Have you ever been to a good “open mic” session at a wedding? I haven’t. I can guarantee that the first person who suggested an open mic was the guy who should never be allowed to use it. “Let’s carefully plan a wedding down to every detail, but we have this ten minute slot during the reception that we should fill with something psychotic and … Continue reading No More Open Mics
If YOU don’t have a laugh at yourself when you mess up, it’s ok… somebody else will. I’m a pastor and have spent years watching people spring back from problems or get buried in them. Money, relationships, parenting, marriage, whatever issue you can imagine. There are two types of people. Those who laugh at themselves, and those who prefer that others do. I’ve had thousands … Continue reading Touchy
Our friends had a feisty little girl playing with my daughters at our house one day who told me “I like you!!” When I was walking through the basement. It’s one of those funny things kids say when they’ve known you for a grand total of four seconds. Ten minutes later I walked past and said “Ok guys, time to clean up” Her response? “I’m … Continue reading Strong Willed Children
“Money is a tool, not a baby. Don’t have feelings about it.” This is from a recent sermon concerning things my dad taught me about money. My dad was a funny sort, he told me one time “Son, if I get you a gift and you turn around and sell it the next day I won’t care. It’s yours. Do what you want with it.” … Continue reading Emotional Spending
Robin Hood fans.. Have you ever wondered why some people recover quickly from difficulties, while the smallest thing seems to keep some of us down too long? I’ve been wondering the last few weeks what makes some people more resilient than others? “The ability to spring back into shape” is a good description of resilience. Think about how Robin Hood shoots a bow. An arrow … Continue reading How Resilient ARE You?
My parents were farm kids and their parents were pioneers. First gen pioneers have a sense of adventure we don’t really understand today. When we feel adventuresome now what we really mean is go to the zoo with the family or on a hike, while their adventures looked like work mixed with survival with the cost of failure much more than “not having fun”. My … Continue reading One More Adventure
I’m sure some of you will hate me for writing what I’m about to, but I would guess that the average age of the hater would be younger and not in the “more experienced” category when it comes to romance. How do I know this? 20 year old me believed these things because he was so much smarter than 42 year old me. Here are … Continue reading Romantic Myths