All of us struggle with getting along with people. Abraham Lincoln spoke words of truth in his 2nd inaugural speech that helps us in all relationships. Today we learn what he meant when he said, “Charity for all, Malice towards none." On This Episode: Today’s Quote: “With Charity for all and malice toward none” Abe Lincoln.... Continue Reading →
As a Leader, you set a tone. Is it a positive, life-giving one or does it make those who follow deflate? How do leaders set a positive tone? ON THIS EPISODE: I answer a question from Tina regarding social media boundaries Setting the tone. First let me tell you what that means, then share a... Continue Reading →
"Hi church, Pastor Todd here. I feel I need to take some time to address what has happened and is happening in our country. Like you, I’ve been watching the recent events unfold over the last year and specifically over the last few weeks and I have to tell you, I’m emotionally exhausted. I hear... Continue Reading →
Coming up on seven years ago, I lost my precious Makenzie. Suddenly taken, I was suddenly shaken; set adrift in an ocean that I didn't want to sail. It took me several years to find emotional land again and when I did, I had to deal with the 'Why' question with which most of us... Continue Reading →
Your heart is in a cross-hair. Your heart is the mission of destruction for another. Your heart is singled out by the enemy of all that is good and he partners with the part of you that pushes against wholeness and peace. The attacks come in unexpected waves. The negative side-comment about your abilities by... Continue Reading →
Failure is a funny thing. It is something for which you don’t plan. It is a happening in which you feel defeated and low. Yet it is also an event in which offers an opportunity. The opportunity learn, to grow, to trust and to excel. Personal development leaders often say that failure isn’t a label, simply an... Continue Reading →
I’m a word guy. I like to dig down to their original meanings, references and applications within history. With the battle and ensuing confusion of clashing belief systems in politics, religion and general life choices, enter the ’T’ word — ‘Tolerance’. I hear this word tossed around like a water balloon at a kids summer... Continue Reading →
Big decision last week. Multiples of them to be precise. Decisions that change things. Decision that transform. Some would say we are progressing. Other would say we are imploding. I wouldn’t know. I’ve take a break from the hype and the chatter. It has become, for me, mind numbing, provocative and crippling. I’ve chosen a... Continue Reading →
I recently watched a documentary called “Maidentrip” in which 14 year-old Laura Dekker spent 18 months sailing around the world. Here’s the kicker. She did it alone. She comes from a family that basically lives on the water so her skills and abilities were heartily grounded. Yet, to take on a trip like this... Continue Reading →
"What Do I Do With My Anger?" Have you ever been angry? I mean, the kind of anger that boils up inside to a point that it lashes out on everyone and everything around you. In the moment, you felt like you’re possessed with some demon of revenge and your monster instincts take over. After,... Continue Reading →
In the midwest, spring is a wonderful season. Birds sing, grass sprouts, flowers bud and nature confirms that it is still alive. (Side note: A mental picture of the movie 'Bambi' just popped into my noggin. Disney be hailed!). What also springs to life is emotional and mental attitude. You feel better in the spring.... Continue Reading →
All of us get angry. There is something that someone does or a situation that doesn’t work out that causes our faces to redden, our brows to furrow and our pulse to do backflips. There is a holy place for anger if it is spurred by the right things.
Every morning you have a decision to make, a question to answer. The outcome of the question will make or break your outlook on life, longer term. That question is ...
Up here, it's cold, rainy and dark. The yellowing tree leaves pretend to be the sun but it's still rank with clouds. Such it is transition for us Northerners from summer to winter through fall. I enjoy the change but I have to choose to do so. I like when old and new collide into a... Continue Reading →
Perception is everything. Dogs look at their owners and say, “You love me, you shelter me, you feed me, therefore you must be God!” Cats look at their owners and say, “You love me, you shelter me, you feed me, therefore I must be God!” How is it that two people can experience the same... Continue Reading →