Unemployed or sitting on your opportunity?

In 1934, Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, was unemployed.  To amuse himself and pass the time, he created a board game that provided the possibility of fame and fortune. He originally presented it to the executives at Parker Brothers but they rejected the game due to “52 design errors”! But Mr. Darrow wasn’t daunted. Like many other Americans who have been unemployed, his situation and personal passion for the game inspired him to produce it on his own. With help from a friend who was a printer, Mr. Darrow sold 5,000 handmade sets of the game to a Philadelphia … Read More

We’ve got “bad weather” moving in

In August we experienced a very long dry period here in middle Tennessee, as did many parts of the country.  Our yard turned brown, the berries dried up and the wild turkeys came up to our water feature daily just to find a cool drink.  The farmers’ corn was not filling out and most of the soybeans that were planted never even began to grow.  We got notices from the utility company demanding that we not water our plants or wash our cars. Water was just too scarce. I began to be concerned that our well would run dry. There … Read More

You expect to be rewarded for that?

As quarterback of the San Francisco49ers, Joe Montana led his team to four Super Bowl victories.  He has been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was named by Sports Illustrated as the greatest football player of the past 50 years. Here’s an excerpt from his book, The Winning Spirit: “As I have watched my own children compete in youth sports over the years, I have noticed a growing tendency to deliver pats on the head, to say, ‘Good job, everyone won today.’  And hand out participation ribbons to all who got out of bed and made it … Read More

It’s Labor Day – and time to celebrate your work!

It’s Labor Day.  Time to celebrate your work!  Is that the feeling you have about your work – that you celebrate having the opportunity to generate significant income, AND do work that is part of a worthy cause? Maybe as a 5-yr-old you thought you heard God speaking to you in the still of the night – calling you to a certain type of life and a special kind of work.  So what happened?  Along the way, in our desire to be responsible, practical, and realistic adults, too many of us wildly imaginative kids lost touch with our creative abilities … Read More

Does God want us to be rich?

When my good friend Rabbi Daniel Lapin is asked – “Does God want us to be rich?”  He responds by saying “God wants us to be obsessively preoccupied with the needs of others.”  And you know what he observes happening when that occurs – money shows up in multiple ways.  In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin points out that money is a testament to your having served another human being.  “Having money is not shameful; it is a certificate of good performance granted to by your grateful fellow citizens.” Too many people shun the idea of making money as evil … Read More

Are you “wise” or just educated?

This is  a piece from the new Field Manual to accompany Wisdom Meets Passion that I wrote with my son Jared. When Jared was about 17 he was given the assignment of writing about a Biblical character.  After much discussion he selected Solomon as the subject of his research.  Of course, as his Dad, I remembered my own Bible teachings from when I was a little boy.  And I knew that we recognize Solomon as “the wisest man who ever lived.”  But as Jared and I studied for his paper I was flabbergasted in not being able to find that claim … Read More

Living My Dream

Yesterday Joanne and I took a leisurely drive outside of Franklin, TN and ended up in the community known as Leipers Fork.  We parked in a church parking lot and proceeded to wander through the quaint art and gift shops on the one street going through the town.  When we returned to our car I was blown away to see the cars that had lined up in the parking lot.  There was a Maserati, a Lamborghini, a couple of Porsches, and a Ferrari,  Being a car guy, I was walking up and down the line just admiring the merchandise. And yes, the … Read More

How to avoid criticism

Aristotle once said – “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”  Yes, you can make sure you never get any criticism by following that formula.  But I’m sure the “be nothing” part of that quotation bothers you as it does me.  So jump in the game – add your opinion, share your advice, be open about your struggles and in the process you will become something.

What’s that extra weight you’re carrying?

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Michael Ford II.  Mike simply calls himself an ordinary man with an extraordinary vision; to see other men fulfill their dreams and please God with their pursuit.  He is the CEO of two companies, give God glory. Apparel Inc., and Orange Mouth Shouts! Inc.  You can check out Mike’s blog or get a copy of his newest book – So, You Have a Dream…Now What?  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] My wife and I have a chair that sits in one of the corners of our room. The … Read More

Ministry Coaching

I have always been overwhelmed with requests for ministry (or pro bono) coaching.  Just today I received a lengthy letter from a 60-yr-old pastor, whose board in his description is replacing him with “a new and younger man.”  He has no health insurance, is living “paycheck to paycheck” and has no idea where to go from here. After a “ministry” lunch meeting today, I made a quick stop at the bank. I needed to make a  transfer of some funds into my son Jared’s account so he can book his return flight to Mombasa, Kenya.  The teller dissolved into tears … Read More