Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanks Giving

So, I usually get a little emotional around Thanksgiving… I can't help it. There's just something about this time of year that makes me take a step back and really notice all the blessings in my life. This year is no different. Actually, it's probably a little worse than normal. I recently started to reflect on how this thing all started and how far it has evolved in such a short time. It amazes me what God has done in my life and the lives of others through a simple little bracelet. And with that epiphany, I wanted to give credit where credit is due. Below is a list of some people that have been instrumental in the success of this thing:

God – for inspiring the idea… and pretty much everything else… ever.

Jesus – for the ultimate example of love and sacrifice

My Wife Morgan – for believing in me and encouraging me to zealously pursue my dreams… and for having the patience to deal with me throughout the long, time consuming process

My Son Lanier – for motivating me to do something bigger than myself

My Mom – for convincing me at a young age that I could change the world

My Family – for always standing behind me

Stewart – for giving me a starting point

Len – for turning an idea into a reality

Joe & Jenica – for the pull and the pop

Greg – for giving me a passion for creativity and an appreciation for quality

Lil' John – for wearing the mark everyday, even though it probably cuts off your circulation.

Gary – for showing me how to lead

Jared & Miriam – for working your fingers to the bone

Jonathan, Lauren, Michael & Kayla – for rounding out the assembly line

Aaron – for making it a fashion statement

Michael – for putting words into *motion

Brian – for being more excited about the idea than me

ODM Family – for sparking the flame

Joe – for telling everybody you meet

Lee – for wearing it in front of millions of people

Dave – for reading my mind

Audra – for being a wordsmith

Bill & Cindy – for making me feel important

Steve – for seeing the potential

Neil & Sue – for taking it global

The Staff of Select Bank – for putting up with me

LWI – for saving lives

I am so thankful for you guys and I hope you realize… that I realize… that I couldn't have done it without you.

And a big phat THANK YOU goes out to everybody else that has supported the mend mark project and has inspiringly used it to spread the message of Christ's love. I am sincerely humbled by your support.

Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Recent Testimonials

Below are some recent testimonials on how the mend mark is working in people's lives... Do any of them relate to your experience?

I am absolutely blown away by how God is using the mend mark to spread the gospel and change the hearts of those who I get to talk to about it. Truly, I am at a loss for words. It is such a blessing.

- Reagan

My wife bought me a mend mark back in May and I haven't taken it off since. I can't even count the number of people I have been able to tell the story too. It's more than just a bracelet... it's a full-blown ministry.

- George

I was recently given a mend mark bracelet by my sister and brother-in-law. I look at it throughout the day, and it is amazing what thoughts cross my mind. It is a true reminder of who we serve and why we do! Bravo!

- Shonya

I put the bracelet on and had a very powerful emotional reaction. I mean, I was wearing something that reminds me of the nails in Jesus' hands and feet. I could barely look at it because it was such a powerful reminder.

- Mimi

I get asked about it all the time. It seems to happen out of the blue... I could be at a restaurant or with my family and friends. It's almost as if I'm forced to explain the message and meaning! It helps to remind me to stay focused on what's really important in life, especially when I feel down and out.

- Newton

I purchased a few mend marks a while back and when people would see me wearing one they would ask what it represented. The response I would get when I told them was overwhelming so I would just givethem mine. I recently gave my last one away... so now it's time to stock up again. Thank you for providing an awsome way to remind the world of the love that Jesus has for us!

- Melina