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Thought | Forgive Me While I Try Not to be Cynical

I try not to be cynical. It is not something that I want to do. The old adage “if you don’t believe anything good will ever happen, you won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t” kind of rings a lot in my life. Naturally, I…

The Seed Does Not Return Void

A while ago, we pulled into the church parking lot and I was prepared to drop everyone off at the door when all of a sudden the hood filled with steam. It is never a good sign to see the steam fill the hood…

Forward Thinking – 8 Keys to Changing Your Way of Thinking

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Keep putting into practice all you learned and received…

Connections – Cultivating a Dream Team

 “I can do what you cannot do. You can do what I cannot do.  Together we can do great things.”  Mother Teresa          Have you ever gotten involved in a project that seemed to be overwhelming?  Did you try to carry…

Does a Good Reputation Really Matter?

       It is not enough to say that you are a Christian.  It’s pretty simple that people only care about your Christianity with the fact that you act like a Christian. Going to church on Sunday and Wednesday does not designate you…

Freedom is never Free

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  – Declaration of Independence 4 July 1776 There were…

3 Keys in Overcoming a Critic

“To escape criticism—do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” —Elbert Hubbard One of the things that I am sure of in life is this; not every person is going to like what you have to say. For certain, there will be those who will troll…

You Have Been Set Up

“May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”                                                          …

5 Ways to Honor Your Customers

The Customer is not always right. When I typed that for the first time, I knew that I might get a bit of a backlash from it. We have, as a culture, been trained to read the following as truth; “The Customer Is Always Right.”  Unfortunately,…

To Forget Is To Fail

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana Today, many of you who read this will go out and BBQ, celebrate the day off or watch some great sports on TV. There will be some who will party like…

God’s Stamp of Approval

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”                  …

5 Ways to Refill After Burnout

“Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle.” – Gloria Steinem Last year, I encountered somet hing that was a bit different. Most men wouldn’t admit it out loud to their wives or even…

Is Longevity Killing Your Career?

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein If you have been following our journey for any length of time, it is no surprise that I would be writing about my departure in one fashion or…

It Is Finished – Moving Past the Past to Grab Hold of the Future

  As a parent, we have a lot of opportunities to teach our children patience and trust. Either that or they teach us that patience and trust. I will say either way, we learn that at the end of the day, God has it…

Having the Grace to Let Go

  I can remember as a child that I loved to take apart my toys. Whether it be something simple like a Hot Wheel or something complicated like the remote control car. Never knowing if I would ever get it back to what it…

The Key To Answered Prayers – It’s Not What You May Think

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” -Martin Luther The other day, I was reading about prayer and was reading in Luke 11 where Jesus was teaching the people how to pray. In this teaching, he told…

How to Unplug and Live to Tell About It

Turn off your email; turn off your phone; disconnect from the Internet; figure out a way to set limits so you can concentrate when you need to, and disengage when you need to. Technology is a good servant but a bad master. – Gretchen…

How To Leave A Legacy Worth Having Without Selling Your Soul

“If you live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.” Dave Ramsey In the fall of 2004, I found myself in a place of “security.” I had a beautiful truck, a decent paying job, friends, and freedom. I moved…

How to Put Fear in its Place

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Mark Twain Recently, I read Jon Acuff’s book Start which is a New York Times Best Seller that tackles the issue of staying average and moving into awesome. It’s easy for us to stay average as fathers….

Proving God | When Giving Up Is Almost an Option

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 I remember saying that time and time again as a young person in the faith….

