Wednesday, November 26, 2008

On Our Way to Alabama

We are more than halfway to our destination in Alabama. I am taking a break from driving and getting a little work done while Melissa takes the wheel. What does the week look like:

Thanksgiving food and football at my grandmother's house - a family tradition
Hang out with all my brother and sister and their families
The Iron Bowl - Auburn vs. Alabama - the biggest game of the year
A little cold weather
A little re-focusing

Hopefully I will keep you updated on all the happenings. Right now we are nearing Auburn where we are going to pay a quick visit to the campus (the kids have never been) before we head into my mom and dads.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


At the same time that I was reading "It" by Craig Groeschel, I was also reading "Chazown" by Craig. I actually started "Chazown" first and then someone recommended "It" so I read them at the same time. I was just as impressed with "Chazown" as I was with "It". I would say that "Chazown" is about finding your personal "It" and "It" is about finding your ministry or vocational "Chazown". They both have some awesome exercises to work through to help you figure it all out. I highly recommend both books. Obviously I now have to read Craig's other book - "Confessions of a Pastor"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What I'm Reading

I just updated my Amazon Widget (on the right side of the page) with all the books I am currently reading. For those of you who don't know me, I read a lot of books at the same time. I find that it appeals to my short attention span and also allows me to absorb and apply what I read better. The books I read at the same time are all from different categories of my life and personal goals.

The first 4 are ones that I read as part of my quiet time. The next 6 are my morning reading. The next 6 are the books I read at night (usually only 3 or 4 nights per week). There are two others that I read occasionally. I typically red 5-10 minutes per book depending on how much time I have.

I have been reading this way for years and I find that I get a lot read and keep my interest up. I probably read 50-60 books per year this way. Mixing the topics is a key part of the plan.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Fire Pit

Last night, we decided to go outside and enjoy the cool weather. One of my youngest son Bailey's favorite things is to roast marshmallows around the fire pit. So, after a little homemade chili for dinner, we cranked up the fire and did some roasting. To the left is a pic of the fire. Below is a video of the fire. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cool Nascar Story

Watching the race at Homestead today reminded me of one of the coolest things I ever got to do. 2 years ago, I had tickets for my oldest son and I to go to the Nascar Race at Homestead. Unfortunately, that day was a big commitment day at the church that I used to pastor at. Fortunately, two of the other pastors had tickets also. One of them knew a guy that flies people to the race via helicopter. He got him to meet us at the Opelika Airport right after service and fly us to the speedway. We were dropped off right behind the track and rode a golf cart to our seats in the infield grandstand. It was those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


This week I finished the book shown on the right called "Margin". You have probably never heard of it. I picked it up off a bargain table because I struggle having margin in my life. It started off tough - written by a Doctor (Richard Swenson), but I stuck with it and found it to be an excellent book on finding margin in your life. He not only talks about how to find margin, but why we have lost it and how our culture has changed over the generations. It is a little cerebral, but worth the effort. I got some great ideas from it but have not had time to implement them - get it? Haha? Click on it to order it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Car Line

I have discovered that car line is a very precise science. As part of my fatherly duties, I take my oldest son to school each morning.
On the first day of school, we left 20 minutes before school because it is only 5 minutes away. He was 5 minutes late. This is absolutely the worst car line I have ever seen. Even though I am sure they know more about it than I do, I have some theories (surprisingly) on how to make it better.
Nevertheless, we adjusted our departure time to 35 minutes before school starts and I would drop him off with 10 minutes to spare - the whole ordeal taking me about 35 minutes.
By a twist of fate, one day we left 5 minutes early (40 minutes before school starts) and I got him there in 10 minutes and completed the whole trip in 20 minutes. That has become our new routine.
It is hard for me to believe that the whole flow is so precise that 5 minutes can make a 15 minute difference, but today we left 5 minutes late and it took me 35 minutes again.
Oh well, I guess people are more routine oriented than they would like to believe. It is also interesting to note that we pass the same people running and walking in the morning in almost exactly the same places.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I just finished "It" by Craig Groeschel today. It was absolutely one of the best ministry books I have ever read. I think it could definitely be applied to business as well. Craig talks about ministries that have "it" and how to get it, keep it, and also how you might lose it. His humor and storytelling style make it an easy and entertaining read. I DEFINITELY recommend it to everyone. It is a MUST READ if you are in ministry. A great book to go through with your team. If you have read "It" leave a comment. As always, just click on the book to order from Amazon.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Nick's First (Real) Job

Well, today I drove Nick to Publix for his first day on the job. He has been to training a couple of times but today was the Grand Opening of his store so it was his first official day. As we pulled out of the driveway I realized that this is about the time that I got my first job as a gopher on a contruction site.

No, I did not have to impersonate an animal. I was the guy that had to go for everything.
"Matt, get me some nails"
"Matt, get me some more 2x4's"
"Matt, clean up this mess"
"Matt, get me the saw/hammer/other tool I need"
It actually paid well for a 14 year old, so I had more money than all my friends. I have worked ever since that day but ironically don't have more money than all my friends anymore.

Today, Nick starts his work life. I expect that he will be very successful.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Almost 10 months

Well, it's been almost 10 months since my last post. I picked up my first consulting client about that time and got caught up in that and just fell out of the routine. I have thought about restarting many times, just have not taken the time. Well...the time is now. My catalyst was that there are still people checking in and I would just like to say thanks for that.

The last 10 months have been challenging for the Mashburns, but we have learned a lot. I am going to try to post more often. I have read over 50 books since I last posted (a little scary) so I will probably post about some of them. Maybe that is where my posting time went?

We are involved in a great church that you can read more about here and really enjoying it. Melissa is still doing well in the network marketing arena and the boys are great. Check out an article that Melissa just wrote about Nick's hospital ordeal here and an article Nick wrote about thankfulness here.

Today Melissa helped me setup a Facebook account (a little late I know) that you can checkout here. I hope to get that all figured out.

I am looking forward to some hopefully entertaining musings to share with you. Until then, leave a comment and let me know you are still out there.

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