Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 in Uncategorized
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, December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
2014 has been a busy year. Sometimes it’s felt like this picture, a pile of rubble that caution-tape couldn’t hold back.
That said, I feel very blessed; #mysilentscream was again blessed by thousands of readers in more than eighty countries.
I had no idea what 2014 would contain. At the dawn of 2014 I’d never…
– heard of ISIS
– expected $2 a gallon gas prices
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas came to TreeHouse this week. I enjoyed learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.
Read # 1 Courage To Fly
Read #2 Courageous Sacrifice
Courage and Faith
Where does Gabby’s courage and faith come from?
Watch this video, Gabby’s faith in God drives her decision making. That kind of faith is sacrificial faith.
“…since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.”
Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is coming to TreeHouse today!
I’m enjoying learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.
Who is one of your favorite superheroes, and why? Why do we like stories about superheroes so much?
Many of us admire heroes for the sacrifices that they make for other people.
Watch this video. We admire Gabby for the sacrifices that she has made to achieve her gymnastics goals.
Gabby said, “Life is not easy you have to fight and not quit. I’m gonna fight for my dream.”
Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
During our visit with Eric and Jill Lacher we marveled at their love.
Though they have similar hearts and values, they began their relationships with very different strategies for living out those values.
During our visit they shared with us that the wisdom of Emerson Eggerichs has helped them to grow deeper in love and express it more effectively to one another. On their behalf and to our benefit here’s some of what they learned.
How Does a Husband Spell Love to His Wife?
Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
“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 Friday, November 16, 2012 in Uncategorized
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.
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 in Uncategorized
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 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized
“Things change. Change isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.”
Mark Anderson is speaking at TreeHouse’s Women of Hope event today.
Last night in a room-full of interested listeners Mark Anderson captivated us with humor, heart-ache and wisdom. In Mark’s inspiring story entitled “Defeat to Victory” he shared some strategies that have enabled him to overcome tremendous obstacles and achieve high levels of performance in his life.
Mark and his family faced many challenges growing up. Fortunately, as he said, “things change.”
Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
When I was a teen I had a conversation with my dad about my future career choices.
Since I was a little boy I was known as “Scotty the Scientist”, so clearly a career in the sciences made sense for me. So it was a surprise to my dad when I mentioned that I thought about becoming a police officer.
That dream was more based on my fantasies about being a hero than understanding the what the job would entail.
Right Up Your Alley – What You Do Reveals Who You Are Becoming