How Do You Respond to Life's Challenges?

What would you do if you woke up in a room that was completely dark? I mean the type of darkness where you can’t even see your own hand in front of your face. Do you sit there motionless? Do you scream for help? Or, do you get up and search for a way out? I believe that your response is a reflection of how you react when life throws you a challenge. When life knocks you down, do you sit there like a victim stating, “life is not fair” or “why me?” Or, do you use your voice in…

Stop Giving Your Power Away for Free

Have you ever prayed for someone to be sick or absent from your place of work, classroom, or even family function? If your prayers were answered you likely thanked God for this incredible gift, and finally felt as though you were able to truly enjoy your day. Unfortunately, their absence will be short-lived, and in no time you will once again have to deal with them. Their very presence might even have the ability to overshadow any good throughout your day. You likely blame them for your bad day, and like a swift moving poison, your frustration and anger spills…

Are You Existing or Are You Living?

I believe that there are two types of people in this world. There are those who exist, and then there are those who live. Which one are you? To exist is easy. It is like being on autopilot where every day tends to repeat itself. In this state, you do not step outside of your comfort zone, you do not take risks, and therefore you do not grow. People who exist are more likely to stay in the same unhealthy relationship, go to the same job they dread, and simply serve their time in the game of life. To live,…

Lane's Story: A Spiritual Connection

My story is unbelievable to most. In fact, I would have a hard time believing it if it had not happened to me. It was another typical school morning, and my partner, Shawna, was pulling out of our driveway with our four kids in the car. As I watched from the front window, I had a strong feeling in my gut to keep our two youngest children at home with me. I didn’t know why, but I found myself running out the door, chasing after the car. The answer to my intuition that morning came less than fifteen minutes later.…

Persistence Pays

A woman approached me today after delivering a presentation, and with a slight edge to her tone she said, “I am so jealous. I envy people like you who make speaking seem so easy. I wish I could do what you do.” It can be easy to make judgments based on someone’s professional performance, and yet we forget the time and energy that they invested into their craft behind the scenes. What this young woman did not see was the countless challenges I had to overcome to get to this point. She never saw me as a young man, standing…