Vigilance! How’s the intentionality of your life?…


No this isn’t a post about your rights, or the neighborhood watch, or some other thing to be paranoid and to look out for…but when I came across this word today, those were the things that I related vigilance to.  Google vigilance images and you will also see that this is what most people relate the word to…this got me thinking what do I need to be vigilant about?

Gary Thomas (actually met Gary in Maui..nice guy) said this about the virtue of vigilance:

To be vigilant is to live with a mindfulness about life, your own attitudes, and your actions.  Scripture encourages us to live a thoughtful and reflective life: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live”……

Then I found this quote from J.C. Ryle (don’t worry I have no clue who this is either)

“lack of thought is one simple reason why thousands of souls are cast away forever.  Men will not consider, will not look forward, will not look around them, will not reflect on the end of their present course, and the sure consequences of their present ways, and awake at last to find they are damned for lack of thinking.”

Lack of vigilance has led us to “I don’t know..” 

How did you get where you are currently at? In life, in your job, your financial situation, spiritually, all faucets of your life.  How did you get there?  For so long my answer was “I don’t know” I am a firm believer that none of us set out to be average.  When we were kids our dreams were not to be status quo, our sights were not on ordinary.  So what happened?  When did the dreams of being great, changing the world, crazy audacious things die?

A couple of years ago I realized that I had surrendered my free will to habits.  With this came a routine, and after being in that routine for a while I stopped dreaming.  I still had dreams, but they were more “realistic” they were things that were achievable on the current path or life direction I was headed.  You see I had spent 10 years in a job and realized one day- I never wanted that job….I didn’t hate it, but it certainly didn’t fuel my passion or my purpose.  I was asking myself “How did I end up here?” and why was I still “there”. Truth is, they paid me just enough that I didn’t think I could quit; I was “comfortable”.  I love this clip from “Up in the Air” (warning it has bad words in it- couldn’t find an edited version)

Ron Reynolds says “By the time most people are 30, not only have they given up on their dreams, they can’t even remember them”  That hit home for me- everything was just happening around me.  Our lives are merely a reflection of our thinking, and my life had become mostly void of thought- habit and circumstance had taken over.  One day a friend asked me where I thought I would be in five years…I honestly couldn’t say.  Then I asked myself- where do I want to be?  That was the question that started the stirring.  A stirring where the dreams of making a difference, impacting the world, and showing my children the world I had only dreamed about came to light.  It didn’t stop at the dreaming stage though- I took action..things changed..I changed.

Today I am not 100% on track to be honest.  I still have periods where I am not as vigilant as I need or want to be.  I do however, still have a plan, that is making Freedom for my family a reality.  Freedom not to do what we want, but Freedom to do what we feel we are called and purposed to do.  You are always free to do what you want, but are you on track to doing those things you were destined to do with the consequences you desire?  What is holding you back from chasing your dreams?

Thanks for reading- if you feel so inclined I would love to know what dreams are stirring in your heart- please share in the comments section.  Be vigilant!  Don’t let them stay as merely dreams- get into action TODAY!  

You were not put on this world to be average!



12,328 days…..



As I write this, I have been alive for 12,328 days….the book pictured above was a gift to Keren and I from Richard and Sherry Wright (President & CEO and his wife of AdvoCare), and if you will let it, this book will change your life- get it and read it today.

The New Year is a time for starting over, starting fresh, making a resolve to do better, do more, achieve those goals- it is a time that most Americans become very introspective.  The book was timely for the new year, and some other things I often wonder and think about….thanks for partaking in my thoughts..

What are your dreams and are you pursuing them or have you given up on them?  I will be bold and state for most of you reading this blog that: There is more to life than what you are currently living!  The challenge is for you to find out what is missing?  What is your plan for the future?  You see, tomorrow is not promised and if today was your last day, what would your legacy be?

While your time is limited there is plenty of it if you begin living life on purpose, with a purpose!

There are 8,765 hrs in a year, roughly 2,000hrs spent working (40hr/wk), 2,190 hrs sleeping, this leaves 4,575 hrs left to do what you want.  SO, what is it that you want?  Tony Robbins once said “Life will pay whatever price you ask of it”.  Often times in our culture we don’t want to work for it, we seek the immediate reward.  We cannot put down the good in order to sacrifice and achieve the greatness God has in store for us.

As you move forward into 2013 I encourage you to take action!  Take serious self-inventory about what needs to change in your life and go about doing it.  What are you allowing in, that derails you from your goals, and dreams?  What are you reading, what are you watching, listening to, and most importantly who are you hanging around.  IT DOES MATTER, in fact more than you think.  I love this quote:

  • Watch your thoughts, they become words.
  • Watch your words, they become actions.
  • Watch your actions, they become habits.
  • Watch your habits, they become your character.
  • Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Lastly, who do you allow to speak truth into your life?  Not agreement, not comfort, but truth.  If you don’t have a friend, spouse, loved one, or mentor who will speak truth into your life find one.  Seek counsel (wisdom & experience) rather than opinions (ignorance).

Here is to a great 2013!  God Bless you all, now go get and read the book!  Please share your honest thoughts and feedback.


Maya the bee, Buster Banana, Bullfrog and Nicknames…..


