myself always reading, and reading, and reading some more. Then I find myself studying, and watching documentaries,and just absorbing information and knowledge. But I have to put more effort into putting it into practice and make a difference. Great post, Tony.
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  8. It’s easy to study a subject. There is no risk, no threat of failure. But we were not created to just study life. We were created to experience life, to live it.
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  9. I love a song by the robbie seay band….lyrics … talk a walk down the street heaven knows who you might meet…
    From breathing air again…album better days…so good
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  10. This is so true. I have been trying to “live analog” a lot more lately, and it’s a similar struggle I think, to see the faces in front of me and hold the hands beside me without a LCD screen in between.
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