Counting the Cost and Pressing On

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Counting the Cost and Pressing On

Do you understand the Cost of Following Your Dreams?

garths on tour cost of following your dreamsI remember the first time Dave Garth told me that someday he would ride his bike around the world. I thought he was crazy. And I doubted that it would ever happen (sorry Dave). I remember the subsequent courting stage of his relationship with his future bride. Whether she would be willing to take the journey with him was paramount in the process. … Continue reading

Emotional Economy: 6 Insights into Emotional Stewardship

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Emotional Economy: 6 Insights into Emotional Stewardship

What’s the deal with emotional economy?

Life is a series of transactions.

Debits and credits determine balances. Assets and liabilities determine net worth. Revenue and expenses determine profit. Give and take determine the richness of relationships. You put gas in the car and you drive. If you fail to replenish the supply of gas, you find yourself thumbing a ride like a gypsy without a cause.

Economies determine consequence and reward.

With that said, there are different types of economies. God’s economy is an exchange of Grace. Marriage economy is an exchange of love. Employment economy is an exchange of money for time and skill. Parenting economy is an investment in a legacy future for the next generation. Each of those economies works differently. Continue reading

Reality and the Daily Grind

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Reality and the Daily Grind

This excerpt is from the book on my Alaskan Adventures from 1996-2014. (Click here to find it)

After dancing on the glacier, we made our obligatory souvenir shop stops in downtown Anchorage.  Who would travel to a place so far away without a drink at the fountain of the local market?  They are the same in almost every city around the world.  Depending on the level of civilization, they may differ in quality and source. The third world countries offer higher quality hand-made items while the first world countries carry cheap assembly line look-alikes. But the variety and types bear no striking difference.  … Continue reading

Lime Green Balloon

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Lime Green Balloon

Parenting with GodToday was a day full of fun with my two oldest!

Grace is 7 and Gabe is 4. Daniel is 2, but today he was sick, so he stayed home with mom.

That left Grace, Gabe and me to spend the day together.

The plan? A birthday party and a church event.

The birthday party was a blast! Monkey Park is a favorite kids destination and party venue in our town.

When we arrived, we made our way to Pavilion #1 where the party was underway. Turns out there were two parties in Pavilion #1. The mom from Party B had reserved the pavilion and arrived after Party A was already set up. Party B’s party leader graciously allowed Party A to use the left side of the pavilion while they partied it up on the right side.

Turns out Party B had the coolest balloons. Lime green with party hats and streamers drawn in white and a big “Happy Birthday” printed in a really cool font. Not only were they cool party balloons, but they were cool party balloons filled with helium!

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Sweet Forgiveness…

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Sweet Forgiveness…

Adapted from the story found in 2 Samuel 11-12.

For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.      –  (1 Kings 15:5)

I slowly dipped the pen into the ink as I was considering the words that would become my alibi.

A drop of ink fell to the ground as if it were a drip of blood from my broken heart.

Uriah, one of  my own mighty men of valor, whose life has been on the line for the best in me was about to die for the worst in me.

My eyes fell from the parchment to the floor upon which he slept.  I tried to get him to go home.  I tried to make it easy for both of us.  I tried.

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Overcoming Justification: Beating Our Bent Toward the First Rebellion

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Overcoming Justification: Beating Our Bent Toward the First Rebellion

Justify: [juhs-tuh-fahy] verb. to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.

Justification.

Mr. J swaggered into my place of business about 3 years ago with the confidence of a quarterback that just won his 2nd straight superbowl.  Fearless. Firm. Assured.  He boldly announced that he could make use of my services as if he were doing me a huge favor.  Over the next few days, Mr. J and I spent quite a bit of time together.  As I began to converse with him and his story began to unfold, I found out that it was a bit more complicated than it first appeared.  I also found out that his role in my life was about more than business, it was to teach me some life lessons that have been stirring around in me ever since that first encounter in the little consignment shop.

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