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9Aug
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A Little Time Made a Huge Difference

“So, what do you want to do when you grow up?”

One of the most influential relationships of my teenage years started with that simple question.

I was staying after school one day, working on a project in a class and the teacher simply asked that question.  I know now that he was asking much more than that question – he was asking to hear my heart.

My response was driven by what was at my core at the time.  I told him that I wanted to be a businessman.  I continued by saying that I wanted to drive a Mercedes SLK hardtop convertible, work downtown, arrive to a high-rise every day, carry by briefcase up the elevator in my coat and tie and get paid a lot of money.  The translation that he heard was simple:  this guy (me) cares about money, prestige, and chasing after status.

What was great about the conversation is that it ended with me realizing how wrong my view of the world was.  My teacher went on, hinting around about how there are more important things to chase after in life than big jobs and fancy cars, but we were called to live with passion and with meaning.

Now, I have been a Christian most of my life (becoming a follower of Christ at a young age) and raised in a Christian home, so I do understand that my faith leads me to live a life for a grater purpose than myself.  However, at the time when my teacher started this dialogue with me, I was not focused on my faith-relationship and what it called me to in life; I was focused on what I wanted.  But with my background and knowing where this teacher stood in his faith, I knew where he was going with the conversation and gave him permission to talk to me more.

That day started a relationship that lasted for about a year and a half as I completed high school.  Read More »

30Apr

Be True to Who You Are

Lester Everyone needs a hero in life and I would dare say that we all have one. When you look on your life, I am willing to bet you can think of someone who is larger than life to you. For me that person is my grandfather. My grandfather has always been an incredible man of God, he has loved people and he has always been willing to do anything for anyone. Not only that but he has also been physically strong, very active, and in top notch shape his whole life.

Today I had the chance and made the time to go have lunch with him. Over lunch we had a lot of great conversations of our time growing up, his service days in the military, his work life, and family memories from years past. It made me long to make this a much more normal part of my life.

About half way through our time, I was able to ask him for some advise – some good life-advise for me and my brother. We are both young, fairly newly married, and me a new father. It is easy to see we can use some good, wise advise at anytime.

When I asked him for advise, this is what he simply said: “Be true to who you are.”

From a man who has lived an admirable and fulfilled life, I loved that of all he could say, this is what he chose. I have not been able to stop thinking about this quote all day. It focuses around a core value that our organization chooses to live by and one that I choose to live by: integrity. The idea of integrity is that I am who I say I am no matter where I am. I believe that this is what my grandfather means.

For him, being true to who he is is first and foremost being a follower of Christ. He has truly lived his life in a way that honors his heavenly father. It also means being the husband and father that God has called him to be. For 37 years it was being a hard worker at the same company until retirement. For 7 years it was who working hard to serve our country in the US Coast Guard. Through all of this though it has been his character and relationship with God that has kept him true to who he is – a man of integrity.

The challenge for me is to be a man of integrity like he continues to be. As leaders we have to be able to be true to who we are and to live with integrity. I am thankful that I have incredible examples on all sides of my family to learn integrity from. The challenge is definitely to put the leanings into practice in every moment in life.

Today’s lunch so much fun and it serves as a great reminder to cherish the moments we have with friends and family. I am thankful for the time and look forward to the next.

Who in your life have you been able to learn integrity from?

5Aug

What do you REALLY want to do?

I want to learn to play the guitar.  I want to run a marathon.  I want to loose 15 pounds.  I want to learn a foreign language.  I want to live off a budget.

The real question though is what do I really want to do.

After a sermon series we are walking through at Athens Church called “Sunday and Monday,” my wife and I have been challenged in many areas of our life. One of the most important challenges is what we do with our time, specifically with the first hour of our day.

One of the greatest conversations that we have had that spurred from this series happened in the car a few weeks ago.  Angela and I kept listing all of the things we want to do – things like the items listed above.  I kept saying things like, I want to get in shape, I want to spend time in the Word everyday, and I want us to get financially fit.  As we continued talking though these things, we always had an excuse; many of which you probably have on a daily basis as well: Read More »

22Jun

Wealth, is it worth it? A New Book from Truett Cathy

One thing many people tell you when you choose to marry a person is you not only marry them but their family as well. I am blessed beyond belief to have married into my wife’s family, as they consistently teach me how to live a life that loves the Lord first and foremost. Not only do they value marriage and support our marriage fully, but they have also taught us how to steward our influence in a way that will make a positive impact on the people in our lives.