5 Habits of an Unemployed Rock Star

  Have you recently found yourself unemployed? Whatever the reason for your departure, you have entered in the new world of endless hours and countless opportunities. It is easy to get home from the initial meeting and throw in the towel in life. Perhaps…

5 Facts About President’s That You May Not Know

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams In light of today being President’s Day, I could not go without acknowledging some interesting facts about the nation’s highest office. I, for…

5 Ways To Stand Out Above the Crowd

“The Lord does not look at the things men look at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 Have you ever felt like you were lost in obscurity? Maybe you stepped into a position that…

He Who Is Faithful

  “It is amazing. The simple the knowledge that God is faithful. He is not faithless. He is faith-full, meaning He is full of faith. He is not One who leaves us hanging in the balance, yet He is the One who helps us…

Don’t Settle

  “There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela Recently, I lost my day job. For nearly ten years, I woke up at 4:30…

Kindle Your Gift

“I recall your sincere faith that was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and I am sure is in you. Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my…

Don’t be a Sore Loser

“Sometimes by losing a battle, you find a new way to win the war.” Donald J. Trump I know this title is pretty blunt. Whatever the case, it is important that you get this message – Don’t Be A Sore Loser. Your attitude is…

Winning with the Hand That You Are Dealt

“You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know when to run.” – Kenny Rogers  I can just see it now, the gambler sitting at the table contemplating if he should fold them and…

Live Your Life

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown In October 2011, I wrote my first book Visual Impairment in hopes to help those who are running into roadblocks in their dreams only to fine that…

A Tale of Two Failures – Sort of

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.” This quote comes from a familiar, famous failure. This man tried thousands of times to get his invention, the light bulb, to work….

Who is the most awesome person?

Do I really need to blog about this? You are awesome – let today have an awesome you!

Use What is in Your Hands

You may not have what others may consider is a lot to give or even to offer. Even the widow, who had very little to give, gave out of what she had. Even Mary gave out of her riches in the alabaster box.  Even…

Unpacking Lessons Learned – Failure is an Event Not Your Identity

Have you ever had that feeling? You’ve tried your hardest to do that right thing exactly the way you have been told only to find that you have failed. The door closes for the job, you’re fired, a child goes wayward, your finances plummet-…

Unpacking Lessons Learned

Over the past week, we certainly have had a few things change in our lives. I wanted to take some time to unpack those changes and share what we have learned over that time. It is not exactly what we expected in our lives,…

RElaunch

It is so easy to equate failure as definite. When something comes to an end or the end of a season occurs, we accept it as our defining identity is wrapped up in it – failure. The only problem is that failure is only…

RE:Vision

Every year, I attempt to place a word that I would like to identify for the year. Last year was #releasetheboom which is something that we saw in some areas on our lives and not-so-much in other areas. As I was pondering on what…

It’s Not That I’m Not Compassionate

I hear it coming from miles around. It’s the sound that no father wants to hear. No man in his right mind would ask for this type of torture. I know you may be perfect, but I am far from it. Folks, it’s not…

Reserved Seating | God Saved a Seat For You 

There is a reserved seat for you in Heaven. A place has been set at the King’s table with your name inscribed. A place has been set so that you can enjoy the feast even before your enemies. Through His Son, Jesus, God sent…

Made for More 2 – Men’s Retreat

Over the weekend, I had the honor of attending a men’s retreat in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Honestly, I have never heard of Bonne Terre. We drove a short distance into the middle of nowhere to the old mining town that is located just south…

What Lens Are You Looking Through?

Written in collaboration with my awesome wife, Sara Joanna is probably one of our most observant children. It doesn’t take much for her to see the obvious – up close or from afar.  We can be driving down the road and she will shout…

I Am Not Called To Understand

  Just when you think that Murphy couldn’t do any more damage, he decides to sideswipe you. You just can’t seem to get a break, yet there’s complete peace about what is going on all around you. I have heard it best put this…

A Heart Transpant

In December 2012, my Dad underwent open heart surgery for a valve that wasn’t up to par. He had been having issues with it for many years and it finally came to the point where the doctors were not letting it go any further….

Change is a Messy Thing

  Change is such a messy thing. In life, it causes the very strong to question their position in life. It will make the very weak confirm what they have feared. It will make the most ornery to become complacent. Well, that last part…

The Problem With Change

  The problem with change is that it is constant. Change is not something that stops happening in life. As a matter of fact, change will make sure that it will happen at the most inopportune time in the most unreasonable way. You get…