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Giving Thanks For The Things That Piss Me Off

Thank you, you idiot driver, for driving too slow in the high-speed lane and making me late. Thank you, you inconsiderate grocery shopper, for dumping 20 items on the conveyor belt of the 12-items-or-less express register aisle.

Thank you. For pissing me off.

I’ve come to appreciate such moments, the moments when I am in emotional overdrive with everyone and everything getting under my skin. Why? Because I’ve learned my reaction to the world in front of me says so much about the world inside of me. When my responses are laced with rage and anger and my thoughts and words become confrontational and judgmental, it tells me that real problem here is more about me than with the ones who have managed to push my buttons.

I tell my kids life usually never goes as planned and when it doesn’t what you do next is the important thing. Sometimes I need to take my own advice. Life so often is a test, those moments when life Read the rest of this entry »


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December 13, 2014   No Comments

The Inheritance of Expectations

So, what are you doing with your inheritance?

When we think of inheritance we tend to think of it in financial terms, money or property passed down from one generation to the next. Some of us may receive such a windfall, and others may never see a dime. All of us, though, will inherit something far greater than money, something which will more greatly impact the direction of our life.

Expectations.

Life tends to give us what we expect to get from it and our expectations usually never let us down. No one has a crystal ball, but our expectations Read the rest of this entry »


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September 27, 2014   No Comments

What Side Of The White Line Are You Standing On?

It makes all the difference in the world.

Today was Opening Day for the local youth soccer league. Proudly, I watched as my six-year-old daughter and her team took to the field. No one was keeping score, and it looked like no one knew exactly what they were doing, either. But it didn’t matter. They came to play, and that’s exactly what they did.

Kids at play always have lessons we adults always need to be reminded of. Today, for me the lesson was a reminder about showing up, stepping over the white line and entering the arena. Even if we haven’t yet gotten everything all figured out.

We all have hopes and dreams within us, many which will never be given the chance to come true, simply because we are standing on the wrong side of the white line, the white line which separates the players from the spectators. Our hopes and dreams require us to cross over the line; our dreams will never be realized simply watching others acheive theirs.

Your life is God’s dream come true, and God’s greatest hope is the dreams He’s placed within you are fully realized and shared with the world.

So, what side of the white line are you standing on?

It’s a great day to be you!


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September 6, 2014   No Comments