February 18 – Being a Role Model

February 18 – Being a Role Model

Today’s lesson is on being a role model or who follows you? My kids are great mirrors for my behaviors. From seeing my 3-year-old grunt when she is dissatisfied with something to my8-year-old saying Gosh Dang it (I have changed the words to protect the not so innocent). Those are my actions. Those are my words. Too often we either don’t see our selves as role models or we don’t know that others are watching us and emulating what we do….

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February 17 – Problem-Solving

February 17 – Problem-Solving

Today’s lesson is about problem-solving. Engineering is the process of identifying a problem, then solving it. In today’s society, especially through social media, we heard solutions to problems that haven’t been fully identified. We see commentary on solving the symptom and not the disease. We also see so much confusion on what is the disease and what is the symptom. I will get a tad political, in that I do not believe that the guns are the disease but a…

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February 16 – Compromise

February 16 – Compromise

Today’s lesson is on the art of compromise. To some compromise is a four-letter word. To others that is what we should strive for. In some leadership training, we say compromise is a lose-lose situation as all parties have to give up something to make a deal. We should instead aim for win-win. As much as I’m an idealist, I know that win-win doesn’t happen all the time. That sometimes compromise is what we search for. Yesterday, I was engaged…

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February 15 – The Lost Ones

February 15 – The Lost Ones

Today’s lesson is on the “Lost Ones”. Yesterday, like many of you, I was horrified to learn of yet another mass school shooting in the United States. 17 dead. 12 injured. Countless lives impacted. I have been praying for those lives lost and impacted. During our Ash Wednesday Service, we prayed for them. I knew today I wanted to write about it. Then it hit me. Talking about gun control doesn’t work. Talking about mental health doesn’t work. Talking about…

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February 14 – Gratitude

February 14 – Gratitude

Today’s lesson is on Gratitude. I try to be a grateful person. I don’t always succeed. Today I started a six-week lunchtime class from our Wellness Center on Gratitude. The first lesson was to try not focus on negative thoughts and activities but on the positive. Too often we focus on the ills of the world, of our families, of our community, of our life situation. I don’t make enough money. I am not valued. I am not x,y,z. We…

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February 13 – Witness Part 2

February 13 – Witness Part 2

Today we continue the discussion on being a witness. Talking about my faith is near and dear to my heart. There are so many things I don’t know. I can’t quote scripture off the top of my head. I don’t know the who, what, where, when of all the books of the bible. Sometimes I think Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ad related to John, Paul, George, and Ringo. (Ok, I’m teasing on that one). There is so much I…

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February 12 – Resentment and Grudges

February 12 – Resentment and Grudges

Today’s lesson is about resentment and grudges. I don’t know about you, but I get mad occasionally. Ok, more than I want. I am open and honest as always, but I do get made. Usually, it’s over stupid stuff. Someone not doing something that I thought they would do. Me being mad at myself for not making good choices. Agonizing over a decision and turning it into anger when I don’t have control over it.  The other day, I sent a…

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February 11 – An Army Around You

February 11 – An Army Around You

Today’s lesson is about fear and protection. I am often afraid. Am I being a good father? A good husband? A good worker? A good servant of the Lord? A good friend? Will I do what is needed to do to help my family? Will my ideas pay off? What am I do? Will people like me? These and many more fears cloud my mind. Then I realize, what if I had an army in front of me? Behind me?…

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February 10 – Is Jesus Real?

February 10 – Is Jesus Real?

Today’s lesson: Is Jesus Real? I know this is a provocative question. Some say “Yes”, without a second thought. Others say “no”, without a second thought. Still, others are confused. Even some say, “I just don’t know”. During the Super Bowl, I had a conversation about faith and Jesus. The person I was talking to sounded like they wanted to believe but their brain was getting in the way of their heart and faith. They said, “What is Jesus was…

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February 9 – Being a Wit

February 9 – Being a Wit

Today’s lesson is about witnessing the Lord. Our Pastor’s have talked about this in depth. I have never thought of myself as a witness. I thought you had to be a pastor, priest, or preacher. I thought that you had to be fluent in scripture, being able to rattle off a lesson or specific verse at a moments notice. I thought there was no way, I could ever help someone find Jesus. How could I help someone find Jesus if I was…

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