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 …

How To Read An Unfinished Book (repost)

Note: This is a repost from an article I wrote a couple of years ago on the site Joyful, Jubilant Learning. My dear friend Rosa Say reminded me of it and I wanted to share it with my readers here. All of the books I have ever purchased are unfinished. Now they may have been completed. All the chapters included. …

Running The Race

Coach John Wooden is almost 100 years old. He is one of the most famous and celebrated college basketball coaches in history. One of his keys to success is the amount of time he puts into preparation, both for himself and for those he coaches. “How you run the race – your planning, preparation, practice, and performance – counts for …

I Saw Excellence

I’m a firm believer in the statement: What gets rewarded, gets repeated. With that being said, I need to tell you a story. A story about excellence. In fact, it is a story about excellent excellence. Here goes…Once upon a time I had the privilege of hiring an Assistant Director to work alongside me in my role as Director of …