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Nov 13

Shared Passion

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Values

A-BuenoSunday I wrote about the passion of Dick Butkus Hall of Fame football player. I want to have a clear passion for life. I admire those who do.

Last night I wrote an email to a VP from a prestigious restaurant chain on behalf of a friend.

I work at the Brooklyn Park TreeHouse. I’ve been part of TreeHouse since the 1980s and few of my TreeHouse alumni have been as passionate and enthusiastic about his career plans as Fernando Bueno.

Nov 12

Passion For Life

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

876777_handstandSunday I wrote about the passion of Dick Butkus Hall of Fame football player. I can relate to his determination. I want to live the rest of my life as if it might be my last day passionately reflecting God’s love – God’s fierce love – for us.

God inspired Paul of Tarsus to explain how: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed their sinful nature to his cross. They don’t want what their sinful nature loves and longs for…They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.” 1

Oct 17

Peculiar People Change The World

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

William Wilberforce — as mentioned yesterday — was a bold, but peculiar man, who changed the world.

William Wilberforce was also featured in the movie Amazing Grace. It’s a powerful film that reveals the tension that Wilberforce faced in his personal and public life.

People who step forward or step “out of line” face that tension. 

– Teens who stand up against bullies are often threatened themselves.
– Entrepreneurs who market boldly are often ostracized by their competition.
– Excited parents are glared at when they cheer for their daughter or son at sporting events.
– Weather forecasters are often derided when their forecasts are mistaken.
– Fans who cheer too loudly at sporting events can be shouted down.

Oct 16

Weird People

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I’m fascinated by people.

As often as people seem to fall into common patterns, their preferences can be incredibly diverse.

Do we like diversity?  Is Paula Abdul right, and Opposites Attract

Weird?

The journal Evolutionary Psychology, asked 760 members of an online dating site if they would prefer someone like them or if they would like someone different than them. 85.7% of participants claim to want someone who has their opposite traits.

Then they were asked if they most wanted a partner that complemented them, or resembled them.

Jul 23

Steady As We Go

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

This weekend I finished the fifth of five of wonderful marriage celebrations in the last couple of months.

Ashley and Jesse Stinson got married
Nate and Manna Towler got married
Jonnie and Courtney Towler got married
Luke and Jessica Skelly got married, and,
Amy and I celebrated our 25th anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony.

Faithfulness

Yesterday, I reviewed Stu Weber’s book Tender Warrior in his book he challenges us as men to be finishers.  And to you my male readers — newly-married, or not — let’s honor the women in our lives by being “finishers.”

Dec 29

Passion Ignited

Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 in Relational, Social

Today when asked to describe me in one word Jocelyn “Jozey” Wichterman described me as passionate. While I humbly smirked when I read it, she’s right, I am passionate.

Yesterday’s tragic death of Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer The Rev [James Owen Sullivan] drives my passion into a flame.

Chains

Several years ago while having lunch with Heather Crimmins she introduced me to Avenged Sevenfold. Over the years I realized that Avenged Sevenfold’s lyrics spoke to people; they touched wounded souls:

“Tormented young with no souls, haunting me
Pain in their lives all they know is misery
Take these chains away that are holding me down” [Eternal Rest]