Monday, October 31, 2011


Halloween is not the devil's day.  The devil doesn't get a day, because he was defeated on the cross.    Think about that for a moment.  Do you live as if Jesus is victorious, or do you live in a dualistic world where the good God fights with the bad devil for control of your life?  Remember the devil was defeated on cross.  This is our Father's world.

Halloween is the day before All Saints Day.  All Saints Day is the day when we remember those who have lived and died, who have gone before us.  All-hallows eve is the night before, when of course people found reasons to have a party. 

So there is nothing sinister or demonic about any of its origins.  Like any day, it can be made sinister by the misbehavior of humans. 

Halloween is a great day for kids.  Smile at them.  Hug them.  Give them some candy.  Drink some hot chocolate.  Eat some chili.

It is a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween part 3

I keep remembering more good Halloween stuff.  When I was in 8th grade I went to a costume party at the Christian church on Camden Avenue dressed as the mummy.  I remember dancing the entire long version of indagadavida. : )

One year when we lived on Stanton, we had a bench by the front door.  I dressed up in overalls, gloves, and a big monkey head.  We stuffed straw everywhere that I looked like a person.  I sat sprawled on the bench and did not move a muscle.  When the kids would come up the walk, they would stop and ask if that monkey was real.  I would wait until they got right up by me, and then I would twitch.  No noise, no frightening jumping up, but just a twitch.  That was all it took to totally send them into fits of terror.

This year, the girls are coming over and they are going to cook, eat chili and watch scary movies with their mom.  I hope to be at the chiefs game.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween pt 2

When you become a parent, Halloween changes in a big way.  Now you are not just participating in the holiday, you are actually passing on traditions.

When the kids were really little, Cathy would stay home with baby Scottie and I would take the girls out in our blue Plymouth Voyager van.  It was as old as the hills and was the most basic model with crank up windows and all.  We would drive all over Princeton and other than the mass shopping at the Hal England Center, the routine was pretty rough.  Stop van.  Get out.  Open slider.  Unbuckle kids from car seats.  Walk with one on each hand, toddling along up to the front door.  To make it worse, it always seemed to be sleeting on Halloween in Princeton.

When we got done we would sit around and drink hot chocolate that mom would have ready.  We would snack on our collection of treats.  I would steal their Hershey bars and eat them.  We would watch scary movies like the Wizard of Oz.

When we moved to Lee Summit, we joined the gang of neighborhood kids who terrorized Woods Chapel Acres and parts of Lakewood.  They gathered at someones home for pictures, then romped street by street through neighborhood.  The dads would trail along behind at a good distance to the big kids would almost feel on their own.

Back at the house it was the same thing.  Halloweentown.  Hot Chocolate, too many snacks and then off to bed so that Dad can steal your Hershey bars.
Good times, good memories.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, October 28, 2011

I hate to ask for money

I have to tell you, I hate to ask for money.  It makes me very uncomfortable.  And, frankly, I don't think I should have to do it.  In my little brain, I have this idea that people love their church.  They know that the Bible teaches that we should give 10%, yet 1/3 of those that attend most churches give nothing at all.

I talk to folks, I listen to folks.  They love their church for the most part.  I think, ok, when we joined, we agreed to support the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness- right?  I just think that we ought to go ahead and actually do it. 

So whether it is for a building, the general fund, missions, or something else, I hate to ask.  I just hope that you will give from the heart.

What happens at the church is so important.  So many good things spring from there.  Families helped, marriages saved, kids grow up into fine young people.  Decisions for Christ.  It is all worth it.  In fact, giving to the church is one of the best investments that I have ever made.

So, as uncomfortable as I am about doing so, I will probably need to keep asking folks to give.  We all have to be reminded from time to time that ultimately our spirituality is the most important part of life. 

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


For some folks, Halloween is an evil time.  For my family, and for me growing up, it was always a fun time.  For as rigid and fundamental as my mother was, all of that went out the window when Halloween came.  She baked and decorated, and dressed the kids up and sent them out the door. 

