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Life is a Roller Coaster

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Is my title for this post cliche? Probably. But lately I've been learning how true it is. Life is a roller coaster that is full of ups and downs, many of which are out of our control. 2019 contained some of my highest highs and lowest lows, which left me hanging on by a thread at certain moments.

On this roller coaster, I've been forced to learn and reflect on how no matter how volatile my life and this world are, one thing remains constant.....God's love for us. Check this out:

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." - Philippians 1:6AND "Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?......No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate …

Tell Em' (Who They Are)

Bob Goff in his new book, Everybody Always, writes:
"Instead of telling people what they want (or need), tell them who they are."  I think that most people are aware of their shortcomings, and probably hear about those more than their strengths. When one of my little league baseball players strikes out, they know it's counterproductive and are probably somewhat embarrassed. They don't need to hear that from their teammates and coaches also. As their coach, and with longer term goals in mind, it's my job to get them back to the plate batting feeling confident. The best way to do that is to tell them who they are in that moment. Telling them what they need to correct at that very moment is nothing but counterproductive, as there is no way it can be fixed in short time. Instead, I shout, "Hey Jimmy - show em' who you are man! You're a beast up there! Flex your muscles!"  Getting these players to be the best they can be requires placing an identity …

A World Where I Belong

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Well...
"...If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world..." - C.S. Lewis This just really puts "it all" into perspective. Insert what ever desire, accomplishment, failure, longing, or maybe even a relationship into "it all." Why do our greatest accomplishments, material items, and experiences not satisfy our deepest longings and passions?  Maybe you and I were made for something more than our selves and this world. Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe there is something so big, in which we cannot comprehend, that not only influences the entire universe, but also our day to day lives. It seems that these deepest desires which cannot be satisfied by this world were instilled so deep into our very being that there is no full satisfaction here on earth. Despite this, we are unable to lose hope in experiencing complete satisfaction. It's as if these desires are …

Love Your Neighbor

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"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The Second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment great than these" Mark 12:30-31
I am 99.9% convinced that if "we the people" spent more of our time loving our neighbors versus trying to change things that are nearly out of our control (I have a few in mind if you want to ask me about them. We are all guilty.) we would:

1. See more positive results
2. Develop stronger communities
3. See the needy's needs met better, faster, and more genuinely
4. See personal accountability go up
5. See violence go down
6. See overall quality of life skyrocket

If you grew up like I did, you were taught to plan ahead by thinking at a higher level, and knowing how do get down into the weeds when you need to. I think the best approach to making Chicago (and other hurting areas, even the entire US) a better pla…

60 Seconds of Wisdom - Making Your Bed

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I do not remember why, but months ago I was watching a University of Texas commencement speech given by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven. I recently heard his name come up in a podcast I was listening to, and decided to share a practical thought from his speech:
"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right." If you haven't already noticed, I have great respect for our armed forces. I believe they do a dang good job in what they do. Therefore, considering what these men and women have to say is well worth your time. Link to Adm. McRaven's Speech

PS. Adm. McRaven wa…

DOG TAG BREWING - Beer With A Purpose

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About a year ago, I heard of Dog Tag Brewing. I recently made it a point to go pick up some their Legacy Lager. 100% of Dog Tag's profits are used to partner with Gold Star Families who are building legacies of our nation's fallen soldiers. WOW! Additionally, each can shares a dog tag of a recent fallen soldier, building their legacy and paying respect and gratitude for their service.

In a broken nation, and a broken world, it is great to hear about Dog Tag bettering communities by starting with family's and America's servicemen and women. May these fallen soldier's legacies live on.

Check out dog tag here: https://www.dogtagbrewing.org/

PS., the beer is good.



Five Seconds of Wisdom III - Success by Preparation

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I think a common component of success, or even survival, is having the foresight to see what can go wrong, and being prepared for those things.

The new locks MWH designed for the Panama Canal are located near two major fault lines. Earthquakes can be very severe in the region. In order to build a successful product, these new locks had to be designed to withstand catastrophic earthquakes and remain in operation. A large earthquake has not hit yet, but the new locks will be ready.