Reflections on Proverbs 25:27

I’ve been reticent to promote myself or promote our organization like I ought to on social media platforms and even sometimes through speaking engagements because I’ve felt that it’s egocentric or narcissistic.  I think this proverb written thousands of years ago in the Hebrew Old Testament is very counter-cultural to our present culture of self-promotion. A majority of people have Instagram and Facebook and they have their own opinions and we have Yelp, etc. Everything’s based off on approval ratings and what “I” think. And I think that there’s a fuzzy line where our ego and our self can become the center of the universe. We can think so highly of our opinions and ourselves and get stuck on our own glory that we think this is the way reality ought to be when it’s far more beautiful, far more powerful when somebody else praises you rather then you promoting yourself.
There’s been multiple times where I’ve done something small like picked up after my roommates or cleaned their dish or took out the trash. Later, somebody else will ask, who did the dishes? Or who picked up the trash? And nobody knows who it was and I want to say it was me, rather than not needing the credit.
Why do I need their acknowledgment that I did it? Why? Because I want to glorify myself. There’s a part of my heart that wants to get glory. I want to be the star, I want to be the superhero. I think it takes a dying to self on multiple spheres of life to be dependent on God raising you up through other people. If somebody’s kind, they don’t have to say they’re kind, people just know it. If you’re generous, you don’t need to say you’re generous. This proverb when it talks about seeking your own glory, there’s something very ugly about it and that’s why I’ve been reticent to promote us and promote myself.
But I’m very glad that Shannon Fox has come on with Minute Marketing because I feel like it’s less personal when I promote my thoughts or Unity 4 Orphans. She’s doing it from her perspective and it just feels right and it’s been blessed I think.
But I do prophetically want to ask you to look deep into your soul and analyze if there’s a spirit of self-promotion or glorification of self or other people rather than God or the oppressed. And see it for the ugliness it is. But at the same time, Jesus says to be as wise as a serpent, innocent as a dove, and to be shrewd about how to make money. I’m trying to learn and trust our board and my friends that are business people that we do need to promote ourselves and brand ourselves and our business. Because if we don’t promote our business, not as many people have the opportunity to hear about what we do. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? Of course it exists, but nobody hears it or sees it. If we don’t promote our business on all the different marketing platforms then not as many people have the opportunity to hear about our mission.
There’s this tension of not letting self-glory drip out, ooze out, in a bunch of different areas, personally and professionally. But at the same time, if you’re trying to grow your business or your sphere of influence, there is an element of faith where you need to step out and say, this is what I think and this is who I am. In the past, I have in my brokenness and pain not wanted to promote what we’re doing with Unity 4 Orphans, but now we’re stepping into a new season and I’m going to try and adopt the various business marketing techniques of promoting your business, of having a blog and letting my voice be heard and seeing what happens. But as I do this, I want you to know that I don’t want to glorify myself, I want to glorify Jesus and God and lift up the vulnerable poor that my team is trying to help.

A Weekend With the Surf Church in Baja Mexico

Last weekend I was fortunate to travel down to Baja Mexico with members of the Surf Church at La Jolla Christian Fellowship. We spent an epic weekend surfing and bonding before visiting a local orphanage. We loved on the kids and showed them the film, Walking on Water, which was translated into Spanish. Really cool to share that with them. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s a Christian surf documentary which features several pro surfers.


This was also a vision trip for what could be. I hope to do some trips in the future where we bring people down to surf and then do good at the same time by visiting local orphanages and communities. Like an overnight version of the trips we currently do at Unity 4 Orphans with some surfing mixed in. If this were to get off the ground, would you have an interest in participating?

Conquering Doubts and Starting a Blog

Friends, I’ve decided to start a blog. There are a lot of reasons why I didn’t want to start one and still don’t really want to, but I’m going to push through them because I think the positives outweigh my personal hesitations. If you have a blog or public persona, I’d like to know what personal fears you conquered or struggles you overcame when making your own decision to venture into this realm of blogging/creating.


6 Reasons Why I Didn’t Want to Start a Blog:


-Will people even find this worth reading? Does it add value to people’s lives or to a particular conversation?

Am I Smart Enough to Have a Blog?

Am I Drawing Too Much Attention to Myself?

-I feel like there’s such a culture of self-promotion today that I was hesitant to engage. But I’m going to try to walk that line between self-promotion and giving value/raising awareness.


-It’s hard for me to sit down, focus, and write a whole blog. I want to see things through to completion, but I also know myself and know this won’t be as easy for me as it is for some people.


-There are so many blogs out there, will anyone even want to read or listen to what I have to say?

The Internet is a Noisy Place

-There’s so much content on the Internet, some of it great and some of it garbage, I don’t want to just add to the noise. I want to provide value and give a voice to the voiceless.


5 Reasons Why I’m Doing It Anyway

-I believe God has given me a unique perspective and a prophetic voice to say something.

-I’ve been called to a unique niche of people. I have a responsibility to the poor and to the vulnerable children, to be their voice in a noisy, busy world.

-I believe keeping a blog will me work through my own issues surrounding shame and negative self-talk. It’ll also keep me from giving into fear.

-I want to do more speaking to raise awareness about the issues facing the poor and vulnerable children. I hope this blog will help open those doors.

-I hope this blog will me raise awareness and ultimately money for Unity 4 Orphans through a different channel.


On this blog, I intend to share more of the personal story that led to the creation of Unity 4 Orphans and more of the behind-the-scenes of the organization. But I’ll also be sharing lighter stuff, too. Movie reviews (if you know me, you know I love to watch movies), bible verses, favorite videos and memes, stuff from my travels, my thoughts, and whatever else develops organically. I hope you’ll join me at