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Looking Through the Turn

At the end of every season my son’s basketball coach used to deliver a simple message: “Do not let high school basketball be the best thing or worst thing that has ever happened to you in your…

The Other Half of the Tree

“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” —C.S. Lewis I have a friend who ordered a high-end, fake tree for Christmas this year. It was supp…

Are You Swimming at the Right Beach?

Have you ever seen photos of the massive waves on Oahu’s famous North Shore? A few years ago I stood on that beach and watched in jaw dropping wonder and amazement at the size, force, and impact o…

The 7 Enemies of Thanksgiving

We all have family Thanksgiving stories that fall on the scale between funny and sad and everything in between. Thanksgiving is pretty easy to mess up. Jimmy Fallon has a traditional segment on Thanks…

Blood on the Table

I was talking with a friend recently about a dissolving business relationship. I’d hired a contractor for a job, and it hadn’t worked out, so I’d decided it was time to move on. My friend said, …

Is Ambition Bad?

Ambition. It’s a concept loaded with meaning and starving for clarity. It’s been abused, neglected, misunderstood, and misappropriated. While baby boomers embraced ambition without hesitation, mak…

I Can’t Wait to Meet Grandma Lois

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Grandma Lois. When I get to heaven, she’s one of the first people I want to talk with. Sure, Grandma Lois isn’t as well known as her grandson Timothy, and…

6 Traits of an Excellent Worker

I’m not a soldier. No, Colonel Jessup, I’ve never picked up a weapon and stood a post. I’ve never fought in a great battle, never landed in hostile territory, and have never really worn a mi…