Getting my P90X on (Day -7)

Today I (sort of) started P90X. While I’d love to show you some of the “before” pics I’ve taken, I think I’ll save them for a later post that includes some “after” shots of a better looking version of me. I spent the last few days getting ready to embark on this journey. In fact, as I went through some …

Signs In The Storm

The last couple of days have brought some amazing late afternoon storms. For most of the day it’s been clear and sunny, but around 5:00pm the clouds start showing up. Then there’s a wall of darkness that rolls in with 30-40mph winds and a lot of lightning and thunder. I was sitting on my back porch when the rain started …

Student Leadership Positions

Students can fill a leadership position through election and selection. But they don’t earn the title of  student leaders until they position their leadership through reflection.  In order to do the things a leader does, one has to begin to think the way a leader thinks. -tim milburn

Camp!

I just got home from speaking at the SouthEast Oklahoma Youth Camp. They are a district of churches within the Church of the Nazarene. Camp was held at Camp Bond – a great campground in Tishomingo, OK. The theme for the camp was Biggest Loser. Yes…the idea was stolen from a fairly popular reality tv show. My initial response to …

The Gripping Power Of “Taps”

On this Memorial Day, I am mindful of the sacrifice and service of the men and women who have helped secure the freedoms I enjoy in this country. As many prepare for time off of work, bbq’s, time with family, and relaxation, it’s important to not lose sight of the reason this “holiday” exists. One of the traditions that takes …

Two Reasons Why It’s Vital To Lead Yourself First

I sat in my aisle seat on the plane, preparing to come home. All sense of a personal bubble was gone. I didn’t even win the war of the armrest. Space was at a minimum. The flight attendant squeezed past me and began the overly familiar safety demonstration. “Insert the tab into the metal fitting.” Check. “Locate the nearest exit.” …

6 Not-So-Secret Ways To Get A Grip On Gratitude

I try not to let things bug me for very long. But sometimes, I’ll let a frustration or difficulty hang around a little too long and just sit there inside me. About the only way I know to get past the anxiety and stress caused by clinging to those things is to take the time to give thanks… not just …

Where Is The Trust?

I pass by one of these just about everyday. I rarely use it. But when I do, it demands that I act with integrity and honesty every time. I think it’s the last bastion (def: anything seen as preserving or protecting some quality, condition) of trust in our society. It’s the newsstand. These unmanned (gender inclusive term) kiosks of information …