Category Archives: life

An Unexplainable Tragedy.

We have all heard of the horrific shooting tragedy that struck a school in Newtown, USA in the past week. Our human nature allows us to question why this has happened. We want answers but know that our focus and our hearts have to be with the victims families and the wider Newtown community. People even ask, if there is a God then where was He in all of this? How could he allow this to happen?

These questions are all valid but when you step back there is a big picture of the world we live in. In this world there is good and evil. These unexplainable tragedies will continue to happen. Bad things will happen as great and exciting things will continue to happen.

You know, I choose to see the good in all. Instead of looking from the bottom of the mountain, go to the top and see the whole view. It’s so much better and more to see.

Yesterday I saw a clip come across my Facebook page which I had to share with you all. A news announcer gives his answer to the question of ‘where was God in this?’ Check it out HERE.

My heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to all the victims families and the community of Newtown. I pray the peace of God will fill their hearts in this time of grief. I pray for the nation of America that in the gloom and darkness of this, that it’s heart will return to the foundation and rock which is King Jesus!

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What’s been happening?

I’m sure you’ve all asked this question before. What’s been happening?

Well for me I’m finally back online! After 6 weeks in the cyberspace wilderness I’m back into my hobby of writing blogs. There has been a lot going on in the last 6 weeks but now things seem to be getting back on track. I looked at my last blog post and it was titled ‘What makes a home? I wrote that on the 15th October.’ It got me thinking a lot of ‘water has passed under the bridge’ since that post. I’ll just give you a quick run down of the happenings of Luke in the last weeks.

The night before we moved house from Moonta Bay our battery on our laptop ‘kicked the bucket’! This didn’t bother me so much because we were busy enough with moving, that I didn’t have time to write anything. We ordered a battery online and after 2 weeks waiting for it we guessed we were ‘taken for a ride’ with this online company! Luckily for us PayPal has retrieved our money for us. After this we finally ordered one from Adelaide that was here within a few days. Then we had to sort out our internet. We had a champion bloke come and sort this out for us whose service was top-notch. He knew his stuff and his customer service was fantastic. Anything internet related, speak to Roosy at the Telstra shop in Kadina.

Ollie got to spend some time with me in the truck.

As I write this I’m enjoying a beer after finishing harvest for 2012 yesterday. This started late October and we’ve been blessed with awesome weather so we can reap with no major hold ups. I must say we are truly thankful to God with the season we’ve had. He has certainly provided for us in a big way. During this busy period I must thank my wife. There are many hours where I was not around. Getting home when kids are bathed, fed and in bed are a testament for the great job Lisa has done. Love you honey.  Spending Sundays with the family were special. When I don’t see the special people in my life for extended periods, my heart yearns for just some time with them.

The other major thing to happen was moving into our new home. The day we moved was a bit like a whirlwind. There was all hands on deck to get this done in a day. We had family and friends chip and help where needed. We’ve now settled in and we’re enjoying farm life again. Ollie loves riding around the verandah on his bike (until a few days ago, but that’s another story) and collecting eggs from the chooks each day. The flies are fantastic as well. I had to tell Ollie that ‘Flies are your friend and that’s why they’re on your face!’ It worked for a few days!

So that’s about it. Hopefully now I can get back into a bit more writing again. Stay tuned to my blog as there is some great stuff coming up. Feel free to sign up and get these direct to your email inbox. Just click at the top right under Follow Blog via Email. Also let me know what you’ve been up to recently. As I’ve experienced a lot can happen in only 6 weeks!

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Oh and for you cricket fans, here’s some news hot off the press. Australia’s greatest run scorer has retired. Ricky Ponting will retire after the 3rd Test against South Africa at the WACA. He has been a champion player so let’s get a win for him. C’mon Aussies!


It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”? Well, I was having breakfast the other day and I read it on the back of a Weet-Bix packet. I love my Weet-Bix so a truer word couldn’t be said. For the record I do four.

A truer word couldn’t be said for life as well. In each of us human’s there is something deep inside that makes us tick. Something that makes us come alive. Something that burns so deep it just spills out of you, like a bucket overflowing with water. When you tap into that inner self, life just seems to be all worthwhile.

I have a desire to leave the world in a better place than what I entered it. A few years ago I just lived and worked, worked and lived. I was living a life which wasn’t bringing my inner self to the surface. I was working in my sub-contractors business, building houses but there was something still missing.

As soon as my son Oliver was born something changed. Well, a lot changed in fact. The biggest change was that I am now responsible to bring this child up and teach him the wrong and right of life. This triggered a passion inside me to encourage and share stories with ordinary Aussie men. I am responsible to teach my son to be strong and courageous and of good character and I’m also obliged to do this with the young men of the community around me. I’m not talking about the outer physical strength, but the inner strength that can be used for the greater good of others. Here lies my passion.

The other part I’m getting know more about inside me, is my heart. I’ve always had a lot of information in my head, but didn’t know how sharing what’s on my heart can actually help others around me – and a  tip for all blokes out there….our women want our hearts. The relationship changes when you get to know her heart and she sees more of yours.

I’m learning to listen to my heart rather than my logical mind. The first thought or gut feeling is more often than not the best option. In footy terms, your first give is the best option. Don’t second guess yourself, because otherwise you’ll be wrapped up and tackled. In life it’s the same.
If you’re making decisions. Go with your gut instinct. It’s that inner sense which is very rarely wrong.

So here lies the reason for this blog. As you read my stuff, there will be a theme of viewing life from the inside out. My hope is that as you read this blog you’ll start to view your life from the inside out as well. At times I’ll share what’s on my heart. I won’t be looking for you to always agree with me but I hope that by sharing who I am, we’ll be able to learn from each other. Life is meant to be lived in relationship with others with a mutual respect for one another.

So are you going to join me, in starting to View Life Inside Out?