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No Regrets

Brent Carl writes a great article about having “no regrets” in ministry. He talks about his struggles and how God has provided for his family as he lives a life of sacrifice. It serves as a great reminder for us all. Here’s an excerpt:

It was as if a light went on in my spirit as God brought situation after situation to my mind of how he has been guiding my life to this point, and in the process every decision that I have made in accordance with His leading has also affected my wife and kids. I mean I knew that that is the way it works, but as I sat there listening to the song I was really blasted with the fact that every decision I make impacts others…especially my family.

I must be honest, that kind of reality scares me to death, because that adds a ton of pressure…I mean its one thing to follow God’s lead for your life, but when there are three other lives included in the decision, it changes things for sure.

My hope and prayer is that my kids, just like Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline can look back 20 years and say…”I was the son of a preacher, and he was a rich poor man.” And that my wife can say the same kinds of things about her husband, because the truth is, that this path of ministry that we’re on is never going to bring the things that this world points to as success and symbols that you’ve arrived.

Check out the rest of it at his blog 97…3…the Stat.

Text2Mindmap

Patti Gibbons tweeted about this last week, and I love the concept. It’s an easy way to make mindmaps of stuff (which are great for remembering and outlining things).

Text2Mindmap is a web-based mindmap creation tool that allows you to input your text and it automatically creates a mindmap for you. Then you can download the mindmap as a jpeg to view offline. It’s quick, easy, painless, and useful.

(Image by: Lifehacker)

Animoto

If you like to make slideshows for your events, but you’re bored with the same old look, you should definitely check out animoto.

Using your video and music, they put together the slideshow for you and allow you to embed it into your blog or website. The videos are great and give you professional effects and transitions with no need to know anything about video editing.

Right now, the free version allows you to make a 30 second video, but for $3 you can make a full-length video which includes the ability to download it to your computer. For $30 a year, you can make as many full-length videos as you want.

Check out a video from animoto here.

American Teen

American Teen should be an interesting documentary about youth culture in American high schools.

The cameras follow a jock, geek, rebel, princess, and a heartthrob, through their last year in high school in Indiana. It will probably be a pretty good picture of what high school students go through.

(Via: YSMarko)

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