It’s 2020, and as I look forward to this year I’m hoping to see clearly (dare I say, I’d like to see 20/20?)
Here are 7 habits I’m going to work on this year…most of them ones you won’t typically see on other people’s lists of New Year’s resolutions:
1. Back into all parking spaces:
I’ve dabbled with this in the past, but have been hesitant because it always irritates people in other vehicles. I’ve had people flip me off, mouth recognizable insults, and the most common retaliation Continue reading “My 7 Atypical 2020 Resolutions” »
Last night we went to the Broncos game in Oakland…sitting in the nosebleeds!
I had heard numerous stories about Oakland fans, but this was my first opportunity to experience them firsthand.
Here’s my top list of what I observed:
10. Antonio Brown is not a popular fellow in Oakland
9. People on parole certainly do enjoy football
8. More Raiders players prayed at the beginning of the game than Broncos players.
7. A person can get high on second-hand smoke (and I hope I don’t need a drug test anytime soon)
Continue reading “Top 10 List: What I Learned at the Raiders/Broncos Game in Oakland Last Night” »
Celebrating 28 years of marriage with this girl tonight! Love you Lori!
I’ve always been a fan of using questions to open the doors of dialogue. But sometimes I forget how powerful they can be.
Last week I was in a corner booth at a local pizza place with four 8thgrade boys. The conversation was typical middle school boys—all over the place.
“Hey man, look at my new phone case!”
“I got one too, see?”
“I got it for Christmas.”
“Do you know what I got for Christmas? Your mom!”
Continue reading “Going Deeper” »
Many of you already read on my Facebook page that we had a crazy weekend–while I was in St. Louis speaking, Lori was rushed to the hospital to have her appendix removed.
The surgery went well, but her recovery has been a little slower than expected. Doc said even though her appendix hadn’t ruptured, it had turned nasty and adhered to her bowel and started spreading the nasty (I paraphrase). So her bowel was really angry at her and the docs were trying to fight it with antibiotics Continue reading “Lori in the hospital” »
Last weekend was a huge answer to prayer… or I should say an answer to a HUGE prayer Lori and I have been praying since my daughter Ashley was a baby:
“Lord, we pray for the man you have for Ashley.”
Last Friday night, that prayer was answered, and my baby girl got engaged to an amazing young man!
Some of you remember seeing Ashley grown up. She often traveled with me at my parent workshops, and even helped with some of the parenting videos we did on YouTube. Well, Ash is Continue reading “My baby is getting married” »
The fires are raging once again here in California, and it’s hitting where both my daughter’s live. Luckily, they both came home (up here in NorCal).
Here’s a quick satellite shot of the fire raging from Ventura toward Santa Barbara.
My oldest daughter is on mandatory evacuation Continue reading “Fires a little too close to home” »
This year I flew over 100,000 miles, mostly domestic. That means a lot of security lines, boarding groups, layovers… and bad airport food. It also means learning a few tricks of the trade actually getting from A to B (while many others were stuck in A for days at a time).
I’ve been doing this for two decades now, and in those years I’ve learned a lot of travel lessons the hard way. I’ve also observed a lot of people missing flights and having their vacations completely ruined for one simple reason…
That’s not an insult… I mean it in the true sense of the word. They just didn’t know better because no one had ever told them vital information… like if you are Continue reading “10 Flight Tips If You Actually Want to Get There” »
Youth Ministry lost a good friend this past weekend. My friend Rob Maxey, Executive Director of Youth for Christ here in Sacramento passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer.
Even if you didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Rob, many of you actually knew him by reputation. Rob is the friend I featured in my book CONNECT who literally taught me how to talk with kids on campus (the guy who said, “Hi, I’m his parole officer”). Rob is the friend whose stories I’ve used at countless youth ministry trainings and parent workshops because of his amazing grasp on how to connect with today’s young people Continue reading “Lost a friend” »
Last weekend I encountered a man so remarkable, the experience was life changing.
I didn’t expect it. I was visiting Maui by myself for the quickest trip to the island I’ve ever had, there and back in just a weekend for a friend’s wedding (not the choice way to do Maui). The ceremony was ocean-side in the beautiful Kahanu Gardens in Hana, a truly precarious drive, but breathtaking scenery.
As we were waiting for the ceremony to begin… this man caught my eye.
He was Hawaiian with a chiseled jaw, a tribal tattoo on his left cheek, and his grey hair pulled back tightly into a bun. He was probably one of the eldest people at the wedding, but no doubt one of the most physically strong. He was perfectly composed Continue reading “A remarkable man” »