Side bar, thinking of my mother right now I am reminded that death is such a mysterious thing.  Mom was so alive and happy during the Halloween season - now, well, she is gone............ life is short.

Back to the story.  Mom put a box on the front porch and above it a sign that she hung on the front door of our home.  There was a witch on a broom and she was saying to the kids that would ring the bell, "welcome kiddies, put all of your goodies in the box below.  Go quietly and no one will get hurt."  Mom thought that was very funny.  Looking back on it, it is funny.

1st, 2nd, 3rd grade, we ran the neighborhood by ourselves in the pitch black of night.  We would canvas an eight block area from Wornall Rd to Walnut Street and 96th to 99th.  And oh, the booty to be claimed.  We brought back pillow cases full of candy.  I usually would have to quit, go home and empty it out, and then go back for more.  You had to be careful about this, because if Dad was awake, he would pick thru your loot and eat all the Hershey bars.

Carmel apples.  Popcorn balls.  Snickers.  M&Ms.  Black Cows.  God bless Halloween it was a time of unbridled joy in the life of a young person growing up in the 60's.  And so for some strange reason, I look forward to it every year.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Someone mentioned to me the other day that I seemed flat and I guess I probably have been somewhat lately. My solution to times like these is to change direction a little or bring something new into my life. So I picked up a book from the "Brinkman top 10" list "Walking on Water" by Anthony DeMello. I opened it to a page I had book marked and read "We have to have the courage to not let ourselves be manipulated."

When we allow others or a situation to control us we lose our self confidence...our direction, and life becomes a struggle. The good thing is when you can identify the problem and correct it, but sometimes we are past the point of being able to identify our problem. That is where the other half of the readers here come into play.....look for those who are them find their direction again.

Lion's Den Man

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

what matters

I find it is easy to neglect the people closest to me. The ones that mean the most sometimes get the least recognition for being who they are and for what they mean to me. Some people seem really good at making the effort (maybe it is not an effort at all) to let you know what you mean to them. That stuff sticks like glue and it can be contagious. There is never a bad time to reach out and let someone know you care.

Today, seek out a friend...a loved one...make them smile, let them know that they are on your mind and that are an important part of your world.

Lion's Den Man

Monday, October 24, 2011

youth sunday

Yesterday was youth Sunday, and if you missed the worship, I am sorry. It was wonderful.  The kids did an awesome job. 

They were so conversant, so real, so sincere.  I was so proud of our youth program and so proud of our church.

I sat in the 8am service and my eyes were full of tears.  What a blessing.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

helping someone

So you are thinking about helping someone, and you are not sure if it is the right thing to do.  Sure there comes a point when you can help too much, and that becomes enabling, but this is not that.  You have never helped this person before.

Go for it.  Just do it.  What is the harm?  You won’t miss it.  I don’t know but maybe the reason it is still on your mind is that the good Lord is prodding you.

Are you tired of this being on your mind?  Risk it.  Help them.  You will be glad that you did, and you can go back to thinking about other things.

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to do the good.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

on meeting new people

This week I am meeting with some new folks.  Some are new to our church and some don’t even attend.  Maybe they never will. 

Sometimes I am an introvert and I want to crawl into a cave and hide.  Other times I am loud and funny [or annoying depending upon your view.]

I always enjoy meeting new people.  New people are an opportunity to get to know another slice of God’s creation.  Who knows what I may learn from them.  And if the moment is right, I will be able to tell all my jokes over again to an unsuspecting audience.

I think my heart goes out to new people.  Who have you met lately?  Did you smile at them?  Someone once said, “a stranger is just a friend that you haven’t yet met.”

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, October 21, 2011

seeing the good

Is it possible to learn to see?  To see better? 

Some walk by a tree and don't even notice it.  Someone else looks, sees the tree and acknowledges it.  Someone else cares enough to learn to identify the species of tree and recognizes it as a hackberry.  Another person stops and begins to evaluate the tree- how old is it- has it been recently pruned?  One sees the nest in the tree.  Another parks in the shade and considers the shape and texture of the leaves.

