Archive for January, 2011

Using simple math, find out who your role model truly is.  Mine was a BIG surprise.  It certainly wasn’t who I would have picked.

DON’T SCROLL DOWN YET!!

FIRST, do the simple math below.
THEN, scroll down to find your hero.

Do not scroll down until you do the math!!

It is truly remarkable just how accurate this is!
1)  Pick your favorite number between 1 and 8
2)  Multiply your choice by 3
3)  Add 3
4)  Multiply again by 3
5) You’ll get a 2 digit number…..maybe 42, for example
6) Add the digits together.  Example 4 and 2 = 6

Now Scroll down.

With that number, see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list  below:

  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Mother Theresa
  4. Ronald Reagan
  5. Bill Gates
  6. Gandhi
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. Babe Ruth
  9. Matt Riggins
  10. Winston Churchill
  11. Barbara Walters
  12. Dalai Lama

I know, I know…I just have that effect on people…One day you, too, can be like me….Believe it!

P.S. Stop picking different numbers!!  I AM YOUR IDOL, JUST DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!

Happy Friday!

My “Just for Fun” predictions for the weekend are:

  • Steelers 23; Jets 13
  • Packers 27; Bears 24

Go ahead and put your predictions in the comments section.

 

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Yes… my kids.  Plural.  You’ll see…

Over the last week, I have started a new adventure – it’s call New Thru 30.  I randomly found it on a website and the idea is to read through the New Testament in 30 days.   Giving me much encouragement, 29 other people also signed up to read through the New Testament in 30 days.  God knew what he was doing when he put this team together – 30 people, 30 days, 30 lives forever changed became our motto once we realized there were 30 of us.  30/30 club!

So lately, I’ve been spending more time reading and emailing my fellow readers rather than updating the blog.

But good news for you today!  I have 2 brand new videos of me hanging out with my kids.  Yes – I do consider my dog Max one of my kids.  I hope you enjoy them both.

Oh… and I’ll pick the following winners for this weekend: Steelers, Packers, Bears, Patriots

Have a great weekend!

In my family, one of our all-time favorite movies is “What about Bob”.  In fact, I cannot spend at least 5 minutes around my cousin Eben without him quoting a scene from the movie.  The last time we visited Atlanta, Eben made a special trip to Blockbuster to rent What About Bob.  Then we watched it and laughed over and over again like it was the first time we had ever seen it.

If you remember the movie, when Bob met Dr Marvin for the first time, Leo gave him the following advice:

When you leave this office, don’t think about everything you have to do in order to get out of the building, just think to what you must do to get out of this room, and when you get to the hall, deal with that hall,and so …You see ? Baby steps !

Baby Steps!

Too many times when making a New Year resolution – I always think too BIG!  I always have good intentions, but what ultimately happens is that by the end of January (or sometimes by the end of the 1ST WEEK of January), I’ve already lost focus and my resolution has been forgotten.  This year I’m taking a different approach. Baby Steps!  Instead of thinking what I must to do make it to next December with my resolution, I’m going to try and make it to February.

You may ask: But the headline of this blog post has the word “ENTIRE” in it.  Did I read that right?  HOW IS THIS BABY STEPS!?!  Good question.  And I agree.  But… for me the baby part of it is the 30 days.  If I can get through the 30 days, then I will make a commitment to continue a reading plan for the next 30 days, etc.

Upon reading some “year-end reviews” from some of my favorite writers/bloggers/pastors – I came across this idea.  An intense New Testament reading plan that a church in North Carolina did at the beginning of last year.  The concept was simple: Read through the ENTIRE New Testament in 30 days. To help us not get too overwhelmed, the 30 days actually includes “Grace Days” which allow you to catch up if you missed anything or fell behind.  My plan is to begin on Monday, January 10.

I’m curious if any of you would like to join me on this journey.  Yes, it will be intense and aggressive and will mean making a serious short-term commitment.  It will require probably at least 30-45 mins of reading a day.  But if you’re serious about it – you will find was to use the time you are probably currently wasting to read your Bible.  For example, I have an hour to eat lunch every day – does it really take me an hour to eat lunch?  Doubtful – therefore I will be able to use some time there to read the Bible.

If you are interested in seeing the schedule, visit this website, and click on “reading plan”.  Remember, this plan was created for 2010 so the dates don’t line up exactly with 2011 dates.

If you decide to join me – please let me know in the comments or via email at matt.riggins80@gmail.com and I can include you on encouraging texts/emails throughout the 30 days.

After all – what’s a better way to start out your New Year by deciding to read the Bible more.  It’s almost like a vacation!

Have a great vacation everyone! (Me too!) <— sorry a little What about Bob inside joke there.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how my blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 53 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 114 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 21mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 16th with 168 views. The most popular post that day was Marine Biologist – Behind the Scenes.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, My Comments, mail.yahoo.com, and bryanallain.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for matthew riggins blog, youth group halloween party ideas, christmas song, extreme home makeover, and old hymns – jesus saves.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Marine Biologist – Behind the Scenes September 2010
2 comments

2

Embarrassing Moments September 2010
6 comments

3

Our Trip to Outback October 2010

4

Random Wednesday October 2010
3 comments

5

Creating Good Memories October 2010
5 comments

 

Thanks to everyone for reading.  I’m looking forward to 2011!