Friday Finds 3-31-17

I have been out of touch for a couple of weeks. Amidst work and life demands, I haven’t had a lot of time to catch up on articles. When I finally had time to catch up, my Friday Finds filled quickly. Enjoy.

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Friday Finds 3-10-17

My kids are off for spring break next week. We aren’t traveling this year and I am looking forward to a restful week playing outside, firing up the grill and spending time with my family. What are your spring break plans?

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Friday Finds 3-3-17

I thoroughly enjoyed the 50th celebration of Pine Cove last Friday night. I am honored that I was able to spend so many years on staff with such a great ministry. I am grateful for all they are doing to impact God’s kingdom.

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Friday Finds 2-24-17

It has been a busy time around our house. Steph and I are traveling to Austin this weekend, I am preaching at Grace Covenant Church on Sunday morning. I am preaching from 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, I always love getting the chance to speak to church congregations about the ministry of reconciliation. Here are a few articles that I found interesting. I call them my Friday Finds. Enjoy.

1. Build Your Legacy…Today

via Follow the GLS

“This day … not tomorrow, or next week, or next month. Today is His gift to us. My prayers and my efforts are directed toward stewarding it well. This is the only plan I have for ensuring my legacy.”

2. The Most Common Mistakes Parents Make

via Growing Leaders

“To me, successful parenting is leading and developing your child so that they can function as well-adjusted adults and reach their potential. This means we must think PREPARE, not just PROTECT. Our “test” is to love them in a healthy manner, so that they can replicate that love as healthy adults themselves. How they turn out is our “report card.”

 3. How to Get Through College Debt-Free

via YNAB

Great article that someone sent me this week. I think point #1 is the most important of all the points listed.

4. Study: Millennial Men Have Weaker Handshakes Than Their Dads

via Fatherly

This is a fun article. After teaching thousands of young people how to shake a hand over the last decade, this article reminds me there is more work to be done! While millennial men’s handshakes have weakened, millennial women handshakes have strengthened. 

5. ‘The Jesus Storybook Bible’ Turns 10: The Story Behind the Bestseller

via The Gospel Coalition

This book has been instrumental for my family and many people I’ve given it to you, I even wrote a blog post on it at one point. It was really interesting to get the story behind the Bible.

6. Time Management For The Time-Challenged

via Forbes

When I’m consistent with point 3 it’s a game-changer for my productivity. It’s worth a good, solid read.

7. The US President’s $2,614 Per Minute Transport System

via Wendover Productions

I only watched the first 6 minutes of this video, but it is fascinating…

8. Thabiti Anyabwile – Abortion and Race”

via Mark Campbell 

Wow. Take 3.5 minutes and watch this video.

9. Flashback: Bring Life to Your Family: It Starts By Reading The Bible

via Following to Lead

Men ask me often what they can do to lead their family better, this post sums up my answer.

“We want our kids to know Jesus, and to walk with Him.  We have an awesome responsibility and a unique opportunity to lead them to Him while they are in our homes.  I hope you let that work begin in you, and then impact your entire family.” 

 

Friday Finds 2-10-17

I really enjoyed my time in California this past week. One of the highlights was sharing with some of the staff of this investment company that supports our ministry. They left encouraged that the work they do is helping kids and families receive both tangible help and eternal hope. read more…

Friday Finds 2-3-17

Steph and I have been in California all week visiting some of our West Coast donors from the ministry I lead, The Mentoring Alliance. It was a great week connecting with them and spending some time with my beautiful wife. Here’s a picture off the back porch of one of my friends…

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Friday Finds 1-27-17

Colds, pneumonia and sinus infections wreaked havoc on our home last weekend. My family spent most of the weekend inside drinking hot tea and loading up on vitamin C, and of course, catching up on all the great articles hitting the internet.

Here’s a few articles that I found interesting. I call them my Friday Finds. Enjoy.

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Friday Finds 1-20-17

On Monday we celebrated Martin Luther King Day. I came across a blog post I wrote a few years ago, and I was convicted again by Dr. King’s words in his Letter from Birmingham Jail.

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

Whether you are black or white, if you are a follower of Christ, I hope you take some time to reflect on the words of Dr. King and pray about how you can do something in your own neighborhood.

Here’s a few articles that I’ve found interesting lately. I call them my Friday Finds. Enjoy.

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Are Family Mission Statements All That Valuable?

The concept is intimidating. I mean, who really has the time to craft a thoroughly vetted, perfectly worded, and beautifully displayed family mission statement in their home? Is it just for decoration, or is there some intrinsic value in having one?

It’s one of those things we’ve considered creating for years, but the desire for perfection stopped us. One glance at Pinterest and you’ll see perfect families, with perfect mission statements all apparently constantly living up to every last word in them, all day every day…

And so each time we discussed it, we stopped trying just after we started.