Someone else looks at the tree in it's context.  What is with it.  What is around it.  How does it all go together? 

At some point, we humans contact God's creation and experience the wow.  What started as a tree that we did not even notice, eventually turned into a wow.

Do you notice the tree?  How much did you see?  Can we learn to see more?

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My dog

Do you remember the Kennelration commercial?  My dogs bigger than your dog, my dogs bigger than yours, my dogs bigger cause he eats Kennelration, my dogs bigger than yours.

This song is sung way too often my people that attend churches.  My church is bigger than your church, my pastor's cooler than your pastor, my church does more missions than your church, on and on we go.

Sometimes people sing this song because it makes them feel better to demean someone else.  That tells you something about someone who needs to do that, doesn't it? 

Please don't ever sing this song.  There are always going to be churches bigger and smaller than ours.  It isn't about any of that anyway.  We should be working together, caring together, loving together, living life together. 

Life is full of competition.  It doesn't belong in Jesus' church.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I am your pastor

I am your pastor.  I care about you.  If you are unhappy about something, please call me or email me.  Nothing is benefited by you feeling bad or mad.  It is rough on you and it usually won't go away by itself.

I am your pastor.  I love to talk with you.  The best use of my time is meeting with you.  So if you have questions, if you want to talk about life, if you don't like my looks, anything at all, please call me as I am more than glad to sit down with you.

I am your pastor.  I care about you.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs.  1955-2011.  What an amazing man.  How sad that we only had him for 56 years.  Recently I was in a cafeteria and CNN was playing a clip from a speech that he made at the Stanford graduation in 2005.

Here is the video of his speech:

Here is the text:

During his talk, the noisy cafeteria became quiet.  Every eye was fixed on the TV.  Every ear was straining to listen.  Even the servers stopped their work.  You could have heard a pin drop.

Part of the deep grief of his loss, is that he was so brilliant.  If you own an iphone, an ipad, a mac of any type, if you use itunes, Steve Jobs is a part of your life.  Part of the loss, is that although very successful, he was also very wise, kind and humble.  Part of the loss is that he died at 56.  Wow.  That is pretty young.

His death makes me wonder about how much effort I am putting into my life.  Am I, are we, fulfilling our potential?  Life is fleeting and tomorrow is not promised to us.  How important it is that we live - really live.  L I V E live.  And care and love and make the very most of this precious gift that God has given to us.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, 1902-1984 was an American photographer, noted for his black and white photos of nature.

Lately, I have been taking some pictures.   I have realized that seeing the good is one thing, capturing it in a photo is another, which allows it to be saved and shared with others.  Since real photographers name their pictures, I am naming the one on the left, "Seagull at Pigeon Point."

I have been taking pictures of trees, flowers, birds and buildings.  I don't know what I am going to do with all of this, but I have some ideas.

One of these days when I have time, I may take a photography class at Longview.  I may sit up at night and photo shop my pictures.  I may delete the bad ones and categorize the good ones and learn how to print them.

I may give them to friends as presents.  I have become Ansel Adams.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

who is a saint

When I first heard the word, I figured that I would never know any saints in my life.  I figured that there are so few perfect people, I will never meet a saint.

Over the years I have learned a couple of things.  First of all, the saints are not that saintly.  Every one that I read about had doubts, sins, trials and trouble.  They were not saints because they were perfect, they were saints because of the way that they responded to life, and lived it out day by day.

The second thing that I would tell you that I have learned about saints, is that I am surrounded by them.  People that go the second mile.  People that turn the other cheek.  People that forgive what others think is unforgivable.  I have watched people love and love and love some more.  I have witnessed sacrifice, commitment and perseverance.

Although each of these people have problems, they qualify to be saints because their lives are not dominated by their problems.  Their problems are dominated by their desire to please God and do the right things, no matter what may come.

