087: You Were Born For The Lake, Not The Pond [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

Most people live the ‘safe’ life. They never take risks and venture out and miss the beauty of the lake for the safety of the pond. Here are three steps to taking your life to the next level. ON THIS EPISODE: "You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can … Continue reading 087: You Were Born For The Lake, Not The Pond [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

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057: Who Is Driving Your Life? [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

Have you ever felt like your life was going in circles? Have you ever wanted to take control and make positive changes in your life?  Today, I’ll give you some advice that will help you take back your life. ON THIS EPISODE: Who is driving your life?  Is it you or someone else? Invictus Poem: … Continue reading 057: Who Is Driving Your Life? [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

Make Your Life Count – Todd Stocker.com

[In light of the political drama currently playing out, I thought I'd repost a writing that helps shed light on character and greatness]. A few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a man who had poured out his life into the lives of others.  His passion was focused on helping organizations and Christian educational institutions … Continue reading Make Your Life Count – Todd Stocker.com

73 Seconds. Live Every Moment. – Todd Stocker.com

I lived in Houston for a few wonderful yet short years.  Specifically, I served a ministry that was right across the street for the Johnson Space Center near Nassau Bay and fell in love with the community and people who worked for NASA.  Many of their astronauts, engineers and support personal attended our church and through … Continue reading 73 Seconds. Live Every Moment. – Todd Stocker.com

This Beautifully Messy Life – Todd Stocker.com

I’ve seen a lot.  Some of what I’ve seen you wouldn’t want to see.  Some of what I’ve experienced in other people’s lives, you’ve experienced as well. Working in a ministry setting affords you a backstage pass to other people’s stories in a way that is deep and ugly and rich.  Most recently, a miscarriage … Continue reading This Beautifully Messy Life – Todd Stocker.com

One Purpose Of Your Pain – Todd Stocker.com

I don’t think I knew him.  Maybe I did.  Maybe he was just starting at Concordia University, St. Paul when I was finishing my stint as Campus Pastor.  Many in my circles tell me that he was a great person of life, fun, purpose and humor.  That’s what makes his drowning in a pond this … Continue reading One Purpose Of Your Pain – Todd Stocker.com

LIFE IMPACT: MAKENZIE AND QUINN

They didn’t know each other and we didn’t know her.  Yet last Friday, we all connected. I opened up my email and saw one sent from, “Quinn.”  I don’t know any one bearing that name.  Spam had spammed me I thought.  As is my habit on these junky occasions, I hovered my cursor and right clicked … Continue reading LIFE IMPACT: MAKENZIE AND QUINN

The Secret to a Happy Life

Everyone’s looking for that one secret or plan for a fulfilling life. Just do an Amazon book search on the word 'purpose' and the results land in the millions.  Walk through a Google search on the word 'happiness' and the outcome is infinite. So is there a formula for feeling fulfilled and successful in life? … Continue reading The Secret to a Happy Life

Feeling Small – Lessons from the Lake

I was at a cabin, working on my next book project when outside, I heard what sounded to me like thunder.  I thought that was strange since it wasn’t in the forecast. I continued working but soon, I heard it again.  The sound thundered loudly to a point that it shook the windows of the … Continue reading Feeling Small – Lessons from the Lake

3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT

A few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a man who had poured out his life into the lives of others.  His passion was focused on helping organizations and Christian educational institutions provide excellence in the teaching of students.  A tall man with a  gentle smile, he would often be seen stooping down to … Continue reading 3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT

LIFE, LIBERTY AND HAPPINESS?

I love the documents of our country.  The statements of separation from tyranny, the proclamations of the design of our government, they are all brilliant and timeless.  As I was studying the document for the 4th of July - The Declaration of Independence - the little phrase that stuck out was “We are endowed by … Continue reading LIFE, LIBERTY AND HAPPINESS?

WHY OUR CHILDREN HAVE LOST RESPECT FOR OUR ELDERS

Now, I’m probably going to offend some of you but what Kellie and I saw made me sick. We watched the recent news report on Karen Klein, a 68-year-old grandmother of eight who was verbally bullied by 7th grade kids. The verbal feces that spewed from the forked tongues of these hellions was simply shocking. … Continue reading WHY OUR CHILDREN HAVE LOST RESPECT FOR OUR ELDERS