That is, until my fourth grader brought home an assignment from his public school last year. He told us about 30 minutes before bedtime, “I’m supposed to turn in a family mission statement for school tomorrow. It’s my homework assignment.”

I understand the value of a mission statement for organizations. It was just a few years ago that I worked with my staff to create one for the ministry I lead – The Mentoring Alliance. Ever since then we know that, “We exist to mobilize godly people into the lives of kids and families, to provide tangible help and eternal hope.”

This clarity of mission has been immensely valuable for us, as a ministry. But what about for families? Does a well-worded mission statement do more than create good eye candy for the walls of high achieving parents?

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(My daughter, being my Vanna White…)

Back to my son’s assignment…

There were 30 minutes before bedtime. He had an assignment. We had work to do.

We gathered up all the kids – 5 of them in our family – and began kicking around ideas. They were all over the place: fun, faith, God, love, hope, mercy, kindness, Jesus, adventure, etc.

I looked over and saw a verse we had on the wall:

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

And then I thought about one of the core values of our church – generosity.

After going back and forth a few times we decided what it would be. We wrote it down, put our kids to bed all-the-while not realizing just how much this quick phrase jotted down on wrinkled up piece of notebook paper would do for our family…

“We want to walk with God intimately and love others generously.”

And there it is. No bells and whistles. No glitzy design package. No volumes of Bible verses providing backing for every key word throughout.

Here’s what I’ve found it does for my family… This phrase has become a north pole for us. It’s a plumb line, or a grounding rod. It gives us a common thought to come back to over and over and over again that reinforces a much larger concept.

Every word isn’t perfect. Nor is it complete.

In fact, we might change it next year. And if we do, no big deal. We’re not married to it. This statement exists to serve my family; we don’t exist to serve it.

Sure, you could work through instructions on writing family mission statements. That would be commendable. But I think there are many families – maybe like yours – that just need to create a simple thought that would keep your family pointed in the direction you want it to go.

If that’s you, I’d encourage you to decide this month what it’ll be. Don’t take a long time. With every passing minute your expectation of perfection will only increase.

Heck, maybe you could get yours done in less than 27 minutes. If so, I applaud you. But I bet you will find that short period of time spent on creating a family mission statement will provide you years of direction as you lead your family through the many difficulties we know this world has in store for us all.

Do you have a family mission statement? If so, please share…

Friday Finds 1-6-17

It’s January and the skies are gray and the temperatures are cold. However, January brings a season for fresh starts and new beginnings. I wrote this blog post a few years ago, and it still rings true today.

My family just got back from our annual vacation where we do some small town skiing. My daughter and I freezing together on the chair lift:

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Here’s a few articles that I’ve found interesting lately. I call them my Friday Finds. Enjoy

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Friday Finds 12-23-16

Maybe you’re at the office today, quickly trying to wrap up a few things. You may be out and about doing some last minute Christmas shopping. Maybe you’re driving home for Christmas. Or maybe you got to wake up to a slow morning with your family all home, and hot coffee in your Christmas mug.

Wherever you are today, take some time to slow down and reflect on the birth of Christ.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 ESV

Here’s my Friday Finds. Enjoy.

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Friday Finds 12-16-16

Every year, my family watches “It’s a Wonderful Life” together. This year, my kids watched with their feet propped up by the fire. They make me laugh. What are some of your family traditions?

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Grab your morning coffee and enjoy a few articles I’ve found interesting lately. I call them my Friday Finds. Enjoy.

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Friday Finds 12-9-16

I don’t know about you, but I love this season. But I don’t always love taking Christmas card pictures. Here’s an out take of our “session” this year.

Mind you, this was right after I told my oldest son I was ready to kill his dog. Yes, I really did. #parentingfail

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It’s also a great time of year to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some good blog posts out there on the internet. Here’s a few articles that I’ve found interesting lately. I call them my Friday Finds. Enjoy

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Friday Finds 12-2-16

I love December. While it may not be cold enough in Texas for nightly fires, I am enjoying the Christmas tree my family put up this last weekend. I hope that as you enter the hustle of the holiday season, you take time to reflect the birth of our Heavenly Father.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6-7

Here’s a few articles that I’ve found interesting lately…

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Friday Finds 11-11-16

It’s been a wild week around this country, to say the least. In the midst of all the craziness of presidential elections, my wife and I were able to celebrate yet another great year of marriage – thirteen in all. Here’s my latest list of articles that I found interesting – what I like to call Friday Finds….

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Friday Finds: 10-21-16

Finally it is cooling down in East Texas and Halloween is just over a week away. Do you wonder what to do on Halloween? Here are some of my thoughts on Halloween from a blog post I wrote a few years ago.

Here’s this week’s edition of “Friday Finds.” Enjoy.

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