Enlisting in the Navy was a wild ride. As an upcoming senior in high school I answered the call to go “Full Speed Ahead.” What can is say? That cheesy commercial got me. I was eager to get on with the next stage of my life so I entered the delayed entry program and waited… Continue reading Resilience, Habits 1-2
Boyhood Wandering My family has a long line of men who have served in the military. It wasn't expected of us; it just happened that way. My childhood in Illinois was spent wandering the urban jungle while holding my M-16 (stick) and camouflaging myself from neighbors and pesky enemies (oncoming cars) with a keen set of… Continue reading Fully Known, Part 4
I was Samuel. I am Winston. My story is as common as a pine tree in the countryside of Georgia. The doesn’t know how to grow up into a man so he makes a mess of his life in a reckless pursuit of his heart, his masculinity and his identity. I have left a lot… Continue reading Samuel, Churchill & Me
Samuel There was a young boy by the name of Samuel. Samuel was smart, athletic, and he had a mysterious curiosity. From the outside, Samuel looked like every other boy, but this wasn’t the real Samuel. Samuel’s mom and dad had divorced when he was eight, and now his mom is married to a man… Continue reading Fully Known, Part 3
To be read all the way through: For Christians and some other faith groups this quote makes sense because we see the world through a specific lens. A lens that understands that God creates people with a moral standard and he has placed a soul in every human. In this, every life is to be… Continue reading Where did our moral compass go?
The fruitfulness of a believer is transforming into a Christ like Mind. A Christ like mind is led by love, peace, and joy. Every sin committed against God is an offense to the cross of Jesus Christ. The sins we willfully commit or the ones we commit because of outright laziness. James 4:17 Christ mindedness says… Continue reading Bearing Fruitful Character in the Mind & Attitude
#1 Spirit Empowered Confidence The feeling conviction and belief that we can rely on Jesus no matter what. We have to have a growing knowledge and experience that this is true. “There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God.” 1 Timothy 2:5 “Such confidence as… Continue reading 6 Ways Christians Should Respond to Cultural Opposition
"The person who understands the evil in his own heart is the only person who is useful, fruitful, and solid in his beliefs and obedience. Others only delude themselves and thus upset families, churches, and all other relationships. In their self-pride and judgement of others, they show great inconsistency." John Owen, a Great Puritan Scholar… Continue reading How’s your heart, bro?
1. Challenge- Challenge processes, NOT people. Synergy dies when personal attacks occur. The vision or bottom line needs to be the focal point even if the indifference is founded. Disagreement on how a system, strategy or plan is operating is NOT the end of the world, but challenging people could be the killer of the… Continue reading Fueling Momentum
1. Leverage humor to make the point, not to be the point. Rookie mistake. We have all made this one trying to draw closer to our audience or employees. We all want to be likable, but likeability has to take a back seat to content. A question to ask yourself: Did they walk away with… Continue reading 5 Things to Improve a Leader’s Communication