When my lifelong chum, Rick, passed away in 2013, I reflected on his legacy for quite awhile. He was an amazing husband, father, and social media consultant. He was all about connection and conversation. I, on the other hand, had been a terrible husband, a substandard father, a lousy friend, and I only used social media to rant. Things were turning around, but it had been a hard road with many burned bridges.
I began to look at my own legacy and pondered what I would leave behind for my children and someday my grandchildren. I began asking myself, "What is Todd Vick all about?" Do I have something to say? Would anyone listen if I did? How would I say it best?
I am a writer. I always have been. Right now I have 2 book projects going on. The first one is something that has been brewing in my heart and mind for many years. The book is tentatively titled, The Renewing of Your Mind, and it is based on Romans 12:2, ...be transformed by the renewing of your mind." The idea for the book started several years ago as a Wednesday night Bible study I was doing when I was a local church pastor. Something started happening to me as I studied and read books about the mind (brain) and how it works. There is a lot of science there and the research is ongoing. In 2001, I was introduced to Dr. Steve McVey's book, Grace Walk. I was very fortunate to connect with NY Times Best-Selling Author, John Assaraf (Having It All). John has worked with top brain scientists all over the world and has brought much knowledge about the brain to the world. I was also influenced by Vishen Lakhiani (MindValley.com) and his book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind. Vishen is a kindred spirit. In his book, he challenges us to basically question everything we have ever been taught. Finally, Dr. Steven Pinker's book, How the Mind Works, was a total game changer for me. There is so much more going on in the world around us than we care to realize.
Conservative Evangelical Christianity likes to keep things simple. Believe this, repeat that, do this, and you will go to heaven when you die. Basically God exists only in this box of ours because everyone else is wrong and we are right. For over thirty years, I propagated this antiquated belief system from within. I was one of them. I noticed very early on as a Christian and later as a minister that the Christianity we keep pushing doesn't really change people that much. Don't believe me? Go outside. Read the news. Go visit a prison. Log onto social media. Don't take my word for it. Conservative Evangelical Christianity no longer works. It is merely a brand, according to my friend and fellow author Chris Kratzer (Leatherbound Terrorism). It is a faith package that you must either buy into, or risk being forsaken by a God who demands more of us than we could ever do anyway. Enter Jesus into the picture. Grace. Faith. NOT works. Mercy, new every morning.
My book will question a lot of the stuff we are told to believe. It is not asking for you to join a movement, it is merely asking, "What if we are wrong?" It has been fun writing it and very challenging.
The second book project will be a free e-book about Five Concepts of Victory Living (hence "Victory Concepts"). Now this story started back in 2000 at a Pastor's Conference in Hixson, Tennessee. I left this particular conference inspired to start a new ministry about victorious Christian living. The problem, at that time, was that I was NOT living all that victoriously. I had one summer. One. I spoke somewhere nearly every weekend of that summer. Then, nothing. The well had dried up. My ministry of victorious living had come to a screeching halt just as fast as it had revved up. It took me a few years and a lot of therapy, but I realize now why it failed. I was not living like a winner. I had major issues. Life had thrown me some deep curves and I handled it badly. I have struggled with severe depression and anxiety for many years.
After Rick died, I realized that my legacy was not going to be a pretty one. Inspired by Rick and some others, I developed these five concepts over several years to winning at life:
- Live Purposefully
- Love Deeply
- Laugh Heartily
- Learn Diligently
- Leave the World Better Than You Found It
I work very hard to incorporate these concepts into my daily life. Now I feel that I am at a place where I can finally unpack these concepts for you. The e-book will be free of charge. It will be my gift to you.
Thank you for stopping by! It's been awhile. My blog hit a brick wall a couple years ago. It is now new and improved! A brand new Facebook page is on the horizon. I am also toying with the idea of a podcast (my gosh, there are SO MANY).
I am delighted for you to come with me on this journey! You are amazing and you are deeply loved!