• My Life

    YOU ARE AWESOME

    Tuesday was the one year anniversary of the eternal homecoming of an awesome guy, Chad Rogers.  Chad was a friend of mine, a friend of thousands, a beloved son, dad, husband, brother, nephew . . . . I always knew Chad was well-loved and the outpouring of postings on the anniversary of his death was just another reminder of Chad’s beautiful legacy.  Like me, the guy wasn’t perfect and Chad was the first to own this – which is probably one of the big reasons so many of us loved him.  He was real. One of the things I love about social media is the on-going tributes that are shared when someone loved…

  • Faith Reflections,  My Life

    Embracing the Adventure

    It is unfortunate that it often takes bad times or painful experiences to sometimes wake us up to beautiful things around us. Like an extra long winter makes us euphoric for the sun and a little warmth. Or like a crazy busy season of work leads us to crash and slowly remember the joy and necessity of rest or spending time with family. It is unfortunate but it is also good. Because I don’t know that many of us would ever voluntarily shout “ENOUGH” and jump off the crazy train in order to frolic in green pastures and to smell roses and lilacs. To take of our shoes and let…

  • Faith Reflections

    Secret to Joy

    There are four commonalities among those who live joy-filled lives: a feeling of being forgiven; forgiving others; a feeling of life purpose; a strong sense of gratitude. Gratitude drives joy. When we focus on what we have rather than what we don’t have, we are grateful. And that brings us joy. For each of us, one of these four commonalities will be a weakness at various seasons of live. They may switch around and move on us depending on life circumstances that we allow to toss us about like waves in the ocean. Learning to intentionally pursue these four commonalities will develop the kind of life that I believe most…