Sunday, August 20, 2017

HATS


HATS.

If you have seen me, you know that HATS are an all too important accessory for me...especially when the sun is out!

I got to thinking about the many HATS people wear:

  • ball cap style hats
  • cowboy hats
  • stocking hats
  • fedora style hats
  • plain hats
  • colored hats
  • hats with logos
  • booney hats
  • hard hats
  • many, many types of hats
I'm sure you've heard the saying, "at my job, or at home, I wear many "hats" with all that I have to do."  At your job or home, how many "HATS" do you wear?
  • "player" hat
  • "referee" hat
  • "worker" hat
  • "cleaner" hat
  • "counselor" hat
  • "boss" hat
  • "leader" hat
  • many, many types of "hats"
Every HAT we wear is significant.

Every HAT others wear is significant.

Never diminish the "HAT" you or others wear.

In all of these, I believe that the "FAITHFUL HAT" is the most important.  Whatever you do, wherever you are, always strive to wear the "FAITHFUL HAT."

"The master was full of praise. 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together.'  Matthew 25:21 [NLT]

In your BEST YEAR YET, keep your head covered with that FAITHFUL HAT at all times. You never know when PROMOTION is right around the corner.

FINAL NOTE:
In the picture above, that white hat has been with me on some of my most memorable marathons.  It's a bit discolored and beat up and I believe it is going to be retired from "marathon competition," but boy the memories.  Now, time to find a new HAT!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

ONE MORE

"Please Lord, help me get ONE MORE."  Desmond Doss

Last night, the CHEERLEADER and I watched the movie, HACKSAW RIDGE, which told the true story of an American Hero, Desmond Doss.  If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth the watch...very "war graphic" but worth it.

As a medic, Doss helped 75 men, who were wounded during battle, to get to safety and a chance for medical attention to help save their lives.  In one scene, it was at night, and Doss spent that night going behind enemy lines to get those wounded.  As the night went on, and Doss obviously hurt, tired and sore, you hear him say over and over again, "Please Lord, help me get ONE MORE."

What a picture of drive and determination.  

It got me thinking about ONE MORE.  

What if we...I lived out each day with a "ONE MORE" mentality?  What would the impact be each day?

ONE MORE smile.
ONE MORE hug.
ONE MORE kiss.
ONE MORE bedtime story.
ONE MORE step.
ONE MORE mile.
ONE MORE football game with your boys.
ONE MORE tea party with your girls.
ONE MORE laugh.
ONE MORE cry.
ONE MORE tear to wipe dry.
ONE MORE opportunity to right a wrong.
ONE MORE time to say I LOVE YOU.
ONE MORE encouraging word.
ONE MORE story about your family history.
ONE MORE song.
ONE MORE dance.
ONE MORE dinner with family and/or friends.

Since we are not assured of tomorrow, these are just a few things we all can do, beginning today, to make ONE MORE impact on lives around us.

So here is your BEST YEAR YET challenge:  say, "Please Lord, help me do ONE MORE."

Drop me a line and tell me about your ONE MORE.  And if you come up with a different ONE MORE than is on this list above, include it and we'll add to the list!


Friday, August 18, 2017

POPCORN


I just wanted POPCORN.

Have you ever gone to Costco or some other "membership" type warehouse looking for just ONE item?

That was me tonight.

I just wanted POPCORN.

How many times have you gone to the store with the intention of ONE thing and you walk out with a cart full of things you didn't plan for?

The person working the register always...ALWAYS asks, "Did you find everything OK?"

Me:  "Ummm...yes....AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS IN MY CART THAT I DIDN'T COME HERE FOR!"

I just wanted POPCORN.

Life can be like that.  We have our ideas about the specific life WE want.  

We want an education...reliable transportation...a spouse...2.3 kids....a dog....a house with a white picket fence.

And in our pursuit to keep it simple (like just wanting only POPCORN), LIFE gets in the way.

We hear things like:

  • "I'm sorry, you can't have kids"
  • "You're fired"
  • "The diagnosis is cancer"
  • "The dishwasher is broken...oh, and I can't get the garage door opener to work"
  • "You are not accepted into the program"
  • "Pregnant....again?"
There's loss.

There's regret.

There's death.

There's LIFE!

Whether you are just going after the "POPCORN" in your life or you find out that your "cart" is FULL (and you didn't plan for it).....EMBRACE LIFE!

I just wanted "POPCORN" but my life has been and continues to be so full and I wouldn't trade it or put anything "back!"


Thursday, August 17, 2017

STAND

"You feel like a candle in a hurricane.  Just like a picture with a broken frame.  Alone and helpless, like you've lost your fight.  But you'll be alright...."

Those are the beginning lyrics from the song "STAND" by The Rascal Flatts.

This is exactly how I felt a year ago (except for the "alone" part...I had and continue to have a GREAT support team around me).  

I remember asking the CHEERLEADER to just tell me that "it will be alright."  I needed to be assured by her words.