I you are reading this, you may be on my saint list.  If you say, "no not me."  Then you probably are.  God loves the humble, hardworking, gracious, forgiving, generous people.  It's ok to be a saint.  In fact, it is preferred.

I don't know about you, but I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

why I don't like to fly

I don’t like to fly because I hate turbulence.  I don’t like to fly because there is always someone nearby that has a problem.  Their shower broke last year.  They can’t stop talking.  They fall asleep and snore.  They have a screaming child.

So here we are, all crammed onto this plane.  Six across, 30 rows deep.  180 people and there are only two bathrooms.  Whose idea is this?  And did I mention that it is a long way to the ground?

God did not intend us to fly.  If he did He would have given us wings.  Besides, flying is not scriptural.  Didn’t Jesus say, “low, I am with you always?”

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, October 14, 2011

beyond guilt

And so there are these passages in Scripture where the apostle Paul rails against the works of the flesh.  Oh, my.  The voices of my parents and my pastors rail and wail and warn me of such behavior.  The voices are so heavy that some days, I don't like the apostle Paul. 

As I work on the sermon for Sunday, I have had a thought.  What if the purpose of these sections was never to be a hammer?  What if the focus should not be on the negative, but on the positive?  What if our grovelling in guilt and delivering guilt to others is simply another work of the flesh?

There has to be something else, something better, something joyful, something good.  God wants us to focus on Him, not on how bad we are.  Let me turn the sentence around, so our last thought is not about us.... as Christ followers we are invited to live beyond mere humanness and move towards a loving walk with our Father. 

How does that sound?

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

the little pony grows up

Once upon a time a pony played in the pasture with his friends.  He laughed and hopped and galloped around.  He ate and drank whenever he wanted to.  He took naps whenever he wanted to.  He just pretty much did whatever he pleased.  Ahh, the life of a pony!

 As the pony grew up, he began to notice that all of the adult horses left the pasture in the morning and were hitched up to wagons.  They were gone all day, and always came back home tired.  The pony wondered what that was all about.

 One day, the farmer came for the pony.  He put a rope around his neck and led him to a corral.  There, the farmer forced a metal bit into the pony’s mouth and began to teach him the ways of the big horses.  The pony would learn later that this process was called “breaking.”  It was aptly named because the experience was not very pleasant for the pony.

 But the Farmer knew that the pony had a purpose that God had created him for.  Difficult as the breaking process was, the farmer stayed with it, because he loved the pony and wanted him to find the joy in life.  Soon, the pony was a young horse.  He was leaving the pasture every morning, pulling wagons to town and plows through the field.  On his way through the farm he would often look back at the young ponies playing in the pasture.  He would smile - he knew what was in store for them. 

 Once upon a time there was a child who played every day.  He watched his Dad go off to work every day and come home tired at night.  The child wondered what that was all about.  Then one day, his Dad got a hold of him….

 It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


We all know it and we all hate it.  Rejection is one of this life’s most painful experiences.  I was fired from a job.  My spouse left me.  A family that I love has left the church.  I have been thrown away by a friend.  I was passed over for the promotion.
 All of these things hurt.  Sometimes they hurt bad.  There is no escape, no getting around it.  The pain is real and it keeps coming back.  Every time I think of that situation, it hurts again.

 So what do I do?  What do we do?  Well, you pray.  You pray for the people that hurt you.  You ask God to bless them.  You imagine Jesus standing next to them, loving them.  That helps me.  The other thing that I do is to just press on.  Keep going, keep working, keep living.  There are new jobs, new friends, new opportunities.

 I cannot control what others do, but I can control what I do, and I am going to press on through the pain.  And you know what, life is good.  Life is still good.  There are some thorns on the rose bush of life, but oh, it is still so beautiful.

 It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On Mormons and Christians

Whether your feet are on the left side or the right side of the isle, [maybe you have one foot on either side], I found the discussion of the past weekend interesting.  Is a Mormon a Christian?  Does the Mormon church stand within the larger Christian family.  Being as we live in or near Independence, you can ask the same question of the  RLDS church.

