Friday, February 17, 2017

Three Good Things

Three Good Things

I am just coming back from class and I had one of my students say the coolest thing. She was reading a book and it suggested that we always end our days in the same way. Take a pen and write down three good things that happened during the day.

As soon as she said that, I knew I was going to give it a try. Starting tonight, I am going to end every day the same. I am going to make sure I get me some sort of diary type book and a pen. I am going to keep it near my bed.

Then I will be ready. The last thing I am going to do every night before I lay down is that I am going to reflect on the day and write down three good things that happened. I am not necessarily going to expand on them. Just jot them down. I want to start doing that every night.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Don’t Let the Dreamer Die with the Dream


Barry Manilow wrote some amazing songs. One of his best was about love but for me it is about life. The song, I’m Ready to Take a Chance Again, talks about someone who lost a love. For a long time, that person walked around in a fog. Finally, he decided to take a chance again.

Two Ways Dreams Die

To me, that song is such an amazing picture of what life is like without a dream. We have all had dreams die. Sometimes it is because things didn’t work out. We wanted something. We gave it our all but things just didn’t turn out as we hoped they would. The dream died and we are left with disappointment.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Healthy Balance

Basketball at 77

I have some friends from church. It was their father’s 77th birthday and so they asked him what he wanted. He wanted a basketball goal. That’s what they gave him. I thought awesome, 77 and still shooting hoops.

Actually, I hope to be doing the same. I don’t expect that I will still be playing a whole lot of full court basketball at that age but I do want to still be throwing the ball at the basket. I enjoy shooting baskets but I think there is a much more important reason to do so.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Be Careful with “The Facts”


Facts are never wrong. However, they are always incomplete. Without context, facts mean nothing. For that reason, we must be careful when we are a consumer of facts.

If you have ever seen a debate on television or the internet, you quickly realize that both sides are usually “informed.” They always have their own set of lock-down irrefutable facts that support what they are saying. Yet when the facts start flying, they generate a lot of heat and very little light.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Hard Work Never Killed Anyone. Stress Has!


A friend of mine recently went to the doctor because he was facing certain health challenges. The doctor told him that he needed to quit working so hard. If not, his health would continue to go down and it might just kill him. That was a wake-up call to my friend.

I am sure my friend isn’t the first person to get this advice from a medical professional. However, I thought to myself that I hope my friend takes that medical advice in the right way. I am not a medical professional but I might have given him a little different advice.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

When Is Money a Blessing?


I am a business professor and I am a Christian. I often sit down with students coming from a Christian background who wonder if they should really be majoring in business. They have been taught that having too much money is wrong and yet the business world is what lights their fire.

I also have other students who come from a Christian background. They know they are destined to make it big in the business world. Why? Because they are Christians and God wants his children to be rich. They believe that Gods blessings are in direct proportion to how much money one makes.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays and/or Merry Christmas


This can truly be that most wonderful time of the year. For many, the world stops for a few days and we get to spend time with the ones we love. It is a time for laughing and eating, a time for saying “I thought of you,” and a great time to reflect on the many years gone by. And sometime in there, it can be a time to catch some great football or basketball. That is what happy holidays is all about. I wish everyone could have a happy holidays.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

“I Accept Responsibility” Doesn’t Mean “You Fix My Problem”


It’s the end of the semester and so I may be a bit cranky. If this blog post sounds more like a rant than an inspiration, please bear with me. I love college students but a few of them can drive me nuts. It’s usually around this time of the year that the craziness is at its craziest.

After thirty-five years of teaching college, you think I would be use to anything that a college student can say. For the most part I am. But there is one thing that still gets to me. It happened again last night.

I caught a girl in one of my classes cheating. When presented with the absolute and completely irrefutable evidence that she had cheated, she willingly admitted to cheating. Not only that, she said over and over that she accepted full responsibility for her actions.

Unfortunately, here is what accepting responsibility meant to her. Since she confessed and accepted full responsibility, I should not make her face the consequences of her behavior.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Difference Makers


It’s not about what we do. It’s about the difference we make.

Sam Mitchell who was the NBA’s 2007 Coach of the Year, explained it this way.  “There are guys who can put up numbers against you and there are guys who can beat you. The guys who could put up numbers, I never worried about them… It’s that guy that can beat you, that’s the guy I’m worried about.”

In football, Tim Tebow was the kind of guy who could beat you. Coaches didn’t think he had the raw skill set to make a sustained career in the NFL. However, when he actually did play, he found a way for his team to win. I am not sure what a “winner” is but whatever it is, a guy like Tebow is a winner.

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