Lynn and Martha Russell Yesterday afternoon, my beloved Uncle Lynn, my mother's twin brother, passed away. He was a smart, kind, and humble man who lived a life of integrity that won him the respect of many. He selflessly served others and was devoted to his family - including me. He encouraged me, took an … Continue reading Loss
I like to read the works of really old theologians, and the other day I was reading a selection from a Scottish author named George MacDonald (1824-1905). MacDonald definitely had a way with words, and these words have stuck with me ever since I read them: Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, … Continue reading I Can’t Get This Quote Out of My Head!
What thing am I doing over and over again that has the potential to wreck my life? What thing am I doing over and over again that has the potential to wreck my leadership? What is one thing I can do tomorrow (or in the next moment) that would put me on a better trajectory … Continue reading 3 Questions
This past Saturday morning I attended the graveside service of a long-time member of the Alameda congregation named Judy. Judy was not rich or famous and she didn't have an impressive-sounding title or hold a position of power. But she was loved, nonetheless. She will also be remembered fondly because she was the epitome of … Continue reading Be Great Today!
No matter what political party you belong to, no matter what presidential candidate you voted for, and no matter what your political views are, the events of last week (the storming, breaching, and ransacking of the U.S. Capitol) were both sad and alarming. Since then, I have reflected on what happened through several different lenses, … Continue reading A Leadership Reality Check
I work for two organizations that exist to offer hope to others, the Alameda Church of Christ and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. It is such a privilege to go to work each day and focus on ways to improve the lives of others. It is also exciting to be part of teams who … Continue reading 12 Ways to Increase Hope in 2021
If you were to choose one word that communicates your goals and your focus for this new year, what would it be? My one word for 2021 is... Shine We've experienced enough darkness in 2020, and I want to be a source of positivity in 2021 who is shining the light of Christ brightly to … Continue reading Shine
So, who's ready to put 2020 in the rearview mirror? If you are, then you'll need to change your mindset. A mindset is a set of beliefs about yourself, your circumstances, and your world that dictates your thoughts, attitudes, and actions. In some ways, your mindset is the bridge from your beliefs to your behaviors. … Continue reading 3 Mindset Shifts for 2021
Therapist Esther Perel once made the following observation: "Life will present you with unexpected opportunities, and you won't always know in advance which are the important moments. Above all, it's the quality of your relationships that will determine the quality of your life. Invest in your connections, even those that seem inconsequential." When it comes … Continue reading Stay Connected