Although I am not an expert on the subject, I did attend Mormon school for a year when I was a sophomore in high school.  It was a requirement of me dating a particular girl that I really liked. :-)

If you read about the history of the Mormon church, you cannot deny that they are newcomers to the Christian family.  But for that matter, so is the Assemblies of God and several other groups.  There are a number of things within Mormon doctrine that do not fit with classic Christianity.  One example of this is that they have other holy books: the book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  So, there are some pretty big differences.

However, in my experience, I have learned that most followers of various churches, usually have little idea of some of the finer points of church doctrine.  I have met and come to know personally Mormons and Jehovah's witnesses who were certainly believers in Jesus as their savior.  We have a number of former members of the RLDS at our church and most of them considered themselves Christ followers before they came to WCC.

So should a Mormon be disqualified from being president?  Romney probably doesn't know every detail of Mormon teaching, and may not agree with it if he did know, anymore that Obama agreed with everything said by his former pastor.  Faith is a broad expanse, and it a very personal thing.  I think there is a time to say who is in and who is out, but I think we opt for that option way too often. 

{joke} In my world of doctrinal purity, I have set aside everyone except for me and you, and lately, I have been a little worried about you.  {still a joke}

We have had a number of Presidents that were not Christians.  We have had a number of Presidents that professed Christianity but did unchristian things.  It is the responsibility for the voters to decide, and you will have your chance to participate in that process.  I am glad to live in a country where the debate, and the voting, are open to all.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Uncle John

My wife’s uncle John’s memorial service was last week.  He was a great man.  Tall and handsome, he was the proud father of three fine children.  He was not my Uncle, but you wanted him to be, and he took us all in.  He was kind and funny and normal.  He was a hardworking man. 

 Uncle John reminds me of the old saying, “an apple doesn’t fall very fall from the tree.”  His dad, Cathy’s grandpa was a great man.  John’s son, Jay is one of the finest men that I know.

 I pray for his family and thank God for his life.

 It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

thoughts on my father

This past Monday, October 3rd would have been my father’s 84th birthday.  He died in 2002.  Dad was a good man.  He was quiet and he kept to himself.  He made sure that his kids were in church every Sunday.  And you did not want to get him upset or he might just invoke the name of God when calling your name.

He was an engineer for the Ford Motor Company for most of his adult life.  He had some trouble early on and late in life with drinking, but he was a very good man. 

He had a few old sayings.  One of his favorite was, “the right thing to do is the right thing to do, even when you are the only one doing it, and the wrong thing to do is the wrong thing to do, even if everyone is doing it.”

When your loved ones are gone, they are gone, and you miss them.  Enjoy them while you can.  In fact, if this post reminds you that you have not talked with them in a while, call them up.  Just tell them that you love them and appreciate them.

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

it is me

Ok, following up on yesterday's posts.  If I am not my children's bad decisions, if I am not my friend's recent failure, if I am not the staff person's anger, if I am not the latest dumb decision that some politician made, if I am not these things, what am I?

Well, I am not bound by them, I am not identified by them.  I am not even going to lower myself to being drug down by them.

I am a child of God.  I live in a beautiful world.   I know wonderful people.  I celebrate people even when then are doing dumb things because life isn't perfect.  who am I?  I am alive.  I am alive to the good.  I am living in celebration of the good stuff.  Love, joy, peace, forgiveness.  I choose to see the good.  That's who I am, and when I am not being that, that is who I want to be.  Please remind me if you catch me worrying about something that is not me.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, October 7, 2011

it's not me

Jesus asked us not to worry.  It sounds good, but it is more difficult than it seems.  Worry seems to be right around the corner.  I worry about my kids, I worry about our church.  I worry about our staff.  I hope everyone is doing well and I so want it to be so.

Sometimes when someone acts out, I am mad, or I am frustrated, or I am drawn into this in some way.  And Jesus says, do not worry.

