I can show you the world Shining, shimmering splendid Tell me, princess, now when did You last let your heart decide? These lyrics defined a generation much like “Do you want to build a snowman? Or ride our bike around the halls? I think some company is overdue I’ve started talking to The pictures on the walls!” from Frozen has defined the current generation for many young people.
I remember when the animated version of Aladdin was released in 1992. The animation was stunning. The story was engaging. And the music was top notch.
There were few people who didn’t fall in love with Aladdin at this time. Now, it’s time for a whole new generation to fall in love with the Aladdin story in a whole new way. Read more...
The original The Lego Movie spawned multiple other Lego movies recently released a sequel. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part continues the story of Finn (Jadon Sand) and his Lego land of wonder.
In the sequel, Finn’s Legos are attacked by strange, alien creatures who want to destroy the wonderous Lego land in his basement. The aliens attack and eat a heart one of the Lego characters had created. Thus, begins their descent into the desolate Wasteland.
Scene from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The once cheerful characters have had to become hardened. They fear what is to come and how to save themselves.
Gone are the cheerful colors. Instead, they are replaced with browns and blacks. Colors that will keep away the invading aliens. Read more...
Let me be up-front. I’m not a very romantic guy. You can ask my wife… She’ll tell you that I’m not. I’m okay with that.
When I asked, okay, told her, we were getting married it was while we were sitting on a couch talking. I randomly brought up the notion of marriage. When she said she supposed we were going to get married one day, I told her to pick a date of arbitrary dates in December. That’s how our unofficial proposal went.
Image by Joe Cavazos
I think I made it up to her when I took her to a local horse ranch for a sleigh ride. The coachman of the sleigh ride got off of the sleigh, asked if we’d like to have our picture taken (I’d of course forgotten to bring a camera!), and said he’d go check up ahead for any issues with the trail. As he walks away, my wife begins to worry the frail, old man would have trouble and fall into a hole. Read more...
I have a problem I’ll reluctantly reveal to you. My secret is an ugly one. It’s also one many other people have.
My name is Joseph and I like to please people.
On the surface, people pleasing seems like a great thing. We’re able to make people happy. We’re able to help people get work done. We may even be able to make someone else’s life easier.
Those are all great things.
However, we have to be careful. People pleasing can go too far.
When People Pleasing Makes A Monster
I’ve been in situations where I’ve become a monster because of trying to please other people.
My attitude changed. I became cranky. I snapped at others. I had thoughts that I was a failure.
All the while people were being helped. Students in the youth group were being fed. Church congregants were being greeted and made to feel welcome. Work was being done. Read more...
Leaders, by the nature of their role, need to be hopeful people. They are, after all, casting a new vision for their followers.
Why shouldn’t they be hopeful for what’s to come?
Through the trials of leadership, it’s easy to get lost on the trail. Our hope wanes. We lose our way.
This is why it’s crucial leaders keep their eyes open to the hopeful future ahead.
If you’re one of those lost leaders, see if you can regain your vision by looking for hope in these 5 areas.
1. Faithful followers: You can’t lead if no one is following. Even when people are following you, it can be a difficult path to walk if those followers aren’t faithful.
Leading well results in followers who are true to you. They’ll follow you through thick and thin. Be hopeful you will one day have people who will support your dream and vision as a leader. Read more...