I Am My Father’s Stage Name

Today (April 18th) marks 6 years since my father passed. 

I miss him greatly, but thankfully, most of my mourning has passed, and my heart has moved on to celebration. 

I attempted that transition mere months after he passed when I wrote the book, “I am my father’s son”.  There I wrote this small tribute to him entitled, “I am my father’s stage name”.  I hope you enjoy it…

Somewhere in the mid to late 60’s, my father packed up the family (I was not born yet) and moved to California.  Reportedly, Dad did this for two reasons:  my mother’s asthma would improve on the West Coast and Dad wanted to be an actor.

Hearing these stories and looking at the pudgy, balding man who told them, I always scratched my head.  

Actor?  Are you kidding me?

But he gave it a shot.  Though he doesn’t have an IMDB profile, he did some modeling (???) and had a few gigs.  But one of the things his agent told him was that he had to change his name.

Thomas Duncan was taken. Thom Duncan was taken.

For a while, he went by the name Duke Duncan as we had an uncle who played pro baseball by that name, but his agent said that Duke was John Wayne, and dad couldn’t use it.

So, my father became Gordon Duncan for a period of time. 

Legend has it, my parents were at a swanky dinner party one night, and over the course of the evening, Mom called him “Thom”, “Duke”, and “Gordon”.  She couldn’t keep up.

At this point in the storytelling, Mom would always say that she was sure that everyone at the party thought she was some floozy that Dad picked up because she didn’t know his name.

Dad always smiled at this and kept telling stories.

Well, the acting career didn’t work out, and the Duncan crew moved back across America.  A few years later, I was born.  They named me Gordon.

I am my father’s stage name.  

I’ve always thought of it as something pretty cool, but somewhere in my twenties, I realized that my naming was something that I needed to live up to and not just be nostalgic about.

Honoring my father meant honoring the name he gave me.  It meant joyfully living out some of his dreams.  Now, my father never pressured me into any job or endeavor.

Never.  I mean it.

He didn’t place on me the “Be a pastor like me” or “Be a musician like me” or any of that.  I was free to be who I wanted which is pretty rare these days.

But as I matured, and I saw God draw similar lines in my life like He drew in my father’s, I gladly walked in paths that my father frontiered.  

I am happily my Father’s stage name.

I ask God to enable me to honor both my heavenly Father and my earthly father in the doing…

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me.  If you would like to hear more about Sam, as I called him, I recently recorded an episode of my podcast about him, and as always, you pick up a copy of “I am my father’s son” on Amazon.

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Happy New Year! Here are Three Tips to Help You Get Started

Happy New Year!  I hope your holiday season was enjoyable for your family.  I also hope that you have had the time to reflect on the past year and pray for the new.

As you think about the New Year, did your hopes come to fruition?  Did you enjoy your time with your family?  Do you feel like you were faithful and able to honor God in 2017?  Are you making plans for 2018?

Planning is not condemned by God.  Instead, we are only asked to present our plans to God to be sifted by His will.  For example, James says:

James 4:13-15,“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” 

Knowing these things to be true, the real question for the New Year is, “What are you going to do to achieve the highest joy while being as faithful to God as possible?”  We offer this encouragement:  Plan your days to align with your goals.

Take some time and design what you want your life and work to look like.  Then align your life around those goals.  Follow the “Streamlining” pattern.  Take time each day to:

Reduce – These are planned times when you focus on one singular, important task at a time.  You will get so much more done when you reduce distractions.

Reuse – These are planned times when you multi-task on things that you can do at the same time.  For example, meet your goals of exercising and listening to podcasts by doing them simultaneously.

Rest – Even if it is for 15 mins, plan moments in your day where you can rest.  Remove all distractions, nap, walk, just do whatever it takes to find rest so you can be the best you.

Doing these things will transform every aspect of your life.

Gospel Rich Books has partnered with ProSight Success (a business resource publisher) to help you accomplish these plans.  This joint partnership is a book called “Streamlining” which is intended to help you plan your days around the Reduce, Reuse, Rest cycle.  Originally, it was published as part of a 7-book system for Optometrists, but for the New Year, we are offering “Streamlining” in e-book format for $19.99.  Get your copy here.

Additionaly, we have created the “Streamlining” planner which enables you to plan your days with the Reduce, Reuse, Rest pattern.  This great planner is fully customizable and is also $19.99.  Grab your copy here.  Once you order yours, if you email us proof of purchase, we will email you a digital copy of the “Streamlining” book for free.

However, you approach the New Year, we hope you find great joy with your family and in your relationship with God.

If you want to pursue any of the other Gospel Rich Books for your New Year, you can find them at our Amazon page.

Look for emails and posts regularly.  Also, if you are interested in publishing your own book, email us at gordon@jgordonduncan.com.

We can’t wait to serve you.

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Take Advantage of the Holidays to Examine This Year and Prepare for The Next

The holiday season brings much more than just presents and decorations.  Christmas also invites a time for introspection and year-end examination.  It is a good time to ask hard questions about the prior year and prepare for the future.

While doing so, you may very well find it easy to doubt your choices.  Everything from relationships to career paths may be cast in to doubt when you think about the highs and lows of the year.

However, without the least bit of naiveté, highs and lows are gifts.  They are gifts because they help you…

Discover Misconceptions.         

Discover Realities.

Discover New Commitments.

Discover Misconceptions:  Let’s say you experienced a setback with your career or in a relationship.  Perhaps a pattern of sin has crept up.   Being ignorant of these realities has hurt you and others.  Be honest and seek out wisdom from the scriptures.  Ask yourself hard questions like,

“Have my motives been Godly?”

“Am I believing something about God that is not true?”

“Where am I trusting my own strength instead of God’s?

And of course, once you clear out the misconceptions, you…

Discover Realties:  Your trials should show you your misconceptions, and now the goal should be to believe biblical truths and realties.  Spend the end of the year pouring over biblical truth.  Start a memorization system.  Fill the dead time with truth.

Discovering misconceptions and realities should lead to you to…

Discover New Commitments:  Are you ready to tackle your life and career with the new truths you’ve discovered?  If so, in the New Year,

Commit to a budget.

Commit to a discipleship relationship.

Commit to more time with your spouse and children.

Take this time at the end of the year to do the hard work of self-assessment.  Enlist a mentor or a trusted friend who will speak truth into your life, but one takeaway:  don’t waste this time at the end of the year.  There are too many good things that you can learn from them.

Hopefully, these tips have been helpful.  Towards these ends, Gospel Rich Books offers several resources to help you this time of year.

Celebrate Christmas with our new release “A Christmas for Each Stage of Life”.  This title will help you find an application of the birth of Jesus, no matter where you are in life.

Additionally, if you want to go a step further in mapping out your career/personal goals, Gospel Rich Books created a planner that enables you to do this each day.

The planner works like this.  It breaks each day into 3-hour segments to help you fuel up and power down.  But even better, it helps you figure out how to approach each part of your day.

Pick up a Streamlining Planner, and transform your day.

We hope your Christmas season is joyful.

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