Do You Really Love People?

The COVID-19 pandemic, or plandemic as some friends are calling it, and the recent racial issues have really broken my heart. I’ve watched long-time friends become bitter enemies. I’ve seen family members disown other family members.

It’s sad. There’s so much hurt and bitterness over the issues at hand.

Yet it is not just COVID-19 that has brought this about. We’ve seen angry rants on Facebook about everything from vaccines to at-home childbirths to working for the man.

Everyone has an opinion. Everyone believes they’re right.

We can’t all be right. Someone will be wrong, especially when viewpoints collide.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest arguments has been whether or not to wear a mask. One side will tell you masks make you sick. The other side will tell you they help prevent the spread of disease.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From My Spy

A Reel Leadership Article

My Spy is a cute comedy starring Dave Bautista as the hardened CIA agent JJ. He’s been demoted to watching over the family of a murdered bad guy. The family is that of 9-year old Sophie (Chloe Coleman) and her mother Kate (Parisa Fitz-Henley).

JJ runs into trouble when Sophie notices JJ and “not” his partner Bobbi (Kristen Schaal) are spying on her and her mother. This leads into the many comedic, and heart-warming, moments in My Spy.

Dave Bautista and Chloe Coleman in My Spy

Originally scheduled for a release in the theater, My Spy was pushed back… Again and again, until Amazon Originals picked it up for their Amazon Prime movie platform.

The back and forth between the adult CIA agent and the young kid is cute. It shows how easily one can become attached and controlled by someone else.

Be ready for laughs. My Spy brings that and more… Including the Reel Leadership lessons.

5 Books Christian Leaders Should Read In July 2020

Must Read Books For July 2020!

Leaders are readers… Or maybe I should say Leaders Are Learners. Either way, one of the quickest ways to learn is through reading great books.

I’m beginning a series where I begin to recommend great books Christian and, even, non-Christian leaders will enjoy reading. Today is the first in the series.

Macro view of five books

Photo by Syd Wachs

Below, you will find 5 books every Christian leader should check out in July. July offers many Christian leaders extra time to dig into books. Dig into these ones. You will find yourself becoming a better leader through your time digesting what these authors have to say.

5 Books Christian Leaders Should Read In July 2020

1. Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences by Carey Nieuwhof

Burnout is real. Carey has experienced this reality. In Didn’t See It Coming, Carey opens up about his struggle with burnout and the time he wanted to end it all.

Why A Band Of Brothers?

Can I tell you how thankful I am for my band of brothers? I have two sets that I’ve come to rely on heavily. The first is Rick, Bobby, and Marty. I meet with these guys regularly at a local coffee shop, Aldea Coffee, in Grand Haven. Previously, we had met at the local Starbucks or Biggby Coffee.

We sit down, drink coffee or some flavored treat, and talk about life. I recently had to share some hard things with these guys. A few tears fell. A few tears are probably going to fall as I type this.

The other band of brothers consists of Tom, Jon, and the aforementioned Marty. Marty gets double Joe time. Haha, I feel bad for him but he’s awesome. We get together online through a Discord channel.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Artemis Fowl

A Reel Leadership Article

Movie fans rejoice, there was a new movie recently released that wasn’t a Netflix exclusive. This movie was scheduled to be released in the theaters but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney chose to release the movie to their Disney+ streaming service.

That movie? Artemis Fowl.

Cast of Artemis Fowl movie

Artemis Fowl is based on the best-selling children’s book series of the same name. There are 16 books in the series and this movie only covers a small portion of the books.

The story of Artemis Fowl is about the young Artemis Fowl Jr (Ferdia Shaw) and his introduction into the world of mystical creatures including fairies, dwarves, and more! He is thrust into this strange world when his father, Artemis Fowl Sr (Colin Farrell) disappears on one of his frequent trips.

From there, we go deeper and deeper into the world of the Fowl’s and their involvement in the world beneath us.