Spectator or Contributor?

I hate to watch baseball, but I have fun playing baseball. I suck though so you probably shouldn’t invite me to be on your league team. I love to watch football, but I’d rather play.

Bottom line is I would rather be a contributor than a spectator. I would rather know that I had a hand in the process of creating something. Contributing creates ownership and community.

I listen to a show called TBTL (it’s on 97.3 KIRO 7-10 pm weekdays or you can podcast it). To me the brilliance of TBTL is that they allow the audience to contribute. And it’s not just about making an argument about something like most talk radio. TBTL allows people to participate in creating the actual content of the show, and their blog.

Case in point, I sent a video to Jen the producer today:

Jen not only posted it on their blog but she emailed me to tell me she like it and posted it.  I’m not a contributor to TBTL-dom.  This is not the first time I’ve submitted something to TBTL, but every time I submit something and they use it TBTL stock goes up in my mind.  I feel like I’m part owner of TBTL.  That makes TBTL more fun for me, and I’m sure other folks who have contributed to the show feel the same way.  Just ask Doug Shrecengost.

What are you contributing to?  Your Church, Community, the company you work for?  How can you contribute to making it better, stronger, more fun?  Don’t just spectate and criticize, contribute.  That’s the best way to make your mark on something.

In the Church world, this is my area of knowledge, the people who are most invested in the church are those who contribute, not just money, but time and energy.  They are the ones who are your key indicators to health.  They are the ones who bring life to organizations that are struggling.  The contributors are key to the future.  So my challenge then is to not just raise up leaders or volunteers, but to raise up contributors.

Thanks TBTL for the life lesson.  (Cue the more you know music . . . Flying star . . . )

Judah is Super Famous Now

This video of Judah got posted to the Too Beautiful To Live blog.

Judah is saying, “Carol Hold My Calls” which is from an SNL sketch, which TBTL made their free ringtone of the week.  Which I downloaded, and judah then learned.  You can get their ringtones here.

TBTL is a radio show on Kiro 7-10 pm.  To explain it simply would be impossible.  But it’s my favorite podcast for driving around and when I am doing administrative stuff in the office.

Here’s the thing that makes TBTL great, the audience is a contributor to the show.  I feel like I have an investment in the show, because I’ve sent them ideas.  Instead of just saying, “this is the show that we want to do . . . deal with it Cate Blanchett.”  They turn to their audience to help make the show.  Love it.

(There is so much that the church can learn from this kind of model.)

My Son Is Famous

I listen to a radio show podcast – TBTL, which is short for Too Beautiful To Live.  Great show!  Last monday Judah and I were bored and we were playing with Garage Band which was awesome.  I had Judah says, “boom roasted”, “RAWR”, “Come On”, and “Awesome”.  All of which are regular audio drops on TBTL. On a whim I emailed the recording to the TBTL host, Luke Burbank.

Like I said I listen to the TBTL on podcast so I’m a little behind.  Today i was listening to last monday’s show and what do you know, I heard them playing our recording.  How fun.

If you are not listening to TBTL, I would recommend it, it’s a great, fairly random podcast on 97.3 KIRO, weeknights from 7-10. or you can get the podcast on mynorthwest.com/tbtl.  If you want to download the specific episode where Judah was “featured” you can download that here.  You should listen to the whole thing, but you can hear Judah around the 23 minute mark.  Enjoy.