Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Today, at TreeHouse, is our All-Staff Fiscal Year-End Celebration. Today’s event is our annual review and celebration of what God – through people – has been doing at TreeHouse in the past fiscal year. We’ll enjoy lunch, have fun together and sing celebration songs.
Today will also be the announcement of our “Persons of Hope” award winners.
Each year, staff submit their votes for awards are given to recognize TreeHouse employees for their excellence in what they do. As our Executive Director Becky Walker explained, “we know that some go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ each and every day and we want to acknowledge those efforts!”
Last year I read Grace by Max Lucado in which I found some profoundly good news.
Jesus does not say, “Come to me, all you who are perfect and sinless.” Just the opposite. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 NASB).
There is no fine print.
A second shoe is not going to drop.
God’s promise has no hidden language. Let grace happen, for heaven’s sake. No more performing for God, no more clamoring after God. Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them. You have it. Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace.
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
in How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
I’m on a private retreat – yesterday and today – but I can’t stay alone.
To tired, weary, worn out people like me and you, Jesus Christ said, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.” 1
It’s a message many of us need to hear.
Yesterday I sent this song to a friend, and today I’m leaving it with the rest of you mysilentscream readers.
“Lay ‘Em Down” by Needtobreathe keeps echoing through my mind, so here it is so it will echo through yours too.
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Social, TreeHouse, Values
Recently I sat among a group of people all of whom respected one another. We share some common goals. We share some common hopes and dreams. While we were discussing those goals and hopes and dreams, one person spoke up.
The room of people turned.
We looked and listened.
She is well-respected.
She is respect-worthy.
She has a very respected legacy.
She is a leader among leaders.
And, in this group of people:
When she spoke people listened.
When she led people followed.
When she thought out-loud people agreed.
And, when she had a misguided suggestion there was buy-in.
Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013
in Reviews, Sports, Technical
The Fielding Bible Volume III is a fascinating book of the subtleties of playing defense in Major League Baseball.
I had read their first volume and I was excited to read their third. I was not disappointed.
John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec have unveiled another wonderful guide for baseball stat-geeks.
Dewan and Jedlovec included new studies on crucial aspects of fielding, including defensive positioning, the Ted Williams shift, bunts, double plays, outfielder arms and catcher defense.
Their statistical analysis – building on the work began by stat-godfather Bill James – has significantly increased our understanding of the benefits of a good defensive player and the consequences of playing a poor defensive player.
This is a preview of
Fielding Bible Volume III by John Dewan & Ben Jedlovec
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Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
I love my family.
I love my friends.
I love spending time with them, most of the time.
Being an introvert with “a big heart” fills me with tension. 1
I Love People BUT…
I like working on projects alone.
I feel guilty when I would prefer not going to brainstorming meetings.
I like working “alone” in coffee shops…
… surrounded by people I don’t talk to.
I would rather tweet than chat.
I would rather text than talk on the phone.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s job.
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s personality.
Most people who see me work, especially when I’m teaching, would have no idea I am an introvert. 1
– I’m loud
– I’m funny
– I’m dramatic
– I’m engaging
– I usually teach dialogically
– I pursue relationships with others
And, I’m an introvert.
Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Dealing with our own junk is hard work.
Chuck Swindoll wrote a book entitled Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back. That’s not a lot of forward progress!
But, it’s often the path my spiritual growth takes, on the good days.
The Dance Of The Wrecks
“For a thousand years, Christians did a dance called the tripudium to many of their hymns. As worshipers sang, they would lock arms and take three steps forward, one step back, three steps forward, one step back.”
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values
Bad foundations in relationships lead to relationship-rot.
A bad start to a relationship does not have to be a deal-breaker, but it usually is.
Why does it happen that way?
Because broken people break people, and hurting people hurt people.
– When people assume others will abandon them, they choose not to invest.
– When people assume others are suspicious, they choose not to trust.
– When people assume others will take rather than give, they selfishly protect.
– When people assume others are means to an end: “Greed meets a need.”
That sounds so fatalistic, but it’s not.