Character is what you do when – well, it’s what you do.

I’ve been thinking a lot about something. A few years ago I read a book by Hyrum Smith titled The 3 Gaps. One main theme of the book was focused on how we behave, what we do each day, that proves what we believe, what our governing values are, and how we spend our time.   If you ask a group of people what they want to do with their life, a large percentage of them will say, “I want to make a positive difference.” That means they have to …

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Work-Life Balance Brilliance by Denise R. Green: book summary

Have you ever thought of hiring a life coach? Have you ever wondered what you could achieve if you had an accountability partner? Maybe you’ve tried the novel approach to creating different results than the trajectory you are on right now. If you are self-motivated at all, this book could be the recipe for positive momentum in finding what works for you. One glance at the book cover should clue you in to what the author thinks of work-life balance. In fact, the title of the book is, Work-Life Balance …

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What do you need to forget?

What kind of memory do you have? You know – when you have to remember an appointment or to pick up some obscure item at the store. Do you have to write everything out in detail? Or is your mind like Velcro and things just stick to it? I have a good memory, but it’s short. At least that’s what I tell people when they say, “Remember to . . .” then they proceed with instructions that will never return to memory unless written ‘legibly’ on paper. The answer to …

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Pathway to Peace

I’m working on a pathway to peace. I wish I could say it’s already perfected, but it is not.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this. Today is all I’ve got; tomorrow is the result of how I live it.  Considering what I want most tomorrow has led me to design a pathway to get there. Daily disciplines toward PEACE tomorrow. Prayer Exercise Accountability Character Encourage Each discipline has defined characteristics which I’ll be sharing in a future post.  Why am I talking about this now?  Why am I …

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Aiming for Purpose

What happens if I don’t get it right? Have you ever asked yourself that question? There are so many choices to be made in a day; decisions ranging from the minor to the major. What if I get it wrong? Sometimes don’t you wish you could hand God a blank piece of paper and say, “Could you just fill it out for me, so I can see what you want me to do?” That would be so much easier, wouldn’t it? God could have created the dynamics of our interactions …

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What-if?

I was reading a post by a young woman of 17 who I consider wise beyond her years, when she asked a valid question.  Although very young she was through high school and had already taken college classes.  She was contemplating very honestly:  What will I do with my life?  That struck me because as I approach the twilight of my career, I look back to the days many years ago when I first began to question my destiny.  I still sometimes wonder, what will I do with the remaining years of my …

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Future faith

Tyler’s recruiter spent some time with us last night explaining what’s going to happen for the next 13 weeks. I knew something was up when my brother (former Marine) and nephew (lifer Marine) told me, in separate conversations, Tyler will come back a changed man. Sergeant Keifer to us: This isn’t the boy scouts. Tyler will come back a changed man.  My thought: I didn’t expect the Boy Scouts, but that part about changed?  What if I like him the way he is right now?. A kid whose laundry never …

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The Quest For Better – Part 2

Yesterday’s post was all about the choices we make how we want them to lead to better, but maybe they just lead to different. Today is …. Well, today is different. What about individuals who battle long term illness; or those left behind by loved ones who have died, some unexpectedly through trauma? That’s a tough one. When the choice wasn’t theirs to make; when their vision for the future was shattered in an instant; when it’s easier to see the defective instead of the effective, what then? How can …

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It's a wrap!

The election is over at last. It is finished, but God isn’t. Did your first choice win? Did your first choice lose? Do you think the vote caught God by surprise? Regardless of what we think – God is in control. It doesn’t matter who is in the White House. God gets to decide what happens next. Our job is to stay faithful to what we, ourselves, are supposed to be doing. Apathy because your guy lost … or gloating because your guy won solves nothing. If we want to …

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Refining Grace