One of the great men in my wife’s family is someone who is not only known for his business and entrepreneurial skills, but also for his passion for people and his unwavering commitment to his faith. I am thankful that I know him as a man who has poured into his family over the years, who sets an example of what it really means to love one another and who teaches us to be excellent in all we do. Today he has come out with a new book called, “Wealth, is it Worth it?“.

In this book, Truett Cathy talks about his hardships growing up in the depression, the hard work it took to create a restaurant that grew into a successful company and addresses the question about wealth and its worth.

The book serves as a reminder of the good things a person can do with money, but also how destructive money can be. The book offers several stories about people who came into a large amount of money but failed to steward it wisely. However, the book also looks at people who are generous and use wealth to be a blessing to others.

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6Apr

A little Afternoon Humor

In case you missed it – here is a video that I made with our 2011 WinShape Camps International Project Team.  We had a lot of fun…

24Feb

Michael Ryan is Here

In case you have not heard up until now, early this morning we welcomed Michael Ryan Fielder into our family.  He was born around 1:00am weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz. and 20 inches in length.  We are so blessed and fortunate to have a healthy baby boy and a healthy mommy.

Angela was a tropper and handled the delivery with much grace – she did a great job and I am so proud of her.  She will make a GREAT mommy!

We are so blessed to have friends and family that will surround him and us with love and support.  Below are a few pictures for you to see what we have expereinced over the past hours…

 

Be on the lookout in coming days at BrentAndAngela.com

12Nov

Fifty Dollar Challenge

When we see 50 dollars, we for some reason think this is a huge amount of money to give as a young adult or college studnet but lets put this in a week’s perspective:

50.00 can buy you:

  • Roughly 15 Starbucks beverages – lets say an average of 5 a week, thats only 3 weeks worth of Starbucks
  • Roughly 9 Chick-fil-A Combos
  • About 18 gallons of gas
  • 1 pair of American Eagle Jeans
  • 38 songs on itunes
  • Roughly 5 iBooks

When you look at this list it all seems fairly small compared to other things we value and take for granted – things like a healthy life, a life with no easily treatable diseases, and a life with your basic human needs met.

Right now, the people of Haiti are suffering with not having these basic needs met – as many of you have recently heard of the cholera in Haiti – and there is an easy, tangible way YOU can help… NOW!

Here is how you can help –  For only $50 you or your family can purchase a filter to be installed THIS DECEMBER by DefyThirst in Haiti and also the training that goes with it. 19 More filters are needed before the trip! If you purchase a filter, you will receive a card with the exact GPS coordinates and a link to Google Earth with a photo at the coordinates of the family that you provided the filter for! Give the Gift of Clean Water Today!

I dare you to help – I dare you to go without 9 Chick-fil-A combos or without 15 Caramel Macchiatos and instead give a family Clean Water that will last much longer than your coffee drink.

You can buy a water filter HERE!

If you do help – Please comment here and I would love to send you a Thank You!

6Oct

Fielder Baby | Reveal Party

If you missed our party or the live stream – you can check out the video below:

On October 2, 2010 we had some friends and family at our home as we found out the gender of our baby. We found out that we are having a BOY!

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1Oct

We’re having a….


Tomorrow | Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM, Angela and I will be finding out the gender of our baby during our Gender Reveal Party.  At 3:00 we will cut into the cake that is being made by Bee’s Knees Bakery and whether the cake is Pink or Blue will let us know if we are having a Boy or Girl!

Check back tomorrow to watch it live from the Fielder Home – Please excuse us if the technology does not work just right, this will be our first experience using it.

Below you will see the video from ustream.  You will need to press the play button to make the stream start when coming to the page.  Also, if you come before we start streaming, you will need to click the “refresh arrows” on the bottom left to get the stream going.

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17Aug

We’re Expecting…

I have typically tried to keep this blog away from my personal “day-to-day” activities – however, this one was too big of news, so here goes….

In the Fielder household, Angela and I have recently found out some incredible news – Yup, you may have guessed it… We’re Expecting our first child!  I can not begin to tell you how excited we are to walk through this over the next few months and then to be parents!

With this also comes a lot of responsibility.  As I have sat in a room twice now and listened to the heartbeat of our child I am somewhat dumbfounded that I am going to be a dad.  It is amazing to sit and hear a heart beat of something so small yet so full of life!

I am so excited – excited to learn how to be a dad, excited to raise up a child who will be able to know that his heavenly father is even greater than I, to be able to be a parent with my amazing wife, Angela, and so much more!  It is going to be a blast!

So, the due date is February 22, 2011 – keep us in your prayers as we journey though this for the first time!  I will keep you updated as time goes on…

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it

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