I know it’s sometimes hard to see signs of grace when it comes to religious circles. Especially those cast in the media limelight. Christianity is passed around these days like an old glove that seems to fit just about any hand, but not every hand that wears the glove is a Christian hand. And grace … More Believe it or Not, Grace Still Matters
We hear it in the music we listen to. We hear it in the speeches we give. It’s in the movies we watch, the books we read and the blog posts we scan online. It’s certainly no secret that our culture is obsessed with individualism. “I’ll make it on my own…I’m a survivor…Pull yourself … More We Weren’t Meant to Make it on Our Own
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – Tolkien ‘The Lord of the Rings’ How do we reckon with the presence of … More To Deal With Tragedy We Need to Understand Our Own Story
A friend of mine shared with me a unique approach he takes before making a sales call or going into a meeting. He writes down a couple objectives he wants to accomplish in the upcoming meeting, or two or three topics to discuss. This is a good time management strategy that helps keep the meeting … More Seek to Inspire Instead of Only to Influence
“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Lao Tzu Happiness is defined in the dictionary as: a state of well-being and contentment. But how do you stay happy in a messed up world? You turn on the … More Being content in a messed up world
In our culture where productivity is held to a higher standard than skill development, many of us have adapted a kind of sensitivity to failure. In our workplace, in our homes, in our personal life…we try to avoid failure at all cost. We put on a facade when we’re around others, an image of confidence … More How To Fail in Order To Succeed
In the movie Braveheart, Robert the Bruce stands before his leprous father with tears in his eyes. He has just betrayed William Wallace on the battlefield at Falkirk, and is now riddled with guilt. “Men follow me,” Bruce tells his father, “because if they don’t I’ll throw them off of my land and I starve their … More I Don’t Want to Lose Heart
We were down 2-0 and I was standing on the sidelines watching the kids struggle on the soccer field. The other team had fresh legs and our team had already played one game. The other team executed on ball control and ours didn’t. When the other team drove the ball toward the goal, it was … More The Power of a Positive (or negative) Coach
If you’re like me, you’re living a crazy busy life and trying to figure out how to navigate through it while clinging on to some sense of peace at the end of the day. At any given moment when you step into our small farmhouse you’ll find two things: messy rooms and a lot of … More How Do You Focus in the Middle of Chaos?
Psychology suggests that the first three hours of each day are the most precious and productive. It’s during this time that our brains are operating at highest capacity. So it makes sense that we should be intentional about how we manage our time and activities each morning. “Typically, we have a window of about three … More Why you should be intentional about how you spend the first hour of each day.