Contributing to the Mission

Contributing to the Mission

A pastor was soliciting support for an upcoming mission trip. He wanted parishioners from his church to assist in the cleanup efforts and help rebuild damaged homes in a community that had been devastated by a hurricane. Not everyone in the congregation was able to go...

Act Within the Cube

Act Within the Cube

I was recently volunteered to help build props for a local youth theatre troupe. The show’s director wanted “oversized dice”—large wooden boxes, capable of safely bearing the weight of a child. Her request presented a challenge in terms of design. The boxes needed to...

Sunscreen Regret

Sunscreen Regret

This month marks the twentieth anniversary of Baz Luhrmann’s surprise hit “Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” cracking the Billboard Top 40. If the song’s title doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps its opening line will spark your memory: Ladies and gentlemen of the class...

Creating a Mental Monopoly

Creating a Mental Monopoly

I don’t like heights—driving across bridges, walking on glass floors, the view from the top of skyscrapers, etc. Some people struggle with spiders, others with public speaking. My kryptonite is heights. While I’m not completely immobilized by my fear of heights, I...

8 Ways to Show Loyalty

8 Ways to Show Loyalty

People who are loyal are committed, and they don’t allow their commitment to be swayed by difficult circumstances. They are loyal during the good times and the bad times. That’s why relationships built on loyalty are able to withstand unexpected setbacks. When a...

Love-40

Love-40

I am intrigued by license plates. Where did that car come from? Why is it here? Where is it going? On road trips, one of my favorite activities is to play the license plate game with my kids. Every state’s plate is unique. And every plate tells a story. Yesterday, I...

Deferred Impact

Deferred Impact

High in the Himalayan Mountains, there grows a very unusual flower—the Giant Himalayan Lily (cardiocrinum giganteum). It is the largest of all lilies and, appropriately, known as the “King of the Lilies.” For most of its life, the Giant Himalayan Lily is nothing more...

Touch the Line

Touch the Line

Good teammates touch the line. Anyone who has ever participated in organized sports and had to run sprints understands the significance of “the line.” A photo occasionally pops up on social media of a team running sprints during practice. In the photo, one of the...

Appreciating the History

Appreciating the History

Many of us find it challenging to look beyond our present. We get so caught up in the chaos of our lives that we find it hard to think about the next ten seconds, let alone the next ten years. People who are driven don’t have that problem. They focus on the future....

Racing, Rattlesnakes, and Warnings

Racing, Rattlesnakes, and Warnings

Sunday marks the sixty-first running of the Daytona 500—the “Great American Race.” Owner teams and pit crews will engage in all sorts of teamwork during the event, and I am sure there will be plenty of “good teammate” lessons to be learned from those interactions. But...

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