Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014
in How To, Reviews, Values
“Christ gives us a perfect example to follow. His high standard was not given to frustrate us but to reveal areas in our lives that need improvement. Whenever I study Philippians 2:3–8, I am reminded of the healthy attitude qualities that Jesus possessed.”
He was selfless, secure and submissive, and author John Maxwell challenges us to assess and examine our attitude and the impact of our attitude. Subtitled, “Determine Your Success By Cultivating the Right Attitude” this book challenges readers to become more insightful and incisive leaders.
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014
in Relational, TreeHouse
When I was just beginning to move from loner to leader I read these words:
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” 1
They have helped me to remember not to choose as selfishly as I am inclined to be.
I attached the picture on purpose. Bad pictures remind us to laugh at ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously.
I’m thinking a lot about my role as a leader.
Yesterday I was playing goalie.
The score was tied.
A minute to play.
The broomball was free on the right side.
I checked my angles. I checked my distance from the goal. I felt confident I was close enough to make a play.
I raced up to the ball.
Vivian (pictured in the back row, second from the left), our best goal scorer was near their goal crease. I knew if I got to the ball and made a good pass, that Vivian could win the game for us.
Yesterday I sat in a chair and cheered.
I sat watching the Olympics. I cheered the Olympic skiers working the half-pipe. They were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.
Yesterday I also sat with several friends. I cheered them on. These friends are working through pain. Like the skiers they were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.
The skiers were surrounded by fans.
My friends were surrounded by friends.
Circumstances are different but the skiers and my friends have some things in common.
They can fall.
They can fail.
They’ve done it before.
I’ve spent more than twenty years “Inspiring Great Relationships Every Day.” I enjoy when I can pass on something I am learning, but many times in those conversations it was me who was the learner.
Today was no different.
Today I sat down with my friends Lizzy and Bueno. We laughed. We told stories. We love gardening so we exchanged seeds. And we talked.
In a world desperate for positive role models, over the past three years Lizzy and Bueno have been role models of what a healthy relationship looks like.
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013
Genuine beliefs are made obvious by what people do. We always live up to our beliefs–or down to them, as the case may be.
~ Dallas Williard
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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!”
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values
I gave out my cell phone number to a new friend this week.
As soon as I shared my number I felt obligated to explain a few things:
– I don’t answer very often
– I don’t text back very quickly
– I don’t answer when I’m busy
– I don’t respond to people who call or text repeatedly
A few years ago I decided it was easier to explain this list of annoyances when I share my number than to have to make apologies.
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values
This weekend at Anika’s baby dedication we shared parenting advice with the new parents Angi & Aaron.
My wife Amy said, “If you screw up, fess up.”
She elaborated, “when you make mistakes admit them.”
Unfortunately, Amy learned that lesson from my…umm…from me.
You see, I’ve had to fess up a lot.
When I Mismanage My Life I Neglect My Highest Priorities
When I have mismanaged my life it’s my wife and God who get cheated. Sadly, I take for granted those who love me the most. I haven’t rejected my faith in God, I’ve just gotten so busy that I have not included God in my thoughts, feelings and plans as often as I would prefer.
Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
This weekend with a flurry of activity, a wonderful conversation-filled open house, and, as my friend Julia remarked, “the social media Birthday bandwagon”, I turned fifty.
Then, yesterday I became godfather to cute little Anika.
It was a busy, but great weekend.
Today, I’m fifty years and two days old.
The celebrations are over, now what am I going to do with the rest of my days?
Even as I typed that I have tears in my eyes.