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

1. This Value is the Secret to Sustained Motivation

via Forbes

Studies have shown that a spirit of gratitude and regularly giving thanks can lower our stress, improve our relationships, even improve our overall health. A person who is grateful is motivated to face challenges with optimism.

2. Why You Should Thank God That Your Kids Are Mediocre Athletes

via The Federalist

“Many parents still choose to spend $70,000 trying to nab a $7,000 scholarship to a school that’s 70 percent more expensive than the affordable state university their kid could otherwise attend. Why?

Since most of us don’t know more than a few people who’ve received athletic scholarships, I don’t think the answer is ignorance of the odds as much as it is idolatry of the heart.”

 3. Top 16 Books of 2016

via desiringGod

There are a few books on this list that I really look forward to reading. Specifically #5 on this list.

 4. Who Needs Performance Reviews? (Hint: You do!)

via Huffington Post

I’m just finishing up the reviews of my leadership team. Every year I think about this idea of whether or not they are worthwhile, but I keep coming back to the idea that there is value in them.

“If you work in HR or if you are a manager with direct reports, you have probably pondered these questions more than once: What is the purpose of performance reviews? What should be their goal? And is it really necessary to have them at all?”

 5. Should Evangelical Churches Stop Teaching People to Tithe?

via Christianity Today

Love this article. Too many Christians have an old covenant view of the tithe. God has made His people generous, so go be that. There isn’t a percentage tied to generosity.

“Money and possessions are gifts from God. But unless we can give them away, they become a trap. Churches that teach tithing as a duty are running serious spiritual risks with their congregations.”

 6. Mary did you know the singing contractors

via The Singing Contractors

Have you seen a video by these guys? I love it. I wasn’t expecting them to be so good! 

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