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October 7, 2007 *myspace blog
"some deeper thoughts I suppose..."

Dearest fans,

We are on the bus driving from Minneapolis to Duluth for another tour show. We just flew from Atlanta to Minneapolis. What a crazy life! I have to say I'm looking forward to Duluth. I have no idea if there is anything remotely fun to do there, but I think just not being in a plane or a bus is exciting! We have just a couple more days before we go home. I think we are all read for it. Even though it will only be a short time there, it makes you feel.... normal. Life on the road is not normal. 11 people on a bus.

I have been thinking lately how I meet so many people that don't know what they're doing with their lives. that don't have purpose. So many young and old people just kinda stumbling through life, making ends meet. busying themselves with anything, everything that can be a distraction from what is going on in their hearts. Not that I have it all figured it out. I find myself in that same place at times. Not really being satisfied with outward things, longing for something deeper than a new toy, gadget, relationship, job... etc.. Hoping that the next attempt to fulfill that desire deep down will be successful but inevitably finding myself in that same place of longing. Here are a couple quotes I read recently related.

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." - C.S. Lewis

"If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?"
- C.S. Lewis

"The deepest desire of our hearts is for union with God. God created us for union with himself: This is the original purpose of our lives." -Brennan Manning

God loves you and you can know that love if you want to.

Take some time to be quiet. turn off the noise. your tv, music, phone. internet. be alone. search your heart. Are you the person you want to be in life? As Switchfoot said, "This is your life, are you who you oughta be?" Take a step back from your life. What is your life about?

October 14, 2007 *myspace blog
"what the world needs..."
We're home. Played the final show of the Three Days Grace/ Breaking Benjamin tour. It was kinda sad finishing that up. We had a really great time on tour. Even though it was a lot of shows, it kinda felt like vacation in a way. I had lots of free time. Seemed like we were just getting into the groove too.

We are back home for about 6 days. I (Ben) am getting my tonsils taken out in the morning. I cant say I'm looking forward to it. I guess in the sense that it will be over and not this daunting thing that I have to get done in the future. but other other than, not looking forward to it. My mom is coming to visit to take care of me for a few days. Definitely going to be nice. Milkshakes and popsicles I hear is the diet I will soon embrace. Doesn't sound so bad.

My last blog was a more serious one. I had loads of responses from people asking for advice on finding purpose in life. I have to say it was kinda nice having more serious messages and interactions with fans. Sometimes depth is very hard to find in our culture nowadays. It's very easy to starve our souls, very easy to distract that part of your heart. Even in relationships with people, its more common to have a shallow relationship than a deep one. It's definitely easier to have shallow friendships but why not dig deep? Why not open up and be vulnerable with others. Share you heart. I'm sure you would quickly learn that the other person is in the same boat as you, having all the same thoughts and emotions.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Gil Bailie