Maximize Your Energy

Teenagers and Phones As a parent, I always want to be in communication with my children.  So, when my daughter showed she was responsible enough to take care of a cell phone, we bought her an older model phone.  She did not care how old it was because she now had the “holy grail.”  I have learned that a teenager’s cell phone is their life.  As a high school teacher, I often have students coming into my class requesting to charge their phones.  Apparently, if the phone dies, they die…

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Take Your Breaks

Two Careers People ask me all the time how I do it.  How do I teach high school and pastor a church?  Well, I am not sure I always do it as well as I would like.  I try my best but I often feel like the picture on my desk of me juggling.  The only reason that I have been able to manage two careers for the past twelve years is that I understand the huge importance of rest and recovery.  I take a lot of breaks throughout the…

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Examine Your Motives

Your Motives Why did you eat that for breakfast?  Why do you live in that city?  Why do you work there?  Why are you friends with that person?  Why do you do what you do?  You make decisions all the time, but have you ever really thought about why you made them.  Have you ever examined your motives?  Deep down inside you may be making decisions in life because of a specific motivation.  Some people are motivated by power and control while others just want peace and love.  Some are…

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Develop Your Relationships

Monkey See Monkey Do One of the great privileges I have as an ordained minister is to perform wedding ceremonies.  I say it is a privilege because of how I approach the actual ceremony.  I won’t just marry any couple without first taking the time to sit down with them and hear their stories.  I love to hear how they first met and what caused them to fall in love.  It is an honor to get to really know them.  I also want to help them establish a foundation for…

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Live Your Life with Purpose

"George Mueller, You’re My Hero" One of my favorite movie lines is, “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.”  It rings in my head whenever I hear someone called a hero.  Fortunately, the world is full of real heroes and George Mueller is one of them.  Recently, I read his autobiography and I was impressed.  He is a new hero of mine.  This is why. George had a specific purpose in life and lived it out well.  His purpose was to help orphans.  He cared for over ten thousand orphans during his…

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