Nicknames….I have always loved nicknames, I especially love when I am the one to assign them.  You see, just like George in Seinfeld, very rarely can you assign yourself your own nickname and have it stick- you could be shooting for “T-Bone” and end up with “Ko-Ko the Monkey”.  That is the reality with nicknames you get what you get and unfortunately sometimes you can’t shake them…Some people have names built for nicknames- Thank you Three Dog Night for ensuring that nearly every time I meet someone for the first time I hear an out of tune rendition of “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog” that quickly trails off when people realize a) they don’t know any lyrics to the song or b) that I probably have heard this hundreds of time in my life.

So without further ado….here are some of the nicknames I have, or have had in my life and the history behind them and some classics I have issued

Miah:  This is obviously short for Jeremiah and was given to me by my younger sister Jennifer (Jenny-Pooh) when she couldn’t string Jeremiah together.  This was fine until Nickelodeon came out with this show “Maya The Bee” who happened to be female..also introducing myself as “Miah” led to “Myrah” when someone mis-understood me…My family and friends I grew up with still call me this.

Miah “the stud”:  I gave this nickname to myself in Jr. High…I am still surprised it never took off…hmmm

Grizwold, Grinder, G-Rod:  all renditions of my last name Grizwold was most used by my High School Principal Mr Day

Nimrod, Nims, Uncle Nims:  Joe Armstrong (legweak, leg, Golden Bear) is responsible for Nimrod, I met Joe one saturday night in Ellensburg, he was stumbling between the Palace and Oak Rail and again upon my introduction and hearing my last name Joe heard “Nimrod” instead of Grindrod….I really need to enunciate better.  Nimrod was quickly shortened by CVH’ers to Nims etc.  Lead CVH’er Jerry Reuble (Old School) gave me the nickname “sparkles” because I thought huge cubic zirconia studded earrings were a good look for me……fyi:  they weren’t.

Speaking of CVH:  my friend Jacquie gave me the nickname “Buster Banana” which has been shortened to “BB” I don’t really know the origin of this nickname, but the first time she called me that we were at the Oak Rail….so……..

J-man; J-dog; JW; JG; Flyin Mayan; and Aunt Janet (don’t ask) are just a few other aliases I have been know by throughout the years…..My wife refers to me as “sexiest man alive” as easy as this one would be to catch on lets let her keep that one.

My brothers and sisters (yes there is a lot of us):

John Jr is known as Jay I like to call him June (short for Junior) but when I do he breaks out “aunt Jan” older brother has the upper hand on this one, clearly.

Katherine is Katie…nothing really fun about that one sorry sis

Jennifer is Jenny-Pooh, Jenny, Jen all good ones

Kurtis, oh boy… Kurtis with and extra t before the s….Kurtis D.David (ask him or my mom about that one) Curly, Kurt

Kasey my little sister was known as “Twinkie” “Twinkle Toes” “Twink” clearly the winner in Grindrod nicknames!

Justin was “Mister” not sure about the origins of this one, but there were friends of mine who didn’t know Justin’s real name for years.

Kyle is one that has avoided a nickname that could stick….I have to work on that!

My family:

Keren my lovely wife: “Beauty” clearly self explanatory if you have ever seen my wife, or “Kare-Bear” which she is not fond of..

Jameson is known as “Bubba” this was given to him by his little sister while trying to say “big brother” and it just kind of stuck.

Kiara is known as “Princess” or “The most beautiful princess in the whole wide world” these were given to her by me.

Kylie is called “Chi-Chi’s” by her mom who swears the translation isn’t what you think it is…I like to call her “Snuggle Bear” I think I win…

There you have it! So, what nicknames have you loved or agonized over the years?


My better half, the cheese to my macaroni…


My better half, the cheese to my macaroni...

Everyday I am amazed I convinced this person to marry me….This is my wife Keren, she in addition to my kids will make many appearances in this blog so I thought I should share a picture so everyone gets an idea what out-kicking your coverage looks like…

For some reason it has been on my heart for sometime to start a blog… I don’t know really what my goal is, or how often I will post, I guess it depends on the feedback I get. I have lots of thoughts, ideas, and stories that I think people will enjoy and maybe take some inspiration from. My wife Keren has encouraged me to do this for sometime- she is a pretty incredible woman and sometimes still laughs at my jokes. She has given me 3 beautiful children: Jameson, Kiara, and Kylie who you will hear of regularly. After all, they are the worlds smartest, kindest, and most beautiful children (this is an unbiased opinion) so it would be a crime to withhold tales of their genius and tales of raising such gifted children.

Keren is the perfect balance to me, God truly had her in mind for me as it takes a special woman to marry someone as ridiculous and sometimes irrational as me. I always assumed it was my good looks that won her over, she assures me this isn’t the case (I’m still not convinced).

We are work from home parents, so its a good thing we like each other’s company. Three quick benefits to working with your wife:

1. Making out during the workday is encouraged!

2. Checking out your co-worker won’t get you sued!

3. Honesty…when you have a stupid idea they don’t worry about you being offended and tend to offer wisdom quickly (however, I still believe a lime green tuxedo is reasonable and appropriate for a leadership function)

This is just a quick insight to who we are- I hope you will enjoy what I have to say in the future.