Life and Theology

Aiming for 2nd place

At a family dinner last week, I overheard one cousin ask another one
this, about her recent dance competition:

Was it one of those competitions where you competed? Like for 1st or
2nd place?

The conversation then proceeded as normal.  She just wondered
whether it was a competition with prizes or one where “everyone wins” or one
where there are rankings when you’re done.  I get that.  But in the
moment, I was struck by two words: 2nd place.

Nobody competes for 2nd place, do they?

If that’s your goal, any good coach would tell you you’ve sold
yourself short.  Even if you’re not that good, you always
start out competing for the grand prize.  No NFL team says, “We hope to
lose the Super Bowl game this year.”  Coaches are honored
and revered because they won the Super Bowl, not
because they lost it.  Pitchers are remembered because they
won the World Series.

Nobody dreams about ‘winning’ second place.

So why in our churches do we think it’s ok to aim for second place
in areas like

  • leadership
  • church events
  • Sunday’s music
  • Sunday’s announcements
  • the resources we produce
  • the small groups we lead
  • the trainings we offer
  • the meetings we plan
  • the blogs we write
  • the conversations we have
  • our sermon series
  • our outreach initiatives
  • community impact

Does the Gospel make it ok for us to shoot for
Because the message is so powerful, are we then given the
freedom to not give our best effort to all areas of
our life and ministry?  It’s tough to see how God is honored when we put
forth half-hearted efforts.  Ever.

So let me be your coach today.  Don’t compete for 2nd
place!  Give it all you’ve got!

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly
prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. – Philippians


This is a great article from Ben Reed Director of community groups at Grace Community Church

Daily Reflection 15 March 2011
John 14:27- "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful."
Worries are easy to identify and peace may be a scarce commodity. But no times are too turbulent for God.


Things are going well here in Afghanistan. We are finally starting to get some nice weather. We had rain, hail, sleet, snow for the last several weeks, but last week kicked off the nice weather and I hope it continues.

I have decided to start taking some online classes. My classes start on the 11th of April. I am ready yet nervous at the same time.

Other than that, not much going on.

Be Intentional,

Luke 21:10-11

Thought this little fact was pretty interesting and wanted to share it.

Sept 11th(NY) Jan11th(Haiti) and Mar 11th (Japan)…Luke 21:10-11==Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven." Jesus says, For behold I come quickly, (so…ask yourself are YOU ready?)

Luke 21:13 says "It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness"

So as we sit and look at the chaos that is going on around the world and at home…Ask yourself–AM I READY

Be Intentional


I have been getting ready for a deployment to Afghanistan. Things have been busy with training and preparing to leave. I am currently at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

We have about 3 inches of snow on the ground right now with mnre forecasted this week.

God Speed

Monday Night Mind Dump

Wow…It has been busy around the Logsdon house.

I had a 3-day drill this past weekend.

I am praying about changing jobs. I have been looking and applying for some different jobs. Please continue to pray that God will lead me to the location that He desires.

Mel is enjoying school. She is going 2 days a week.

Rylee is really enjoying being in Preschool. He gets upset on the weekends cause he can't go to school


“Today’s church calls for leaders

“Today’s church calls for leaders who drive beyond their headlights and who design churches for people ‘who aren’t here yet,’ rather than defending models designed long ago to reach those who have long since come and gone and who don’t live here anymore.” [Lynn Anderson, They Smell Like Sheep]


Hey all

It has been to long since I last posted. Lots of things going on around the Logsdon house. I started a new job working for an ambulance service in our area. It keeps me busy since I work 24 hours on and 48 hours off

Will get on here and update more later

Be Intentional


— Post From My iPhone

UPDATE:Mission Trip

Due to the Swine Flu scare in Mexico, we have canceled the trip to Mexico this year. I am saddened as I was really looking forward to going but I do not want to catch the flu there and bring it back home.


I am so excited. I have been given the opportunity to go on my very first mission trip. A dear friend of mine recently took over as Senior Pastor of a small church here in our hometown. Westwood Baptist has partnered with a church in Fort Smith to go on this mission trip.

I am not sure of all the details yet but I do know that we will be leaving on July 10th and returning on the 17th. Please pray for us as we prepare for this trip. Please pray for me as I prepare for my first mission trip.

I also have the opportunity on this mission trip to work with my sister-in-law. I think that this will be exciting to work with her side-by-side in minitry.

Thanks and look for updates as we get closer



How would you like to have a bank
that just gave you money. This bank deposits $86,400 a day into your
account. This money is free for you to use. Free for you to spend
however you want. Sound good?

at the close of business each day you balance is reset to zero and you
lose whatever was left in their for that day. The remaining balance
each day does not carry over to the next. But at the beginning of each
day a new deposit of $86,400 is deposited. There are never any
overdraft fees with this bank. There is no limitations on you as to how
you can spend this money.

would you do with your money then? What would you do each day with
$86,400 to spend? Would you withdrawal all of it and invest it in your
future or would you go blow it all where ever you could? At the end of
each day, would you have anything to show for the money that you spent?

Who wouldn't want a bank like this one? Who wouldn't want free money? Who wouldn't invest it in their future?

Believe it or not, you have an account at a similar bank.
have access to the Bank of Time. You are given 86,400 seconds each and
everyday to use however you want. You can invest it or you can blow it.
At the end of each day the remaining time is lost never to be given
back. At the start of each day you are given a new deposit of 86,400
seconds to use for that day.

will never have overdraft charges. You will never be charged withdrawal
fees. You are free to spend your time however you choose.

The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes that there is a time and a season for everything.

Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1-8

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under
Heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a
time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear
down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time
to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to
gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to
search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to
speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time
for peace.

leave you with this thought for today: If you would take $86,400 and
invest it in your future, why wont you take 86,400 seconds that you are
given daily and do the same?