The only thing that I have found that helps me to break free from this vicious cycle is a line from Anthony Demello, who said, "it isn't you."  My kid acted up.  It isn't me.  Someone did something stupid.  It isn't me.  Someone is fighting.  It isn' me.

This is not a cruel detachment from others, but simply a reminder that I do not need to be drawn into everything in the world.  My kid striking out in baseball to end the game should not ruin my day.  It isn't me.  My kid dropped out of college- their choice, not mine.

we can choose to free ourselves from some of life's worries by just remembering that some problems belong to other people.  They are not ours to adopt or fix.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

out of the nest

There comes a day when every little bird has to learn to fly.  The momma actually pushes them out of the nest.   Some learn to fly, some don't, but staying in the nest is not an option.

We are right in the middle of these battles in our home.  You want to help them.  You don't want them to feel the pain.  But if I keep helping them, they never gain any self respect and they don't respect us either.  We actually do them a disservice when we help them too much.

It is painful to watch a child have to learn to take a second job or work to save money for some needed item, but these lessons are the lessons of life.  They will never stand on their own feet unless I stop carrying them.

I think God too, wants us to stand on our own two feet and make our life decisions.  I don't believe that everything is choreographed by God.  He is not an overprotective parent.  I believe that His greatest joy is to watch his children grow up, take responsibility and step out into life and exercise their free will.

To the extend that I forget this and keep trying to save my children from their problems, I am only contributing to their failure.  To the degree that I help them learn to stand on their own two feet, I do well. 

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

England- the British Empire

In 1900 the British Empire spanned the globe.  They were the only super power of their day.  The English controlled 25% of the world's population and 25% of the world's land mass.  They were the biggest dog on the block.  They were so big, they were almost the only dog on the block.

World War One put a good deal of stress on the empire.  It also saw the rise of other world powers.  World War Two just about put an end to England.  Hitler almost won the battle for Brittan. British outposts all over the world were overrun by the Axis powers.  After the war was over, those protectorates and overseas holdings began seeking their freedom.  England was a disaster after the war and could no longer take care of them anyway.

Today the British Empire is not an empire.  England has a few small holdings around the world.  They are all tiny islands of no real significance whatsoever.  England is a shadow of it's former self.

I have been wondering.  What did it feel like to be a resident of England during these times of transition?  I am sure that the people were afraid.  I am sure that they wondered what the future held.  I am sure that they wished for the good old days, but they were gone, forever.  The good news is that although their empire ended, the world did not end for the English.  Residents of England continued to live.  They still got married, had families, went to church, went to work, went to the pub and told their stories.

The moral of this tale should be clear.  Sometimes things change for nations, but we still have the opportunity to live.  Let us not be overcome with fear, but thank God for the gifts of this life.  May we do everything that we can to help America remain strong, but no matter what the future holds, we can live and we can thank God for the goodness of this life.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

weigh in

Underlined in a book I read a while back is the following:

“It often appears that those who talk the most about going to heaven when you die talk the least about bringing heaven to earth right now, as Jesus taught us to pray: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” At the same time, it often appears that those who talk the most about relieving suffering now talk the least about heaven when we die.”

So how do you weigh in.....
Know someone like either?
Are you more like one versus the other?

Lion’s Den Man

Monday, October 3, 2011

our role

Saint Ignatius's wrote, "Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you."

Don't sit back...get in the have a role to play

Lion's Den Man

Sunday, October 2, 2011

favorite quote

From the book, Managing Transitions, by William Bridges, pg 101.

Julius Caesar describing how he handled an unexpected, simultaneous attack by the Nervii [a Germanic tribe] at three different points on his flanks, while part of his troops were crossing a river and another part were setting up camp.

"Omnia uno tempore agenda." [everything had to be done at once.]

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Standing tall

Leadership begins with character.  Leaders stand tall.  Leaders know where they are going.  One of my favorite quotes is from George Bernard Shaw:

“This is the true joy in life,
the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one;
the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap of life…  
and being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod
of ailments and grievance,
complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.