Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015
in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I’ve found myself dissatisfied with my house recently. My wife and I have been watching HGTV home remodeling shows streaming on Netflix.
I usually love my house, but when I see some of the marvelous modifications the designers and artisans create I wonder, “why not me too”?
I wonder, why not me? Is it…
And, that’s just my house.
Those same questions apply to my level of fitness, my clutter, my incomplete projects and my unfulfilled dreams. If I settle for what I have – without working for what could be – I’ll never improve on what is.
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Values
June 13, 1987, that’s our wedding day.
My wife and I have a monthly tradition to celebrate all “13th” of the month.
Like most couples we celebrate our anniversary each year.
Today we’re adding another tradition I hope happens again.
We’re now celebrating every 10,000 days too. =)
Today is our 10k-wedding-day anniversary!
When I was a kid I hated math homework, but, over the years I’ve learned that I love math. Now, my favorite part of following sports is the analytics. 1
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual
“Just save me … from all that I am.”
“Save me” is a phrase I can relate to, both in a theological sense, but also to be saved from the consequences of misdeeds, misguided decisions, relational disappointments and circumstantial despair.
“Just save me … from all that I am” is a plea of the broken. Like a displaced broken bone that needs to be reset, repentance – as I’ve heard Ruth Haley Barton say – is a “death that needs to happen.”
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014
in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
No one would accuse me of being a huge hip-hop fan. On the other hand, I admire people who can make me think.
Propaganda is one of those people.
After listening to his latest release “Crimson Cord” I returned to his previous called “Excellence.” They both are!
This link connects to an artful typography video of Forgive Me For Asking. Listen up. Think deep.
Ask with me, “How do I settle for ignorance?”
Forgive Me For Asking
Question: this is embarrassing
You ever been scared you had no idea what you were talking about?
Yeah, me too
I’ve lied and so have you
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014
in Emotional, Music, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Today TreeHouse is thrilled to welcome six time Grammy winner, Amy Grant, as our Women Of Hope keynote speaker and musical guest. (Sorry, it’s sold out)
In 1984 seventeen year old Amy Fayas and twenty-one year old Scott Volltrauer were both at an Amy Grant concert. We didn’t know one another then, and wouldn’t meet for a couple more years but our hearts were both connected to the same sweet songs of Amy Grant.
It’s been years since I was a regular listener, but Amy Grant’s songs helped anchor my young faith. Here are a few examples of lessons her songs taught me.
Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014
in Music, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
I spent hours this week listening to and reading the lyrics of the current Billboard Hot 100. Musicians are often viewed as spokespersons of their generation.
For the cynics among us, it’s not all bad news.
At TreeHouse every week we remind our teens that “you’re not alone” because so many people – young and old – feel like they are the only one dealing with those feelings and thoughts. So it’s good news that two of the most popular songs have self-affirming messages.
Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass”
Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014
in Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I spent hours today listening to and reading the lyrics of the current Billboard Hot 100. Every generation has it’s spokespersons. Musicians are often viewed as spokespersons of their generation. I was looking for insight and wisdom.
What I found were some very common themes.
Today I’ll share these.
Lessons From The Top
Life has no meaning.
Life is short; play and party hard.
Don’t waste time searching for meaning. Life is random and painful; get high or suffer through it.
Payback and revenge make wrongs right.
I can find meaning through fun, fame, cars, jewelry, etc.
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014
in Music, Spiritual, Values
There I sat at the gray laminate kitchen table. It’s the only color I could envision looking good atop that table.
That was not good news.
I sat there perplexed with my Paint-by-Number painting in-complete, well actually it was un-started.
I didn’t know where to begin. This was not my work of art, it was someone else’s. I was just trying to mimic her work.
When you paint by numbers you try to create someone else’s pretty picture. Hopefully it looks good. It might even fool some people that the painting was created by a real artist.
Last night The Tenors enjoyed time with both TreeHouse teens and TreeHouse supporters. During the time with the teens they shared some stories, took some questions, and listened to teens. They also offered two suggestions.
“Listen…compassionately to others;” it’s what helps the band to overcome the tensions that arise spending 300 days a year together on the road.
Their second piece of advice echoed their own story of rising from obscurity in Canada to become international favorites: “Find something you’re passionate about and put your heart into it (even when others doubt you).”
Today is the TreeHouse Gala. It’s a celebration of TreeHouse’s 30-year legacy of Love – Hope – Transformation.
This year our Gala theme is “Aspire: It’s Time To Reach Higher.” It’s a wonderful invitation and a challenge. It’s also an indication of the legacy TreeHouse is building on.
Here is what we have been learning about the impact of TreeHouse from Wilder Research.
Key findings for our four goals for teens:
98% of TreeHouse teens* report a decrease in at-risk behavior since coming to TreeHouse