“Watch your thinking,” my wife said to me the other day. And I’m glad she did. I was having irrational thoughts.
You see, we just got back from vacation in Florida. The day we left was 84 degrees. When we landed in Detroit, it was 20 degrees. That next day, my three-year-old had a running nose and cough.
Uh oh, I thought, I hope I don’t catch anything.
The next day I felt it… stuffiness. I was congested. My head and nose were clogged up. Yep. It was a full-blown head cold.
The day after was worse – and my attitude reflected it. I was moping around, complaining, thinking to myself, Why do I have to be sick? I was just sick a month ago!
Yea, I was throwing a party for myself… and let me tell you, the party was L-A-M-E.
As I walked in the kitchen (in all my lameness), that’s when my wife said, “Watch your thinking.” Immediately, after she said that, it was as if a laser-beam of conviction shined a light right into my heart.
Without even realizing it, I was allowing my thoughts to run completely awry. [click to continue…]
People are watching you.
Does that sound creepy? Now, I am not talking about the FBI or the Government watching you, I’m talking about every day, ordinary people.
I’m talking about your children and your spouse and your friends and coworkers and strangers in line at the store.
How we live, how we act, what we say, how we carry ourselves matter. People are watching.
This past summer, this truth really sunk in when I was outside mowing my lawn. My son was playing in the backyard, and when he saw Dad get out the lawnmower, he didn’t want to miss the action.
He immediately grabbed his little plastic lawnmower and followed me to the front yard. My wife watched from our front porch as my son, Luke, followed me with his lawnmower.
Every time I pushed the mower over a patch of grass, so did he. When I backed up or rounded the corner, my son did too. He was imitating everything I did. It was so cute. [click to continue…]
“The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
When I graduated college, I thought I had learned everything I needed to learn to go out and change the world. I was ready to go out there and make my mark!
So I moved across the country to Denver, where I interned for a ministry organization called Kingdom Building Ministries. It was an incredible experience. I got to travel all over the country going to different camps, helping shadowing the speakers.
I went to Peru with an incredible speaker and a team of people to minister to literally hundreds of people.
I loved it!
It’s what I wanted to do… to be a speaker like the ones I shadowed – to travel the world and share about Jesus and see lives changed. But I wasn’t ready. [click to continue…]
In my favorite movie of all time, Miracle, based on the true story of the U.S. hockey team beating the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, coach Herb Brooks would say to his team, “Play your game.”
When the U.S. faced the Soviets at Lake Placid, late into the game, a video camera captured Brooks’ words to his players behind the bench.
“Play your game!” he shouts. “Play your game! Play your game!”
Minutes later, team captain, Mike Eruzione, scores the winning goal, sealing the fate for the U.S.’s victory over the greatest hockey team in the world at that time.
So how do we play our game when it comes to life and doing that which we’re called to do?
I think I understand what Herb Brooks was trying to communicate.
To play your game means: [click to continue…]
Taking a risk is hard. At least it is for me, especially the older I get.
Taking a risk can lead to incredible life-change, and often, helps us fulfill our purpose. (Tweet this.)
At least it did for me.
It all started this past summer, when my friend Drew mentioned a writing course he signed up for called Tribe Writers.
“You should join,” Dave, “it’s really good stuff. I’ve learned so much from Jeff Goins about writing and building my platform. You should join and we can go through the material together.” [click to continue…]