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Everyday Inspiration

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Who said it: Eminem or tobyMac?

posted by Alex Blackwell

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“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem

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“I’ll never be a non-stumbler. I’ll be a forgiven stumbler, but never a non-stumbler.” – tobyMac

I love music. All types of music. My car’s preset radio stations feature two Top 40, one adult contemporary, and two contemporary Christian music stations.

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On a recent commute, I was pushing numbers trying to find a good song. My fingers stopped on two songs: Eminem’s Monster and then tobyMac’s Burn for You.

After listening to the songs back-to-back, the similarities between the two artists struck me. Over the years, I’ve downloaded several songs from Eminem and tobyMac. The well-written lyrics and powerful beats inspire me.

When I hear their music I hear passion. Both men share their past; their fears, their joys and their hopes in a way that resonates from me.

tobyMac is a Christian hip hop and pop performer while Eminem is a mainstream hip hop musician. They may appeal to different audiences, but they’ve found an audience of one in me.

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Even though I don’t know them personally, I still get them – I understand them.

Who Said It?
As a way to share their music with you, and to challenge the stereotypes some folks may have of either artists, or the genres their represent, here’s a fun quiz.

Listed below are nine questions. Read the lyrics for each question and then in Comments below, let me know which artist wrote them.

You may answer all nine questions, or just answer one – it doesn’t matter. I will provide the correct answers on Saturday, May 30 by 8 a.m. Central (US). Look for an updated post then.

Ready?

Go!

Q1: Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

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Simple minded little punk
Thought I was the junk
Nobody ever told me that my doo-doo stunk
What was I out of my mind
Or was I just trippin’ on an ego

Q2; Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

Fire, takin’ it from warm to hot
Fire, gotta give it all we got
Fire, whoopsi-daisy, call me crazy, whoopsi-daisy
Come, we gonna catch that

Q3: Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted. one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
You can do anything you set your mind to, man

Q4: Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

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Come take my hand (come take my hand)
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that you’re not alone

Q5: Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

Love is in the house and the house is packed
So much so I left the back door cracked
Mama always said it’s a matter of fact
that when love is in the house the house is packed

Q6: Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

I maybe made some mistakes
But I’m only human, but I’m man enough to face them today
What I did was stupid, no doubt it was dumb

Q7: Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

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You got me feeling so fly
There ain’t a day that goes by
A supernatural high
Oh my goodness – people I can’t deny
You got me feeling so fly

Q8: Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

And to the rest of the world, god gave you the shoes
That fit you, so put ’em on and wear ’em
And be yourself, man, be proud of who you are
Even if it sounds corny,
Don’t ever let anyone tell you, you ain’t beautiful, so…

Q9: Who Said It: Eminem or tobyMac?

You’re sleep walking
I’m sleep walking
You’re sleep walking
I’m still talking
Come spark the parts in me that all but died

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Connection
No matter where you come from, the church you attend (or don’t attend), or how you express the triumphs and tragedies in your life, we are connected by the fact we are human.

Connection grows when we share our humanness so no one ever has to feel damaged or alone.

You may not approve of Eminem’s actions or cringe when hearing some of his more explicit lyrics; and you may think tobyMac is too much of an evangelist for the Christian lifestyle. But underneath what each man proclaims, feels and believes, is a person who has found the courage to inspire and comfort others.

Eminem isn’t trying to corrupt and tobyMac isn’t trying to convert – they are just trying to share the music that lives inside them.

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About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer

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10 Ways to Start Creating Again

posted by Alex Blackwell

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“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Every one of us has a desire to create something.

You may want to write a novel, paint beautiful masterpieces or act in a play. No matter what your creative interests are, it’s important you work on letting them out.

Many people let their creative side be sidelined and they push it down; ignoring it all together. The reasons for it being ignored vary from being too busy or afraid to show the world what you have created after receiving negative feedback. Don’t let your creativity sit on the back burner any longer.

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When your creativity hits a wall, try one of these 10 ways to reignite your creative spark.

1. Be okay with making mistakes. Mistakes teach you things and you will be better for it.

2. Set aside some time for your creating every week. Block out an hour a week or more if you need it.

3. Don’t get so hung up on picking out all of the bad or imperfect parts of your creations. Look for the good and remind yourself you are a work in progress.

4. Create when you are fresh, first thing in the morning. This is when you are at your best and most alert.

5. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Take risks and experiment with techniques and ideas. Let your creativity flow.

6. Put on some motivational music to inspire you. If you are creating music, listen to some of your favorite songs and let the music wash over you and inspire you to create your own.

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7. Get some exercise. A quick walk around the block or even some vigorous house cleaning can help get rid of writer’s block and allow your creativity to flow.

8. Don’t think about what you are doing. Just let it flow from your fingertips. Over thinking will always hold back your creativity.

9. Bounce your ideas off of a trusted friend. A little feedback and collaboration can help spark your inner muse and get you on the path to creating.

10. Don’t ever give up or get discouraged. Finish what you started, whether it is a masterpiece or not. Finishing is more satisfying and will give you the courage to start again.

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About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer

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Sunday Inspiration #83

posted by Alex Blackwell

Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Every single day there’s an opportunity to show kindness. Whatever the situation – a business meeting, an encounter with a stranger or a dinner with the family – showing kindness is always an option.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

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About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.

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The Three Faces of Forgiveness

posted by Alex Blackwell

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“When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” – Bernard Meltzer

I learned many years ago that forgiveness, and letting go of the anger, frees your soul to be able to look ahead and dream of the things yet to come.

Simply put, forgiveness doesn’t excuse; forgiveness sets you free.

I’ve also learned there are three distinct faces of forgiveness. Each one is wrapped in grace and offers the opportunity for healing, reconciliation and peace.

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