What Do You Stand For?

church_bwIn a previous life I worked in the automotive industry. I remember being on a particular business trip where I got to hang out with a large number of people. Some of the people I knew but most I had never met before. On several occasions a handful of people mentioned they had heard I was a pastor. It is interesting to me how and when this comes up in conversation. I often wonder how that comes up about me when I’m not involved in the discussion.

The conversation usually goes the same way every time. They ask me what church I am a part of and what denomination we belong to. That is usually followed by a comment like, “I used to go to church but I don’t anymore” or “I was raised in church but haven’t gone in years”. I perk up at these comments because I have done quite a bit of research on why people leave church and I am always interested to know why they stopped going. This is the turning point in the conversation for me. Continue reading

What Are You Loyal To?

WhippetI love sports. I have played all kinds of sports since I was five or six years old. Growing up in Southern California I was a devoted Angels baseball fan and Rams football fan. I’m still a devoted Angels fan but lost interest in the Rams shortly after they left California. Who knows, maybe we will get the Rams back in Southern California after all. There has been a lot of talk about that lately.

Loyalty is a big deal to me. It always has been. Being a sports fan I have found it hard to understand the lack of loyalty on behalf of players and team owners alike. Over the years Continue reading

How To Live Like A Carefree Dog

IMG_0396I saw this sign today and it brought a smile to my face. It reminded me of a yellow Labrador Retriever we had when we lived in the state of Washington several years ago. His name was Winston and he was one of the best dogs we had ever had.

 

One memory that always jumps to the front of my mind when I think about Winston is the time he literally protected our kids from certain demise when an overly protective mother cow thought the kids were too close to her baby.

 

We lived in Washington State at the time on a forty-acre plot of land that was owned by this really nice couple. And on this land they had a herd of longhorn cattle. We only had two kids at this time and they were standing at the fence looking at the cows when one of the cows began to charge the fence. Continue reading

5 Steps: Inspiration Into Action

InspirationWhat inspires you? That’s a very broad and generic question so let me be a little more specific.

 

What inspires you to…

  • Take a risk?
  • Be creative?
  • Be a better spouse?
  • Be bold?

 

Put whatever you want into the last part of that question. You may need to think on it for just a bit. Well, what is it? I can tell you for me, there are many things that inspire me. Continue reading

Do You Have A Reset Button?

resetWhen I was a kid I was always running around with a group of my friends. We were sports fanatics and we played Little League baseball together. Thinking about that makes me think of one of my all time favorite movies The Sandlot. During the week after school we would play the game over the line or tackle football or some other game. We were kids…we were invincible. If we got hurt we whined a little or ran home for a few minutes but we always came back to finish the game.

 

If one of us was unhappy with the way we hit the baseball or if we dropped the football we would yell “Do over!” Do you remember that as a kid? For crying out loud, we do that now as adults. Continue reading

People Suck Sometimes!

grace and mercySounds a bit crass, doesn’t it? But we all know it’s true. Just when you think there’s hope for the world someone does or says something that makes you remember how flawed we all are. I’m just as guilty as the next guy.

 

I will spare you from all of the drama but I remember sitting at the table the other day working when I got a text that just stopped me in my tracks. I remember throwing myself back in my chair, looking up at the ceiling and thinking to myself, “Are you serious? People suck sometimes!” Continue reading

2 Ways To Avoid Distractions

DistractionI had a bit of scare this week. Well, maybe more of a “what was I thinking?” moment.

Our sons and a friend were using the jacuzzi one Saturday night. As is typical when the spa is used the water level recedes quite a bit. This happens when people get in and out of the jacuzzi a lot as well as evaporation. When I got up Sunday morning I noticed the water level was lower than normal. So, to help the auto-fill process along I put the hose in the spa for a few minutes before we left for church. The water level was so low it didn’t make much of a dent. So I turned off the water and away we went to church.

When we got home from lunch after church the low water level was still low and was bugging me! So I turned the hose back on. A while later we took off for my son’s ballgame. Continue reading