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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

To borrow a quote from Stephen Covey, “Begin with the end in mind.” Here is a great example to reference – a 23 year old that gets it:

The headline read, “Miss World – Gorgeous Enough to Speak Hard Truths.” Crowned Miss Philippines 2013, Miss Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013, despite her strong conservative beliefs. Speaking to television network ANC, she told the host: “I’m pro-life. …I am against abortion.”
ANC Host: What about contraception?
Young: “Well, I don’t engage in stuff like that as of now. I think that sex is for marriage.”  Read on...

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

In the 1945 movie, “Bells of St. Mary’s” Bing Crosby played a Jesuit priest overseeing a Catholic school. When bullying occurred as it does among boys, Sister Benedict provided boxing lessons for the boy being bullied. The confidence boost for the young man equipped him to stand firm against the bully upon the next encounter. Through their battle the boys grew up a bit and established a mutual respect for each other, for their teacher and for the school. Read more...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Voucher systems that equip some students to go to private schools when their public school is failing to meet key education parameters have documented impressive results in Washington D.C., Louisiana and elsewhere. In other areas, Charter schools have been created as a function of school districts thinking outside the box to create a more dynamic learning environment. While impressive initiatives, these are still just fixes. The solution rests elsewhere. Read more ...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The A-Rod saga ramped up when he got hit by a pitch in a game against the Red Sox. His mangager, Joe Girardi in turn lost his composure and got thrown out of the game. It’s no better for the boys of winter - Von Miller is looking at suspension due to violating the NFL’s drug policy and there are numerous cheap hits and swinging helmet incidents under review by the NFL after just the second week of the preseason! Is this what healthy competition on a playing field where rules of the game are to be enforced consistently has become? It seems that players and coaches today respond to pressure with a focus on self instead of with respect for something bigger than themselves– in these cases, the GAME.
A better story - read on...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Baseball, hotdogs and apple pie – staples for summertime in America. But the boys of summer have lost some luster the last few years. The time is being referred to as the “steroid era” - Who used and who didn’t – who knows? A-Rod is the most recent athlete caught up in the mess. The game that is all about history and statistics has cracks in its structure. Men from this era with Hall of Fame numbers are automatically suspect. Some suggest that an asterisk be put by their names if they are admitted to the Hall. Others say to not admit them regardless of the numbers because they “cheated”. Still others say the system, the road to the major leagues is so demanding that any athlete at times has to feel he is a fool to try and compete without enhancement. The noise that is the steroid era is tainting what the game was meant to be.
The t-shirt reads, Baseball is Life. Since the Big Inning, noise that is sin in man’s life has tainted the life the Lord meant for us. The challenge before us today is to navigate through the noise and stay under the influence of the right stuff. Read on ...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2013

Fields of study have been discussed. A few schools were chosen. Applications were completed. Acceptances were received. Decisions were made. Registration is in process. The first round of (many) funds have been forwarded. The car is packed. Are you forgetting anything?

Do not forget to arm your student specifically for the next step – read more ...

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

When an athlete is asked to reflect upon his best performance, often times he will comment on his ability to slow the game down. The game did not change but his mind clicked in, discerning between the surrounding noise and what required his attention. In Seven Days in Utopia, David Cook writes that it is important for a golfer to “keep the game in front of him.” In other words, don’t just react to the situation. Slow down and think ahead.
Like the athlete, my days go better when I am able to slow life down. Read more ...

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

THE EYES HAVE IT – We men are visual so where our eyes go, our mind is quick to follow. The pornography industry has keyed off this fact for decades. The self-help industry has as well by encouraging men to put a picture of the house or car desired on a wall where it will be seen several times a day to help keep the eyes focused on the goal. This fit right in with the commitment I made to live above the poverty line that I grew up below. At a relatively young age my eyes began to focus in on making money, the next step on the career ladder and collecting stuff – my eyes were fixed in the world. Some success was realized but the collateral damage on the relational front was costly – very limited friendships and a family about to give up on me. Read on ...

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Friday, 05 July 2013

Vishal Mangalwadi, in his book, The Book That Made Your World writes of a family that let their little girl die because, in the clutches of poverty the child was too much a liability. They already had a girl. A second girl would require a second dowry for marriage and the burden would not stop there. Her family did not see another way out. Vishal goes on to explore the notions of human dignity and rights embraced by the West through the Bible and the Christian faith. Read more...

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Friday, 05 July 2013

LEADING – Even in these days of group think and team projects, leadership in the corporate world, small business, the school system and even churches is still paramount to an organization’s effectiveness. General Norman Schwarzkopf, known as “Stormin’ Norman” for the Desert Storm campaign in the early ’90’s, once said “leadership is about stepping up when given the opportunity and taking charge. When tough decisions need to be made, a leader does what is right.” I think Stormin’ Norman had read the book of Joshua. Read more ...

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