Through it all, I had to learn what it meant to STAND.

To STAND in the "fight"....to STAND when doesn't appear to be going they way you designed it....this is exactly the time to STAND!

The song goes on to say, in the chorus, " Cause when push comes to shove, you taste what you're made of......on your knees you look up...."

The Bible tells us, "....and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore...." Ephesians 6:13-14

What do you need to STAND up to?

  • A negative health diagnosis
  • The loss of a loved one
  • The loss of a job
  • Ridicule
  • Bullying
  • Words spoken ("you're not good enough; you're not smart enough; you're not cute enough; you're not enough....")
"On your knees you look up....decide you've had enough.  You get mad, you get strong, wipe your hands, shake it off. THEN you STAND."

It might look "dark" today...but in this BEST YEAR YET, I'm telling you that it will get better...you will get through this....YOU.GOT.THIS!

Time to STAND!

Know this.....I'm STANDING with you.

Who will STAND with me?


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

RED ROVER 2.0


How many remember playing RED ROVER while growing up?  (If not, click this RED ROVER link to find out how)

In short, there are 2 teams of people standing about 10 yards apart from each other.  Each team forms a line, hand in hand.  One team would call out, "RED ROVER, RED ROVER, SEND ________ (name of a person on other team) RIGHT OVER."  It was then the person who was called out to try to run and break through the "chain" being formed by the other team.

Simple games that people played.

I was reminded of this game in an illustration earlier this week.  But in this "game" the one breaking through was the enemy of racism...the enemy of bigotry.....the enemy of good.

Each time there is a "breaking" of the chain of good, the weaker the "team" becomes.

What if, in this new game...RED ROVER 2.0...we didn't just grab hands, but we LOCKED ARMS?  

What if we go so close to each other that the enemy trying to "break through" our wall wasn't able to, because of the strength of the wall?

We are truly BETTER TOGETHER.  RED - YELLOW - BLACK - BROWN - WHITE....standing side by side...arms linked together.....STRONGER TOGETHER.

In the Bible, in Acts 4:32, the Bible says, "All the believers were united in heart and mind...."  

It starts with me.  

RED ROVER 2.0.....who wants to "PLAY?"


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

VISION


"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."
Helen Keller

vision


[vizh-uh n] 
   - the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be


























































































































































Today, I was in a room with a group of LEADERS.  
Each from varied backgrounds of upbringing; gender; ethnicity; vocation.  One thing in common:  VISION.
VISION that "looks" beyond what can only be seen by the natural eye.
Habakkuk 2:2 [NKJV] in the Bible says, "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it."
What VISION are you "running" with?  Is it BIG or small? Is it plain and easily understood or is it difficult to understand?
Habakkuk 2 verse 3 goes on to say [NLT], "This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed."
One thing to note about VISION, if you don't have a plan or actions steps to accomplish the VISION, all you have is a DREAM.
DREAMS are good...but it is action that makes them become a reality.
How to turn your DREAMS into VISION REALITIES:
  • DREAM the biggest dream you can
  • Have a specific plan of action steps that will position you to achieve the goal
  • Share the plan with others that believe in you, who can help to keep you accountable
  • When you want to quit (and you will) DON'T.GIVE.UP!
  • Have "check in" points at different time frame intervals
  • BE PATIENT......and
  • DON'T.GIVE.UP
Remember, don't be like those who have sight, but no VISION!



Monday, August 14, 2017

TRENDS



trend
trend/
noun
plural noun: trends
  1. 1.
    a general direction in which something is developing or changing.
verb
3rd person present: trends
  1. 1.
    change or develop in a general direction.
  2. 2.
    (of a topic) be the subject of many posts on a social media website within a short period of time.

    "I've just taken a quick look at what's trending on Twitter right now"


TRENDS.

Each week, Jimmy Fallon picks a topic and then asks his studio and view audience to post something with a certain "#hashtag" or pound sign for all of you north of 40.  Usually within hours whatever the topic, it is trending globally.  

THAT is the power of Celebrity, Social Media and TRENDS.

Right now, this is what is trending now on Social Media:
  • North Korea and the United States
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Trump Administration
  • Confederate States of America
  • Taylor Swift
  • Tiger Woods
  • Bruno Mars
  • Bachelor in Paradise
  • and a few others.....
What or who determines these things?

I guess some of it is what is happening and how others are reacting to it.  I would love to see what was "TRENDING" when I was say 6-7.  

1972.  Mark Spitz.  Munich.  Israel.  Terrorists.  

Countries; Sports Figures; Humanity doing the unthinkable.

Not much has changed in 45 years....except in today's day of quick information, we know about it right away.

How can we change the TREND?  How can we change the "general direction" of something?

If we want to truly change the direction....change the TREND...WE have to be the ones that start the new TREND.

It's more that just a HASHTAG.  It's changing the CULTURE through TRANSFORMATION.

It's ACTION.

In your BEST YEAR YET, what do you want to see change?  

Whatever it is....let the TREND start with YOU!