Josh Brage

Catalyst Pictures from Shaina
June 25, 2008, 10:56 am
Filed under: Catalyst

Hey you really should check out my Flickr stream. I uploaded over 100 pics from last week that the amazing Shaina took. They rock. Get over there, comment on them, etc! Have fun!


Burn Out
June 25, 2008, 10:54 am
Filed under: Catalyst, Morning, Philosophical, Whatever

“Guys ask me, ‘don’t you ever get burnt out?’ And I say, ‘How can you get burned out doing something you love? I mean do you ever get tired of kissing a pretty girl?” – Tommy Lasorda

GREAT leadership quote. I was thinking about this over the weekend as I was talking to someone who was starting to protect themselves against burnout a little bit. There is nothing wrong with that, we MUST live balanced, healthy lives – especially as leaders/ministers. I know that I have to try and stay balanced, do my laundry, not push so hard all the time, etc. . .

BUT, I also realized that since Wednesday August 8, I have been in Catalyst every Wednesday night. With the exception being the holidays when Catalyst was not held. I thought about my life and realized that I am just fine. Today, I am just as excited for Wednesday night as I usually am, if not more so. I love what I do. I get excited every week for this moment. It is thrilling to me. Remnant is thrilling to me. Catalyst is exhilarating. I don’t think that it is going to get old anytime soon…

In Memory of George Carlin (the only thing I have ever liked from his mouth)
June 23, 2008, 10:40 am
Filed under: Whatever

My Heart is What Matters
June 23, 2008, 9:56 am
Filed under: Morning, Uncategorized, Walk with God

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord; looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up, causing trouble, and by this many become defiled… (Hebrews 12:14,15)

Sometimes we get in modes where things like JUSTICE, BEING RIGHT, VALIDATION all seem to be so important. Sometimes those things are important. What I am learning right now, is that the bigger issue is my heart. The majority of the time that I spend with God is focused on keeping my heart right. Does it work? Sometimes. Othertimes, I stare at myself in the mirror and just realize how much sin, vileness and depravity is really in me. It is scary.

Why do I bring all this to your attention today? Because last night I got my feelings hurt. The hows and wheres aren’t terribly important, but I got hurt. It is an ongoing situation, that has not had any resolution and it continues to be painful to me. Last night, I was faced with multiple options. I could judge them, tell them to shove off, ignore all of it and just talk about it with other people, I could hope for vengeance, I could wish for restitution, I could dream of the butt-chewing of a lifetime that I would like to give… However, none of that does any good for anyone. Period.

The only thing that matters is my heart before God. I MUST do everything that I can to keep my heart surrendered, soft and pure before God. The only thing that keeping this hurt/offense/pain does is push my heart farther towards bitterness. Bitterness drives me away from God’s presence. It creates an odd addiction. An addiction to self. An addiction to thinking about it all. It does absolutely nothing for my pursuit of Christ.

It is difficult to do. It seems that it is taking awhile to heal. I do alright for awhile and then something happens (like last night) and I am thinking/dealing/fighting with all of it again. But I am NOT going to let it beat me. I am going to stay soft-hearted before God.

One last thought process, speaking as someone who is leading more and more. This topic/battle is one of the biggest. I have watched as one person got their ‘feathers’ ruffled and then it spreads. That is a very bad thing for a flock. It is bad for them. It is bad for the individual. It is bad for the group. It is very bad. I just hope that I keep myself from ever allowing that ‘root’ to enter a group through my life.

New Office Pics
June 19, 2008, 7:31 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

3 Days
June 18, 2008, 9:53 am
Filed under: Morning

So, this is something awesome in my life right now… I haven’t taken a shot from my albuterol inhaler for my lung(s) since Sunday during softball. That is really amazing to me. To put it in perspective for you, my usual range for that bad boy is 6-8 hours. Now, I am pushing 3 days. God is healing me, ever so slowly, but He is doing it!

(in celebration, here is a puppy)

New Office
June 16, 2008, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Rockstar, Whatever

Today, I set up my brand new office. Multiple things are running through my brain.

Transition is always just awkward. I know that I have blogged it before, but it is still true. Oh and by the way, I am still feeling it. There is still uncertainty. Certain levels of questioning my own world. “Am I going to do well in this new position?” “Do I have any clue what I am doing??” “Will P. Aaron like me?” I know how silly those questions sound, but they are coursing through my brain. I deal with so many acceptance/rejection issues, especially with leaders. Actually, I am doing better, but I am still dealing. You know?

My new office is probably one of the coolest things to ever happen to me. Please understand, I absolutely LOVE it! It is sweet. Come on by some time! I welcome pop-ins. I am in here Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings (sometimes. . . )

I like new things. Novelty is fun. It is exciting. There is a certain thrill that comes with it. I am feeling so much anticipation today. So many good things going on in my world! I feel very blessed right now!