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Author Archives: Todd Stocker
What You Don’t Have (Or Need) This Christmas
What is it that you don’t have this Christmas? Frankly, it’s overrated anyway …
Sometimes You Just Gotta Enjoy The Change
One of the groovy things I get to do is to lead weddings. In fact, I am involved in one this weekend, which makes my heart full. These are pivotal moments in the lives of families, moments that are remembered and celebrated until death separates. As I ponder the mountain of adjustments that my coupleContinue reading “Sometimes You Just Gotta Enjoy The Change”
How To Enjoy Your Relatives From “Across The Aisle” This Thanksgiving
What if you’re going to see the relatives this Thanksgiving, and they are not the same political party as you? How do you get along? Here are some suggestions. *Number 3 is a tough one! That’s why it’s the longest!!*
How To Be Un-Thankful
If I were striving to be UnThankful, what would that look like? What list could guide me in being unthankful?
2020 = A Long Friday The 13th
Chrystal Lake. Jason Voorhees. Camp Counselors who need a healthy dose of wisdom (if not acting). If you grew up as a slasher movie lover in the ’80s and looked at the calendar today, you’d make a connection.
Thank You, Veterans
If you are a veteran, stomaching my sloppy words, I want you to know that from at least this American, I am truly grateful. Whether you “shuffle papers” or fly a “multirole” in one of our armed forces, you don’t receive enough credit. You live with a great purpose, and many of us, while unspoken, deep down love and appreciate all of you.
Memorial Day – Perspective Is Everything
Memorial day is not veterans day. While both are equally important, memorial day honors the ultimate sacrifice that men and women have offered – giving of one’s life in the betterment of the great experiment called the “United States of America.”
Happy Birthday Makenzie (Button-Nose)
Why do we celebrate birthdays? For some, it is tradition. For others, it is to honor the person who, on that day, is advancing in years. And for others, it is to remember a life well-lived. We are a family that lives forward and not backward. Yet, our birthday celebration today remembers one whoContinue reading “Happy Birthday Makenzie (Button-Nose)”
How Is Your Life Different? A Quick Evaluation (Covid-19)
Social distancing. Self-quarantine. Flatten the curve. These and so many other words and phrases have poked their heads out from the ground in this spring of the Covid-19 pandemic. (There’s another one). Undoubtedly, your world has changed. And as you linger into your first months of this new reality, you have an opportunity. It isContinue reading “How Is Your Life Different? A Quick Evaluation (Covid-19)”
Let Us, Do This: (Covid-19)
“Encouragement During The Pandemic” May we who are merely inconveniencedRemember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factorsRemember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from homeRemember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility toContinue reading “Let Us, Do This: (Covid-19)”
Face To Face, Soon Enough – Covid-19
Here we are. A few weeks into the Covid-19 quarantine. We wash more. We watch more. We are creating temporary “new normals,” and some are finding it very life-changing. We’ve taken to the screens and Zoom loves all of us right now. One desire (or maybe hope) that bubbles through the lips of many IContinue reading “Face To Face, Soon Enough – Covid-19”
Be Where Your Feet Are
Over the past few days, at the National Youth Gathering 2019, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to interview NBA all-star Sam Dekker. Walking through his amazing story, he talks about his ups and downs personally and professionally and speaks life into student and adults alike. When I asked what was the best piece of adviceContinue reading “Be Where Your Feet Are”
National Youth Gathering Is A Picture Of The Authentic Church
I’m sitting in the lobby of the Hyatt on day 2 of the National Youth Gathering, waiting to serve and watching the smattering of students and adults grab their coffee in preparation for another full day. There are 25000 students and adults here. They have converged on Minneapolis to worship, grow, and serve in thisContinue reading “National Youth Gathering Is A Picture Of The Authentic Church”
Makenzie! Has It Really Been 10 Years?
There is a common phrase that says, “Time heals all wounds.” I appreciate the author’s sentiment. However, that phrase is unfinished, and I’ll tell you why in a bit. 10 years ago today, my “oldest” daughter (in my mind, still) and two friends were in a horrific car accident. Aaron, the driver of the carContinue reading “Makenzie! Has It Really Been 10 Years?”