Feel Like Someone’s Watching?

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Many leaders that once they have fulfilled their time commitment as a leader, they are free to act as they please. This is not the case. Being in a position of leadership requires you to live your life to a higher standard. I know, you are saying “But that is not fair. I did not sign up for a 24/7 commitment.” I will agree, it is not fair. However, it is the truth.

As youth leaders in our youth group, my wife and I have learned one thing. You never know when someone may be watching you.

We have been walking the mall, attending a movie, or going to a concert and have had one of the kids from our youth group approach us because they noticed we were there. This always serves as a reminder to us to that we are an example at all times.

Where did the path go?

Fall is a time for change. The weather cools, the days shorten, and the trees lose their leaves.

It is in this season that the trail paths in the woods can be hard to see. The leaves cover the dirt and it all blends together.

One moment you are walking on a clear path, the next you have no idea where the path is.

Our lives are a lot like this. We think we know where we are going. We are following the path. We are feeling good.

All of a sudden, the clear path is not so easy to see.

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.
— Rosalia de Castro

What causes the path to become unclear in our lives? Many things.

  • Bad business decisions

Are you generous?

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As I write this, I think of the gift I received today. A great friend purchased the book 50 Jobs in 50 States by Daniel Seddiqui and had it mailed to me. It was not a large purchase but it is something that has struck me.

Here is a young, married person with a young child. She saw fit to bless me with a book I have wanted but had not had a chance to purchase. This encourages me to be a better friend and to pay it forward.

This has made me think about generosity.

What am I willing to give? How much am I willing to give? To whom am I willing to give it?

At times, my answer to these questions make me feel ashamed. There are times I do not want to give. There are things I do not want to give. There are people I do not want to give to.


Giving Thanks

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Most of us will be sitting down to a turkey dinner with friends and family. Some of us may be watching the traditional parades or football game.

I encourage you to enjoy this day. It is a time for reflection, being with family, and giving thanks.

I hope you have something to give thanks for.

If not, examine your life and you will find something to be thankful about.

Today, I would like to express my thankfulness and the things that I am thankful for.

Following is but a handful of things I am thankful for –

  • Pamela, My Wife:
    I am so thankful she chose to accept me as her husband. She has been a strong foundation and great help. There is no one I would rather spend my life with.

You Can’t Win Them All

Yes, that is me in the picture to the left. And as the title of this post says, “you can’t win them all.”

You are probably wondering about the story behind this picture. As the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air used to say “Let me tell you a story about…”

Our youth group had issued a challenge to the boys and the girls. The challenge was to see whether the boys or the girls could give the most in the offering.

If the guys won, the female leaders would get a pie in the face. If the girls won, the male leaders would get a pie in the face.

As you can probably tell, the guys lost. And you know what? That is okay.

Whether in our business life or personal life, there will be times that we will lose. It is in these losses that our true colors are shown.