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Be passionate, tell stories, use personal examples

church donation envelope
Yesterday morning, like i always do, made a small change before handing it to our Son to put in the collection basket.

 

Be passionate, tell stories, use personal examples.

Our lead Pastor, Father John, has been with us for about two years. We are still getting to know him. Father Ennis retired after 50 years in the Priesthood. Father John has big shoes to fill.

Told Father John yesterday as we left Church, “Really enjoyed your story about Buddy (his dog).”

He used his personal story to add a real-life illustration for the powerful bond people and pets enjoy and thrive on.

The sermon was about the difference between a loving shepherd and a non-committed shepherd.

He also mentioned being an athlete at one time. We’ve never heard any sports analogies.

It hit me – seeing that side of him might help us see him as more real.

Who doesn’t like more real?

No promises…maybe some more real stories from my past.

 

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True story about starting with a blank page

Michael Jr
After exploring the third floor, i stopped on the next floor down – the convention center floor. This was a delightful surprise.

 

Michael Jr
As i continued to explore, stumbled upon this around the corner.

 

Michael Jr
Traveling retail shop.

 

Louisville marketing
Everyone?

 

Stumbled upon this yesterday.

Wrote it in 2011…

A woman on the plane today spoke of not knowing what she wants to do with her life. So I suggested she start with a blank page, “God put me here to…”, and don’t stop writing until what you read makes you cry.

It is still my number one piece of advice when people are desperate to find their purpose in life.

If you’re not desperate, you won’t be motivated enough.

It worked for me in 2008.

 

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There’s an unreasonable and unnecessary fear of “running out”

personal sketch of Florida home
Years ago, a neighbor had note cards made for us as a gift, featuring a hand-drawn image of our home.

 

Have had a box of these note cards – with a hand-drawn sketch of our home – for about 20 years.

i rarely use them because they’re so special and unique.

There’s an unreasonable and unnecessary fear of “running out” of these cards.

To which the me of 2018 says, “So what?”

Enclosing a cash gratuity with a thank you note for a couple who help us out twice a month.

Can’t wait to run out of these cards.

 

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Happy present moment and happy Palm Sunday

camp fire
Last night in our backyard.

 

camp fire
Closer view. Prepping a cooking fire for today.

 

Happy Palm Sunday.

Happy present moment.

Faith, Hope, and Love.

Went out in the dark an hour ago to stoke last night’s fire.

Metaphorically, lots of Christians do the same on Christmas and Easter.

It’s good to see them twice a year.

Better than zero, right?

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Not pushing Jesus on you

College buddy at Walt Disney World
Dear Son, have a few great friends from your HS and College years. Yesterday met up with Rick and his wife Jacquelyn – Mom and i have known them since 1979.

 

Told our Son last night, “You have to come to your own conclusions about how to live your life and what components of your life will be the most important.

Here are a couple hints:

  • Eventually your goal is 100% conviction
  • Balance mind, body, spirit, money, and hq
  • Be so convinced you would defend your convictions with your life
  • Be sure your convictions bring you: peace in your soul, joy in your spirit and love in your heart

And finally, you’ll want to arrive at a place where everyday, you are living in constant gratitude and if today was your final day, you’d be at peace.

 

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