Divisive political ideology, racial discrimination and theological dogma seem to be tearing us apart more and more each day. Contemporary discourse continually pits religious, political, social and racial factions in opposition to one another. Our nation was founded on the incredibly radical notion of freedom and equality for all, and yet the controversies of our time seem to move us further from the ideals upon which we were established. Consider the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence...
My alarm reverberated obnoxiously, disrupting the stillness of my sleep far too early this morning. I am committed to wake up early in order to exercise, read and pray. However, each morning when the alarm rings, it is a fight to keep these commitments. My brain comes up with every conceivable excuse to avoid getting … Continue reading Rain, Running, Misery… and a Way to Choose Optimism!
If you feel stuck right now, you might be allowing too many voices to be contributing to your life! You might need to stop listening to just about everyone! Let me explain... There are two ways to learn how to be a rock climber. You can hire a guide or find a mentor. Both guides … Continue reading 10 Tips for Finding a Mentor… and Why You Should Stop Listening to Almost Everyone Else!
On one of his expeditions to Antarctica, famed explorer Ernest Shakleton aptly named his ship the Endurance. At that point, the southern most continent was an unexplored polar desert, thought by many to be unexplorable due to the harsh conditions. It was one of the last great undiscovered and uncharted places on earth. Shackleton knew … Continue reading What do Exploring Antarctica and Succeeding in Life Have in Common?
Do you ever feel like you are talking, but the other person just isn't listening? They are looking at you and nodding their head... but as soon as you finish, they interject with their perspective, story or thoughts that seem to be disconnected from what you were just talking about? Are you ever the person, patiently … Continue reading If You Are a Great Listener… I Need Your Help!
When you turn on the television, open a newspaper or surf any news provider’s website these days, it will not be long before you come face to face with the fact that our society is currently wrestling with a wide range of really challenging issues. Racial and ethnic tensions abound across our nation. Bitterness, animosity … Continue reading A Biblical Response to Social Tension!
A few days ago, heaven celebrated the arrival of my grandfather... and we said goodbye. I initially posted some of these thoughts on Instagram, but wanted to also put here with a few expanded thoughts My grampa was the most impressive man I have ever known. He truly lived like Jesus. His love for others was relentless … Continue reading The Man Who Taught Me… That Only 2 Things Matter!
A few days after Christmas, my wife Jenny and I found ourselves sitting in the doctor's office wondering if she would need surgery. On Christmas morning while slicing a sweet potato the cutting board slipped and the blade sliced a deep gash in her right wrist. The blade cut off several layers of skin and even a portion … Continue reading One Simple Tip to Prevent Infection in Life
In a world with over 7 Billion people, how can you stand out? You have dreams. You have ideas for how to make the world a better place. You want to make significant contributions to our society and our world. That is how you are wired. So, how can you stand out in the crowd? … Continue reading Stand Out From the Crowd – Part 1: 4 Choices You Can Make
In the summer of 2013 a cargo ship from the Bahamas called the MOL Comfort encountered a nasty storm off the coast of Yemen. The ship suffered cracks to the midsection as a result of the tempest and eventually broke in two. All 26 members of the crew were rescued, but the ship and all … Continue reading Hull Fractures, Shipwrecks and Soul Strength