My Top 10 Blog Posts from 2014

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Here are the top 10 blog posts I wrote in 2014 based on page views:

  1. Increasing Focus and Concentration with the Right Music
  2. 4 Things a Navy Seal Would Never Say (and We Shouldn’t Either)
  3. How I Will Lose 25+ Pounds of Body Fat in 10 Weeks (Update: a Fond Farewell to 26-27 lbs of Body Fat)
  4. God is Ginormous … so Play Big!
  5. Yield Everything Back to God to Experience the Dream
  6. 2500 Year-Old Keys to Making a Comeback When Something Bad Happens
  7. 33 Stellar Quotes About the Cross
  8. Suck It Up, Buttercup
  9. Resurrection Life in You. Right Now. Right Here.
  10. Let’s Not Allow Our Shallow Culture Confuse Us About Love

And here’s a list of the 10 most popular blog posts viewed 2014. Six of the ten were not written in 2014 … 1 was from 2013, 2 were from 2012, and 3 were from 2011. These posts are the true traffic winners for 2014.

  1. Will the Creator Show You Secrets? (George Washington Carver)
  2. Increasing Focus and Concentration with the Right Music
  3. The Value of One Minute
  4. Rudyard Kipling — “Words Are, of Course, the Most Powerful Drug Used By Mankind”
  5. Chicanery … the Constitution as a “Living, Breathing Document”
  6. 4 Things a Navy Seal Would Never Say (and We Shouldn’t Either)
  7. How I Will Lose 25+ Pounds of Body Fat in 10 Weeks (Update: a Fond Farewell to 26-27 lbs of Body Fat)
  8. Einstein said, “Never Lose a Holy Curiosity”
  9. 7 Activities to Refresh Your Mind
  10. God is Ginormous … so Play Big!

It’s interesting to see what readers are drawn to through organic search results and also by exploring the site. It’s also interesting to see which posts have “evergreen” power.

Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom and Canada were not far behind. Overall, visitors from 120 nations visited the blog.

Here’s to a great 2015 in all of your endeavors!

The Deeper Magic — What We Long For

deeper magic, white witch, narniaWe all crave to live with real wonder, in harmony with the Deeper Magic. Aren’t you weary of a lesser magic? … a magic which deceives, drawing us into a death spiral.

It means that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards. (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

Yes, there is a Deep Magic which has most things under its spell. The White Witch had a right to kill traitors to the true Kingdom. What the Witch doesn’t know is that a deeper magic is written over all things.

It’s this deeper magic that we want …

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Getting Stronger

Here’s an insight from biology and anatomy that we can apply to any area of life and work.

getting stronger, dumbbells, weight training

You’re at the gym doing resistance training with free weights. One of the exercises in your routine is to work out your calves by standing upright while holding two dumbbells at your side.  You rise up on your toes and then lower again. You’ve worked up to 2 sets of 20.

I’ve recently learned that the key to toning and building muscle tissue is that on your 2nd set, your last few reps need to push you to the point of muscle exhaustion. This is the point where it would be very uncomfortable to go any further.

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Extreme Mountain Biking on the Cuillin Ridgeline

Danny Macaskill is a Scottish daredevil, an extreme mountain cyclist. In this short film he returns to the Isle of Skye, Scotland, his native home, and defies death on the Cuillin Ridgeline.

As I watched this, I thought about risk tolerance. Am I too risk-averse? I’m not going to bike a ridgeline. But there are other areas to think about. Macaskill inspires us to transcend our territory in life and work …