new blog format

hi everyone,

i just wanted all 4 of you (i kid…i think) to know that i have moved my blog to a tumblr account.

you may go here to see the new format.

enjoy,

mark stegall

Categories: Uncategorized

Clayville & Stegall = CLAYGALL

January 3, 2010 5 comments

Over New Year weekend, Cathi & I went to Portland and stayed with Brian, Jenni, Chance & Paxton. We sat around the dinner table and just let the camera roll.

He said and she said videos are available for your entertainment and education (not really)…

First… SHE SAID (starring Cathi & Jenni):

Now… HE SAID (starring Brian & Mark):

Categories: friends, Life, Random Thoughts

more heschel.

October 21, 2009 2 comments

God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light.

~Abraham Joshua Heschel

Categories: Truth, worship

about us.

October 16, 2009 2 comments

We have so much to say about the Bible that we are not prepared to hear what the Bible has to say about us.

~Abraham Joshua Heschel

Categories: Life, Truth

a missed blessing.

October 14, 2009 1 comment

When I was reading my Bible this morning, my mind went to a memory that, quite frankly, I hadn’t thought of in quite a while.  When I was a child, I remember watching cartoons, like most normal children do and I recall one cartoon in particular.  The segment was of a mother hen who had two or three chicks and they were all alone.  She had the large task of having to plant her field of corn for that year and needed help doing so.  She searched high and low to find help with this endeavor and came across a pig.  This pig was in a reasonably good mood, as he was whistling when she approached him.  She asked if he would be so kind as to help her plant her corn and the pig complained of having a stomach ache and that he, in his current position could not help her with planting the seed for the anticipated crop.

She later came across a duck and was in desperate need of assistance with this project and asked if he would be willing to help.  The duck, quacking and skipping as he crossed her path soon started to complain of a headache and that he would be unable to assist her in this chore.  The hen, upset and saddened that her barnyard companions were unwilling to help her, went back to her house and gathered her chicks and proceeded to plant the seed themselves.

That following Fall, the hen awoke one morning to find a plentiful harvest waiting for it to be picked and eaten.  She then again, went to both the pig and the duck and asked if they would be willing to help her pick the corn.  Once more, the barnyard porker and the duck complained of the same symptoms together.  At this, mother hen went away with yet another large burden on her shoulders as she would need to pick the corn herself.

Once the corn was inside her storehouse, she decided to cook and boil up some of her crop.  She then realized that she had too much and wanted to know if anyone would be willing to come and eat corn with her and her chicks.  The pig and the duck were suddenly feeling completely better and decided that they would love to help themselves to some of the corn.  The hen stopped both part-time friends and stated that she thought they were too sick to plant and harvest the corn and if this was the case then they were too sick to eat any corn and sent them on there way with medicine.

Now, the bottom line to this is that many people want the blessing of God without having to do any of the work.  What many people fail to realize is that there is bountiful blessing awaiting us in the hard sayings and the hard work of Jesus.  This, I feel is where we can grow the most in our faith.

Blessed and being a blessing.

Categories: Life, Truth

closepin.

October 6, 2009 1 comment

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It is still unclear to me at times why I desperately try to hang on to things for such dear life that I have no control over.  I suppose for a very long time I decided I wanted to take control of each and every situation of my life.  If I did not like where the progression of life was taking me, I would strive to step in and “right” what I thought was wrong even though I was intended to walk through it.

My control is a lot like a close pin.  A close pin can grip things and hold items in place up to a certain point, but when something is too heavy for that close pin to handle, it will eventually either let go of the object or it will break under its weight.  I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to take control of every situation I have come across, but I can tell you that my grip on circumstances is a lot like a close pin.  I may be able to think I am handling it up to a certain point, but eventually I either lose grip or I break under the pressure.

Over the last six months, I have really been able to come to grips with this and to take ownership where ownership must be taken and also to let go of areas that are too heavy for me to attempt to fasten my grip to.  I have learned to rejoice in the fact that I do not have to retain control of every situation in my life.  In fact, it has been quite a joy and a relief to be able to let go of those things that I know I am not intended to carry and to give them back over to God.

In a hospital room, nine times out of ten, patients and loved ones look to us to be the strong ones.  I believe that it is alright to not feel like we need to give an answer to every question that is asked.  I think, actually a sign of maturity and a sign of validating someone’s fear or sorrow is to not shy away from actually saying, “I don’t know the answer to that question.  I cannot even begin to understand what you are facing.”  This may seem vague, but sincerity can calm hearts sometimes more than knowing all the answers to life’s questions.

I thank God for the large barriers in my life.  I also thank Him for a weak grip I really have on the issues and circumstances I find myself in.  To God be the glory, great things He continues to do.

Categories: leadership, Life, Truth

risky.

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

I totally forgot I had this saved in my favorites on my iphone.  I first saw this video at the Poets, Prophets & Preachers Conference this past summer.  It’s quite inspiring.  Plus, the music is from Band of Horses, so who wouldn’t love it…right?!

Enjoy…