Seven ways that practicing thankfulness helped me gain a new perspective on life, entrepreneurship, and failure.

Huntington Beach by Chris Redrich

Late one night about a month ago I was laying sleeplessly in bed when I realized that I had stopped being thankful. It had to be at least 2am and I had been dwelling on all my failures for at least 3 hours.

This was on repeat inside my head:

You’re two months into this and you’re nowhere. You are a failure. You are not meant to be an entrepreneur. Sure you’ve acquired a few contract clients to pay the bills, but you are nowhere with building a sustainable business.

Then with a force stronger than gale force winds, I…

Day two at #GCNConf 2015

If day one was an invitation to the table to break bread together, today my cup runs over. I am spiritually fed in an abundance of grace that I can hardly process. I am both filled up and emotionally exhausted. But like a gluttonous child with candy, I keep

Danny Cortez shared a testimony about his decade long journey wrestling with the Scriptures surrounding homosexuality that lead him to affirm same-sex relationships in his church. His grace filled me up in ways that I sorely needed.

The goal of our faith is not marriage equality…

Day one at #GCNConf 2015

On our first date I told Matthew about a book I just read that spoke deeply to my heart as a gay man reconciling his faith with his sexuality. I was so excited to talk to another gay Christian about this book. The book was entitled Torn by Justin Lee. What I didn’t know at the time was that Matthew not only knew of the book, he had met called Justin a friend.

Justin is the founder of the Gay Christian Network (GCN) hosts an annual conference where gay Christians from around the world gather…

Four tips for bringing the joy back to Facebook and Twitter

Reclaim Your Newsfeed Our newsfeeds have made it near impossible to celebrate the joy in the lives of our friends. They have become full of fear mongering headlines, link-bait Upworthy posts, and sensationalized media. All this noise has caused us to miss much of the beauty of life in favor of fear, pain, and speculation.

Huffington Post, Upworthy, and even Google are working to liberate the world’s information for us all to see. The crisis in the Ukraine, the horrendous violence in Fergusson, and not to mention the political…

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A twenty-something existensial crisis in the making

For most of my life I have actively pursued this elusive ideal called success. I believed that it was the foundation to happiness. The inherent flaw in that logic is now painfully obvious.

I have a nearly unhealthy level of motivation for success. It is something that I will attain and no obstacle will stand in my way.

From the outside looking in, I have succeeded. I graduated high school, earned a bachelors degree, and I have been blessed with a career path that is incredibly bright. …

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This proverbial plank in my eye is incredibly painful

About two weeks ago I sat down with my Bible in hand ready to read. I have been working my way through the Old Testament at a slow pace but this time I was yearning for something different. Something where I could be certain God was speaking to me. I finally settled on the book of Matthew.

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5

This wasn’t my first rodeo with this verse. Of course I had heard it many times…

Chris Redrich

Director of Product at Central Desktop. Passionate about Jesus, business and technology.

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