Busses Away! Flip the Switch.

Busses Away! Flip the Switch.

Watch my smoke! After a summer of constant,  joyful, [hot, dry], adventurous activity, I’m sitting alone on Day One of School with …. rain! I wouldn’t have thought to ask for it, but here it is.   The buzzing frenzy of summer – sports camps, weekends Up North, city outings, and even the pressure of seizing the moment — is for this instant, washed away. Amazing Rain. I submit the day. It’s time to tend to the business that’s been revving through captured ideas on Evernote and paper piles on my desk, and return to a more rhythmic dialogue in this blog. For all the meetings I’ve scheduled for this week and next, I prepare and train my focus. Build Brave Business. Go. The goodbyes this morning were quick and easy as the High School Freshman, the...

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Damage is a Direction

Damage is a Direction

Today as I read Dr. Jim Samra’s book, God Told Me I see the direct application of living to listen. I hear a voice that sounds like God on my heart – even today.  First, here’s the excerpt: Love is a tricky concept, easily perverted, so God anchors the definition of love in the cross of Christ.  With the crucifixion of Jesus, God demonstrated what true love looks like. It is not all about warm, fuzzy feelings, but concrete, sacrificial service done in humility, even for one’s enemy.    An example of this kind of cross-shaped love comes from John 3.  John the Baptist’s popularity was waning, while Jesus’s was rising.  John’s disciples inform him of this, expecting that John would do something to reverse this trend.  Instead John says to his...

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Enough Said.

Enough Said.

Erik in Southern California. His caption for this self-portrait:  “Jesus time in the amazing weather every morning.” Share this:

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Heartwarming, Humbling and Hilarious

Heartwarming, Humbling and Hilarious

Our little guy Jack isn’t shy. At 6-years-old, he is typically outgoing and quick to leap into the game. Any game.  (this maybe a problem during the teenage years…. Stand by) So there we were: St. Columban’s Catholic church, attending Christmas Eve mass to honor Mom. Far from home. Jack’s also pretty comfortable in different flavors of churches and when someone says: “I need the kids up front,” he leaps to participate.  Moreover, only two weeks ago he was part of the chorus in our home church’s Christmas pageant.  He knows the gig. So when the music director at St. Columban’s announced, “I need the kids up front.”  Jack leapt.   It’s what he does. Now perhaps other parents, as out-of-town church visitors, might have been more cautious....

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Again? We Still Struggle? Of course we do.

Again?  We Still Struggle? Of course we do.

Is your happiness every day dependent on the actions reactions, expectations or desires of other people? … at all? Quit it!       Here’s a PEP TALK for Monday: Choose to Be Grateful.  Offer gratitude for the basics that we all have and sometimes forget, but also offer gratitude for the tough things that make us stronger.  This is one of those practices that actually has an immediate impact.  Try it.  You don’t have to forward it to ten friends.  Just sit, stand, kneel, lie in the grass, or get into your favorite yoga pose.  Then genuinely thank God in Heaven for at least ten things.  Not five: ten.  Get all the way past “sunshine and food in the pantry and a roof over our heads” to “the challenges of painful relationships”...

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