Category Archives: Friends

Complaining

When I was a few weeks from my 40th birthday I began to reminisce about the influences on my life.   For some reason I got an idea to compile several lists of 40 items that had blessed and helped me … Continue reading

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The Joy of Surprises

Years ago I was traveling through Vermont with my family and we took an exit to stretch and get a bite after driving for a while.   On our way back to the interstate my wife saw a quaint, small country … Continue reading

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Success and the Present Moment

When I read a book one of the things I am looking for are punchy quotes.    I collect them and organize them by topic to use when I speak.   People will forget a sermon, but they will remember a statement … Continue reading

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Measuring Success

When I was younger I wanted to be very successful.   I didn’t know what that meant, but I did know that failure was not an option and I was not interested in mediocrity.   As I am in my senior years … Continue reading

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Success and Our Schedule

When I was on a church staff in the outskirts of Washington D.C. one of the pastors who was very skilled in administration took me under his wing and taught me many things about being a leader.   He became a … Continue reading

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Success Requires Knowing What is Most Important

I love pictures.   My wife sometimes tells the kids, “Your Dad loves pictures more than anyone I know”.   I enjoy beautiful pictures of sunsets and things God made, they remind me of His wisdom and power.   If you looked at … Continue reading

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Living on Purpose

This past Sunday was a tough one for me at church.   I’ve been working with our teenagers for a couple of years teaching them and two of my children are in that Bible study.   Our promotion day for the different … Continue reading

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Best Friends Care for Each Other

It was late at night, around 10 p.m., and our doorbell rang.   I’m still up at that time of night, but rarely have visits at that time unless it is a family member.   After turning the porch light on and … Continue reading

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Best Friends are Loyal to Each Other

My dad had a stroke in 2001 and gradually degenerated physically until he passed away in July of 2008.   He had a transportation business and loved to drive his bus and got to know many people through the years.   When … Continue reading

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Best Friends Encourage One Another

Recently one of my dearest friends stopped by the house to visit.    We talked for a while, mostly about nothing significant.   I was blessed and strengthened by our conversation.   It was especially meaningful because of my physical condition.   I have … Continue reading

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