Do One Thing


You've been thinking about it too much. You've been talking about it too much. You've been dreaming about it too long. You've been hoping that someone will take notice for too long. You've been wishing that things were different far too long. You've been lusting after too many things that aren't yours. You've been coveting other people's gifts too long. You've been wanting success too long. You've been striving too hard. You've been lazy too long. You've been … [Read more...]

31 Things I’ve Learned in 31 Days of Writing


Just over a month ago, I challenged myself to write in this space for 31 days straight. This is my 31st post. I've learned a lot during this challenge, and I thought it would be fun to provide a list of... 31 Things I've Learned in 31 Days of Writing The "Why" your writing has to be crystal clear; otherwise you'll give it up soon after you start. Know what you're committing to before you do 31 days of anything - I had no idea how much time it would take to write every single … [Read more...]

How to Answer the Question: Should I Quit?


It was 2006 and I was working at RELEVANT Media Group as the sales and marketing director. I loved my job. Having started at the company in January 2002, I had the privilege of being able to help get it off the ground. In the Fall of 2001, Relevant Books launched, followed by in March of 2002, then RELEVANT magazine (print edition) in March 2003. The mission for everything we did was to "Impact culture for Christ." Because this mission was so specific and our objections … [Read more...]

Remembering September 11, 2001


Twelve years ago today, I was on a missions trip in Kenya, Africa. We had just arrived at our Nairobi guest house when we were greeted by locals with the news. We couldn't believe it. America had been attacked. I will never forget that day. I will never forget the images. I will never forget the sacrifices that our men and women made to search, serve and protect. What I experienced in the forthcoming days by the Kenyan locals was nothing short of an outcry of disbelief and … [Read more...]

The “Perfect Wife” Complex


She looked at me with tears streaming down her face; she couldn't do it any longer. After just a few short years of marriage, she needed a change. Deep into a very heartfelt conversation, we began discussing the change she was seeking. It wasn't clear, but what was clear is that she was looking for something. The conversation lasted for awhile as conversations like this do. Finally, I looked at her and said, "What is it that you think I want?" You may think this conversation was … [Read more...]

Are you Talking or Communicating?


"I love your shirt!" she complimented. "Oh thank you. I got it at Target for $9." she replied. Have you ever wondered why girls feel the need to share the details of their "find"? I do too, so I asked. Recently I was at work, and the office at ROOTS Academy had 5 or 6 girls engaged in this same conversation. I interrupted their brag session to see if I could find what was really being communicated when a girl responds with the where and how much she paid for her find. Here's what I … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Ensure a Smooth Employment Transition


Editors Note: I started to write this post, then remembered that I wrote the same post a couple of years ago. Rather than start over, I updated this post and republished it for today. Enjoy  According to the Bureau of Labor, the media number of years that an employee stays at one job is 4.4 years. If you're ages 25-34, that number drops to 3.1 years. Compared to the industrial revolution when employment tenure was significantly longer, today, it's not a matter of if, but when you will leave … [Read more...]