Two days ago, we were having our normal, Friday Family Fun Day (yes, we have our family day on Friday while most everyone else is working…it’s awesome!).

We had already had breakfast together, played miniature golf, purchased my daughter some shoes for our upcoming trip and picked up a few treats from the Paletería (that’s a Mexican popsicle place for those that don’t habla español) before heading home for a break.

It had been a pretty fun day up to that point.

Once we had pulled into the driveway, things started falling apart on me.

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We are in a season of incredible political divisions.

Sure, there seems to be no valid option for the next person who will lead this once great nation into whatever chaos seems to be inevitably coming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all entrench ourselves into our most recent set of beliefs and spray those opinions on the digital world around us with little regard for the consequences.

But you can’t just start posting your thoughts on Facebook willy-nilly.

There needs to be some sort of strategy and thought behind it or there’s a good chance your “friends” and “followers” might not heed your political advice and follow you down the path most taken.

So, with that in mind, here is a new 5 Non-Points: Political Advice on Social Media version. (warning: these will not be beneficial to you at all)

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Warning: You are about to enter my memory lane.

One of my fondest childhood memories was the Christmas my family spent in the snowy mountains of Colorado.

We cheated death every time my Dad drove us up that icy, winding, narrow road to the cabin and enjoyed snowball fights (which rarely happened in Texas) and warming up with some hot chocolate after an afternoon of playing and avoiding the 20 foot drop off behind the cabin.

Great time. Great memories.

But the moment that sticks out to me the most was Christmas morning as we came downstairs and my brothers and I were able to collectively unwrap the Nintendo gaming system we had been begging for over the previous several months.

It was incredible. We took turns seeing how far each of could get on Mario and pretended to be expert marksmen with Duck Hunt. (That console was expensive enough. Extra games would come later.)

And thus began a long and deep fascination with video games. Running, jumping, shooting, dodging, defeating, rescuing. Don’t know about females, but for a young boy, this little electronic device actually fulfills many of our deep desires…without ever leaving the couch.

And this is a problem.

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I turn 35 today.

Straight downhill to my 40s and just over a third of the way through my life (yep, plan to live past the big 1-0-0).

As has been the case for the last several years, this one snuck up on me.

I get so wrapped up in the daily routine and “busy-ness” of my life, I often forget to take time to reflect on the tremendous blessings I have been given.

From an amazingly loving and supportive family to great friends, a church body and business partners; I could not imagine a more fulfilling set of influential people.

Just blessed!

Of course, my mind always takes a sharp turn toward the two girls that have taken ahold of my heart in a way I could have never comprehended before. Nor would I ever hope to have the appropriate words to describe their importance to the ever-developing man and human that I am.

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I hate exercise.

I know, I know. Hate is a very strong word and I need to be careful throwing it around too casually.

I stand by my statement 100%.

I HATE it. Hate, hate, hate.

Is that strong enough for you?

Exercise is the worst. I know I’m weak and my body is quickly declining into a mushy blob of flesh. I don’t need to run a mile, complete a max number of 3 push-ups or even dead press 25lbs to remind me.

Watching what I eat is even harder.

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