Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
This is a 1996 picture of our son Josh, our daughter Shannon and our dog Taz.
Taz was a miniature schnauzer; a little dog with a big-dog personality. Taz was fun and funny.
Taz loved people. Taz would find his ball and set it into your lap. He was inviting you to play with him.
Taz loved to play fetch.
Taz learned to flip his head and open his mouth at the same time.
In doing so, he could throw his ball back to you!
Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013
in Education, Emotional, Financial, How To, Intellectual, Music, Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values
“More Than a Bucket List will challenge you to go for that hole-in-one at Pebble Beach, to become an amateur chef, to scale K2. But it will also encourage you to view these accomplishments from God’s point of view and to make your bucket list matter eternally along the way. With each page, the dream inside you will be drawn out—the higher dream of what God has purposed for you.”
The author challenges her readers to choose positive values:
Live your dreams.
Honor the strength of others.
Fight for love.
Be a Good Samaritan.
Become a more positive person.
Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
in Emotional, Financial, How To, Intellectual, Values
As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.
Yesterday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom – Don’t Hold Grudges.
The first lesson the wise would teach us is Don’t Hold Grudges
The second lesson I was taught and it was repeated several times by my wise mentors was “take care of your health.”
Take Care Of Your Health
Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
This week I was asked several times about turning fifty.
I was asked by twenty-somethings who now realized that I was twice as old as them. The gap that seemed more about experience than age now felt a little different.
I was asked by thirty-somethings who wondered aloud how old fifty seemed, but asked silently, “What will I be like when I’m fifty?”
Twenty was the year I was going to school full-time, and working full-time, but I was spinning my wheels. When I turned twenty I had yet to make some healthy changes in my life, and the future didn’t look bright.
I turned 50 today.
Before this year I never though much about fifty.
As I look back, look within, and look forward I feel grateful.
– Grateful for all those who carried me in the past
– Grateful for all those who support me, encourage me and follow my example.
– Grateful for all the great role models who travel ahead of me.
God reminds us, “In the same way, younger people should be willing to be under older people. And all of you should be very humble with each other. ‘God is against the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.’ ” [1 Peter 5:5, NCV]
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values
I’m ten days away from turning 50!
It seems almost surreal.
When I was in elementary school I fantasized about heroically saving a classmate.
When I was in junior high I fantasized about being the kind of guy who could get a great girlfriend.
When I was in high school I fantasized about having a perfect sexual relationship.
When I was dating Amy I fantasized about having a perfect marriage.
When we had our kids I fantasized about being a perfect parent.
I wanted it all.
Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012
in Reviews, Values
Ken Davis unveiled, “I had not been living fully alive for a long time, but I was ready to start. First I had to change some of the attitudes that had sucked the lifeblood from my veins.”
Subtitled “a journey that will change your life”, author Davis challenges us to step up, step in and live life fully alive.
Ken Davis’ family was celebrating Christmas at a cozy cabin in the mountains of Colorado. While sledding with his grandchildren Davis had a surreal experience.
“I blazed past my grandchildren…’Grandpa! Wait for me!’ they hollered.
Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2012
in Education, How To, Intellectual, Reviews, Values
I felt it while watching the Olympics. You felt it too didn’t you?
Admiration for their courage.
Admiration for their determination.
Admiration for their discipline.
Admiration for their focus.
Admiration for their abs.
Yes, I felt it — jealousy — when I saw their abs.
Did you feel jealous too?
I’m Missing Something
Undoubtedly the recent Olympians experienced much more than the satisfaction of competition win or lose. For instance, though I took no interest in the rowing competition, but maybe I’m missing something.
This is a preview of
Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge
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Posted on Friday, August 10, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I drove to see my parents this week. While visiting them I attended a bible study that my father attends. Among the participants were four retired pastors and several other grandfatherly men.
Five things were clear as I spent the morning reading, listening, talking and eating with these men:
- They are men with the same feelings as the young men I’ve worked with, just different life experiences.
- They felt safe and were willing to share their knowledge, wisdom, pains and sorrows.
- You would never know who the three pastors were. There was not one trace of “I know more than you do.”
Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me. 1
Sharon Williams is sixty-six years old. She is a mother of five children, and a grandmother of several grandchildren. Sharon spent her professional career trying to make the world a better place.
Several years ago she chose to hear God’s call to “remember me.”
Sharon was a good person, but with God’s help she became a life-transforming person.
In the years since Sharon retired from public service she continues to serve the community helping organizations raise money from the comfort of her living room.