Thursday Thoughts

  • Having fun on the holidays

    Having fun on the holidays

    We had two of my three kids and their families over for Thanksgiving, and I inadvertently engaged them in a talk on politics. I only realized the danger of what I had done after I started the conversation. However, it was one of the most engaging and informative conversations I have had in a long…

  • Expectations or Expectancy

    Expectations or Expectancy

    This season, I have been learning a lot about the difference between expectations and the attitude of expectancy.  We all have, and I think, need expectations. They can be a source of great excitement or discouragement.  It seems to me that there are a few options regarding expectations: The first option is accepted by many…

  • What does maturity have to do with life?

    What does maturity have to do with life?

    In listening to Bono’s audio autobiography, Forty Songs, One Life, he makes the comment that fame does and should change you.  We call it growth. The only question is whether it changes you for better or worse.  It is a good listen despite some of his language, length, and antics. There are several things in his…

  • What makes a superpower?

    What makes a superpower?

    We all meet a lot of people over our lifetimes; therefore, the older we get, the more people we have met. The question I have come to consider is, “How have the many people I have met throughout my life impacted who I am today?” I have wondered why some people have had significantly more…

  • Peter’s Gratitude List

    Peter’s Gratitude List

    My brother-in-law, Peter Anderson, passed away on September 30, 2023, at 71 years of age of brain cancer. Peter finished well. He had spent over 50 years battling alcoholism and finally reached sobriety twelve years before he died. During the last decade, Peter and I read more books together than I could count. He would…

  • Learning about myself

    Learning about myself

    I have found some of the most helpful books for me as a leader focused on my issues!  You may think that is obvious, but it wasn’t always so. I used to think if something didn’t work out, it was because of the events around me, my team, or the timing, but seldom did I consider…

  • How much agency do you have? (not rated for kids)

    How much agency do you have? (not rated for kids)

    Recently I had a dream that took me back to high school. After I awoke, two vivid memories from our senior year preseason football camp rushed back into my consciousness. Both were highlights of my senior year, for different reasons. We would stay several nights at the HS gym and have all day practices and…

  • How to live with impact and gratitude

    How to live with impact and gratitude

    Last week, we saw how living with God’s wisdom and understanding allows us to develop character traits of endurance and patience, which leads to impactful lives lived with gratitude. Most of us would love to leave a legacy of these two enduring attributes: impactful and thankful.  But the concrete question then becomes, how do we develop…

  • How can we understand God’s Desires?

    How can we understand God’s Desires?

    I ask for God’s wisdom all the time. This is often because I find myself in situations where I lack the cognitive capacity and/or experience to fully comprehend how to respond to a given situation. Let’s face it, if there really is an omniscient, omnipresent, all-powerful, and all-loving God who is actively engaged in our…

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