End It

Slavery has many forms and names, but it’s still slavery. And it’s still wrong. Can you imagine being forced to work without pay, trapped, unable to walk away, subject to violence or the threat of violence, by another person as they control you? Own you? Isolated, yet hidden in plain sight. This is the reality for those trapped in slavery today. Slavery is illegal in every single country in the world. Yet it still exists. We must END IT Slavery has many forms and names, but it’s still slavery. And it’s still wrong. Can you imagine being forced to work without pay, trapped, unable to walk away, subject to violence or the threat of violence, by another person as they control you? Own you? Isolated, yet hidden in plain sight. This is the reality for those trapped in slavery today. Slavery is illegal in every single country in the world. Yet it still exists. We must END IT. ❌ #enditmovement

10 tips for managing your time with mindfulness

1. Overcoming the tyranny of the present. Pick up your head and look into the future.
2. Ask, “Is this really even necessary?”
3. Push your calendar reset button.
* What’s most important to get done today?
* Recognize the things that still have to be done.
* Schedule distractions to a future time.
4. Understand and set your operating schedule.
5. Schedule the most important rocks first.
6. Give yourself time for unconscious thought.
7. Set boundaries and guidelines.
8. Use yes and no strategically. Avoid a mindless yes.
9. Tame the distraction dragon.
10. Consider your impact. People are taking their cues from you.

10 Leadership Tips From The Five Levels of Leadership

  1. Good leadership isn’t about advancing yourself. It’s about advancing your team.
  2. Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.
  3. Leadership is action, not position.
  4. When people feel liked, cared for, included, valued, and trusted, they begin to work together with their leader and each other.
  5. If you have integrity with people, you develop trust. The more trust you develop, the stronger the relationship becomes. In times of difficulty, relationships are a shelter. In times of opportunity, they are a launching pad.
  6. Good leaders must embrace both care and candor.
  7. People buy into the leader, then the vision.
  8. Bringing out the best in a person is oftern a catalyst for bringing out the best in the team.
  9. Progress comes only from taking risks and making mistakes.
  10. Leaders are measured by the caliber of leaders they develop, not the caliber of their own leadership.

— John C. Maxwell

Leadership Lessons from the West Wing

  • Be decisive. Seek the facts, (pray), make decisions.
  • Move quicker. There is much to do.
  • Be authentic.
  • Build your team with people you know and believe in.
  • Truly care about each individual on your team.
  • Expect excellence.
  • Have high expectations.
  • Treat your “enemies” with respect and dignity.
  • Have fun!

Serve

See the Future — Leadership always begins with a picture of the future. What is your preferred view of the future? What is it you are trying to accomplish? What are you trying to achieve? You cannot create that which you cannot envision.

Engage and Develop Others — Leaders are the architects of the culture in our organizations. This opportunity comes with tremendous responsibility. The fact so many Americans are disengaged at work is not a worker issue, it is a leadership issue.

Reinvent Continuously — Progress is always preceded by change. Are you leading positive change? If not, you aren’t leading. What needs to change to move you toward your desired future? Four areas to explore: Self — Systems — Strategy — Structure.

Value Results and Relationships — Don’t be surprised if you encounter major tension on this one. All of us, or at least 95% of us, have a natural bias… we are either more results-oriented or more relationship-oriented. The best leaders VALUE both. Find ways to compensate for your bias and watch results soar.

Embody the Values — More of leadership is caught than taught. When you and I walk the talk, at least two things happen: through our actions, we communicate what is really important, and we validate or invalidate, our trustworthiness. People always watch the leader.

Just For Today

Just for today … I will choose and display the right attitudes.

Just for today … I will determine and act on important priorities.

Just for today … I will know and follow healthy guidelines.

Just for today … I will communicate with care for my family.

Just for today … I will practice and develop good thinking.

Just for today … I will earn and properly manage finances.

Just for today … I will deepen and live out my faith.

Just for today … I will initiate and invest in solid relationships.

Just for today … I will plan and model generosity.

Just for today … I will embrace and practice good values.

Just for today … I will seek and experience improvements.

Just for today … I will act on these decisions and practice these disciplines, and

Just for today … I will see the compounding results of a day lived well.

John C. Maxwell

The Days My Sons Were Born

November 25, 1984 & April 21, 1990 were days my life flashed before my eyes. Days I have often reflected on the last 29 years. This is a letter I wished I had written those years ago. I hope my sons will share this with their sons.

To see you enter the world fills my heart with joy, expectancy, and fear.

  • Fear of not surviving the smell of your diapers.
  • Fear of not living up to the expectations I’ve rehearsed.
  • Fear of not being the best Dad in the world.

But this I know, my sons — you are going to change the world.

You will face tremendous problems yet find epic solutions.

You will stare sin in the face and say, “Christ is better.”

You will live your life to serve others and make the name of Jesus famous.

But it isn’t just what you’ll do that makes your life count. It’s your very existence that speaks of the majesty of God.

You are unique, marked, and set apart. Your tiny breaths declare God’s greatness. Your high pitched cries shout loud His sovereignty. Your precious frames pronounce the vast creativity of our God.

Joshua & Austin, I just want to say, I love you with my whole heart. You have a father who is flawed, yet filled with love for you. Though I won’t always respond perfectly, I will always be there for you.

I will listen when you want to vent.

I will watch when you need to show off.

I will be there no matter what the circumstance.

I will brag about you for the rest of my life.

And may you see in my few strengths and endless weaknesses a man who hopefully does not trust in himself, but a man who depends on Jesus with every breath.

Not a man who just talks about Jesus, but actually lives the life with a ferocious passion.

So here’s to many laughs, jokes, and good times together. Here’s to many tears, hugs, and Scriptures shared through struggle. Here’s to not just enjoying you for the wise decisions you make. Here’s to you for who you are.

You are loved just as you are. You have nothing to prove.

I love you, boys.

Dad